All hair is porous and is not living tissue. The hair follicle that grows the hair is living. Hair is a waste product of the follicle, similar to fingernails and the cuticle.
So the hairs itself acts a bit like a sponge. When you use commercial shampoos or even a lot of natural shampoos (which often have disguised chemicals in them) it strips the hair of oil and leaves it dry and brittle. Then you use a conditioner to make is soft and flexible. That doesn't make sense.
But because the hair and the follicle have been chemically stripped of oil (which the follicle produces), your body starts to produce more oil to take the place of the Natural oil that has been stripped away.
It becomes a vicious cycle. The more you wash the drier and more damaged your hair becomes and the body tries to restore a natural balance of oil in the hair.
Okay so how do we end the cycle. Hang on, you may not like it but here is the answer. You go “commercial shampoo free”.
You can scale back slowly by diluting you shampoo with water by up to 8 time. Really. All shampoos are very concentrated so this can be done. It will still suds, however there is not really any cleaning action in the suds. It is made that way to make you feel like it doing something good.
**For reference, it will take up to a month to get things started and to get your follicles and hair back to a more natural balance.
Also cut back the number of times you wash your hair per week to at most twice a week, once a week is better.
Realize that your hair may feel different, but that is the more natural way your hair needs to be. It takes some getting used to I will admit.
As for most conditioners, they contain parabens (wax) and sometimes oils. They do this because by using their shampoo you have chemically stripped your hair, and in the process made it dry and brittle, which causes hair to break off or split ends. The wax coats the hair and give it shine and keeps it more manageable. Both conditions that have been created by the shampoo itself. The parabens also plug up the follicle with wax and thus create dandruff and an itchy scalp.
Now Pam uses hair color about every six weeks or so and had after years of doing this has hair that is dry an brittle. So I started doing research, and this is what I came up with. Lady Pamela's Natural Shampoo and Conditioner. She love it. I have been using it also and won't go back. Pam has fine blonde hair and I have dark brown hair which is normal, not oily or dry.
So how does our Natural Shampoo and conditioner work?
We use only completely natural ingredients : Coconut Oil, Shea Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, and Tangerine or Lemon essential oils to make it more refreshing. We also added just a little vegetable Glycerin for spread-ability with water.
The coconut oil is 50% lauric acid which means that it is an excellent natural cleaner. It is natural so it does not strip the hair or plug the follicles, but cleanse it and the scalp. Also because coconut is natural is will soak in and fill the porous hair, thus giving it body.
The Shea also moisturizes the hair and helps give it a healthy shine without the waxes and parabens.
Again because it is natural it will not coat the hair but soaks in. It will help to make the hair or flexible the the hair doesn’t break or split.
The Hemp Seed oil give will give your hair added shine and softness, but without the fly aways.
Combined these ingredients give you a superior product which is completely natural, that helps restore your hair, follicles, and scalp to its natural balance. We believe it is the best out there.
Now this being said, how do you use it?
Well here is how Pam (she has shoulder length hair) uses it:
We use about a nickel size portion in the palm of the hand then spread it around in the palm and work it into the ends first and the massage it in to the rest of the hair and scalp. Because it has not chemicals, etc, your scalp will not itch and flake. Let it stay on for several minutes and then rinse with hot shower water. The longer you rinse the the less shampoo/conditioner remains.
The nice thing is that if after it dries it seems to oily, all you would have to do is rinse it more with hot water. Let it set for a day before rinsing again, because it will take a while to soak in.
The thing is that a person has to play with it a bit to get the right balance. Once you get it down you should really only have to wash your hair once a week or so.
Pam has notice that her hair is fuller, hydrated, shiny and soft.
When color treating my hair:
I use a low priced hair dye and the color has lasted longer since I started to use Lady Pamela's shampoo ( I have been dying it every 10-12 weeks now). I also use the shampoo for the conditioner instead of the conditioner provided in the box of hair dye.
After coloring and rinsing the dye out: I use a nickel size on the ends and work my way up to the scalp and then I use another dime size on my scalp and work to the middle of my hair. I leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse. Then I blow-dry and style. My feels so soft and silky! And no hair-dye smell.
For regular use:
I actually wash my hair every 5 to 7 days.
I scramble a raw egg in a plastic cup and add a little water for spread-ability; then I dip the ends of my hair in the cup and spread on my hair and scalp, I repeat until the egg is gone. I leave on for a couple of minutes, then I rinse.
I then use about a dimes size of the Lady Pamela's shampoo & conditioner; I spread in on my hands and stroke through my hair (ends first to about where my ears are), not on my scalp. I leave the conditioner in for about 3 minutes, then I rinse.
I then blow-dry my hair and curl my hair with a curling iron. I spray the curls into place a natural hairspray ( Lily of the Desert styling spray). My scalp feels so clean, and my hair is shiny & soft!
Mark says that by blow-drying my hair it locks the oil into the hair shafts and my hair becomes light (fluffy) and full bodied.
When I was in Florida and after swimming in the ocean; I washed my hair with the Lady Pamela's shampoo but let it dry naturally and it was hydrated, soft and shiny; but not as full bodied as when I blow-dry.
Starting on day 3 to day 5 or 7: At the end of the day I brush my hair thoroughly. This really fluffs it up and spreads the natural oil in my hair.
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