You bought a solid shampoo (or a natural shampoo) with expectations of having luscious, non chemical-laden locks. You just lathered up your new shampoo and after a blow dry, you see greasy roots! Not coating your hair with parabens, sulfates, silicones and phthalates should work miracles right?
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
The oil you see are the natural oils your scalp produces to keep your hair healthy. Regular shampoos contain harsh detergents that strip off all these protective oils, and your scalp is left defenceless against the external environment. The greasiness you see is your hair now trying to regain its natural oil balance. There will be an adjustment period before your scalp eliminates all the chemicals and finds an equilibrium.
You might just need to get used to what your hair feels like when it is not stripped of its natural moisture.
Another culprit is the product build-up that has accumulated overtime. The solid shampoos that we make are concentrated in plant actives and natural clay, and they work hard at clarifying and nourishing your scalp. The clays also double as a detoxifying ingredient aimed at unclogging hair follicles and sebum build up.
So what can you do to help with the adjustment?
LESS IS MORE
It might be tempting to shampoo more often to try and wash off the grease, but it will only serve to dry out your scalp more. Your scalp will merely work harder at producing more oils to replace the moisture.
AMOUNT OF SHAMPOO
In the same logic as shampooing too frequently, using too much will also only serve to dry your hair out. It is also a waste of your shampoo. Solid shampoos are very concentrated - so apply just enough directly onto your scalp to create a nice lather, and you can stretch the use of it!
DOING A PRE-SHAMPOO TREATMENT
Say wud? It actually works! Putting a few drops of hair treatment oil prior to shampooing can actually help to gently remove excess styling products, dirt and oil, and also provide a deep hydration to your hair. You can do this once to twice a week, or more if you are prone to using styling products.
USING THE RIGHT HAIR BRUSH
A brush with natural bristles will help to redistribute your natural hair oil, keeping your hair looking nice and glossy. Clean your hairbrush with a small amount of shampoo from time to time, rinse it with warm water and dry face down on a clean towel.
Good things come to those who wait. So be patient with your hair, and give your body time to adjust. You will see that your hair will eventually become thicker, glossier and grow much faster once you skip out all the nasties in your hair treatments.
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