To shampoo or to not shampoo?
A question that is raised often within the conversation of natural hair. Some say shampooing is far too harsh on your hair, even with the use of one that is completely free of sulfates. Others say there is no way they can go without clarifying their scalp properly because, let’s be honest, co-washing just doesn’t get it.
I happen to fall within the latter, but for those who are a little torn with deciding to use shampoo or go without do keep in mind that there are many clarifying treatments you can use in the place of shampoo and addition to your co-wash.
Here are four:
1. Bentonite Clay*
Bentonite Clay* makes for a perfect clarifying treatment for your scalp and hair to rid build up that has occurred since your last wash day.
When combining this all natural calcium clay powder with apple cider vinegar* a mask if developed. You apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, let sit for few moments and then rinse clean. Because of the clarifying strength this product has I would definitely recommend completing a deep conditioning* treatment after use.
2. ACV Rinse
Apple Cider Vinegar* rinses are my absolute favorite way to clarify my scalp and hair. Taking equal parts all natural raw ACV and water with the addition of a little olive oil can transform your hair.
Not only will the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties of the ACV rid your scalp and hair of buildup and dandruff, it also adds shine and softness to your strands.
Astringents are also great for thoroughly cleansing your hair and scalp. The use of products like Sea Breeze or witch hazel and lemon juice can naturally and gently remove build up and excess oils.
4. Tea Tree and Lemon Rinse
For those battling dandruff and a flaky scalp a Tea Tree oil* and lemon rinse might do you wonders.
Combine, 4 tbsp of lemon juice and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into 3 cups of hot water and rinse over your hair and scalp. Massage gently and rinse with cool water. Lemon juice and Tea Tree oil* make for great clarifying agents.
What do you use to clarify your scalp and hair instead of shampoo?