Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Be mindful of the skin and hair products you use.
Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs more than the food you intake. Especially since the skin is permeable. Meaning it lets anything pass through without filtering. Whereas when you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and gut help to break it down and flush it out of your body. We don’t need so many skin and hair products anyway. What you skin and hair really need is sun, chemical-free water, natural products and an alkaline diet. Dry hair/skin, spilt-ends, acne, oily scalp, black-heads, etc are all symptoms, not skin or hair types as the beauty industry makes us believe.
My Hair Journal
I used to wash my hair every other day, because it used to get greasy quite fast otherwise. What I did was cut out conditioner entirely and switched to shampooing my hair once a week with a chemical-free shampoo made with organic ingredients. I use Sand Buckthorn Shampoo from Urtekram. I’ve tried Hair Soaps in the past, but it didn’t work for me. When I felt like I needed to wash my hair more than once a week, I would use mineral clay powder (in German: Lava Erde) from Longona, which is full of natural earth minerals. Also can be applied onto the skin as a mask and wash.
Ditch the Conditioner
In order to get rid of the all the build-up of polymers and surfactants that strip away healthy oils from the hair and skin use the following rinse after every wash:
1 cup of apple vinegar
1 cup of spring water
5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
If you don’t like the smell of apple vinegar, which I can totally understand, use baking soda with the following solution: 15 ml baking soda dissolved in warm water. Massage your scalp during the transition phase. Apply the solution to your scalp and massage gently in. Rinse with chamomile tea for light hair or earl grey tea for dark hair.
Hair Product Detox
First, your hair has to go through like in somewhat a detox from all the products you were using, but once your skin/hair adapts, you’ll be happy in the long-term and reek all the benefits of having naturally glowing skin and shiny hair.
During the transition phase, I would put my hair up in a pony tail or in a bun a lot, to avoid having to deal with the situation up there. Luckily, I look cute in a bun 😃
Soap I don’t use at all at the moment, but when I did, I would use a bar of soap made of Argan or Olive oil at best. Believe me - the less products you use, the better.
And every since I started to do that, I don’t even need to comb my hair at all. I have ZERO knots - how ironic! On a side note: Make sure to use a wooden comb or natural brush, instead of plastic, when it comes to combing/brushing your hair.
Use Essential Oils
Recommendable for a healthy scalp is sandalwood oil with jojoba oil. Apply this solution of only 5 drops of sandalwood oil on your scalp and leave it on over night or as long as you please.
Wash normally when you’re ready to rinse it out. I would do this once a week until you see better results with the oiliness of your hair. For hair loss, rosemary is recommended. Apply 1-2 drops in your shampoo.
Eat Your Way to Healthier Hair & Skin
Other than kicking all the synthetic and chemical products to the curb. We could start with a eating today for a healthier hair and glowing skin tomorrow. Do eat:
Chia seeds and Flax Seeds
Dark leafy Greens full of Protein, Vitamin A & C
As it blocks nutrients absorbing through the gut. Experiencing hair loss? Cross out gluten and non-fermented soy from your nutrition and see a difference immediately. Hair loss is usually linked to a thyroid and hormonal imbalance.
Holistic Perspective to Health
Trust your body! Our body are sending us all sorts of signs. We tend to internalize our symptoms, as they reappear constantly over time, and we start to consider them as ‘normal’, eventually even ignoring them.
Learn how to read the signs of our body better. Dry skin is yelling for hydration: drink more water. Eat more leafy greens that bring water to your body as well. That’s one of the more ‘gentler’ reminders of your body. Eventually, over time, your body becomes so acidic and can no longer get rid of the build-up in chemicals brought in through eating poorly and synthetic ingredients in beauty products, that it goes in direction disease. And that’s when the bigger health issues appear.
From a holistic perspective, all diseases come generally from a long-term acidic nutrition, harmful products, stress, even the wrong way of breathing. This tells me that it’s really simple, if we only learn how to make more conscious choices every day. It’s another way of retraining our minds to choosing what’s GOOD for us. Don’t beat yourself up if you reached for that unhealthy food choice, however, don’t give up! Slowly but surely incorporate wholesome food, and making better lifestyle choices for your mind and body.
Breathe deeply for a few minutes every day. Meditate, do yoga, go for hikes. Eat clean & green. And most importantly: LOVE the things you do!
Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis
Schwatz Katz Link: www.schwatzkatz.com