How to Switch to Natural Hair Care

Posted by Kayla Reusche on

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. 

Root's Pretty Hair Day Products

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 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! 

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. First, here’s how to get the most out of Root’s Pretty Hair Day Aloe + Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo.

Using 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 wet & keep massaging it in. There won’t be much lather, but that’s completely normal for natural hair care. Think of it as an initial cleanse to get the dirt & oils out, & then you’ll repeat it again 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 for your scalp. 

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.

Using Root’s Pretty Hair Day Avocado + Baobab Strengthening Conditioner

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 Weightless 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.

Root's Pretty Hair Day Avocado + Baobab Weightless Conditioner

Our Pretty Hair Day Conditioner can also be used in so many different ways - here are some of my favorites: 

As Detangler: Apply a pea-sized amount to wet or dry hair & comb.
As DIY Detangling Spray: In a 1 or 2 ounce spray bottle, mix 25% conditioner with 75% liquid (water or hydrosol) & use as a spray detangler. Use within 2 weeks.
As Styling Cream: Apply a pea-sized amount to hair to style & tame hair with a soft finish.

Using Root's Pretty Hair Day Arrowroot + Citrus Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Another product that helped me tremendously during my switch to nontoxic hair care was our Pretty Hair Day Arrowroot + Citrus Volumizing Dry Shampoo. During the start of my transition where my hair was extra greasy, it was a lifesaver for soaking up excess oil & keeping my hair looking fresh throughout the day.

Zero-Waste Alternatives

Looking for a zero-waste hair care alternative? Check out our Pretty Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner Bars. If you're ne to hair care bars, it can seem weird or awkward at first, but after you use them a couple of times you will see why they are so popular!

Root's Pretty Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner Bars 

It takes a lot of trial & error, but I finally found the perfect hair routine for me. 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. You will find what works best for you, too! Just keep experimenting & most importantly, don’t give up.

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