Trying to choose a shampoo out of the hundreds that line the shelves in all manner of curvy and colourful bottles, all claiming to make your hair shine like the sun and feel softer than a baby duck, can be nearly impossible.
There are alternatives; however, using natural products that you can actually pronounce and identify, that will leave your locks looking like they do in the shampoo adverts without the need for countless chemicals or Photoshop. You’ll also save a bit of money on all those expensive treatments.
Olive oil massage
Take a few tablespoons of olive oil and simply massage it into your dry hair and scalp, preferably over the sink or a towel to catch any drips (NOT in the bath or shower or you’ll create an exceedingly efficient slip hazard), and then wrap up your hair into a shower cap or towel for around half an hour. You can then wash your hair as normal, using a small amount of your regular shampoo, or the following simple homemade shampoo replacement.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
That’s it! Just mix one part baking soda to three parts water in a squeezable plastic bottle and give it a shake. Apply to dry or wet hair, working it through with your hands. It won’t behave like the shampoo you’re used to, but stick with it. Leave on for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. After using this method for a few weeks you’ll find your hair is less oily than before, and stays clean, fresh, and shiny for longer.
White/apple cider vinegar
Mix one part vinegar to four parts water in a plastic bottle. You can also add essential oils to the mix to give it a pleasant scent, such as lavender or rosemary, although don’t worry about your hair smelling of vinegar after you’ve dried it, because it won’t. Carefully squeeze some of the mixture on to your hair and work it through right to the ends. Rinse with cool water to help lock in the moisture and smooth your hair.