What to expect with natural haircare
Transitioning to a natural shampoo and conditioner can leave your hair healthier than ever, but it can take some time to adjust.
Unlike conventional haircare, natural alternatives are made without harsh ingredients such as sulphates, silicones and parabens. These additives create the illusion of silky, clean hair but can actually damage hair and disrupt your body's natural hormones. You can read the full list of ingredients we avoid in hair products here.
The great news is that you definitely don't have to sacrifice good hair days when you switch to natural. But with any detox, a single wash won't eliminate years of product buildup.
Here's what you can expect:
While washing: Less foaming
Shampoos made without sulphates will naturally foam less. Sulphates create the lathering effect in conventional shampoos, however they also increase skin sensitivity and strip the scalp of natural oils.
With less of a lather, it can help to double wash to ensure your hair is left squeaky clean.
Post-washing: Natural conditioners may not give you that immediate 'silky' feeling
Conventional hair products contain silicones, designed to add shine and hydration. The problem with silicones is that they aren't water soluble - they build up on the hair overtime and coat the hair follicle like plastic, meaning active ingredients can't penetrate the hair shaft.
During the transition, it can help to incorporate a natural oil to give your hair that post-wash shine.
Following the first few washes: Your hair may feel heavier at first
It’s perfectly normal for hair to feel oilier or heavier in the first few weeks. Do not fear... this is simply your scalp adjusting to it's natural rhythm and returning to a healthy pH. Patience is key.
After a few weeks: Luscious locks and a happy scalp
It can take a few weeks or even months to reap the benefits of natural ingredients – but when you do, your hair will be more well-balanced and feel more hydrated than before.
Natural hair products don't strip your hair of natural oils like synthetics and are often enriched with plant extracts to deeply nourish and protect your hair and scalp in the long-run. Your hair will not only appear cleaner and softer - it really will be cleaner and softer!