For some natural haired girls, shampooing can result in a clean, but dry and tangled mess on top of her head.
Why is that? It may be because many commercial shampoos, including “natural” ones, have cleansing agents that do the job too well. Meaning, they scrub the hair and scalp of excessive oils. But who do you know those excessive oils are actually a bad thing?
The result is often a dry and sometimes irritated scalp. But there is a work around: alternative cleansers.
You’ve heard of them: ACV rinses, baking coda, clay, witch hazel with tea tree oil, castile soap. All of these natural cleaners will work great to give your hair a good rinsing without the extra and unnecessary foaming and oil-stripping that comes with shampoo. Let’s review them:
ACV: Apple cider vinegar is a natural ingredient in all types of foods. It is also a great way to rinse hair without the involvement of commercial shampoo. ACV is a natural astringent. All you need is a 1:3 ration of ACV to clean water in a spray bottle (or 33% ACV and 66% water). Spray this solution onto your scalp and hair, massage on the scalp, and then rinse with warm water. For thicker hair, you have to do this a couple of times.
Baking Soda Rinse: Baking soda is used in personal hygiene for many reasons. For toothpaste, it makes a great abrasive brush. It acts the same way with your hair and scalp. The abrasive natural of baking soda allows some of the oiliest surfaces to be cleaned up pretty well. The best way to do this is make a solution paste of baking soda and water, rub on your hair and scalp and rinse. Please use a moisturizer following as baking soda on the scalp can ben drying.
Clay: Some of the most popular clays for natural hair include bentonite and rhassoul clays. Clays are known for absorbing excessive gunk in the hair and have been around for many years. Some naturals have completely replaced their shampoo with clays. You can mix your own clay up or purchase a popular one like the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from Amazon.
Witch Hazel with Tea Tree Oil: Both of these are anti-septic and astringent agents in the natural hair and typical world. Diluting these in a spray bottle solution of water, similar to the ACV mix described above, can be a mild, but still effective alternative to shampooing.
Castile Soap: Alone, castile soap works a little too well and can be SUPER drying. It is a completely natural soap that was first introduced to the world hundreds of years ago from France. However, consider adding some thick oils to castile soap, like coconut and jojoba, to lessen the drying effect. Additionally, use only small amounts, enough to massage on the scalp if your hair is super lifeless and limp from product overload.