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Let's no more envy men on their simple showering, we will rather adopt it! Sounds weird? Not after you read this!
Our hair is one of our most important assets. We want it healthy, we want it shiny and full, and we want to get rid of dandruff, fungus, and other problems that can hit us. Being a hijabi myself for over 20 years, it had always been challenging for me to find effective non-toxic hair products. I used to think that the more expensive a product is the better the results. Still, with every product, the only visible result was a dryer hair. Sounds familiar? Then continue reading :)
Before I get into the subject here, let me share this with you: before wearing the hijab, I used to shower and go out, as my hair nature would love this. So after wearing the hijab, I continued to do the same but this time with covering my wet hair. Now think about it,,,, a wet area covered for hours?
yes! The best environment for fungus and bacteria!!! I created the best place for them with my "cleanliness". It took me years before I realized that covered wet hair is one of the direct dandruff causes, leading to an unhealthy scalp, hair loss, and dryness. I then said to myself: "it's time to try something different!".
A couple years ago and after my personal use of essential oils for years, I studied the science of essential oils. Not only did I get certified, but also started building my own little lab with all available essential oils out there. I started testing, seeing results, calculating time for a change, and seeing actual side effects that may occur. I then started applying what I've learned on myself and my family, and yes, here comes the beginning. I stopped all the products I had back then and started making my own using Liquid Castile Soap, a completely natural and chemical-free shampoo with absolutely no additions. I started testing additions of my own, tried alternating between this one and other expensive products, skipped shampooing sometimes, until I came to these facts:
Chemicals in hair products do harm much more than benefit the hair
Expensive products do not mean they are good
What's written on a bottle doesn't necessarily mean it's the case; always look at the ingredients at the back of a bottle and you will be surprised
The problem of shampoo is not with lathering; it's rather what's included in the bottle
Having dandruff does not mean you need to wash your hair more often, it means your scalp is tired and needs more gentle products
Now let's get into each step we all do to take case of our hair. A full hair-care routine would look like the below:
Pre-poo hair and scalp >> let stay for a couple hours and maybe over night >> shampoo a few times to get rid of grease >> condition and rinse >> towel-dry >> leave-in conditioner
Now look at the amount of chemicals, grease, and steps you have done to your hair and scalp.. Oh poor hair! That's A LOT!!!!
Now the question is: What to do?
I'll tell you what to do! Now read carefully 🧐
As you can see, I skipped the pre-poo step as all it will do is moisturize your hair for a couple hours before you fight to get rid of greasiness with those evil chemicals, leaving exhaustedly dry hair behind. Just start with the Castile shampoo with our additions of essential oils for added benefit, condition with a good quality conditioner (here I would invest!), rinse with as cold water as you can tolerate to lock down moist, use a fiber towel to dry your hair, and finish with applying oil to your hair ends. I would say the lower half of your hair. I will talk about each of the above in a separate paragraph.
For the last step, that's where we work on the scalp.. Essential oils are volatile and so won't leave grease on your scalp. Of course we will need to dilute an essential oil depending on how often we will use it, what parts we plan to cover (hair crown, front part, whole scalp, etc). If it's a small area that we aim to treat then dilute at 1:1 ration (that is 1 drop of a carrier to each 1 drop of essential oil). If you believe the whole scalp needs treatment then use a spray bottle filled with spring water and the essential oils. In this case you will need to shake the bottle before each use, and replace the mix every 2 weeks.
If you look at the above, you will find that each and every piece of the hair is taken care of, gently!
Now let's get into each of the steps above.
Castile Soap Plus: So Castile soap is a natural soap that's made of olive oil and sodium hydroxide. Castile soap is available at drug stores. I personally get it from Amazon. You may use it on its own but I personally love to add essential oils to it. It depends on what you look for. You may add peppermint oil as a mild and generic addition for a refreshed scalp and a nice scent. In an 8oz Castile soap bottle: add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, shake the bottle well to mix the shampoo with the essential oils, and then use as always. Believe me, one time of shampooing during a shower is more than enough, and a little of the shampoo makes all the difference.
Hair Conditioning: I personally invest in a high quality hair conditioner. I though will make a post soon on how to make your own hair conditioner but until then, use yours or get a good one.
Cool Shower: finish the shower with a colder water than what you usually do. This locks the moist in your hair scalp and follicles, and adds more shine to your hair.
Oil Application To Hair End: apply oils to your hair end.
Want to be more specific? Apply it to your hair except at least 2 inches away from roots. Best oils to use are coconut oil, Argan oil, and olive oil. Want more benefits? Have really damaged hair? Sandalwood essential oil is one of the best for damaged hair, add to this the beautiful scent it would leave. Of course here I mean add the essential oil to the carrier of your choice, i.e. 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil in 1 tablespoon of a carrier of your choice, and yes, nightly! 😎
5. Essential Oil On Scalp: to get a really healthy scalp, your best friend is tea tree essential oil. Not only
will it help you get rid of fungus and dandruff, but will also help prevent lice >> so, you got school-aged
kids? Here you go! 🤩
Other Ways to Use Essential Oils Oil for Hair
1. Add a few drops to your conditioner if you have dry scalp or dandruff (I.e. 5-10 drops at most)
2. Add 3-5 drops to your hair conditioning mask. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it out with warm water
3. Add tea tree oil to your hair when washing it with cold water after showering at night before going to bed so that it has time to penetrate into the scalp while you sleep without causing any irritation
4. Add a few drops to your hair brush before brushing your hair
No problem! Skip your toxic styling gel with vegetable glycerin. In the beginning you will feel it's sticky and warm, but this won't last. You will then enjoy beautifully natural looking curls with absolutely no chemicals. 😉
Give it a try, a one month period is enough for you to start seeing much healthier hair. You may also accompany this routine with some essential oils in case of falling hair no matter how severe this could be. Check my post about Baldness and Hair Loss Cure
Now Comes The Answer To My Very First Sentence: How To Adapt Men's Single Product Equal All?
If you look at the ingredients of each of the products you have, you will figure out that all contain soap, glycerine, and fragrances in addition to other chemicals. Knowing that fragrances are also chemicals but are unknown as "secret ingredients". In our case we replace a fragrance with an essential oil and get its amazing and natural benefits. So, you may use your Castile liquid soap as a hair shampoo, shower gel, and facial cleanser. We do still need a conditioner but yeah with longer hair, we need to pamper our hair more.
If. you look at the ingredients of each of the products you have, you will figure out that all contain soap, glycerine, and fragrances in addition to other chemicals. Knowing that fragrances are also chemicals but are unknown as "secret ingredients". In our case we replace a fragrance with an essential oil and get its amazing and natural benefits. So, you may use your Castile liquid soap as a hair shampoo, shower gel, and facial cleanser. We do still need a conditioner but yeah with longer hair, we need to pamper our hair more.
Keep a bottle in your shower and another on the sink for facial cleansing. Follow your face cleansing with some natural oils for best results.
Believe me, if you follow the above routine and switch your investment in high quality essential oils than chemicals, in a few weeks you will get your beautiful hair back. And remember, each essential oil has multiple uses and a drop goes a long way so a 10ml bottle stays with you for a long time.
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