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Making the switch from conventional to natural hair products can be frustrating - really frustrating. It can take weeks of detox to get the results you want, but it’s so worth it in the end. You can make natural shampoo & conditioner work for you; it just might take a bit of trial & error to get the healthy hair you’re dreaming of.
Everyone’s hair is different, so the transition from conventional to natural hair products will be different for everyone. I’d been using $5 hair products from Walmart basically my entire life, so it took a bit longer for my hair to detox. The first two weeks after the switch was the hardest for me. My hair was oilier than usual for those two weeks, but I stuck with it because I knew the detox would take time. It took about four weeks for me to find my perfect hair care routine, but my hair truly feels & looks healthier than ever! I know it seems like a long time, but once your hair adjusts, you’ll never want to switch hair products again.
Most conventional hair products, & even a lot of natural hair products, contain water as their No. 1 ingredient, so the hair gets little to no nutrients. But Root’s hair products don’t contain any water, meaning they’re packed full of nutrients, & a little goes a long way. Here’s how to get the most out of Root’s Pretty Hair Day Aloe + Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo.
1. Get your hair completely wet. The wetter your hair is, the better the shampoo will work.
2. Shake well & use a quarter-sized amount. The natural ingredients in this shampoo will separate, so shake well before each use. Use up to a quarter-sized amount & rub together in your hands. Work it into your scalp, get your hair a little more wet & keep massaging it in. There won’t be much lather, but that’s completely normal. Think of it as an initial cleanse to get the dirt & oils out, & then you’ll repeat for a deeper cleanse later.
3. Rinse & repeat. Double cleansing is essential with this shampoo. After rinsing the shampoo out, take another quarter-sized amount of shampoo & massage it into your scalp again. This second cleanse will result in more of a lather & deeper cleanse.
This is my current shampooing routine, but I had to make adjustments along the way. At first, the back of my head was especially greasy, so I tried to target that area better. I would split my hair into two sections, double cleansing the front of my head & then double cleansing the back of my head. As my hair adjusted, I no longer needed to use this method & stuck to the steps above.
Since I’ve always had oily hair, I’ve been told time & time again to keep conditioner away from my scalp because it would make it greasier. So the first few weeks I used Root’s hair products, I only used the Pretty Hair Day Avocado + Baobab Strengthening Conditioner on my ends. It immediately made my hair silky smooth & my ends look healthier - one of my friends even asked if I got a haircut because my ends looked so good, but I hadn’t had a haircut in months!
It wasn’t until about four weeks into my transition that I used the conditioner on my scalp & WOW I should have done it sooner. My roots actually looked less greasy than when I was only using the shampoo on my scalp. So don’t be afraid to use the conditioner generously. Use one pump, & work the conditioner into your hair, starting from the ends & working your way to the roots.
It took a lot of trial & error, but I finally found the perfect hair routine for me. Experiment with how much product you’re using, where you’re placing the product & how wet your hair is, but most importantly, don’t give up. It was a frustrating process, but now I can trust the products I’m putting in my hair & know they’re helping it look healthier than ever.