As I always will mention, getting patients to go 100% natural can be difficult. The reason for this – hair care! Since this was the first change over I took on board, I’ve pretty much come to terms with the mammoth task it is to go the whole hog! It is not the easiest but once you do, not only your health but trust me, your hair will thank you for it!
When changing hair products you have to keep in mind that to have beautiful locks takes work. Not so much after you have found the routine that works for you! Once you know what your sally noggin (hair) loves, it’s a piece of cake!
A brief note on why hair care can be difficult. After years of using sulphates and products with cones (silicone), your hair has been repeatedly damaged and this damage has been camouflaged by the cones. After the cones weight down your hair – styling products are then needed to hide the effects of the cones, creatin gth illusion of volume! These products need to be washed out, so back to sulphates which further dry out your hair which again need to cones to hide the damage. You can see how this vicious circle goes. Once you step away from this process, only then can you see how much damage has been done and the first 6 weeks nearly, of changing over to green hair care, is spent trying to undo and repair. Of course, the longer your hair, the harder this can be. Shorter hair styleees have an easier job! After all this, you get to see your “real” hair! For years, I thought I had dead straight hair and spent blood, sweat and tears trying to get the curly beach hair look! Going green, my natural waves came in! 🙂
So onto this post – a natural detangler!
This is for anyone who has hair but of special interest to those who have longish to long to very long hair!
After washing, we all know that touching wet hair without love and tenderness, leads to damaged and broken hair. You see, wet hair becomes very elastic and stretchy. When brushing, the wet strands become over stretched and like and elastic bad, they can break. What we need is a detangler. Something that helps smooth the cuticle of the hair strand, so that a large tooth comb (add this to your shopping list) can glide through your hair without hearing a snap! All this can be done naurally! No need to use a load of chemicals for the job. Look at a Pantene detanger – this is all you get for your money and effort:
Water , Glycerin , Amodimethicone , PPG 2 Methyl Ether , PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil , Benzyl Alcohol , Polyquaternium 11 , Fragrance , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether , Panthenol , Polysorbate 80 , Disodium EDTA , Aminomethyl Propanol , Citric Acid , Cetrimonium Chloride , Trideceth 12 , Methylisothiazolinone
So whats the natural wonder one ingredient? Aloe Vera gel! Well there are actually two, aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar, but this particular post on focuses on our friend Vera. ACV has so many amazing attributes, that is needs a whole post to itself!
So why is Aloe Vera so good?
I discovered the benefits of it while researching porosity and why coconut oil wrecks my hair 😦 On my web travels, I came across such an amazing website that introduced me to aloe vera gel. For the life of me I now cannot find the site – so if its you, please get in contact!! This lady had the exact same problem as me with coconut oil and suggested aloe vera for smooth soft shiny hair. As, like ACV, aloe vera is slightly acid. Acidity smooths the hair cuticle making it easier to detangle.
A knock on effect of this, is that a smoother hair cuticle locks in water aka moisture, into the strand. A lot of people think they have dry hair and apply creams and oils which can either further dry the hair or weigh it down. The problem may actually be high porosity meaning the water part of your hair evaporates too quickly leading to brittle hair. Using Aloe Vera as a detangle will lead to increased hydration over time! However, apply to hair that lacks its water element and it will further dry the hair out. Apply to wet hair only!
So while on my travels in California, I found a natural Aloe vera, which is hard to find in France and in a spray bottle making it super easy to apply to the hair, bonus 🙂
Here a few pics to show how I got on – apologies for the posing LOL The first pic was me cycling around Google on their cool bikes, unknown that we were not actually allowed do this! You can see my hiar looks dry and frizzy. Believe it or not, is had been brushed and a treatment was done but still looked wowful! The second, I had washed my hair and while wet applied the aoe vera gel and let dry naturally. You can see the state of my hair before and then after, using the Aloe Vera spray. I swear, no straightener or styling was involved in the second pic.
Try it out and let me know how you get on. We are all different, so if you have any questions, let me know!