Naturalness entered the daily care. We are fighting for the conversion of synthetic cosmetics to their alternatives with an ecological and healthy composition. What can you use to wash your hair instead of a shampoo? Discover 8 alternative solutions. Some may surprise you!
Finding a shampoo that does not have tricky washing substances and irritants is a difficult task. Especially that we should match it to the condition and type of our hair. Overfilling shampoos with additional ingredients does not mean that they work better. Often times, the more ingredients, the worse for the hair that becomes weighed down and dry. You have to remember that the skin of our head is sensitive, so you should test various options to find a way to wash hair that will not cause irritation.
WHAT TO USE FOR HAIR WASHING INSTEAD OF A SHAMPOO?
• Pure water
Washing the hair with just water is possible. The beginning may be difficult because water will not lather on its own and we might get the feeling that the hair is not being washed as it should be. Nevertheless, water is able to get rid of whatever is soluble in water. It does not have any degreasing qualities like shampoos and thus, it might give the feeling of inaccurate hair washing or hair oiliness. Proper (thorough and with no rush) hair washing with water only makes the excess sebum on the skin does not wash away, but it is spread over the entire length of the hair. Thanks to this, the hair at the base is fresher, and the strands along the entire length gain natural protection against loss of moisture.
• Soap and vinegar
A good replacement for shampoo is also soap, but unfortunately not every type. Only potassium soaps should be used to cleanse the hair. The matter is difficult, because most of the soaps available in the stores are sodium soaps, and these do not serve the hair well. If you can buy potassium soap, just lather a little in your hands, apply at the base of the hair, massage the scalp thoroughly, then rinse. However, remember to finish washing your hair with a with a cider vinegar rinse – the soap has an inappropriate pH, which should be leveled to close the hair scales.
• Baking soda and vinegar
Hair washing with baking soda has been very popular recently. This alternative, which cannot do without the follow up with a cider vinegar rinse – baking soda has a strongly alkaline pH, which is not suitable for hair. However, it also has great properties. It absorbs excess sebum, has antibacterial properties and helps get rid of most of the dirt from the hair (even those difficult to remove). There are two options to choose from in order to wash your hair with baking soda: a hair rinse based on water or a thick paste (2 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water or a tablespoon of conditioner).
• Egg yolk
Not many people are aware of the fact that you can wash the hair with just egg yolk. The only argument against this method can be the not-so-nice smell of a raw egg and the risk of applying too much protein to the hair. Egg yolk is rich in proteins, excess of which can cause uncontrolled frizz to healthy hair. However, if we have dry or normal hair, go ahead and try out this method. How do you wash your hair with an egg yolk? You need 2-3 whipped yolks, apply them to the roots of the hair and massage the scalp, as if you were washing it with a shampoo. This natural hair shampoo can be enriched with lemon juice, which will also lighten your hair and give the egg a more pleasant texture.
• Feminine wash
Some time ago, the blogosphere got hype when one of the girls described her hair washing with a feminine wash. Although it sounds not very reasonable, the fact is that it is one of the most delicate cosmetics we can buy. They are intended for the care of sensitive body parts, so they certainly will not harm the hair or scalp. Such products have the right pH and contain very delicate detergents, so they effectively cleanse the hair without disturbing its natural protective barrier in the form of the hydro-lipid layer.
• Hair conditioner
One of the methods of hair washing recommended by hair stylists is using a conditioner. It is a great solution in the case of dry and damaged hair or naturally curly. Shampoo could additionally dry it out and make it matte and dull whilst a conditioner will provide the hair with valuable nutrients. It is not that effective in purifying the scalp of excess sebum, but it is more delicate. The best conditioner for washing hair is the one without silicones and paraffin, but with a light formula and a natural composition. You need to use much more of it than shampoo.
• Clay and vinegar
There is a clay that can also be used as a substitute for a hair shampoo. It is a Moroccan Ghassoul clay. It is most often chosen for the care of oily, acne or impure skin, but it is also suitable for washing the hair. Mainly due to the fact that it degreases, regulates the secretion of sebum and cleanses the scalp of toxins. You can prepare a washing paste on the basis of Ghassoul clay – just mix it with water. Massage this paste into the scalp and leave it in for a few minutes. Then, wash the hair with warm water and finish with a cider vinegar rinse to balance the pH of the scalp.
• Washnut brew
Dried nut shells of the Indian tree Sapindus Mukorossi are called washnuts. They are used as an ecological laundry powder and a substitute for all products from the household chemistry category. They can also be successfully used in hair care, for example, for washing the hair. Washnuts contain saponin, a natural substance that lathers in contact with water and effectively cleanses. Just make a brew of nuts to wash your hair. Place eight nuts in boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Cool it down, and then pour it over damp hair and scalp, gently massage and rinse. The infusion does not smell too good, but no worries, the scent does not stay on the hair. So you can boldly use the washnuts as a natural substitute for a hair shampoo.