The decision to switch from a traditional shampoo to a Natural shampoo is an important one. You are literally detoxing your hair and scalp. There is no doubt that a natural shampoo is good for your hair. I promise you will wish you had done it sooner. The highly effective and active ingredients of a naturally formulated shampoo nourish your hair just the way it should be.
Below is what you can expect when switching to Organic/Natural Shampoos.
Natural Shampoos are low-foam and low lather. Most of us are used to shampoos that foam and have lots of lather. Natural shampoos offer less lather but more nourishment. Traditional shampoos may give you a squeaky clean feeling, but they strip hair and scalp of natural oils and moisture, leaving hair feeling dry and frizzy. Sulphate-free shampoos work without stripping hair of oils or causing hair color to fade. Apply more water, instead of more product. The water will help activate the shampoo and spread it through your hair. If you feel you need extra cleansing, repeat the washing process. While the first wash cleans your scalp from dirt and grime, the second wash gives nourishment and hydration to your scalp and hair shaft. Repeated washing allows the natural substances to penetrate deep into the follicles and provide nutrition.
Your hair may need an adjustment period. When you shift from artificial to natural shampoos, your hair may need time to adjust to the new product. Your hair may temporarily feel heavier and oilier than usual. When you washed your hair with harsh chemicals, your scalp was signaled to produce more oil to replace what you washed away. The natural oils on your scalp keep your hair healthy. Regular shampoos contain harsh detergents that strip your hair of these natural oils. Switching from conventional to natural will make it appear that these shampoos are making your hair greasy. This is a detox phase and is temporary.
Natural shampoos can give you delayed results. You might be used to the illusion of instant results from your regular shampoo, like extra shine or silkiness. Natural shampoos take time to adjust to your hair type. You may not see immediate changes in your hair. Don't mistake your new shampoo as ‘the wrong product.' Natural shampoos take time to show results and when they do, they create long term effects.
Changes in hair thickness and feel. Some people may experience thicker, fuller hair when making the switch. Often times, chemical-laden shampoos contain ingredients such as silicones and waxes that can build up on hair follicles. This build-up can block pores and prevent hair from growing. By eliminating this build-up, your hair may look and feel thicker as your scalp produces new hair strands.
It can take a bit time for your hair to adjust when switching to natural hair care products. Remember to be patient. After the adjustment period, you’ll have healthier, more manageable hair!