The Natural Way Is Better

Whenever I see a commercial for hair care products, I chuckle into my beard. Yes, that’s right. I am a beard-chuckler.

Some of those are bad. I mean the concept, the execution, everything.  But who am I to talk? I have never shot a commercial. I have written a few, though. At any rate, it is not just the commercials themselves, but the way that hair care is portrayed in mainstream television. It gets to me. I feel we are being swindled by big shots.

People are selling daily shampoos, and if you want to go down that road, feel free. But for me, I know from experience that washing my hair every day doesn’t make it happy. It makes it dependent on the shampoo’s formula, and that is not something which I am interested in anymore. I don’t want the shampoo to replace the natural process which the hair and scalp are meant to go through periodically. This may not apply to everyone, but I know that when I was using a commercial daily shampoo, I was not happy with the results. I was letting my hair grow naturally, and it was not helpful at all. Too many chemicals and preservatives, I think.

Nowadays, I wash with a tea tree oil shampoo by Maple Holistics, and for good reason. Tea tree oil is one of the all time favorite essential oils, and I use it for a lot of things around the house. I also put some of it in a squirt bottle with water, lavender oil, and a touch of sea salt. I use it as a hair freshener on the go. There was a time when I also put peppermint in there, but tea tree is enough. They are both similar in their affect on me, so I don’t need them. But peppermint is another favorite of mine.

Creating and using a homemade, DIY shampoo can be very rewarding, but I am not there yet. I have a friend who volunteered to make it for me at her place, and she keeps some of it for herself. She makes a new batch every so often, and I use it  once or twice. I don’t wash my hair nearly as often as I did back when I was using daily shampoo, and the results I am getting are awesome.

There is nothing quite like natural hair, which is free of all of the detergents, preservatives, artifical fragrances, and other substances which are added to many, many hair care products. I am not saying that others shouldn’t use them, by the way, I am just saying that for me it was no longer beneficial. But there was a time when it was, or else I would have probably switched a long time ago. I didn’t want to rock the boat, but when I started seeing things happen with my hair, I could see it was time for a change in products.

I love my hair, and I hope it loves me back. We try. It’s a two-way street.

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