When we change to natural our hair normally goes throught a transition, it’s like it takes a while for it to get used to not using silicones and parabens. Bare in mind that it has been a large number of years using normal products. This is the piece of advice given my Gaelle Hellstern on making the transition easier.
Here are the steps:
- Bin all the “shitty” products or reuse them as you might consider. Chose the “clean” shampoo of your choice. Some options:
– If you have sensitive scalp you can use ayurvedic powders such as shikakai or rhassoul. Add on some water, make a sort of paste and use it as if it was a conventional shampoo.
– Buy commerce solid shampoo.
2. “Discolour” your hair. If you want to change to natural colouring and you have been using conventional hair dyes, you will have to “discolour”. I will soon explain to you how to do it.
3. Purification. This step is recommended if you are planning on changing to natural shampoos, whether you’re planning on dying with henna or not. It is also recommended to do it every now and then to put counters back to 0 with your scalp and hair with regards to products cumulating or polution. To know how to do it, click here (post to be soon translated).
4. Porosity test. To know what kind of care your hair requires. Grab a few hair strands right after cleaning it and put them in a glass of water. If your hair has low porosity (closed cuticules, you will need to apply heat for masks to penetrate) it will float in the glass. If you hair has medium porosity (this is ideal because it allows masks penetrate and not get away easily) the hair strands will remain in the middle of the lass. If your hair has hight porosity (it allows moisturizing to penetrate but it loses it easily) the strands will go to the end of the glass.
I must say that, since I use natural hair products, my hair’s porosity has changed. Before I used to have medium to hight porosity and now it’s low. I guess it’s because of the henna, but I’m not sure, to be honest.
5. Moisturizing. I will soon talk about how to do moisturizing masks for your hair.
6. Vinegar rinsing. 1/6 of vinegar and the rest of water. This will help close cuticules and keep the benefits of your moisturising mask in it. You can do it after your moisturizing masks or every now and then.
Don’t give up easily! Changing ito a natural routine can be hard. Some people struggle more than others beacause they don’t know the real nature of their hair. Try to pay attention to what your hair is trying to tell you. My hair hates proteins such as yoghurt or milk. It gets ugly and rough. To moisture I use honey, glicerin, marshmallow root powder instead. But I discovered that because I made many different tests. It also took a while to find my ideal shampoo. But, it was all worth it in the end!!
I hope you find this post useful.