How I Found the Right Shampoo
When I first switched from “standard” to natural bath products, I went for ultra-natural with the no ‘poo method for my hair. It worked great for awhile, but as I went through seasons of pregnancy, postpartum, and various other situations, I found sometimes it really didn’t work.
I spent months switching back and forth between no ‘poo and a bunch of different “natural” shampoo brands, to no avail. Nothing worked for very long. I even tried some regular shampoos in desperation, but quickly found even those didn’t work for very long, either! All I wanted was something simple, that washed my hair, that worked consistently, and wasn’t full of chemicals. I hated that my hair didn’t feel clean after washing, that it had a heavy texture, similar to lamb’s wool…I didn’t even want to look in the mirror sometimes! It shouldn’t be this hard….
I eventually found a brand this past fall that finally, really, worked for my hair (and has continued to work consistently for almost five months now). What a relief that was! I’m satisfied with the ingredients, too, and it’s not too pricey.
I think a lot of people who are considering a switch from their “usual” brands to something more natural have this fear — what if it doesn’t work? What if I have to spend lots of money and a lot of time trying to find the product that does?
Most of the time it’s not that hard. Most of the time, stuff just works and it’s okay. Occasionally, especially if you have finicky hair or skin, it can be a bit trickier. But, you don’t want to waste a lot of time and money on DIY options, either…especially if you’re as busy as I am (mom to almost-five, homeschooling, running two businesses…).
That’s what this is about. These are tried-and-true, simple switches you can make to safer, healthier products — that work.
Choosing the Best Products
None of these products are on this list because a company paid to be included — it’s not sponsored in any way. I’m including them because I’ve actually used them, and I can tell you that they work.
I often don’t use any soap on young babies, because their delicate skin doesn’t need it. I use a small amount on hair if they have a lot every few weeks, and I use it on their bottoms if needed. Once they are mobile, I use soap a bit more often and like to use foaming pumps so that they can “help” wash!
I usually use my own homemade lotion. But there are good options out there, too.
Honestly, I use my DIY oil cleansing here and haven’t found any commercial product that beats it…but if you’re looking for something easier, these did pretty well too.
These are my favorite brands and products. They are quality options if you’re looking to switch! Many are fairly affordable, too. The shampoo I like best is close to $10 a bottle, but that bottle has lasted me 5 months so far, washing about 3 times per week. (And I have really thick hair.) That’s really not that much, when you think how long it lasts! And that’s true with many of these products — they last a long time. Dr. Bronner’s is really versatile, too. You can use it for cleaning, hand soap (mix half and half with water for foaming pumps), and more. Branch Basics is similarly versatile and tear-free — works for laundry too!
Choose your favorites — and make some easy switches today!
What are your favorite natural brands?