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You Should Not Use Shampoo To Wash Your Hair! Here’s What To Do Instead…

You Should Not Use Shampoo To Wash Your Hair! Here’s What To Do Instead…

I attended an extremely liberal college where students often never washed their hair, or used alternative methods, some of which I’ll go over below. It seemed to work for them, so I figured I’d write this article for you guys! The gist of this is that there are certain chemicals within some shampoos that can cause detrimental effects to your hair. While you shouldn’t take this as a call to stop using shampoos entirely, hopefully it’ll get you to realize that there are certain alternatives out there if you want to pursue them!

So, that being said, what are some of the harmful effects of shampoo?

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1. It reduces your hair’s longevity.

That’s a fancy way of saying that you’ll have to wash your hair more often if you use shampoo, which I know sounds counter intuitive. Basically, shampoos can leave nasty amounts of chemical buildup on your scalp, which over time messes with your skin. Eventually, your scalp will become so inundated by these chemicals that it’ll do all sorts of strange things, like overproduce oils (this is probably why my scalp is so greasy).

2. It causes your hair to frizz.

This is especially true for those of us with curly hair. I know I don’t look it based on my profile picture, but left to its own devices, my hair can get pretty loopy. I’ve indeed noticed that it frizzes up much more after washing it with shampoo compared to when I leave it alone.

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3. It’ll lock you into a catch 22 situation.

This is pretty much where I am now. I want to stop using shampoo, but if I do, my scalp will go crazy producing oils, which makes me look utterly ridiculous. If I wait a couple of weeks, I’m sure my scalp would stop going crazy, but usually I break down and shampoo before that so that I look presentable. If you want to release yourself from the shampooing craze, do it during a stretch of time where you don’t really have to be seen in public!

4. It’s wasteful.

Apparently, using shampoo is a big no-no in the “zero waste” community. This is because most people go through it pretty quickly (at least if you have longer hair), and you’ll end up going through lots of plastic bottles as a result. The alternatives to shampoo are much more eco-friendly, as you’ll see in just a little bit.

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5. It can’t be washed out.

This is just a bit ironic. Shampoo washes out just about everything from your hair except for itself. Your hair is porous, and so over time it absorbs whatever is in your shampoo like a sponge. If you’re using a cheap shampoo, or one with chemicals that doesn’t mix well with your scalp, you’ll run into problems. The only way to really get the shampoo gunk off your head is to either use a super strong shampoo made specifically for that, or just wait it out and let your scalp dispose of it naturally.

Now that you know some of the harmful effects of shampoo, what can you do?

1. Go “No-Poo”

This method basically removes shampoo from the equation. From what I’ve read, one of the easiest ways to begin doing this is to just use a minimal amount of conditioner in your hair while showering instead of lathering up a wad of shampoo and conditioner every time you go to wash up. Conditioner isn’t as harsh on your hair as shampoo is, and should keep your scalp and strands moisturized without upsetting anything too drastically.

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2. Use alternative shampoos.

I’ve done my research, so I won’t advocate the using baking soda to you, as there are conflicting reports as to how destructive or beneficial it can be to your hair. What I kept seeing time and time again, however, is that apple cider vinegar is a useful shampoo alternative. Apparently some people take to it better than others, as there are a few who have stated that the vinegar smell is unbearable, while others say they don’t smell a thing. I guess it just depends on the person. Basically, apple cider vinegar serves as a natural conditioner. This blog recommends using approximately two tablespoons of the vinegar with water, mixed with rosemary to combat any salad dressing-esque after-smells.

3. Use natural shampoos.

For those who said that they experienced no luck with “no-poo” or apple cider vinegar, they did report success with so-called natural shampoos. These are shampoos that have, as you might have guessed, only natural ingredients. To find them I’d guess that Amazon.com is your best bet (just type in “natural shampoos”), though I’m sure your local Walmart likely has a selection of products like this as well. As always, be wary of labels. Always check the ingredients on the back to make sure the shampoo you are looking at is truly “natural.”

If you have greasy, frizzy hair like me, what do you have to lose by trying out this new anti-shampoo fad? It seems to be working for many; so it’s worth a shot! I went on a short run using only conditioner once, and while I couldn’t handle the greasiness, I definitely felt like my scalp was getting healthier. Had I stuck with it, I probably would’ve reaped the benefits sooner rather than later. Maybe it’s time that I gave it another shot? I think I will! If you choose to join me, post your results in the comments below!

Featured photo credit: martinak15/ Entagled via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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