Anyone who has recently turned their attention to the incomprehensible ingredients of their hair-care products has certainly landed informative websites and found skin-irritating, allergenic or even carcinogenic substances in body and hair care products.
The use of microplastics (hidden behind cryptic names), silicones or anionic surfactants also makes you think and leads many to the decision to fall back on natural products. But especially when switching to mild shampoos and cleansing methods, the oil release regulates only slowly.
Legacy silicone, polyquaternium or related substances with word syllables of “quat” are washed out only slowly.
In this article you’ll learn how a switch to natural hair shampoos is more enjoyable, prevents dehydration, and how the individual care you need gets to where it’s needed.
FIRST STEP: Removal of chemical reSIDUES!
In order for the changeover to the new cleansers or alternative methods, it is good to remove any remaining chemical residues from the old shampoos and conditioners.
This sodium bicarbonate deep cleansing is applied as follows:
- Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda (US shipping) in 100 ml of lukewarm water (up to three times this amount is needed for longer hair). Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of baking soda (EU shipping) to two tablespoons of lukewarm water to form a paste. Wet the hair with warm water before applying so that the cuticle opens and the silicone stored in it is also washed out.
- Gently massage the mixture on the scalp. In the process, the mass becomes slippery and can cause color changes even in uncolored hair. Chemically dyed hair may lose color with each wash of baking soda.
SECOND STEP: To neutralize the sodium hydroxide, an acidic rinse should follow each soda wash!
Mix either one to three tablespoons of wine vinegar (-> EU-shipping), the juice of one lemon with one liter of cold water or prepare a tea extract from hibiscus flowers (-> US-shipping) (reddish coloring). This rinse is distributed cold over the scalp and hair lengths and can be left in the hair as a leave-in. However, a very cold final rinse is also beneficial, as the increasing cold ensures that the skin and hair scales, which were opened by the warm cleansing process, are securely attached.
A less drastic, but also much more tedious method is the prolonged use of a silicone-free or quaternium-free shampoo. Hair conditioner, hair treatment and care products should also be free of these substances.
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