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3.13.2016

Clean Hair Care--an update + my favorite products

For just over 2 years now I have been using natural ingredients and less harmful shampoos for my hair care regimen. For me this means using products that contain NO parabens, silicons, or phthalates. These products are not hard to find, but finding a product that you like can take some trial and error. Point in case: about a year ago, I tried a shampoo bar, which ended up being a big mistake and resulted in washing my hair in mud to clarify it again. You can read about that experience and my journey through a "no 'poo" year.

Since that time, I have found some products that I really love and that I can actually recommend to my friends. I like these products because of how clean they keep my scalp. Also they help my hair stay shiny and soft without adding a bunch of harsh chemicals into my regimen.
This Jason brand shampoo is great because it helps to treat and control dandruff. Previously I mentioned about my itchy scalp and using apple cider vinegar to calm the itch. That did help greatly, but I was getting tired of pouring ACV over my head twice a week. I use this product at least once per week. It has a strong menthol smell from the essential oils that are used in it. But it feels heavenly on my scalp. I lather it on and allow it to sit for just a short time before rinsing it out. This shampoo has almost no lather to it
due to the lack of a certain chemical, which normally is responsible for that effect. But just because there is no lather doesn't mean it isn't cleansing your scalp. Typically when you shampoo your hair, it's not your goal to soap down the entire length of your hair. When you shampoo you should simply gently massage the shampoo into your scalp first. Once your scalp is cleansed the shampoo will rinse through your hair and naturally clean the rest of your hair.

After cleansing my scalp with the Jason shampoo, I use one of the shampoo and conditioner combinations from Swanson. It's always a good idea to alternate hair products to avoid your scalp getting used to the same product, which would cause your hair to appear dry and lifeless.
The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner happens to be my favorite product out the ones I have tried. The shampoo does have some lather, but the ingredients are all natural. It says 90% natural, but when I look at the ingredients list, I don't spot anything that I wouldn't want to use on my hair. I guess the key here is that 90% natural is much better than the cheap stuff I used to use. The conditioner absolutely makes my hair feel like silk. In fact the first time I used it, I had trouble realizing that it was MY hair because it felt so soft and looked so shiny! After shampooing your hair with the shampoo, apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair and work slowly up to the roots. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
The Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner are a new product for me. These bottles are about half the size of the Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner. I alternate between the two different types, always keeping my scalp guessing. I think I may use this one once every other week while using the Tea Tree and Jason Shampoos once a week. I find that using these natural products generally means that I don't need to shampoo my hair daily. In fact daily shampooing of your hair can lead to dryness. I find that if I shampoo my hair once or twice a week it doesn't become oily or unmanageable.


What natural hair care products do you recommend

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