Finding the proper hair care routine is a very personal process. Like a diet or skincare routine, it can take you years to find the right balance. While we each have specific needs and concerns, everyone can benefit from switching to a natural hair care routine.
Switching to safer cosmetics and personal care products (body and hair products, soap, etc.) isn’t just better for your overall health, but it also contributes to a more sustainable world. That’s right, your hair care routine can be good for your body and the planet!
Let’s explore everything you need to know for a greener hair care routine.
Your Natural Hair Care Routine in 5 Steps
Your hair type and hair goals might alter your hair care routine in various ways. Still, these 5 essential steps should be incorporated into every routine.
Prepare and Cleanse Your Scalp
Dead skin and hair product residue naturally accumulates on our scalp and suffocates the follicle at the root, which is responsible for natural hair growth. Commercial hair care products often include harsh ingredients that strip our hair and scalp of their natural protective oils. Swap out your existing products with those that contain simple and healthy ingredients.
You can apply hair masks, such as charcoal or clay, directly on your scalp to help remove any excess oil, product residue, and bacteria. We wash our faces every day, so don't forget to give your scalp the same treatment!
Wash Your Hair
Choose a shampoo that removes excess sebum and residue but doesn’t upset your body’s natural balance.
Did you know that coconut oil can help maintain your hair health? Green Beaver’s Coconut Shampoo contains all the moisturizing benefits of coconut while being free of artificial fragrances and harmful chemicals.
Hydrate Your Hair
Follow your moisturizing shampoo with a rich conditioner to help detangle your hair and increase shininess. We suggest applying the conditioner to the ends of your hair [o21] only and avoid your roots. This will help prevent residue from accumulating on your scalp and weighing your hair down.
Once applied, gently massage the conditioner into your hair and leave it for 5 minutes.
This is a great time to do a scalp massage, either with a brush or with your fingers. Beyond feeling amazing, scalp massages can help with natural hair growth and keep your mane looking strong and healthy.
Detangle and Brush
Once you’ve thoroughly washed and moisturized your hair, opt for a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair. You’ll want to start detangling your hair from the ends and work your way up to the roots to avoid damaging your hair.
Once your hair is dry, brushing daily (this time from the roots to the ends) should be incorporated into your hair routine to help spread the protective oils your scalp produces throughout your hair. This daily habit can help your hair maintain its shine and bounce in a natural way.
We suggest using a boar brush to stimulate your scalp while avoiding hair breakage. Boar bristles will also help distribute the natural oils throughout your hair, as opposed to plastic or nylon bristles which won’t do as good of a job.
Protect and Maintain
Avoiding breakage starts with regular trims. Getting regular haircuts can be beneficial in removing damaged hair and split ends that could impede your hair growth process.
Also make sure to be kind to your hair! Brush your hair gently, and if you feel any snags, work them out in small, soft strokes instead of brushing it out furiously.
Same goes for heat while styling – moderation is key. Use the lowest heat setting possible to achieve the results you want. Softer towels and silk pillowcases can help reduce friction, frizz, and breakage.
Is It Important to Change Products Based on the Season?
Our bodies adjust throughout the year just as seasons do. You may find that your hair gets oily in the summer, so you may want to incorporate products with astringent properties, such as tea tree oil. In the winter, on the other hand, look for products with extra moisture, such as the Green Beaver Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner. You might benefit from adding products to your hair care routine or matching them to your seasonal needs.
Go Green with Natural Products
It’s easy to start transitioning to a greener, healthier hair care routine; as you finish your current hair care products, start to replace them with greener alternatives. Look for products that are 100% natural, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and free of GMOs, sulphates and parabens.
Green Beaver has a range of hair care products that are good for you and respects nature. You can browse our collection of shampoos and conditioners designed with love for your body and the environment.