Switching to organic shampoo is one of the most important things to do in your beauty routine, simply because many non-natural solutions contain phthalates (which the EWG deems harmful to endocrine and reproductive systems). Your scalp easily absorbs chemicals, too, sucking them through the skin and launching them straight into your bloodstream.
So, I've chosen to use organic shampoo, though with the brands I've tested (this one, and this one), I've had to wash twice in order to get the residue out of layers of my thick hair. It's been frustrating.
I noticed that the brands I've tried all tout "moisturizing," so, in troubleshooting, I decided to search for the opposite: CLARIFYING.
I'm working on a piece about baking soda and vinegar, which will air on 2News This Morning this coming Sunday, and in my research, realized I had hair-cleaning powers right at my fingertips.
So, I grabbed one of the empty beauty bottles my dear sister gave me for Christmas, and filled it with the following solution:
1 tablespoon baking soda
1-2 cups WARM water (to make soda dissolve)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
**Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil if you're treating dandruff
Shake it up, pour over wet hair, and massage scalp
Leave in as long as you can, 5-15 minutes
After your shower, towel-dry hair and apply a small amount of natural oil ONLY TO ENDS
Once I blowdried my hair, it was INSANE how much lighter my hair was (and no hidden grease/buildup anywhere!). Because it wasn't held down by excess moisturizers, it went so voluminous when I styled it, and looked so shiny and healthy.
I am blown away that the best shampoo was found in my cleaning cabinet! And for just pennies on the ounce.
Take that, Vidal Sassoon! ;)
**Though this mixture is color-safe, I read that you should only "clarify" 1-2 times per week to avoid stripping all the oils from your hair. But I only wash about that many times per week - thanks to dry shampoo!