In Part One of this blog series we talked about why it's crucial to switch over to a natural hair care routine, in Part Two we set you up for natural shampoo success with the acclimation period, and now we are going to talk about the top five toxin-free shampoos I've used. Let me be clear and state that everyone’s head of hair is different. There is no definition of a good or bad head of hair here. That’s why there are five choices and not one be-all end-all choice. I encourage you to try one, stick with it for a month, and then try another if it isn’t working for you.
Allow me to personally vouch for these shampoos, as I have tried all of them for extended periods of time (at least 1.5 months). At the moment my hair is somewhat thick, un-dyed, medium length, slightly wavy, and gets greasy in about three days. My post-shower routine is to not blow dry unless I have to be somewhere special, which ends up being maybe three times a month. I used no post-shower product while implementing these shampoos. I have blow dried with each of these products though, and all of them passed the test.
Typically, post-shower I run a wide toothed comb through my hair as sparingly as possible. Next, I turn my head upside down and shake my wet roots loose from my scalp to give them some drying oomph. I look like a wet dog when I shake my hair out - I promise it’s fun! Then I’ll let my hair air dry. If I’m feeling sassy, I’ll twist it up into a loose top knot once it’s halfway dry with a singular bobby pin and let it get a slight curl to the ends. That’s it!
Alright, let’s jump into my top 5 favorite toxin-free shampoos...
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To learn more about the science behind Mother Dirt, watch their awesome video here. Mother Dirt’s shampoo is plant-based and preservative free. One of their claims is that you can go longer in between washing your hair, citing that 62% of their customers have cut down on shower time, ultimately saving 55 gallons per month of water per customer. I did see a significant decrease in shower time over the course of a month, especially when I paired the shampoo with their AO Mist. Again, this boils down to budget for me. Maybe someday I can get back into the Mother Dirt routine, but for now, I’ll stick to my homemade soap, ACV, and Acure Shampoo.
I use Dr. Bronner's in nearly all aspects of my body care routine - from their toothpaste to their rendition of “tiger balm”, so it was only fitting for me to try using their Castile liquid soap and their soap bars as a shampoo substitute. Within the framework of minimalistic extended travel, Dr. Bronner's is a real winner. While my guy and I road tripped across the US for over a month we used the liquid Castile soap as an all-purpose soap: doing our dishes, washing hands, sudsing up our hair, and keeping our bodies clean. Castile soap will definitely leave your hair feeling coarse, so you have to follow it with an ACV rinse. I’ve noticed they have great 3.4 fl oz travel size bottles at Target, so you can start out with a little and see how it goes. When we got back from our trip I decided to switch it up for no particular reason. Sometimes you just want to try something new, you know? I’ll probably circle back and try them again in the near future to be honest. Dr. Bronner's is certified organic, non-GMO, no animal testing, and fair trade certified. Dr. Bronner's offers their employees and their families 100% free healthcare, they have a 5 to 1 cap on executive salaries, and 15% of an employee’s salary is in profit sharing of the company. Their take on planet health is no less impressive. Dr. Bronner's practices organic regenerative agriculture with all their ingredients, their bottles are 100% post-consumer recycled material, and their manufacturing plant is working towards becoming a zero waste facility.
The Natural Hair Care Journey
I hope this Natural Hair Care Series has helped get you off on the right foot. It's important to be patient with yourself, and your hair, as you go through your acclimation period and figure out what works best for you. Do you have any other natural shampoos you've tried with good results? Let us know in the comments below!
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