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Nourish Your Tresses With Natural Hair Care

Katharine Herringer Article by: Katharine Herringer
Nourish Your Tresses With Natural Hair Care


Confused and daunted by the idea of natural hair care? Or do you like the idea of it, but concerned that the products just don’t perform as well as their conventional counterparts? Not to worry, the industry has come a long way since egg yolks and apple cider vinegar. If it’s chemical sensitivities, pregnancy, or just wanting to ‘detox’ your everyday hair care regime, we’ve got the low-down on what to try. All of these products steer clear of chemicals, parabens and synthetic ingredients.


1.       Everyday wash and condition. If you’re a basic, no frills, just-gimme-the-goods kind of person, try Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. They are vegan and certified fair trade. You get almost 1L for under $12, which can’t be beat.

Got some flakes? No worries. That too can be addressed with a medicated shampoo like Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo. It will help to restore moisture balance to the hair and scalp, and help reduce flaking. With peppermint oil to revive and cool, and yucca extract for a shiny beautiful finish.


2.       Apres washing.  Need a little TLC? After washing and before styling, you might want to try Tints of Nature Scalp Treatment. Using certified organic fennel, green seaweed, aloe vera and chamomile to reduce irritation and inflammation of the scalp. Feels great!

 

3.       Weekly treatment. Every one or two weeks, give your tresses a little extra TLC, especially if your hair is ultra-processed. Shampoo your hair as usual, and then layer in a good amount of a rich conditioning treatment like Giovanni Smooth as Silk Xtreme Tube. Relax for ten minutes, then rinse and air dry. This product really does perform as good as those conventional treatments - with none of those unwanted ingredients.


4.       Colour. Conventional home hair colours not only do harm to the hair, they also are highly polluting to our collective water supply. If you’re ready to make the move over to natural hair colour, start with the bestselling, highly awarded Tints of Nature Conditioning Permanent Hair Color. Free of toxic ammonia, resourcinol and parabens, it offers a great range of colour options. This is not your grandmother's henna, and it will leave your locks conditioned and impart a deep luster, a la Kate Middleton! 

 

5.       A little something extra. The biggest part about looking great on the outside is feeling good inside, and getting a deep, restorative sleep every night is essential. Did you know that a little nightly scalp massage can soothe frazzled nerves and help with sleep? According to ancient Ayurvedic medicine, massaging the scalp with a generous amount of oil (like Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil) infused with essential oils like lavender, sandalwood or rose can get you “out of your head”, and far away from every day emotional stressors. Massage using your finger tips, for 10 minutes, using the same motion as you would when you shampoo your hair. Leave on the oil, be sure to cover your pillow with a towel and wash in the morning. Honestly, it works. Try it!