Making a change in beauty products always feels a little daunting, especially if you’ve used the same product for years. Once you make the change, however, you may wish you had tried it sooner. Switching to natural shampoo is not only better for the environment; it can also be better for the appearance of your hair.
Reasons you should make the switch
One of the benefits of natural shampoo, if the most obvious, is you know exactly what you’re exposing yourself and your family to. In addition to the eco-friendly ingredients, switching to a natural shampoo can potentially help your scalp and hair look and feel healthier. Conventional shampoo ingredients help rid your hair of dirt, but they can also strip your hair and scalp of natural oils. While you don’t want to walk around with greasy hair, retaining some of your skin’s natural oil can prevent dryness, which can leave your scalp itchy and your hair rough.
What to look for
As we keep harping on about, read the ingredients list. Look for naturally derived ingredients. The key is to look for a minimal ingredient list with items that aren’t impossible to pronounce. There are a few specific ingredients to avoid when shopping for a natural shampoo. Look for products that are free of parabens and phthalates, especially as innovations in natural preservatives and fragrances eliminate the need for these ingredients. It is important to avoid foaming agents, like sulphates, which are added to shampoos to create a bigger lather. Unfortunately, they can also strip your hair of its natural oil.
Why should you choose Real World Shampoo
Our Lime Blossom & Kiwi Seed Shampoo is made with a minimal amount of ingredients. It contains no sulphates, no parabens and uses essential oils.
What you can expect with a Natural Shampoo
The main difference you’ll notice about natural shampoo is that it doesn’t lather up the same way your old shampoo did, since those foaming agents aren’t there. This doesn’t mean it’s not getting your hair clean, or that you need to use more shampoo than usual. Instead, adding a little water after you’ve started applying your natural shampoo can help create a lather. You can even dilute it in advance by combining water and shampoo together in a spare bottle, making it easier to use quickly.
Remember to be patient
Most shampoos strip everything off your hair leaving it feeling really clean but your body goes into overdrive to produce more oil for your hair and so it gets greasy by the next day and you wash it again (most people I know wash their hair every day, this was not always the case). Natural shampoo doesn’t strip your hair like that so it might seem greasier the next day but this is actually a good thing, over time your body doesn’t compensate as much and doesn’t produce as much oil so your hair becomes less greasy and your natural shampoo is only needed every second or third day. This takes about six weeks so do not give up.