Natural hair-care routine: a beginners guide
What is a natural hair-care routine?
A few years ago I switched from toxic chemical haircare to an entirely natural hair-care routine, and this is the best thing I did for my hair and scalp. My hair started to regrow and it’s super shiny, strong and healthy!
The secret of hair-care adverts on TV?
Do you ever watch those haircare adverts on the television and think to yourself: how can I get my hair to look like that? What’s their secret?! I’ll let you in on a real secret – no haircare product alone can give you ad-worthy tresses. It takes so much more to get the hair of your dreams, but it can be done!
Let’s start with the basics – if you want lovely, strong hair, you must eat a nutrient-dense diet. The more you feed it the stronger, thicker and shinier it will become. Next, try to get enough sleep every night as this is essential for restoration and is good for your overall health, well- being and hair.
Keep your scalp clean and energised
Be sure to also keep your scalp clean. Washing and combing (or brushing) your hair ensures that oils move along the hair shaft. You don’t want oils with a higher comedogenic factor to stay stagnant on the scalp or to sit, clogging up your pores, as this may cause further hair loss. I rather play it safe!
Use natural hair care products whenever you can in your daily natural hair-care routine!
Most importantly, try and use natural hair-care routine products as much as possible. This could include the use of botanicals, cold-pressed oils, steam-distilled extracts, henna, plant oils and wild-harvested ingredients. Additionally, combine herbs, flowers, natural oils, essential oils and proteins into your natural hair-care regime to make it strong, shiny and bouncy.
Ditch harsh and toxic chemicals
I always warn people against using shampoos, soaps and moisturisers that have harsh chemicals. Products like these were created to be cheap substitutes for organic ingredients.
Try Henna Herbal colouring
Treating your hair naturally also means applying natural colouring agents, rather than the store-bought hair dye boxes (that are laden with nasty chemicals). Henna is a great alternative. Not only does it allow you to create an array of tones for your hair, but it also deeply nourishes it and is completely natural. A friend recommended using it, and I haven’t looked back since!
You could also try a ‘tea rinse’ to naturally dye your hair. This technique nourishes the hair, but when it comes to colouring, I haven’t been blown away.
My natural hair-care remedies include a mix of Asian, ancient, modern and Ayurvedic practices that our ancestors employed for years. These DIY recipes include raw ingredients such as botanicals, essential oils, plant oils, herbs, Ayurvedic herbs, Aloe Vera and vitamins.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an old, holistic approach to healing. In fact, it’s one of the oldest healing systems in the world. The term ‘Ayurveda’ is used quite loosely in the beauty industry to describe certain products and practices, but the truth is, its core essence is rarely practised anymore. The noble practitioners of this science are sadly becoming extinct.
Ayurveda treatment is based on blood flow. As you know, blood flows throughout every part of the body. Knowledgeable Ayurveda practitioners detect your condition based on how blood flows through your system (also known as Nadi Vigyan or pulse diagnosis).
Ayurveda practitioners understand how mind-body systems interact. They don’t ask questions about how you feel or what’s wrong with you, they detect it. They can assess posture, body language, facial emotions and voice tone.
The principle of Ayurveda is to balance the body so that it can heal itself. You could say that it aims to boost and restore your health, rather than focus on one individual symptom. Ayurveda creates a balance between spirit, body and mind. This harmony is the path to health and happiness.
Ayurvedic and natural hair-care routine
After my hair had begun falling out and breaking off at an alarmingly fast rate, I switched to an all-natural hair-care routine. With increased awareness of chemicals in commercial shampoos, many people have switched to holistic shampoos and conditioners. They want products that cleanse and nourish, without chemicals harming their hair in any way. Ayurveda remedies are time-tested and proven to be best for hair. They heal the scalp and beautify hair.
Pure Ayurvedic shampoos are made up of organic, wild-harvested ingredients and packed with powerful herbs and essentials, oils, which condition, strengthen and revitalise hair. These are then cold-pressed and steam distilled. They’re also known for encouraging hair growth, and some shampoos even fight scalp infections.
The great thing about most Ayurvedic shampoos is that no harsh chemicals are ever used, so there’s no risk of them stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Get bouncy and strong hair with Ayurvedic hair wash shampoos
After using Ayurvedic hair wash powders or Ayurvedic shampoos, which combines herbs, flowers, natural oils, essential oils, fatty acids and proteins, you’ll find that your hair is strong, vibrant, shiny and bouncy.
I no longer use commercial hair conditioners; instead, I apply natural oils before each shampoo. This process is known as ‘reverse washing’.
Some of my favourite conditioning oils include castor oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, broccoli seed oil, emu oil (this one isn’t a vegetable oil) and sea buckthorn oil. These are used as ‘carriers’, which I combine with a few drops of my favourite essential oils. I do this 15 minutes to a few hours (or sometimes overnight) before I wash my hair. The result is stunning! My hair looks shiny and healthy and feels so much softer and stronger.
I no longer use conventional shampoos and conditioners
When it comes to washing my hair, I tend to steer clear of conventional shampoos and use herbal Ayurvedic powders instead. This has also made a real difference to the condition of my hair, leaving it softer and healthier. You can read about some of my favourite herbal powders, such as Reetha and Shikakai here.
Over the past few decades, organic produce has become more popular. In reality, before the industrial revolution, everything that we ate was, in fact, organic. In today’s times, how do we define organic? Simply put, in layman’s terms, organic produce is food or ingredients that were cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, etc.
Farmers and agriculturists with organic principles tend to allow their crops to grow in the most natural and unaltered way.
For me, I try to ensure that everything I put in and on my body, is organically sourced and comes from an ‘eco-sensitive’ company. Eco-sensitive companies are committed to only working with local farmers that care deeply about the environment and the foods that they harvest. These farming cooperatives inspire generations to implement healthy, ancient, eco-sensitive practices.
These kind of products are part of my daily natural hair-care routine.
Empowering others via my anti-ageing wellness platform and holistic wellness books
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For a few years I suffered from chronic health problems and thinning, lifeless hair that was falling out at a rapid rate.
Enough was enough – I decided to take drastic action and switched to a completely natural, non-toxic, healthy and holistic haircare and health routine. The results were astounding, and after a lot of hard work, my hair is now healthier and glossier than ever before!
Now, through my holistic wellness books and anti-ageing health platform, I want to empower people around the world do the same and regain their health, hair, life, vitality and beauty!