3 Mistakes You Might be Making When Switching from Toxic Products

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We all do our best to make healthier choices for our family.  We do things like read food labels, avoid toxic chemicals in household products, and choose natural based hair care products to use. One thing people don’t realize when switching to healthier options is, natural based products are very different than the toxin-filled junk you find on the shelves of your local Walmart.

This is especially true for hair care products that are formulated without the use of irritating chemicals and known carcinogens like SLS and SLES that are commonly found in popular personal care products.

Here are 3 critical mistakes you might be making when switching to healthy natural based hair care products:

Using too much or too little shampoo and conditioner:

Higher quality, natural based hair care products are more concentrated than the common brands of shampoo.  If you don’t pay attention while you’re pouring your new healthy shampoo into your hand, you might accidentally use way too much!  I used to use a handful of regular, junk shampoo on my hair all of the time before I learned about these natural, healthy products! I know better now, thank goodness!

When that happens, people often complain about their hair being oily or flat after using the products once. And when too little is used, you might notice your hair won’t feel as clean as it should.

Use the correct amount of shampoo and conditioner for your hair:

  • For Long and Thick Hair –
    • Pour a quarter sized amount of shampoo in your hand, add water and lather it up by rubbing your hands together for a couple of seconds . Then massage it into your scalp and hair. Wait about 2 minutes to allow the shampoo to work.
    • Rinse out with warm/hot water.  Rinse more than you normally would to make sure all of the product is out of your hair.  Repeat this process one more time.   The second time you shampoo, you will notice more suds because the first shampoo removed some of the buildup that was on your hair.  Follow with conditioner (either the regular or leave-in depending on what system works best for your hair)
  • For Thin/Short Hair:
    • Start with a dime sized amount of shampoo in your hand, add water and lather it up by rubbing your hands together for a couple of seconds . Then massage it into your scalp and hair. Wait about 2 minutes to allow the shampoo to work.
    • Rinse out with warm/hot water.  Rinse more than you normally would to make sure all of the product is out of your hair.  Repeat this process one more time.   The second time you shampoo, you will notice more suds because the first shampoo removed some of the buildup that was on your hair.  Follow with conditioner (either the regular or leave-in depending on what system works best for your hair)
    • As your hair gets healthier, thicker and longer you can experiment with different amounts of shampoo and conditioner to make sure you’re using enough but not too much.

Not leaving the shampoo in long enough:

As I stated above in the shampoo and conditioning instructions. Leave your shampoo in your hair for a minute or two after massaging it into your scalp to allow it to work its magic(or science if you’re into that kind of thing).

Since there are no yucky chemicals that strip your hair of important oils in natural hair care products, it takes a bit of time(around a minute or two) for the natural cleansing ingredients to get your hair and scalp clean.

The nice thing about Monat is the Rejuvenique Oil(that is featured in most of the products they carry) is the fact that it mimics the oils your body naturally produces so it is able to penetrate the hair and scalp to literally make your healthier from the inside out.  It also improves the health of your scalp so that your hair has an easier time of growing!

YAY nature + science = HEALTH! Rather than just “Healthy Looking” hair, you get an actual boost to hair and scalp health without any irritation or junk chemicals.

Quitting too soon! It could take time to correct years of damage:

Everyone’s hair is different. It is important to know that it might take longer to see  results while others might see healthier hair after a couple of uses.  It might take a full 90 days for your particular head of hair to respond to natural based hair care products while it works to remove years of buildup.

Things that could be damaging to hair:

  • Styling tools that use heat
  • Extreme cold(Hello Canadian winters!)
  • Toxic styling products that build up on hair
  • Medications
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Environmental damage(UV rays and pollution)
  • Excessive hair coloring

I hope that this has helped you pinpoint what is causing your hair problems!  If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you.

2 thoughts on “3 Mistakes You Might be Making When Switching from Toxic Products

  1. Hey Melissa, nice round up here! I too have had trouble switching from toxic hair care products to organic and sulfate-free ones. When I first tried an SLS-free shampoo, my hair and scalp got very dry that I had to switch back to using my Tresemme conditioner to avoid dandruff. Some brands I’ve tried makes my hair really hard to comb so I need to put in more conditioner than I usually use before I made the switch.

    But yes, you’re right… we need to give it time to undo all the damage done after all these years.

  2. Thanks for this great and informational reviews . When I read your post , I realized that we are making very essential mistakes for our hair . We want to have good , shinny , attractive hair so we are using many products for our hair but we don’t care brand name or ingredients . All of us go to the couiffeur , I dont think that they use perfect tool for us . They use cheap products . I think the best way is have some products and we can do it at home most of my friends have curling wand, hot air brush or curling ıron . Their hair looks like perfect and awesome.

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