Some studies on nutrition have publicized the harmful effects of chemicals in the foods we eat. But what about the creams, lotions, toothpaste, shampoos and conditions we put on our skin?

When you pick up a bottle of shampoo and read the ingredients, do you know what are you actually putting on your scalp?  So many of the chemicals that are used in shampoos and conditioners are dangerous. Some have “safe” levels of use, but many of these chemicals in typical hair care products exceed these levels.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is one of the most common chemicals found in shampoo (and other body care products).  You can find more info here, and here.

Our skin is an organ of the body. Doctors sometimes prescribe medications that are in the form of creams which are quickly and easily absorbed into the body, so it stands to reason that the chemicals in shampoos and conditioners are also absorbed into the body through our scalp.

I started washing my hair with my own homemade soap and found that there was a transition time for my scalp and hair to adjust to this change. The first few washing’s were not impressive at all and I wondered if the build up of the ‘gunk’ from regular shampoo and conditioner would ever come out of my hair. After a few uses, though, I found that the soap lathered much better and my hair felt softer.

So I decided I would try making shampoo soap bars.  The difference between a regular bar of homemade soap and shampoo bar is the types of oils that are used.  In addition to soybean oil and castor oil, I also use hemp oil, meadowfoam oil, rice bran oil, rosehip oil and jojoba oil.  These oils help your hair to retain moisture.

I then began making my own hair rinse.  The pH of soap is not the same as shampoos so apple cider vinegar rinse base is used to balance this. It is an awesome conditioner for your scalp and hair.  My hair feels softer than it ever has, and, since using homemade shampoo and hair rinse, I find that I have less tangles.

Wash your hair with the shampoo bar. Dilute 2 Tblsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar in 2 cups of warm water and pour over your head. Rinse. Towel dry your hair, comb out and let dry. The vinegar smell will dissipate in a few hours and, in a few weeks of continued use, you’ll find your hair softer and healthier.

As you work to change your current hair care methods to a more natural, health-conscious method I’m convinced you’ll be pleased with the results.  Just remember to give the process and your hair time to make this transition.