What Importance Does Natural Hair Care Have?
I think it’s fair to say, most of us place a great degree of importance on our appearance every day.
Whether it’s consciously or not, caring about how we look has been ingrained since our upbringing. How many times did you mom wipe your face clean with her own spit or brush the tangles out of your hair against your reluctance?
Our appearance is actually a sign of health and vitality and it is fair (and only natural) to place a great amount of importance on your looks.
In fact, our appearance, including our hair is a big indicator of our overall health and wellness.
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Why Is It Difficult To Find Natural Hair Care Products?
It starts with a cycle. Take for example if you grew up in the United States as I did. You likely were taught to shampoo your hair every day.
If your mother didn’t constantly remind you of this task then you likely feared how oily your hair would look if you didn’t and if your classmates would think you were dirty. Therefore, your mother didn’t have to remind you because you already began the cycle.
What cycle did you ask?
The routine of shampooing your hair everyday with commercial sudsy shampoo that strips hair of its natural oils. – Dries out your scalp and then causes your hair to produce an excessive amount of oil to combat the dryness.
Leaving you forced to wash – rinse and repeat EVERY DAY!
This kind of hair routine truly is a vicious cycle that’s tough to break. The cycle itself keeps many companies in business. Not only are you buying shampoo often but then you start buying products to fix problems they know over-shampooing causes!
A.K.A. dry hair serums, anti-frizz sprays, split-end repair creams, dandruff treatments, and the list goes on.
And if you haven’t figured out the puzzle yet, this is exactly why it’s hard to find healthy natural hair care products.
Overtime using cheap commercial shampoos and other hair products can lead to long-term hair damage.
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How To Stop The Cycle with Natural Hair Care Ingredients
Having strong, glossy, gorgeous hair requires you to stop buying typical drug store hair care products. A simple browse through the Environmental Working Groups’ reports on hair care products will provide shocking information such as mercury, neurotoxins, and formaldehyde in hair dyes and straighteners. Worse even, one study linked early puberty to certain hair care products.
Seriously, just read a few of these reports and you’ll be ready to ditch drug store hair products too!
Not only will you skip all those health hazards, but you’ll also be able to say goodbye to split-ends, a dry scalp, breakage, and the all too familiar overproduction of oil.
Learn how to swap out products with these natural hair care ingredients to restore your hair to the beautiful mane it was meant to be.
9 Natural Hair Care Ingredients to Take Back the Reins
1. Argan Oil
High in essential fatty acids and loaded with antioxidants argan oil is one of my natural hair care staples. Did you know it seals the hair cuticle and protects against elements such as humidity? Now you see why it’s a staple!
How to Use Argan Oil for Natural Hair Care:
Apply argan oil in a DIY aloe vera hair mask infused with some of the best natural ingredients for hair to not only remove build-up and soothe an irritated scalp but also to strengthen hair follicles and create shiny, lustrous hair.
2. Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is less known than it’s counterpart coconut oil. But it’s an excellent hair moisturizer that prevents hair breakage and helps to repair split ends. Coconut milk seals in the moisture content into your hair strands and reduces hair loss as well. Now that’s a win!
How to Apply Coconut Milk in Your Natural Hair Care Routine:
- Pour coconut milk over your hair and massage into your scalp and ends for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Wrap your hair up in a bun or braid. Allow masking for 30 minutes.
- Then rinse.
Use this natural hair remedy up to twice a week to reduce hair damage and skip the shampoo.
If you want my experience – nothing makes hair shine like apple cider vinegar! And it is quite helpful for smoothing frizzy hair too. Use apple cider vinegar as another alternative to drug store shampoo.
How to Skip Shampoo with an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse:
- Carefully pour apple cider vinegar over your hair.
- Let it stand for 30 seconds then rinse with cool to cold water.
4. Coconut Oil
Moisturize and hydrate your hair with coconut oil. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins for healthy hair. It easily penetrates the hair shaft and moisturizes to keep hair hydrated.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Holistic Hair Care:
Apply a two-step scalp detox utilizing coconut oil, starting with a clarifying scalp massage to exfoliate and remove build-up. This allows your scalp to breath. Say, Ahh! Then add the mask to detoxify your hair roots, oil glands, and follicles.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel and juice works incredibly well in natural hair care remedies! It helps stop dandruff by nourishing hair roots and balancing oil production with its moisturizing abilities. And it’s great at preventing hair breakage too.
Ways to Use Aloe Vera for Hair:
Apply aloe vera in a simple hair rinse to cleanse, nourish, and add shine. I like to apply it after conditioning and using it in place of shampoo. It’s often the final step in my hair care routine in the shower.
While there are several great natural hair ingredients – essential oils are one not to be overlooked! Incorporating essential oils for hair care into your daily regimen can help to ensure a healthy scalp and strong hair. Here’s a handy list of the best essential oils for hair.
Oily roots, dry scalp, dandruff, or hair loss – there’s an oil for that…
Easy Way to Use Essential Oils for Hair:
If frizzy hair is a concern, apply a DIY anti-frizz spray. It is by far the quickest solution to overcoming the effect humidity has on hair. This popular recipe was published in Willow and Sage Magazine.
7. Castor Oil
Prevent and protect your hair from damage with castor oil. Made from the castor seed containing vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acids, and ricinoleic acid for thicker, stronger, shinier, voluminous hair. Castor oil helps to protect hair from damage while moisturizing each hair follicle and increasing volume.
Apply Castor Oil in Your Holistic Hair Care Routine:
One of the easiest ways to apply castor oil without weighing down hair is by using a hair volumizing spray. It not only adds a temporary boost of hair volume but also gradually makes your hair thicker with use over time.
Hibiscus flower petals and leaves are enriched with vital nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins for healthy hair growth. In addition to ridding hair of dandruff and providing moisture to hair naturally.
2 Ways to Use Hibiscus for Hair Growth:
Option 1: Hibiscus Hair Rinse
Rinse hair with cooled, brewed hibiscus tea for natural shine.
Option 2: Hibiscus Hair Mask
- Grind two tablespoons of dried hibiscus flower petals in a coffee grinder.
- Pour into a small bowl and add ⅛ teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
- Mix well and apply to your hair, including the scalp.
- Twist your hair into a bun or braid and allow it to mask for 30 minutes.
- Rinse with cool to lukewarm water for shiny hair.
Apply a hibiscus hair mask as often as twice weekly for shiny, silky hair while reducing hair damage.
9. Shea Butter
Add intense moisture, improve shine, and treat a dry scalp and dandruff with shea butter. Use this natural hair ingredient to soften and strengthen hair.
Methods for Using Shea Butter to Restore Hair:
Option 1: Shea Butter Hair Mask:
- Apply a quarter-size amount of shea butter hair conditioner to your hair. Begin at the ends and work your way, avoiding the scalp.
- Wrap your hair in a towel and allow to condition for 30 minutes.
- Then up wrap and rinse or shampoo.
Option 2: Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment:
Apply a nickel-sized amount of shea butter conditioner to dry ends three times a week in the shower before shampooing or rinsing to soften hair.
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Let your hair showcase your health and vitality by skipping the cycle of hair damage. Put the breaks on buying drugstore hair products and go straight to the root of the problem with natural hair ingredients!
Did I leave something out? What’s your favorite natural hair care ingredient? Leave it in the comments for me and Pin these natural hair ingredients to take back control of your hair. Tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share your hair and beauty tips and tricks.