Yes that’s what I said. Hair is dead it’s true. Except for a few growing cells at the base of the root, hair is dead tissue and is composed of keratin and related proteins. So why do we spend so much money trying to make something that is dead look bouncy and “full of life”?
Over and over again I see commercials and ads for all kinds of shampoos, conditioners, hair masks etc… most make claims like eliminate or reduce split ends! end frizzies! Bring dead hair back to life! I didn’t know you could do CPR on hair! Or are they talking Voodoo? hmm…I’m almost afraid. I personally love the Herbal Essences commercials with the bikers with long hair and after they shampoo, they have super model hair and are tossing their glistening manes about as if they were doing a photo shoot for Vogue. I laugh every time!
Anyway, here’s the straight scoop. We’ve decided that hair is indeed dead but, we care for it because it is part of our appearance, keeps our head warm etc… There are so very many shampoos on the market its insanity! Now there is even, are you ready for this? Paper Shampoo! What?! yes that’s right it is shampoo/soap paper kinda thingies that you can use to wash with.
For years there have been dry shampoos, powder-poos and now a movement called No-Poo which claims that not washing your hair at all or only a scant few times a year is best.
Let me just insert this tip – as long as it does not contain harmful chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS ) and / or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) just about anything will clean your hair. These chemicals were actually originally engineered for this purpose: SLS is a highly effective surfactant and is used in any task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues. As such the compound is found in high concentrations in industrial products including engine degreaser, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps…
So why would you want to use something that was originally engineered as an irritant and detergent to strip oil from car engines to clean your hair & body and face with? Even better question may be, why do companies even use this stuff in their bath & beauty products, mass produce and sell it to you the unsuspecting consumer?! Answers: Because it is cheap & creates foam. That’s it. Nothing more than that. Now that you know better, you will make more healthy choices next time you shop right? 🙂
Finding SLS / SLES free products is becoming easier & easier as more people are realizing what they’ve been using all these years is not healthy nor good for the environment. I am in the process of formulating and testing a fantastic, upscale but, affordable complete line of organic and natural health and beauty products! However; until my line is ready for launch, here are some great resources and tips for you to try.
If you try any of these recipes or tips, please feel free to come back and leave a comment. I’d Love Love Love to hear from you! Your genuine feedback is a huge help! As it really helps me to provide the very best quality products and information.
- Cook rice often? Great! Save that water! Washing your hair with boiled rice water is a quick easy way to achieve shiny hair.
- Easy Build Up Remover Tip: Rinse your hair with 1 cup apple cider vinegar, followed by a small dollop of shampoo. Use this about every 7 – 14 days depending on how much hair products you use to style.
Home Spa DIY Olive Oil Hair Repair Treatment
- ½ cup pure virgin cold pressed olive oil
- 5 drops essential oil (choose your favorite scent)
- 1 shower cap that can fit over your hair
1. Pour olive oil into a jar with a lid, then add essential oil of your choice.
- Put lid on jar and shake well to disperse the essential oil.
- Let sit for 24 hours in a cool, dark place.
- Shake again before use.
2. Rinse hair with warm water.
- Warm 1 tablespoon of oil treatment in the palms of your hands.
- Using your fingertips (not nails), gently massage the oil into the scalp in a circular motion.
- Repeat until the entire scalp has been massaged.
- Rub the ends of your hair with the remaining oil.
3. Place the shower cap over your hair, secure by tying or with a hair clip or clothes pin.
- Allow the oil to remain for at least a half-hour.
4. Rinse well, then shampoo as usual.
All The Best!!!
Olive Oil Hair Treatment Source Credit: The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breedlove (Storey Books 1998) SLS / SLES Information Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_lauryl_sulfate