Why Make the Change to Natural Shampoo?
Making the change to natural beauty products can be a difficult one. If you're like me, you have grown very attached to the face creams, soaps, and hair products that you've been using for the last few years because they work (you think). You like how your skin looks and feels, your hair behaves itself and looks and feels clean. So why spend time testing new products and possibly risk being unhappy with the new natural products?
What's Wrong with Your Current Shampoo?
Shampoos that you buy from your grocery store or local pharmacy are usually made with Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). It's the chemical ingredient that makes it sud up and lather so well. It's also a known carcinogen, skin irritant, and terrible to wash down your drain into the waterways. We've spoken in more depth about SLS in this blog post about switching to natural toothpaste.
SLS isn't the only ingredient that can cause health issues. Research that has been conducted in the last 10 years shows that health-related complaints about beauty products are at an all-time high.
This wouldn't be such a big problem if, when a serious complaint was lodged, the product ingredients were adjusted or the product was removed from shelves.
Firstly, the majority of people don't even lodge complaints when they have an allergic reaction or health issue after using a beauty product. They think they are the problem, not the product.
Unlike other drugs or topical products, cosmetics in the USA do not need to go through any sort of pre-market approval before they can be sold in stores. No on is regulating the safety and effectiveness of the products that are used in shampoos, soaps, or makeup.
Why Make the Switch?
Making the switch to natural shampoo, and indeed natural beauty products in general, is the best way to ensure you aren't putting chemicals or carcinogens in or on your body.
Most natural shampoos are made with plant-derived ingredients like coconut oil, bentonite clay, activated charcoal, or shea butter.
Those were the main reasons that I made the swap to natural shampoo. That, and I was tired of all of the plastic that I was using with regular shampoos.
However, there was an incredible benefit to switching to natural shampoo that I wasn't anticipating: my hair is healthier than ever after making the switch.
I have thick, curly hair and I spend a lot of time in the sun. When I used regular shampoo and conditioner, my hair usually felt thin and became greasy every single day.
When I swapped over to natural shampoo, the greasiness has all but disappeared (I could probably go three or four days without washing it now!). The texture of my hair is so different now. It is thicker, the curls are bouncy and healthy, my hair feels softer.
Regular shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, but natural shampoo allows your hair and scalp to do what nature intended them.
What to Expect When Making the Change to Natural Shampoo?
Just like making the switch to natural deodorant, you may have to shop around a little bit before you find the natural shampoo that's right for you and your hair.
When you first swap over to natural shampoo, you'll probably notice in the shower that it doesn't lather anywhere near as much as your old shampoo. You'll need to wash, rinse, and repeat during those first few days before your hair and scalp get used to the change.
You may also want to add a quick apple cider vinegar rinse to your routine if you are using a shampoo bar. These can sometimes build up a little bit of soap residue in your hair. However, a quick rinse with a small amount of apple cider vinegar mixed with water will leave your hair feeling silky softer after your shower.
Our Favorite Natural Shampoos
If you are just starting to look at the best natural shampoos, check out some of our favorites.
Siliski Shampoo Bar
This Siliski Shampoo Bar is made with kokum oil, olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, water, abyssinian, jojoba, and essential oils to give it a natural and light scent that doesn't overpower.
This is one of our absolute favorite shampoo bars because of the variety of scents and how good it makes our hair and scalp feel afterward.
The Home Farm Natural Shampoo
This is one of the few natural shampoos that we've found that isn't a bar, but is still a liquid, making it a great transition shampoo. It also comes in a recyclable aluminum bottle, so you get the best of both worlds with this one.
It's made with organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, as well as several essential oils for a fresh, clean scent.
B3 Natural Shampoo Bar
Another of our favorite shampoo bars, we love this one because it is great for hair, body, and shaving. It's a perfect all-round bar that we use a ton in our daily shower routine.
It's made with saponified olive, almond, castor, and coconut oils, and pure fragrance oils.
Butter Me Up Organics Natural Organic Dry Shampoo
This is the only natural dry shampoo that is totally butane-free that I've ever found and to be honest, the only one you'll never need.
This organic dry shampoo is made with sodium bicarbonate, white Kaolin clay, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and activated charcoal. It keeps your hair looking fresh for days at a time and it smells incredible.