Natural Shampoo Not Working? Try these Tips

I use natural shampoos the same way I used to use conventional shampoos (over a decade ago). I wash and condition nearly every day (which I know experts say not to do, but I can’t not wash every day) and I love how my hair looks as a result.

Katey Denno, Celeb Makeup Artist

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Detox your hair every couple of weeks using a detox mask for the hair or a simple clarifying treatment like 1 part ACV to 1 part water and let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes. This can help remove any buildup and keep your hair looking fresh. Also, consider investing in a shower filter that will filter out chemicals like chlorine that can really change how your hair responds to shampoo and conditioner..

Suzi Swope, Licenced Esthetician, Hairstylist and founder of Gurl Gone Green

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Since getting my hair cut last time, I’ve been changing up my technique. I apply shampoo in a rubbing motion between my palms on the strands (as if I were rubbing my hands together to get them warmed up) and regular on the scalp. That’s what the salon recommended and it’s helped tremendously.

Tiffany Stuart, Certified Health Coach and founder of Well With Tiffany

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I’ve finally found a way to get natural shampoos to work by double washing, but only twice a week! (I wash, rinse and repeat usually on Friday and again on Tuesday). I also focus on the roots and use lots of conditioner on the ends. And I use dry shampoo between washes. I also use conventional shampoo sometimes.

Maia James, founder of  Gimme The Good Stuff

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As a curly girl, I use quite a few products to reduce frizz and get the perfect balance of curl definition and volume, which unfortunately can lead to product buildup. Product buildup can leave my scalp dry and itchy and my hair lifeless. This situation only worsened when I switched to entirely natural shampoos and conditioners. My secret weapon for addressing these concerns is tea tree oil. Add 6-10 drops into your favorite natural shampoo (or just a drop or two per wash and mix in your palms before applying to your hair) and the experience is a cleaner, healthier scalp.

Kimberly Fe’Lix, founder of  Fe’Lix Inside & Out

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It helps to really understand the needs of YOUR hair so that you are choosing the right nourishment you specifically need.

Chantel Rodriguez, founder  of Choose Love Art

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It’s going to get worse before it gets better. When you wash your hair with harsh chemicals every day, it basically signals to your scalp to produce more oil to replace what is being washed away. Switching to a natural shampoo means your hair and scalp have to regulate now that the oils aren’t being stripped off, so you may find yourself with greasy hair and oily scalp at the beginning…but once you get over that hump, I promise your hair is going to look better than ever!

Tricia Savino  Founder of Ni Hao New York

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Have you ever actually read the back of your shampoo bottle? It will usually say something along the lines of, apply to scalp and hair. And it took me until recently to realize that sudsing up just my scalp wasn’t enough. After you squirt your shampoo into your hands and rub them together, run your hands from your scalp to the midshaft of your hair before you start to activate it. You’ll coat more of your hair in the shampoo, and get a cleaner feel, as the suds will penetrate everywhere.

Nicolle Mackinnon, TOG  Content Manager

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