Your days as a natural have been spent searching for new and improved hair products that will give you healthy, long, thick hair, but where you should have been looking all along is in your backyard.
Well, maybe not your backyard, but these natural herbal ingredients do grow in some people’s backyards (and very fortunate they are!).
Hopefully by now, you’ve strayed far, far away from conventional shampoos and conditioners that contain harmful ingredients like:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate
These are just as scary as they sound, which is why we have to switch out the chemically-made poos and conditioners and opt for natural ingredients. The same goes for your leave-ins and moisturizers.
Turning back to nature is your best bet to reducing your exposure to toxins that invade today’s beauty products. And one way to do so is to either purchase from a brand that is all-natural, or to make your own beauty products.
The issue I have with a lot of brands is that they lack certain ingredients I want, so it makes it difficult to find exactly what I need. That’s the beauty of making your own stuff.
About the ingredients used in the herbal shampoo recipes
Knowing what you’re putting on your body is important for maintaining its health. If you’ve never heard of the following ingredients or aren’t sure why they’re being used, this will help get you acquainted with their hair benefits.
Amla*: Also goes by the name gooseberry or amalaki. It is filled with essential fatty acids needed to moisturize your hair. It’s a natural hair conditioner, so it removes dryness and dandruff.
Being rich in flavonoids, proteins, minerals and vitamins* also allows it to assist with hair growth and prevention of hair fall. Lastly, its antioxidant properties strengthen the roots of your hair, which further reduces thinning and balding. A lot of people witness more natural bounce and shine when used over a period of time.
Aritha*: Can be found under the name soap nut or reetha. This is commonly used for cleaning products because it’s a natural saponin, which allows it to create suds.
However, in this remedy, it’s being used because it can gently cleanse your scalp, getting rid of microorganisms that can bring about infections. It doesn’t irritate the scalp, so it’s great for those with sensitivities. Aritha* also aids in nourishing your hair, making it smooth, healthy and shiny.
It also helps with restoring your hair’s natural texture. This is all made possible by the fact that it helps your hair retain its natural oils*, rather than strip them away. So if you suffer from dandruff, this stuff will get rid of that too!
Shikakai: This is what makes the following recipes a shampoo. It has a natural low pH level. It helps your hair to retain the oils* it produces naturally, making your hair healthy and lustrous.
It also acts as a conditioner and strengthens your strands to prevent hair loss and promote volume. It’s also great for your scalp, eliminating dandruff and protecting it from infections.
Hibiscus: This flower does wonders for your hair and scalp — boosting circulation to promote hair growth, preventing split ends, keeping gray hairs at bay, thickening your hair, mildly cleansing your hair and eliminating toxins.
Neem: This helps with scalp dryness, itchiness, dandruff and hair fall. It also helps to promote hair growth and conditions your locks. It allows your hair to lock in its natural moisture, preventing dryness. People have also used this to treat baldness and keep their scalp overall healthy.
Brahmi*: Ideal for folks who have chronic hair problems, like thinning and hair loss. It helps to prevent this by strengthening your hair roots. It can also help with premature graying and clearing away dandruff.
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