Natural hair rinses. What for?

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Thanks to shampoos, conditioners, and countless numbers of other hair products being so readily available to us, they have become the singular norm, and seemingly the only option in our society. Most people wouldn’t even think about methods that pre-existed the chemically concoctions which we have gotten so used to. I’ve often wondered how much truth there is in the notion that commercial hair products are commercialised for a reason- they trap your hair in a cycle of becoming dirty quickly, therefore requiring increased frequent use, and therefore gaining manufacturers more money blah blah. You know the story, and I suspect there is truth behind it. So let’s rebel a little and try to break out of the standard hair washing cycle – and what better way to do help your transition than a lovely hair rinse!

If you follow my blog you probably know I’m a big fan of ‘natural’ products and methods, especially when it comes to hair. This time I am going to dedicate a small post to natural hair rinses, give you a few examples and try to convince you why they are so awesome and everyone should use them 😉

In the days of old, hair rinses were a ‘must do’ step of the hair washing ritual for women – all for a good reason! No matter how amazing your hair washing method is, a rinse is always an excellent follow up.  The benefits include:

  • Properly rinsing out the shampoo.
  • Softening the effects of tap water on your hair.
  • Enriching hair follicles with extra nutrients.
  • Getting rid of the salt and mineral build up.
  • Smoothing down the hair cuticle, effectively giving you smoother, silkier hair.
  • Making brushing easier.
  • Lifting static electricity from the hair.
  • Making your hair colour richer and brighter.
  • Regulating the activity of oil on your scalp.

The best classic hair rinses are:

  • A variety of herbs (Camomile and sage are my personal faves).
  • Bottled mineral water (another big love of mine. Awesome for the skin too)
  • Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, diluted of course.

Hair rinses are especially important if you use an alkaline based method of washing your hair (like standard shampoo, or baking soda) a these methods open up the cuticles of the hair where essential moisture and lipids are stored. If these cuticles are not closed properly, hair can become dry, frizzy and badly manageable over time.

Take care of your hair, spend a little bit of time on it, treat it well, and you’ll look fabulous! This cat already is, why aren’t you? 😉

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2 thoughts on “Natural hair rinses. What for?

  1. Kristina:

    Just wanted to let you know how much I identified with your most recent post. Though I’m a male, I’m still really observant of my hair and appearance. Over the years, I’ve noticed how the hair cuticles would open up from traditional shampoos. For me, as I’m blond, this just destroys things. I just wanted to thank you for so eloquently explaining why shampoos are usually not in the best interest of the consumer. Too often we just accept what we are told rather than thinking for ourselves. I’ve found a lot of luck with unrefined coconut oil, and eucalyptus mixed with mineral water, as well as fresh mint leaves in mineral water. Does a much better job of cleaning, without the destruction. Best of luck to you. Please keep writing!

    • Thank you for your lovely comment Russell, it makes me really happy that more and more people are starting to become mindful of the use of marketed products and cosmetics in their daily lives. The products you use sound wonderful and super healthy, unrefined coconut oil is just divine, and the smell of mint and eucalyptus are so amazing too, I’m glad they work for your hair!

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