How To Clean Your Hair Without Using Shampoo
This might sound a bit odd, but there are ways you can clean your hair without using any shampoo. We’re advising you to try a new, easy, toxic-free way to take care of your hair. We’re not telling you to give up on your shampoo, but why not try cleaning your hair the natural way?
Shampoo Is A Detergent
Yes, shampoo cleans your hair, but it also removes the healthy oils from your scalp. These oils are naturally produced by your body and they protect your hair and keep it strong and soft.
Shampoo appeared in the early 20th century and before that, people washed their hair with soap. The downside of using shampoo is that it made the scales on hair stand up, making the hair rougher and weaker.
Shampoo Contains Chemicals
Our skin is our biggest organ and it’s really porous. Substances can enter in our bloodstream through our skin and stay there for a long period of time. Many shampoos contain mineral oils, which are produced when gasoline is distilled from crude oil. This chemical gives your hair an artificial shine and it acts like a barrier on your scalp, preventing the release of healthy oil.
How to Clean Your Hair Without Using Shampoo?
Baking soda can do wonders for your hair. It’s really gentle with your hair and it can clarify your hair from chemical buildup. Grab a squeeze bottle, pour in 1 tbsp. baking soda and ill up the rest of the bottle with water. Give it a good shake and it’s ready to be used. Soak your hair with water and then squeeze a little of the baking soda mixture. Concentrate more on your scalp. Gently massage the mixture in. After a couple of minutes, rinse your hair with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing replacement for conditioner. It will seal your cuticles, detangle your hair follicles and balance your hair’s pH balance. Grab an old conditioner bottle and fill it with water and apple cider vinegar. Use 1 tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup water. Put some of the mixture on your hair, let it stay for a couple of seconds and then rinse your hair.
Start the process 8 to 12 hours before you plan to wash your hair
While you can certainly do it right before jumping into the shower, it would be better to start preparing your hair 8 to 12 hours beforehand. This will allow the oils released during the process to travel down the hair shaft and make it easier to work with.
Massage your scalp with your fingertips
Push your fingertips through your hair and rest them against your scalp. Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips using quick, short, but gentle motions.
Run thin sections of hair between your fingers
Take a thin section of hair, and pinch it between your fingers at the roots. Slide your fingers down towards the ends. Repeat this process throughout your hair.
Brush your hair with a boar bristle brush
Make sure that the brush is clean and of good quality. Work in small sections, starting from the ends of your hair; never drag the brush straight down through your hair without detangling the ends and mid-lengths first.
Get your hair wet using very warm water
The temperature is key here, as warm water will open up the cuticles of your hair. You don’t want it to be too hot, or you’ll risk damaging your hair. At the same time, however, you don’t want it to be too cool, or it won’t break up the oils on your scalp.
Part your hair to reveal your scalp
This is especially important if you have long or thick hair. You will be scratching your scalp again, but this time, you want the water to hit it. Parting your hair will allow for this to happen.
Scritch your scalp, focusing the water stream on your scalp
Place your fingertips against your exposed scalp and gently massage it. Do this while standing under the shower so that the running water hits the scalp.
Preen the water through your scalp if your hair is oil
This may not be necessary if your hair is dry, but if your hair tends to get oily, or if you sweat a lot, preening would be a good idea. Simply pinch a thin strand of hair between your fingers, then run your fingers down the length of the strand, from roots to tips.
Repeat the process all over your scalp
It would be a good idea to work systematically here so that you don’t lose track of the areas you already cleaned. Finish 1 side of your head first, then do the other side.
Rinse your hair with cold water
If this is too uncomfortable for you, step out from under the shower stream, then lean far back so that just your head gets wet. This will make it more bearable.
Pat your hair dry with a T-shirt or microfiber towel
Do not rub your hair or use a regular towel, as this can lead to frizz. Simply pat your hair with a T-shirt or microfiber towel to soak up the excess moisture from it.
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb
Then apply some oil, if needed. Like with brushing, start from the ends first. Once you have detangled the ends and mid-lengths, you can comb your hair down from the roots.
Allow your hair to air dry, if possible
You can use a T-shirt or microfiber towel to help soak up more water, but don’t rub it. Many people find that their hair actually dries faster if they wash it without any products.
Repeat the process every 3 to 7 days
Again, this is not something you want to do on a daily basis. The reason for this is simple: the more often you wash your hair, the more oil your scalp will produce. If you wash your hair less often, however, your scalp will be trained to produce less oil, which means your hair won’t get as dirty.