Healthy, Natural Alternatives for Your Hair

If you’re looking for an alternative in your hair care routine, experiment with how frequently you wash your hair. Shampooing every too frequently can cause damage. Even if you’re an active person with an oily scalp, washing too frequently will not only NOT solve hair challenges, it can cause you more harm in the long run.

Note: If you’ve been using a fairly ‘mainstream’ brand for a long time, your hair is going to go through a sort of detox. Stick it out, and see what happens.

I wash my hair once, twice a week at the very most. This is what works for me, my hair, and my scalp (which is very dry). I wash my daughter’s hair only once-twice a month, and that’s what works for her.

Giving yourself the space to try things will allow you to see how they really work for you. One solution won’t suit everyone (something I always keep in mind when I'm get recommendations). There may be a couple of rough hair days, but that's a good excuse to take out your stylish hats!

Things you can MAKE: Wellness Mama offers a fantastic recipe based on a few really healthy ingredients- coconut milk, liquid castile soap, Vitamin E, and essential oil- for dry to normal hair.

Products you can PURCHASE.

If making your own shampoo isn’t really your gig, here are a couple of great readily accessible shampoos:  JASON Natural has a range of great shampoos, but the Kelp shampoo has been my absolute favourite.

This one is listed at $8.89 US. You’ll find it generally for around $10.00 in Canada.
The price is higher than many mainstream brands. The formulation is also significantly thicker. Use just a quarter-sized amount every few days and this will outlast any mainstream brand you’re currently using.

The smell may not be everyone’s cup of tea (especially if you’re used to very fruity fragrances). I absolutely love the aroma, and it’s neither feminine nor masculine so everyone in our house feels comfortable using it. With a very dry scalp, I found this was really soothing and left my scalp feeling clean for days.

A little further down the price scale is Green Beaver. Their products are not as readily available, and they're a bit more expensive. My friend Paula absolutely raves about these guys, so even though I haven’t sampled their shampoo, I think it's worth having a look at : HERE

‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ are vague, and widely misused terms. What you see and what you get can be different things. But by purchasing anything ‘natural’ we are voting with our dollars, and sending a message to the supply end that WE WANT SOMETHING NATURAL. And that’s an important step in itself. Beyond terms like ‘natural’, and ‘organic’ (terms that have no universal definition), there’s a whole language of ingredients ranging from healthy to harmful. If we want to be saavy consumers, we’ll need to learn a practical form of this language.

START SIMPLE. It's easier if you can find a reliable source of information that you trust. I use David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen to help me learn and integrate a language of ingredients. He’s identified 12 widely used ingredients we should be aware of when we look at anything going on (or in) our body.

TRY ONE NEW THING. It’s not very practical (or sustainable) to throw out everything you’ve got and buy a whole bunch of new, natural products. Each time that we shop we buy one more natural item in our price range that replaces something we currently use. It’s not ALL or NOTHING.

SEEK OUT INDEPENDENTS & INDEPENDENCE! In virtually every community there are little independent shops run by merchants who are infusing our communities with revenue, and making our local economy stronger. One amazing thing about independent businesses that you absolutely will not get at big box stores is the personal quality of service that the little guys will give. The little shops not only provide access to an amazing range of great products that the big box boys and girls aren’t stocking, they also often offer a chance to meet the owner/operator/manager directly. What an amazing opportunity to get good information!

The way that information is often communicated about this whole world of natural and organic products can make people feel, well… stupid. People (like me) who are promoting these issues are absolutely responsible for that kind of language and how alienating it can be. While we work on that, please don’t lose heart.

What natural alternatives do YOU use?

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