Natural Hair Care: Three Reasons to Live Shampoo Free


You could easily be saving at least $20 a month. You could look and feel better every day. You could do something great for your health. You could do all of those things in 10 minutes a day. Intrigued?

Next time you run low on shampoo, don’t run out and buy another bottle. Below are three reasons why that decision will change your life for the better.

Woman combing hair1. The chemicals in mainstream hair-care products are bad for you. 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s absorbent, so if you think you’re safe from chemicals if you don’t eat them, think again. From sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate (two dangerous detergents also used in engine degreasers) to propylene and butylene glycol (compounds used in photographic film processing), your skin is soaking up all kinds of toxins that will eventually enter your bloodstream.

Stick to this rule: If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin.

Visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to get the dish on the dirty little secrets your favorite shampoo has been hiding.

10/2/2013 3:33:34 PM

Has anyone had trouble with their natural hair color fading with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method? I love how my hair feels but I don't want the natural color to keep getting lighter.

6/23/2013 5:53:42 PM

Thank you for writing such a great article and promoting awareness of this important issue!  I will try these "recipes" soon.  Several months back, I found Essante Organics and I've switched to all of their personal care products which are 100% certified chemical free and toxic free.  I love their shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in hair conditioning emollient.  I also use the hair gel, which is clinically proven to help your hair color last longer.  Available at:

Amanda Koker
12/16/2012 4:23:20 AM

I worked in the Marshall Islands for 2 years and I made very good friends with a girl from Kiribati. She has the most amazing hair. Her pony is 5 times or more thicker than mine (and I get told I have think hair) and she wears it to below the hollow of her back. She has no broken ends and her hair just looks amazing! I asked what her secret was. She said her hair was exactly like mine, then she started using a method her grandma taught her. She takes the hair that collect in her brush, comb and shower and rolls it into a ball and burns it and then she rubs ash into her scalp. Then she rinses with water until all the ash is washed out and then she rubs about 2teaspoons of coconut oil into her scalp. I can't even express how amazing her hair looks. I decided to try this method. My hair has been falling out a lot lately. I don't heat dry my hair at all and there is not a trace of dye left in my hair and yet it still breaks and falls out. I have just started this treatment about a month ago and I can already see the difference. Yes, i will mean tons of fly aways as little hairs will sprout out everywhere, but that is not a bad thing. Give it a few months and the difference will surely show. I like the idea of going natural. Been using apple vinigar as a build up cleanser and a dandruff prevention and it makes my hair feel amazing. I will empty my bottles of pantene and there after try the bicarb. This sounds like an amazing plan!

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