Ok moms, we all know that we don’t often get the time to care for our hair. We aren’t even guaranteed a shower most days! How many of us live in a ponytail? Um, Me. And dry shampoo has become an answer to prayer. (Recipe for natural dry shampoo at the bottom). But, how could I get healthy hair that I didn't mind leaving down and didn't cost me an arm and a leg? These few switches that I made took me a lot of research to get to, but the results were crazy awesome.
For hair care, I thought I was using the best hair care products I could. The bottle said natural and safe, full of botanicals and oils from Trader Joes and only $3. WOW! Sounds great for hair, right? I thought so, and I was using it on my kids as well. I mean, it was better than anything else I had used in my 30-something (cough) years of life before. It must be great for my hair! Right?
1. Natural Healthy Hair: Stop Washing Your Hair & Skin with Toxins
To my dismay, my heart was broken when I decided to scan my shampoo with the "Think Dirty" App and discovered the shampoo I had been using was a 9 our of 10 in toxicity! NOOOOO!!!!!!! Say it ain't so, Trader Joe's! Don't worry, I still love you Trader Joe's but I don't buy your shampoo anymore.
Now, I was on a mission to scan all the shampoo's in Target, Trader Joe's, and Sprouts to find a shampoo that was in the 0-2 range in toxicity. You know what I found?? VERY FEW!! Even the brands that claimed to be natural were super high on the toxicity scale.
The lowest brand I found was at the health food store Sprouts, was Alba Colorific and Honest Shampoo! You'd think all of their shampoos would be low on the toxicity scale at the health food store. Sadly, not according to the Think Dirty App.
2. Natural Healthy Hair: Ditch All the Household Toxins
Don’t just ditch the toxic shampoo, ditch the toxic products you put on your skin, in the air and on the floor!
About 4 years ago, I decided to try out a wellness subscription box from Young Living. Obviously, 4 years and I'm still loving it.
I’ve never seen a commitment to quality products anywhere like Young Living. They are a one-of-a-kind company that is committed to all natural ingredients of the highest quality. They have a open-door policy on all their farms. Anyone can visit and see the entire process. There’s no oil brokers, just Farm to Family. Plus, they disclose every ingredient even when they are not required to. There are no secret ingredients disguised under industry terms like "perfume" or "Natural scent."
Even better, they have their products tested by reputable 3rd party companies to uphold their integrity. Which is not required of them, and not many companies do that. Definitely look for 3rd party testing on any product you are putting on or in your body.
When I use the Young Living shampoo, my hair feels incredibly healthy, shiny and full. It holds curls better, which never happened when I was younger. Because it’s such high quality and so concentrated, I can easily split the bottle into two bottles and fill the rest with water to stretch it out longer.
3. Natural Healthy Hair: Hair Supporting Nutrients
Something as important as what we put on our hair is what we put in our bodies. Eating healthy foods, healthy fats and getting lots of clean water is important. One product that has received rave reviews for hair is Young Living's Sulfurzyme. Sulfurzyme is supplemental support for Hair, Skin and Nails, look for naturally occurring sulfur. It combines wolfberry with MSM, a naturally occurring organic form of dietary sulfur needed by our bodies every day to maintain the structure of proteins, protect cells and cell membranes, replenish the connections between cells, and preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue."
4. Natural Healthy Hair: Is it Bringing You Results?
Ditching the toxic shampoos, feeding my body good nutrients, plus getting rid of the toxic cleaners and air fresheners that I was surrounding myself in each day, gave me amazing results. My hair dresser, who is one of those blatantly honest hair dressers, finally told me that I had such healthy hair. WHAT??? I HAVE NEVER heard a hair dresser tell me that before. It's usually "dry, damaged and split."
My hair was shinier and healthier than I'd ever seen it before. It was like it was being fed nutrients instead of being coated in harmful chemicals. My hair was bouncy and it held curls better than ever. I couldn't believe my eyes. My hair had never been this healthy in my entire life.
Not only was I happy with the ingredients that I was putting on my hair and soaking into my skin, but I felt safe knowing it was good for my kids as well.
What do you do to keep your hair healthy and strong?
Dry Shampoo Recipe:
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
2 drops each: Lavender, Peppermint, & Rosemary essential oils (Shop Oils)
3 Tbsp Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 drops each: Lavender, Peppermint, & Rosemary essential oils
Mix ingredients together and store in spice shaker. Sprinkle on head instead of washing. Fluff hair with hands.