When my sister started switching her beauty products to an all-natural regime, I thought she was crazy. I never thought I could give up my shampoo, conditioner, face soap, face scrub, daytime moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer, eye serum, body lotion, body wash, shaving cream, make up, deodorant, hair spray, hair serum, nail polish, nail polish remover, or cuticle cream. Whew...I'm probably still forgetting things. But after I tallied up that list and took a hard look at what was in all those products, I was ready for a change.
So I've given up some of those products (like cuticle cream...really?!).
I use a lot less of the ones I just can't give up.
I've made my own natural versions and plan to try more.
And I've purchased all-natural alternatives.
For the most part, the transition has been pretty painless. I do honestly miss the artificial smells of chemical shampoos and soaps, but that is a small price to pay. In general, I don't think I look or feel any different. I've just eliminated the harmful chemicals, and saved myself some time in my beauty routine.
Except for my hair.
There once was a girl named Clair,
Who tried to get all-natural hair.
It was oily or dry,
Sometimes frizzy or fried,
She worried her head would go bare!
Ok, it's not quite that bad. But while I've never been crazy about my hair, it's definitely been more troublesome than usual. I'm currently on my fourth natural hair-cleansing routine in almost a year, and have all my fingers and toes crossed that I'll want to stick with it. I've come thisclose to giving up and dunking my head in a vat of chemical-laden hair products. But I'm being stubborn. And I'm sticking to my guns. And I've just had to develop a few tricks to deal with less-than-ideal hair days. Here's one of them.
Ingredients:2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon, optional*
*Intuitively, I think rubbing cinnamon on your scalp might actually stimulate the production of oil. But using this small amount adds a lovely smell and I have not personally had any issues with cinnamon-induced oil increases.
Combine all ingredients in a small container with a lid. Close, and shake to mix. May also be transferred to a spice shaker, so powder can be sprinkled on hair.
To use, gently massage dry shampoo into the roots of your hair, all over your head. Do not rub too vigorously, or your hair will tangle. Bend at the waist and flip your hair upside down. Gently brush out your hair.
I find that this mix does a good job hiding the visual effects of a bit of excess oil, freshens up the smell of hair, and because of the cocoa, blends well. It's no substitute for a good wash, but definitely makes me more confident on those days when I'm just not sure my hair would do well with a washing.