5 natural alternatives to shampoo

Dull, raplaplas or damaged hair. It may be your shampoo that is at issue.
Rather than using chemical shampoos, here are 5 alternatives for washing your hair naturally.

5 natural alternatives to shampoo
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Using alternatives to shampoo helps protect yourself from the chemicals in hair products, especially when you know that some brands use irritants, allergens or endocrine disruptors in the composition of their products. Haven’t you noticed that the more you wash your hair, the faster it regrows and gets damaged?

When you use more natural shampoos, you protect your scalp while preserving the planet because industrial products are polluting for the environment. We also save water because we naturally space washes. And that�s as good for the planet as our head. To switch to slow shampoos, here are some natural alternatives to classic products.

1. Baking soda

Dietary bicarbonate helps to clean up hair that tends to quickly regrease and helps limit the appearance of dandruff. It rids the scalp of pollution residues, hairspray or lime contained in the water while making the hair shine.

The recipe: In a cup of lukewarm water, mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of extra fine baking soda until a liquid mixture is obtained. You can fill an empty bottle with this liquid. If you have hair that tends to regrease quickly, add a little more baking soda.

Then pour 2 tablespoons of apple or cider vinegar into a small bottle and fill it with cold water. Add 2 to 3 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil for a delicious scent. This is your conditioner.

How to do ? Moisten your hair first, before applying the mixture. Then pour the first mixture and massage gently, then rinse with warm water. Then apply the vinegar conditioner for soft, shiny hair, then rinse.

2. Green clay

Thanks to its strong absorbing power, green montmorillonite clay regulates excess sebum and is particularly suitable for oily hair. Associated with rosemary, it can also rid dandruff without attacking the scalp.

The recipe: In 25cl of hot water, mix 2 tablespoons of green clay of the montmorillonite type with 5 drops of essential oil of rosewood, lavender or ylang-ylang according to your preference.

How to do ? Apply the mixture to your damp hair and gently massage your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water several times if necessary.

3. Organic Marseille soap

Dry hair is also entitled to its natural shampoo with Marseille soap (the real one, 100% vegetable) which no longer has its reputation in terms of ecology and cosmetics. Hypoallergenic, it is soft and does not irritate the skin unlike industrial soap.

The recipe: Melt a tablespoon of organic Marseille soap in a double boiler and add a teaspoon of olive oil and another of honey. Mix until a homogeneous paste is obtained. Boil 100ml of water, then gradually incorporate your dough. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. You can pour the shampoo into an empty bottle.

How to do ? Apply the mixture to your damp hair and gently massage your scalp. You just have to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

4. Vegetable powders

The powders of sidr, Panama wood and even chickpeas are ideal for washing your hair while protecting it! Like chickpea flour, Sidr contains saponins (molecules that are used for soap) and is known to wash and beautify hair.
It fights against dandruff and itchy skin. Used for years by the Indians of the Amazon, Panama bark has cleansing and purifying properties for the scalp and is used more for dark hair and quick regreasing.

The recipe: In a bowl, mix 5 tablespoons of vegetable powder with lukewarm water to obtain a homogeneous paste. The amount is to be adjusted according to the length of your hair. Let the dough sit for 5-10 minutes.

How to do ? Apply the paste to your damp hair and massage your scalp. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

5. Aloe vera

Nourishing, aloe vera soothes irritated scalps and its exfoliating properties help eliminate sebum and dandruff problems.

The recipe: You need a tablespoon of aloe vera gel that you pour in 60ml of liquid soap. Add a tablespoon of glycerin and another vegetable oil. Mix all the ingredients and stir with a spoon or whisk. Then add a few drops of essential oil of your choice to perfume the shampoo. Pour this mixture into an empty bottle.

How to do ? Apply the mixture to your wet hair. Rub and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

What about care?

For shiny hair, use grapefruit squeezed in rinse water.

For hydrated and strengthened hair, apply pure olive oil as a night mask and rinse in the morning with your usual shampoo.

For purified hair, mix 20 drops of tea tree essential oil, 20 of cedar essential oil and 10 of lemon in 20ml of vegetable oil. Massage your scalp with this mask and leave on for 30 minutes before shampooing.