Changing the conventional shampoo for a natural one, without silicones or sulfates, is not a quick process, but it is not impossible either. The transition to organic cosmetics brings us many benefits, but it must be done respecting a small detox protocol that is worth following to restore the health of our hair.

Do you already know the virtues of organic cosmetics but do not find the right shampoo? It is very likely that, if you have concluded that the use of bio cosmetic products is the healthiest thing for you and the planet, you have made the step of trying it, but it has been a failure. While it is true that the transition from the conventional to the biological of certain synthetic products such as body cream, facial moisturizer, tonic or gel, is absolutely easy and satisfactory, we cannot say the same with shampoo: the vast majority of people who wash their hair for the first time with an organic shampoo are dissatisfied. Why?

First, because organic shampoos make little foam and that changes that pleasant experience in the shower. And the belief that foam is what washes and cleanses hair is sustained through the thousands of ads we've always seen on television. But that is not true: conventional shampoos contain foaming chemicals that have no other purpose than to generate that pleasant foamy sensation in the shower but, in reality, are not necessary.

And, secondly, it is likely that our hair, once washed with an eco shampoo, is rougher than usual, becomes more tangled, has more frizz effect or gets dirty faster. In short, we do not recognize it, we do not like it at all and automatically give up using an organic shampoo.

That happens because the sulfates of conventional shampoos, despite being powerful detergents, are also aggressive ingredients that eliminate the natural oils that our body creates. Therefore, when we stop applying them, our body must “relearn” to generate the natural fat of the scalp and at the beginning, and as a consequence of this accumulation, it has a rougher or more dry appearance.

Silicones, meanwhile, present in shampoos, conditioners, masks and lacquers, are those that act as emollients and cuticle sealers and tend to accumulate as waste in our hair. Due to its cumulative effect, silicones cause the hair to get dirty more easily and we need to wash it more often. And here begins the vicious circle of conventional shampoos: the more we wash our hair, the more it gets dirty and the faster we have to wash it again.

Actually, when we start using an organic shampoo, what our hair is experiencing is a detox process: just like our body expels toxins in the form of acne or sweat when we do a cleansing diet, when we test a certified product, our hair It is trying to get rid of chemicals accumulated through conventional shampoos, loaded with silicones and sulfates, among many other chemicals, such as the famous parabens. All of them give a false sensation of cleanliness, softness and shine, since they "mask" real hair, seal it, but do not nourish it and prevent it from receiving hydration and nutrients.

So how to make the transition to an organic shampoo?
First of all, it is convenient to take patience. From what we have commented, it is very common that the first ecological shampoo we try does not like us and that our hair needs a few washes to go detoxifying and recover its shine, shape and real texture.

In order not to suffer too much, we propose you to transition gradually by following these steps:

Remove all hair products that contain silicones: check the ingredients list and exclude those that contain PEG or polyquaternium.
Use a non-ecological transition shampoo: without silicones, but with less aggressive sulfates, such as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (not to be confused with Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Some of them are natural, but without ecological certification.
Moisturize with natural masks once a week: we can buy them already prepared with ecological certification or choose to directly apply homemade masks or bio oils such as coconut or olive oils.
Definitely use organic shampoo: also free of sulfates and with ecological certification. If you have not been persuaded, try another brand until you find your favorite that leaves your hair softer, cleaner and healthier.

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