I've hated my hair for years. That's not an over-exaggeration if you're wondering. I mean I've literally hated my hair for over two decades.
It's been a source of contention for me for as long as I can remember. It's fine, stringy and has zero volume. It's always been that way. I was mildly anxious after having my daughter because all the moms I knew said you lose hair by the fist full after having a baby. Thankfully that hasn't happen....... yet.
When I was a young girl, I used to obsessively brush and pull it back into such a tight ponytail that it practically gave me a brow lift. If there were any bumps or parts that weren't completely smooth, I'd have to start all over until it was perfect. This was such a mundane waste of my time as I have a pretty wacky cowlick. Makes me shake my head to think about all those insecure teenage years worrying about my hair. I wish I knew then what I know now.
In the middle of 2017, our family transitioned to chemical free body care, which included body wash, skin and hair care. I wanted to eliminate as many unnecessary chemicals as possible, so shampoo was the first in the trash bin because they can harbor some pretty nasty chemicals like SLS, SLES and parabens.
I personally found the switch to natural shampoo incredibly difficult. I almost gave up on a number of occasions and wore hats off and on for an entire month. I did homemade apple cider vinegar rinses and tried, in desperation, to be patient as all the GUNK and processed chemicals exited my scalp and hair. A lot of people go through the same process when switching to a natural deodorant... these things take time. After all, we have been bathing ourselves in these chemicals since, well, the time we were bathed by our parents as babies.
I found a shampoo bar from Beauty and Bee's, a company based in Tasmania that's fantastic. I have dark hair, so I use the rosemary and mint bar which costs about $14 and lasts ages. Once I had finally "reset" my hair, I was surprised to find that it was thicker and fuller than I'd ever imagined. Living in Brisbane, I never brow it dry, and my hair now air dries and falls naturally into beachy waves. I'd finally hit the jackpot.
_ So what's next you ask? _
Washing your hair daily strips the hair of its natural oils (and also wastes a lot of water). Even though I loved my new do, it was time to stretch out the hair with less "poo." I would wash my hair every second or third day to let it accumulate healthy, natural oils. Sometimes this made me look like a grease ball, and obviously that isn't a look I wanted to attempt to rock. So what's a girl to do if she doesn't want to wash her hair frequently and also wants to be eco-conscious?
Thankfully, Black Chicken Remedies just released their own brand new product of dry shampoo, and it's out of this world good. Per Black Chicken style, it's all natural and toxin free, helping my family to continue our low-tox lifestyle. The rosemary and clary sage essential oils make the powder smell delicious and also help to stimulate hair growth (yes please)! The bamboo powder adds volume and texture while the diatomaceous earth helps to nourish your hair and scalp.
For those of you who are wondering, what about me, I'm a brunette. No dramas love. I'm a brunette too, and the powder absorbs well, leaving no trace of white residue.
If you too are looking for something to implement into your daily routine, give this a whirl. It's fantastic for the busy mama, the person running late to work, or if you're headed out and about after a quick gym sesh. It's versatile, clean, and will make you feel good.... and I think you'll love it.
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