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I don’t know about you, but figuring out the best way to care for my hair has been a long process.
If you have been following me for any length of time you probably read the beginning of my natural hair care saga when I started No ‘Poo. That was quite some time ago. I really liked the idea of going chemical free in my hair care.
There is so much junk in commercial shampoos that I didn’t want in contact with my body. Yes, those products work and make your hair soft, shiny, and full of volume, but all that stuff will absorb into your body!
Using No ‘Poo worked ok. My hair tends to be oily, and after researching I assumed it was because I was over producing sebum, the natural oil on our skin and scalp. The commercial shampoos were stripping my hair too much, making my body try to counter it which resulted in greasy hair.
After quite a while using No ‘Poo my hair started to get too dry. The ends were getting crisp and I still had oily bangs. So in order to avoid going back to commercial shampoos, I just started using the castile soap that I make. That really worked well. It actually cleaned my hair without stripping it and upsetting the natural balance.
Well, then came pregnancy. As you may very well know, your hormones cause all kinds of havoc on your body during pregnancy. My hair went a little crazy and although it grew amazingly thick, it got really oily really fast. The castile soap wasn’t really working at the moment. I wasn’t really in the mood to try another type of homemade shampoo, but to keep a natural hair care routine I went with some reduced chemical options like this. Unfortunately the budget wasn’t going to allow that for long.
So once baby came and I got myself situated into a new life. (Talk about a BIG change!) I tried making my own liquid shampoo. At first that worked great. I really liked the balance of it. My husband really liked it as well. (He currently wants me to make up a new batch of it!) But after a few weeks of using it, my hair got really oily again. It just wasn’t the right mix for my hair. It would work really well for dry or coarse hair.
I remembered then (I probably knew all along but was ignoring it) that castile soap worked really well. I decided to try making a shampoo bar. It’s basically castile soap, but with some oils and herbs that are really beneficial to hair growth. Perfect for natural hair care!
And let me tell you it works GREAT! I like how clean my hair is, there doesn’t seem to be an imbalance to my natural oils. So far I haven’t noticed too much dryness and my hair is staying shiny thanks to an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after each washing.
If you want to know how to make your own Herbal Shampoo Bars, I shared the process this week at Don’t Waste the Crumbs. I also carry them in my soap shop Southern Vines Soap Company if you wanted to try them before investing in the supplies to make your own. I want to make some more scents and try out some variations to the oils to see how they work in my hair.
Although the experimentation on my hair may not be over, I am currently very satisfied with how it is going! Natural hair care is a tricky thing. Especially when trying to find out an option that’s right for you. It’s a little vain to care so much, but a woman needs to take care of herself at least a little!
What’s the latest in your natural hair care saga?
P.S. It’s really hard to get a good photo of your own hair!
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