Have you ever thought about skipping your daily shampoo? Or replace it with natural ingredients from your kitchen? Most of us don’t go down the natural route when it comes to shampooing our hair on a regular basis. This is because we don’t have a tried-and-tested method of cleansing that we can rely on. Moreover, commercial shampoos offer benefits, such as more volume, bounce, shine, and hydration, which we wouldn’t be able to replicate with natural ingredients.
Or so we think.
Does Natural Cleansing Work For An Oily Scalp? It really helps with Natural Hair.
Absolutely. You’re probably expecting your scalp to get super oily if you miss your regular shampoo session. You couldn’t be more wrong about that!
If you use the right natural ingredients, you won’t have any trouble getting rid of that extra oiliness. You might initially feel a bit of oiliness – this is because your scalp is so used to being stripped of its natural oils, that it overcompensates and continues to produce excess oils. However, with a few natural washes, your scalp returns to its natural state of balance and secrete a healthy level of oil.
Which Are The Best Natural Ingredients for Natural Hair?
The best ingredients are the ones we find in our kitchen. They’re the ones available everywhere, the ones we practically take for granted.
- Baking Soda
This is the simplest way of cleansing your hair naturally. Simply dilute a small quantity of baking soda in water and massage the solution onto your roots. This method is great for getting rid of any oil build-up. However, it’s important to apply this method sporadically! Prolonged use of baking soda can dry your hair out, and cause irritation to your scalp, just like any other commercial, chemical-laden shampoo.
- Flax Seeds
Boil flax seeds and dilute the mixture in water. This can be applied to your hair as a mask or a conditioning rinse. Flax seeds are nourishing super seeds packed with essential nutrients, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. One of our all-time favorite natural ingredients, these tiny seeds are a powerhouse of benefits!
- Light Rye Flour
Although rye flour isn’t a common ingredient in Indian kitchens, it is an incredibly effective one to cleanse your hair. Whisk a few tablespoons of light rye flour with water, and apply the paste to your scalp and strands. Nourishing, gently cleansing, and brimming with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, perfect to feed your scalp.
- Organic Soapnut
Soapnut, also known as reetha, has been incorporated into traditional cleansing routines the world over. An effective hair cleanser, soapnut has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and has even been used in Ayurvedic methods to treat dryness and dandruff.
- Lemon Juice & Oil
A rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice makes your hair strong, reduces hair fall, and adds lustre to dry hair. Lemon itself is an acidic ingredient, which works to remove dead cells and build-up on your scalp really well. However, you need to balance the lemon with a mild, plant-based shampoo, or a natural blend. This is because lemon revitalizes and strengthens, but it doesn’t cleanse your hair alone.
Why Go Natural?
Shampoos were definitely created to make life easier. But overuse of shampoo is equivalent to applying detergent on your scalp (over and over again). This is why we’ve decided to turn to nature here – it always has all the answers.
The fact that a huge chunk of the world’s population is switching to going shampoo-free validates this belief. Apart from the obvious, here are some of the most common causes of weak, damaged hair, found in our everyday lives. Whether it’s seasonal, stress-related, or the result of vitamin deficiencies and a poor diet, the list goes on!
- Heat Styling
You may need to get that frizz in place or give your hair a bit of bounce. You may be heading for a big date or a party you’ve been looking forward to. There are always a host of reasons for why we opt to quickly heat-style our hair. The problem is that excess heat weakens your hair and affects your hair’s natural balance of keratin, leaving your strands limp.
- Over Washing
A lot of us tend to over-wash. This practice would be okay if we were using shampoos with natural ingredients. However, when applying shampoos with synthetic and chemical additives, our scalps begin to produce a greater quantity of oil. It’s important not to over-wash your hair, no matter how oily your strands get. Your scalp’s natural oils keep your hair healthy and strong, and by repeatedly washing your hair, you end up stripping your scalp of its oils and leaving your hair more prone to damage.
- Applying Chemical Products
Hair Care and styling products are laced with a host of chemical, toxic ingredients. These harsh ingredients cause long-term damage to your hair, and affect the strength, vitality, and natural lustre of your hair. Let’s not forget the fact that they affect your scalp’s natural pH balance.
It would make sense to drop your daily shampoo and switch to something all-natural for a while. Replacing your shampoo with mild, plant-based ingredients from your kitchen is usually the best option. It gives your hair a break from chemical formulas, and lets your scalp breathe for a while.
If you’re not keen on going completely natural in the first go, try a mild shampoo that’s formulated with 100% nature-derived ingredients. We’ve got a plant-based option, created with raspberry, maple, lemon fruit, sugarcane, and European blueberry extracts. You can view it by clicking here.