Last Updated on July 22, 2020
Last week I shared all the clean skincare swaps I made in this post here. And as promised, I am back with all the clean haircare swaps I have made in my routine.
The haircare swap has been fairly easier than the skincare swap since I have a minimalist routine and don’t use many products. Yet, this post will guide you in replacing your basic hair care products with better alternatives.
Most drugstore and high-end shampoos are sulfate-based. Although they are quite efficient at removing all buildup, they can easily dry out your hair and scalp and lead to skin irritation. There are many other ingredients involved which I prefer not using now.
So I switched to the Bon Organics Aloe Vera shampoo from the Tresemme Climate Control Shampoo. It is safe to say my hair can survive longer without washing now as the sulfates are no longer stripping off natural oils from my scalp.
This haircare swap was not 100% clean as the Matrix Biolage Hair mask has artificial fragrance. Yet it has been a huge step towards eliminating silicones in my haircare routine.
I have used Dove, L’oreal, Sunsilk and most recently the Tresemme Climate Control Conditioner which are all silicone-based. (Read why I like to avoid it in this post).
My once flat limp hair look voluminous now without the silicones weighing them down. I am currently using the Earth Rhythm Solid Conditioner Bar
Most serums in the market are silicone-based too. Every hair serum on the market promising shiny, smoother hair is basically silicone in a bottle. Even the ones that claim to be enriched with natural oils.
So instead use non-greasy oils like argan, grapeseed, jojoba, or almond oil. I use 2-3 drops of almond oil on damp hair in place of the Matrix Biolage Smoothing Serum and it helps tame frizz and flyaways.
Oils won’t make your hair limp or look greasy if used in the right quantity.
How can an oil be bad Rutu? You may be wondering. Well, it can be when you buy it without looking at the ingredient list.
The Popular Bajaj Almond Drops hair oil is actually 77% mineral oil and has added perfume and colours. And there are many other companies selling you mineral oils and silicones in name of nourishing natural oils.
Examples are the Dove Elixir Range, OGX Moroccan Argan Oil and even Parachute Ayurvedic Hot Oil. So instead, use cold-pressed oils from trusted brands like Blend It Raw Apothecary, Soulflower, The Balance Mantra, Nature’s Tattva and Juicy Chemistry etc.
5. Dry Shampoo
I have never owned any drugstore dry shampoo due to the alcohol content in them but have used one from BBlunt once (borrowed from a cousin). But now I use the Bon Organics Dry shampoo whenever I don’t have time to wash my hair and my roots look greasy.
The results are similar to the BBlunt dry shampoo and it is priced similarly too. A great option if you want to switch to a product with clean ingredient list.
6. Styling Products
I don’t heat style my hair and hence don’t use any hairsprays or styling gels as such. But if you are looking for a natural option for hair styling, you can try a DIY sea salt spray( an easy recipe here) for adding volume and texturising while beeswax will help in holding and defining your curls.
Eliminating sulfates and silicones from your haircare can improve the overall health of your hair. So think about switching to safer hair care products in your routine.
Have you made the clean haircare swap yet? I would love to know how you did in its comments below.
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