Girl, You Don't Need ShampooI know you are looking at me all side-eye now because I’m about to ditch my shampoo but give me a chance before you scroll to the next article. The truth is you don’t have to use shampoo to keep your hair and scalp smelling fresh. A lot of us shampoo our hair because we believe if we don’t it will smell and become dirty. I understand because who wants to have their hair look like they just took 3-month-old braids out without shampooing it? Absolutely nobody and I can’t blame you! In this article, I am going to share with you some fresh ways to keep your hair clean and smelling fresh without using shampoo. Some of the tips you may have already tried. If so, let us all know how it worked out by commenting on the article. Also, share any hair or scalp issues you have and how you keep them under control. Alright, you have to know what time it is! Go ahead and press play on your Khalid playlist to get started.
How to Not Shampoo your Hair Every DayGet out of the mindset that you have to shampoo your hair every day. Truthfully you’re stripping your hair of essential oils when you do. Shampooing your hair every day is not a good idea, and you should have a routine to stop overdoing it! The primary purpose of shampooing hair is to remove excess oil. Here are some quick tips to help you maintain your hair without having to shampoo it:
- Shampoo the roots and condition the ends
- Use a shower cap in the shower to prevent frizziness
- Don't shampoo your hair for a week to understand how often you should shampoo your hair
- Stick to water-based products, so you don't have to use shampoo
What Causes Dry ScalpUsing some of the hacks below will help you to combat flakiness. Here are some reasons you may have dry scalp:
- Shampoos with sulfate
- Product buildup
- Dead skin buildup
- Lack of having a consistent cleaning and conditioning routine
- Lack of moisture on the scalp and hair
- Using humectants (they attract moisture) in a dry climate
- Mineral buildup from your water
How to Avoid Dry Scalp
- Use a sulfate shampoo to remove the product buildup
- Co-wash your hair
- Exfoliate your scalp with the mixture mentioned below
- Resist the tendency to shampoo your hair too much
- Use a spray bottle and apply water to your scalp
- Drink more water on a daily basis (84 ounces is optimal)
- Avoid humectants in dry areas
Weekly Styling without ShampooWant to know how to maintain your hair when you don’t shampoo it every other day? Here’s a nice schedule to keep you cute without having to think too hard about what to do with your hair. Is it just me or does your hair seem to be style better when it’s a little dirty? Don’t leave me out here by myself with greasy hair let me know in the comments below.
Day 1:Wash, condition, and straighten your hair
Day 3:Use a dry shampoo on your hair
Day 5:Style your hair into a mid-crown or low ponytail
Day 7:Pull your hair up into a messy bun or a cool braid
Day 9:It may be time to shampoo your hair so go ahead and rock your hat
Clean Hair HacksThe hacks below are perfect for anyone. The cool thing about them is most of us have the ingredients right in our kitchen cabinet. I am sure you will find a few you can use immediately without having to go through the task of shampooing your hair. Whenever you need to freshen your hair up these are tried and true hacks to get you through your style routine in the morning. Thank me later or in the comment section below!
1. Dry ShampooOkay! You may be thinking that this is still shampooing the hair. I include the dry shampoo technique because it’s not your traditional way of cleaning your hair.
Step #1Apply the dry shampoo and don’t worry about the white residue
Step #2Allow the shampoo to absorb for 10-15 minutes
Step #3Massage the shampoo through your hair and continue until the white residue is not visible Brush through your hair Here are a few tips on how to get the best use of your dry shampoo:
Tip #1Spray it at least six inches away from your hair to get an even coverage
Tip #2Do not overuse
Tip #3Use it only on your hair after a regular shampoo
Tip #4Allow it to absorb before brushing your hair
Tip #5Use it before your workout to so the shampoo will absorb sweat while you work out
Tip #6Blow dry your hair to dry the shampoo
2. Baby PowderYou don’t have to buy a big bottle of baby powder to try this out. Go to Walmart or your local store and buy one of the travel sized bottles to test this technique out. All you have to do is sprinkle some unscented powder on the roots of your hair. Brush it through your hair to blend it out, so your roots don’t look gray.
3. Rubbing AlcoholSoak a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and blot on your roots to remove grease and dirt. Avoid applying the product to your hair because alcohol can dry out the hair. You want to use rubbing alcohol on your scalp only.
4. White Rice Flour
Step #1Pour the white rice flour in a bowl and use a makeup brush to apply it to your roots
Step #2Part your hair in sections
Step #3Dip your makeup brush in the flour
Step #4Use downward strokes along the parts
Step #5Apply flour to your hairline
Step #6Tap the brush along the part to blend the flour into the hair
5. Scalp DetoxA scalp detox works well to get it clean and remove oil plus dirt from your hair. Complete a detox as needed. Mix the following ingredients together
- 1tsp of baking soda (removes odor)
- ½ tsp of cinnamon powder (stimulates scalp circulation and hair growth)
- 2 tbsp of olive oil (strengthens the hair)
6. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair RinseUsing apple cider vinegar is right for your hair because it removes product buildup, revitalizes dry hair, and cleans your scalp very well. ACV clarifies your hair to leave it looking shiny and healthy.
Step #1Combine ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of water, four drops of lavender, and three drops of rosemary in a squeeze bottle
Step #2Gently massage the product on your scalp to clean it as well
Step #3Apply the mixture to the entire head
Step #4Put on a shower cap and leave on for 45 minutes
Step #5Rinse the mixture out of the hair
Step #6Use your scalp massage brush the stimulate circulation You can use plain apple cider vinegar over your hair and rinse with water.
7. Baking SodaSprinkle on your roots and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Follow-up by brushing through the hair to evenly throughout the hair.
8. LemonYou may not like to shampoo your hair because it tends to dry your hair so using lemon juice is a great substitute. Combine two parts lemon juice with four parts water. Pour into a spray bottle and then spray onto your roots and your hair to remove any dirt and cleanse the scalp. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and rinse afterward. Condition your hair with your favorite product to complete the treatment.
9. Aerosol HairspraySpray some hairspray on your roots and brush through your strands.
10. HoneyUse honey as a pre-poo option for your hair.
Step #1Saturate your hair with water first
Step #2Apply and oil to your hair and brush it through
Step #3Put on a plastic shower cap
Step #4Put on a bonnet and allow the mixture to sit on your hair for 15 minutes
Step #5Rinse your hair and style
11. CornstarchCombine cocoa and cornstarch and apply the mixture to the roots. The cornstarch absorbs the oil, and the cocoa camouflages the white residue from the cornstarch.
12. Coconut MilkCoconut milk is great for your hair. On your co-wash day, you can use this conditioner on your hair. Check out the recipe below to get a bomb alternative to shampooing. Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
- 1 banana (adds moisture to your hair and reduces frizz)
- 1 cup of aloe vera juice (reduces frizz)
Step #1Strain the mixture and add ½ can of coconut milk to your mix. Coconut milk helps to strengthen and nourish the hair.
Step #2Add ¼ cup of olive oil to your hair. Olive oil strengthens hair
Step #3Add an essential oil
Step #4Mix it all. Apply it to your hair from scalp to ends. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes.
13. ClayClay is perfect for extremely oily hair. Kaolin clay is for normal to dry hair and Bentonite clay for greasy hair. The clays make your hair soft and pull metals and heavy toxins from your body. It’s a perfect detoxifier for your hair, and you can use it on the face as well. If you live in a place where you have hard water, there can be sulfur, calcium, and metals in it. These minerals sit on top of your hair and scalp, so clay treatments are excellent to remove this mineral buildup. To use a clay treatment on your hair try the method below:
Step #1Mix ¼ cup of clay with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Slowly add ½ cup of water. Do not use a metal spoon to mix it!
Step #2Add in essential oils for a pleasant smell
Step #3Saturate your hair with water
Step #4Work the clay through your hair and massage on the scalp
Step #5Leave on for about five minutes and rinse
14. Co-washIf your hair doesn’t get extremely oily using conditioner to wash your hair is a good option. Co-wash is short for conditioner-only washing which leaves you with smoother, softer, and easier to manage. Using this technique helps to prevent you from washing your hair often. Choose a good moisturizing conditioner like Tresseme or Herbal Essence. Massage the product into your hair just as you would with shampoo. The best method is to scrub your scalp using your fingertips. Rinse out the conditioner and style as you want. Co-wash whenever there is a lot of sweat or dirt buildup in your hair to remove them and get your hair clean without shampooing Co-wash to add moisture to your hair and keep your scalp clean. A bonus is it adds a great smell to your hair.
Your Hair Deserves MoreI know this article is all about shampoo substitutes and I think I have given you some great alternatives. As I read through the article, I realize that I have also given you great tips on how to keep your hair as healthy as possible without using harsh chemicals on it. Whether you decide to use clay or stick with your apple cider vinegar rinse it is clear your hair will be happy. We all know happy hair equals shiny and bouncy curls or strands! Try one or more of the hacks above. Share your photo on Instagram or Facebook and tag Private Label Extensions. We want to see how cute you look!
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