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Help!! My Hair feels heavy, gunky and greasy!!

Chemical Free Hair Products –Your scalp WILL go through a detox!

 HELP!! My hair feels heavy, gunky, and greasy!!!  This is an email or call I get most often!

 Don’t give up! You are getting there! IT TAKES TIME! There are many chemicals clogging the pores in your scalp.

 Our hope is that this little flyer (and blog post) will help you stay determined in your quest to become less chemically toxic.

 Our first and foremost recommendation is to use our Bar Soaps. (If you have a handcrafter who make a real bar of soap locally, or you want to try your hand at a real bar soap will work too) We recommend using the vinegar rinse every time you shampoo and for the off days when you are not using soap. I use vinegar every time I shower. It is very balancing to your skin and helps keep the bacteria in check. If you start, soon you will love what it does for your hair. It conditions, and helps clean up your scalp.

That gunky stuff is coming from the pores of your scalp. If you can use your nails and scrape junk from the back of your head. Just think of where it is coming from. Your whole head is in the detox process; not just your hair. That stuff has been building up in there all your life. Now you are getting rid of it.

If you have long hair it can be a difficult switch to Castile shampoos, but worth it. I really recommend cutting hair short, donating it to help others and start with fresher non-chemical polluted hair for best results.  Our Clarifying Shampoo really does help get rid of some of the gunk; but, it is castile soap with decyl-polyglucoside. One of the first “natural” surfactant. I do not recommend it for constant use; but that said; it is better than any alternative in the commercial marketplace.

 Here are the hair care tips I give those who are struggling to switch to liquid castile soaps:

 There is a best way to use our Shampoo and Conditioner. We recommend using the Shampoo for 8 – 10 washings (about 2 weeks; shampooing every other day) before ever using the Conditioner. This is to really start the process of cleaning the chemicals out of your scalp. This is the time when you really need to use the vinegar rinse.

 Most of our newer customers can scrape gunk from the scalp after starting our products. That is chemical buildup coming out. This process will take time. It seems to come in waves. After two weeks; it will lessen. But, those chemicals will take time to work out from the deep dermal layers.

 For the liquid shampoos: A dime-quarter size amount. We have been taught to use way too much shampoo. …Put this small amount on your fingers; massage into the scalp…not the hair. It goes much farther than you realize. Too much soap can’t be washed out easily.  Less is better. Continue using the vinegar; it’s amazing what it will do for your scalp, hair, body, feet. Washing your hair more may not make the process any faster. But the vinegar rinse will. It takes time for those chemicals to rise up through the dermal layer. To truly detox takes time….there are no instant cures to detoxing our body; inside or out.

 We suggest using one of our great Bar soaps for your hair; yes, it is great for hair too…and easier to use. Our customers seem to have an easier time with the scalp detox because the bar soaps help to break the gunk down more easily than the liquid shampoos.

 Apply Shampoo two times. Use another dime-quarter size amount (amount depends on how thick and/or long hair is). Too much soap will not work better. It will not get washed out easily and will contribute to the gunkiness. Work from scalp down. Remember, you are cleaning the scalp; not the hair. This is very important with a natural castile soap. You do not need a lot of lather for this. We recommend this even with the bar soap; at least until you are finished detoxing your scalp.

 Vinegar Rinse.  We strongly recommend using a vinegar rinse. This helps get the gummy chemical residue out of your scalp.  Use 1/2 – 1 cup plain white vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar, if you prefer). After the two latherings, slowly pour and working through hair. Concentrate on the base of the skull. (You can dilute the vinegar with water; but the best results come from using it full strength.) Rinse.

Fly-away Hair after using Vinegar. If your hair seems “fly-away” after using the vinegar; The Whipped Body Butter, Ultimate Body Lotion; Forever Young Face Cream or Oil, Men’s Face Lotion and the Liquid Gold all help control your hair. Just use the left-overs from the palms of your hands after you use one of these.

 Another detoxing method….baking soda:   Mix 2 Tbsp. baking soda in 2 quarts hot water.  Stir to dissolve. Slowly pour on hair. Work through. Repeat several times.  Rinse well with warm water. Follow with a quick vinegar rinse.

 Combing and brushing your hair. Your hair needs the oils the scalp produces. You need to gently brush or comb your hair 25-100 strokes per day. Your hair will respond quickly; looking and being healthier. We recommend using a wood comb; or a natural rubber bristle brush. Some of our customers have found dog brushes have great rubber bristles. Plastic create static and can break hair. This will not cause you to lose hair. You will be stimulating the scalp; waking up the hair follicles and helping the gunk to get out of your deep dermal layers faster. This will really help the detox process. You have been putting chemicals into your scalp for (how old are you?) years…this is what is coming out! It will take time.

 You will have less trouble if you cut your hair short….and let it grow back out. You will have healthy hair growing and will be much better than trying to resurrect dead and damaged chemical laden hair.

I colored my hair with commercial products for at least 5 years before I started using henna and became comfortable with my gray. Gray or silver is to be a crowning glory of our wisdom. God is pleased with our wisdom….we have to stop thinking like the world around us. Continue with the detox and you will be much happier and healthier by next year….enjoy the journey; looking forward not back.

 You will have better scalp and hair if you continue…. using a handcrafted bar of soap. Every soapmaker’s soap is different.  Only handcrafters who make their soaps the “old-fashioned” way can provide chemical free soaps.  We created our own soaps because I could not find a real soap I liked that was pure.  Because their “secret” ingredient is surfactant; Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps lather really well. But, this doesn’t make for a healthy scalp.  When a company makes product in huge batches for consumer retail; something is lacking. Other so-called Organic companies make compromises to produce huge batches of product that last for years on the shelf. It happened to Avalon Organics, Burts Bees, Jason, Nature’s Gate….these all use surfactants and other toxic chemical substances. Check your ingredients against EWG’s cosmeticdatabase.com

We would love feedback on your journey. You can even post your testimonials on our blog page.

Kathleen Hembree, HealingScents.com

Hair Loss

I’ve been using your products for a couple of years now and LOVE them. I have been using the Hair Loss Bar on my hair and have seen actual hair growth at my forehead. It does not seem to be thicker all over but I am glad the balding spots are now filling back in.

I also use your face oils for 50’s skin. However, of late, I am starting to see a lot of fine lines at my eyes. Is there something I can add to my regimen that will help my visible lines. –Donna G
(Kathleen Here: I recommended use the Mature Forever Young Face Oil or our new Liquid Gold with Jojoba oil.)

Color Me Henna

Did you order our Color Me Henna and lose the directions? Have no fear, the directions are here! This is also for those who are considering a purchase and wondering what’s involved.

This henna kit will change your hair color without damaging your hair, instead conditioning and making hair healthier. Be naturally beautiful with henna.

Color will last 4 – 8 weeks depending on what you use on your hair and how often you wash it. Treating hair to a vinegar rinse instead of soap or shampoo all the time will make the color last longer.

Henna is a natural hair dye that is safe and without chemicals. A good-quality henna dye will leave hair vibrant, soft, shiny and healthy. Do not use any henna mixed with ammonia or alcohol, which most commercially available boxes contain.

Henna is reflected through the hair while enhancing your hair’s natural color. It is also a conditioner. The cuticle is tight and flatter. The hair is protected from atmospheric conditions such as sun and air pollution. Regular use of henna texturizes hair, giving it more body – this becomes more evident with each application. Henna can be used every 4-6 weeks. Color blends naturally and fades gradually, with never a noticeable regrowth area.

The herbal properties penetrate only the broken part of the hair shafts. The lemon juice helps the henna penetrate the gray hair. If you use old coffee as the liquid it will darken the results.

The actual color you get will depend on your starting color as with any hair color and the length of time you leave it in your hair.

Approximate blend amount needed:

Short length hair: 2-4 oz

Medium length hair: 3-6 oz.

Long length hair: 4-8 oz.

Tips and Warnings

Before dyeing your hair, you should do a strand test (see page 3). It may take a couple of days before the hair settles into it’s hue. The color may be a bit bright at first. Henna will stain fabrics, clothes, floors, skin.

What you need:

Henna blend

Lemons or lemon juice (helps hair absorb herbs)

Distilled water and maybe old brewed coffee or espresso

Extra virgin olive oil or other cold-pressed oil, yogurt (my fav), eggs

Large glass bowl

Gloves

Wooden or stainless steel spoon

Ultimate Lotion, or whipped butter

Old large dark towel

Thick headband

Large plastic bag –The larger the bag, the easier it is to cover the sides of head by your face.

Old shirt, or one you want to splotch dye

Read all information before starting.

Medium hair length; start with ½ cup henna blend. Put in large glass bowl.

Heat 1/2 cup water until very hot, but not boiling if boiled…wait about 10-15 minutes. Coffee, espresso, herbal teas can all be used to darken the hair.

Pour it slowly on the henna blend. Keep stirring.

If less than 15% grey; add juice from 2 lemons or ¼ cup lemon juice or ¼ cup vinegar for reddish highlights. Add oil/yogurt/eggs and stir in well if using (see Special Recipes and Hints). The object is a yogurt-like consistency.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic and towel. Let sit 2-12 hours. (I know decide how long you want to wait).

Put heavy old towel around neck. –This will get stained with henna.

Put Ultimate Lotion or Whipped butter all around areas you do not want tinted. Put on gloves. Have ready the large plastic bag you will cover your head with. If henna blend seems too thick thin with more water. Too thin and it will run down your neck.

Apply the henna blend. You can put it in a small bag and squeeze out or just apply with gloved fingers. Start with roots. You want to concentrate the majority of the mixture on the roots. Work it through hair leaving no dry spots.

Gather hair together and wrap head in your plastic bag to keep the henna dye warm. Wipe off any henna that may be left on your skin. Put on the headband or fasten whatever way you devised.

Wrap with the towel. Let the henna remain on your head for some time (1 – 5 hours). Course hair will take longer than fine hair. You can use heat from a dryer, heat lamp or thermal heat cap to shorten time.

Rinse the henna dye out of your hair with water until it runs clear. Clean off any walls around you or you will have dyed splotches. You can apply Vinegar or, Conditioner (may make hair feel heavy/greasy) and rinse out.

Do not wash with any soaps or shampoos for several days. Color will change after washing. Using the vinegar rinse instead of soaps will prolong the color. Treating it with Intensive Hair Treatment will prolong the beauty of the color. Depending on what you use on your hair, color will last 4 – 8 weeks.

Learn from your mistakes to improve results. This can be a wonderful science experiment for children.

Strand test:

1. Collect hair from brush, or clip a small sampling from your head. 2. mix up a small amount (1 tsp) of henna paste. 3. When mixed, place hair into the bowl. 4. Stir around until hair is covered with henna paste. 5. Leave the hair for 1-4 hours. The longer you leave it in the richer the color. 6. Rinse out the hair. This is not the final color. It takes 2-3 days for the colors to settle down to the final color.

Remember that God says Gray hair is beautiful.

Medium hair length start with ½ cup henna blend. Put in large glass bowl.

Juice from 4-6 lemons or ½ cup lemon juice.

Pour it slowly on the henna. Keep stirring. If necessary, add more liquid—yogurt, egg, oil, water, lemon juice. The object is a yogurt-like consistency.

Cover bowl tightly with towel. Let sit 2-12 hours. (I know just work with it).

Put Ultimate Lotion or Whipped butter all around areas you do not want tinted. Put on gloves. Have ready the bag you will cover your head with. If henna blend seems too thick thin with more water. Too thin and it will run down your neck. You can thicken with small amount of flour or arrowroot.

Apply the henna blend. You can put it in a small bag and squeeze out or just apply with fingers. Start with temples and roots. You want to concentrate the majority of the mixture on gray areas. Then work through hair leaving no dry spots.

Gather hair together and wrap head in your plastic bag to keep the henna dye warm. Wipe off any henna that may be left on your skin. Put on the headband or fasten whatever way you devised.

Wrap with the towel. With much gray hair, let the henna remain on your head for some time (several hours or overnight). Course hair takes longer than fine hair. You can use heat from a dryer, heat lamp, or thermal heat cap to shorten time.

Rinse the henna dye out of your hair with water until it runs clear. Clean off any walls around you or you will have dyed splotches. You can apply Vinegar or, Conditioner and rinse out.

Do not wash with any soaps or shampoos for several days. Color will change after washing. Using the vinegar rinse instead of soaps will prolong the color. Treating it with Intensive Hair Treatment will prolong the beauty of the color. Depending on what you use on your hair, color will last 4 – 8 weeks.

Learn from your mistakes to improve results. This can be a wonderful science experiment for children.

Special Recipes and Hints

Perming…wait 2 weeks before applying henna. This will help the hair be free of the chemical residues.

Perming after henna…Henna coats the hair shaft and can prevent the chemicals from penetrating. Prior to a perm, remove henna (see next question).

Remove Henna: Apply warm mineral oil to the hair. Leave on 20 – 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water. The volcano (Baking soda and vinegar) will also help remove henna from hair.

Using henna over a chemical tint…If hair is good condition you can use over a chemical tint. Do not continue to use both henna and chemicals tint unless you are only using the neutral henna. Henna should never be used on overbleached or white hair. The color will be harsh.

Henna does not lighten hair. Do not try to chemically lighten henna hair.

Henna can be used every 4 to 5 weeks. Henna coats each hair shaft with color. Smooths and seals the hair’s cuticle for greater shine. Texturizes hair and gives it body. Blends naturally. Fades gradually. Last 4-6 weeks.

Coffee: helps tone down red tones, deepen brown-red tones, or cover grey, substitute coffee for water. Use brewed black coffee (not instant or decaffeinated).

Teas: any black tea will add gold highlights to light brown shades. Will enrich red tones. Brightens and adds highlights to neutral shades.

Apple Cider Vinegar: helps hold color on grey hair.

Lemon juice: lightens blonde shades.

Dry hair…add 1 egg, 2 -4 Tbls. olive oil or plain yogurt to henna mixture. These natural ingredients not only condition,  but help with the application and rinsing process.

Henna Leaf and Bark (lawsonia inermis) Indigo leaf and stalk

Calendula petals Chamomile flowers

Horsetail grass

Black and Green tea leaves Black walnut powder

The Calendula and Chamomile are used to lighten certain Henna colors. The Hibiscus is used to add burgundy-red highlights to the lighter shades if used.

Indigo is used to Darken…adds blue-black. Indigo is a natural shrub in the legume family that thrives in dry and almost poor conditions. To date most of it is commercially grown in India, but China and other Southeast Asian countries are growing it with success.

Shades available:

Blond Neutral: blend of neutral henna, horsetail, calendula, chamomile, black tea

Shine, Highlight and condition blond or light brown hair.

Auburn Neutral: blend of neutral henna, horsetail, green tea, red henna

Shine, Highlight and Condition brown and red hair, adds strawberry highlights to blond hair.

Dark Neutral: blend of neutral henna, rosemary, black walnut, brown henna

Shine, Highlight and Condition dark hair

Strawberry Blond: blend of calendula, chamomile, black tea, horsetail, neutral and red henna

Adds the red highlights not found in the Blond Neutral.

Auburn: blend of brown henna, red henna, horsetail grass

Shiny, reddish brown hair.

Red: blend of red henna, horsetail grass

This will give a bright red shade to all except the darkest hair color.

 

Hair Care Tips

Will I have to detox my scalp and hair?

Yes, if you have been using any hair product from whole foods, health food stores, department stores, spas, salons, trader joes.

Maybe not if you have been usng a handcrafted bar of soap. Every soap is different. We created our own soaps because I could not find a real soap I liked that was pure.
We have recently found out that Dr. Bronners soaps have been reformulated. They are not pure and completely natural anymore. This is what happens when others take over a natural company. It happened to Burts Bees, Jasons….

Lather is a petroleum chemical creation.

Nothing in nature lathers like shampoo or chemical detergents.
In ages past; people used soapwort or yucca root. These foam some with little bubbles; but there is nothing in nature like chemical lather.
Castile soaps, soapwort or yucca root are not drying like the chemical lather. Which is why you will not need conditioner with our soaps.
Castile soaps made with coconut oil and tallow foam better; but vegan customers do not want anything made with animal products.
We reformulated our Castile Shampoo/Body Wash to remove the soy oil. We increased the coconut oil. This is increasing the cost of production since coconut oil is $.60 per pound more than the soy.

HELP!! My hair feels heavy, gunky, and greasy!!!
TIPS: Don’t give up! You are getting there! IT TAKES TIME.

You can use a vinegar rinse as often as you want. You do not have to use soaps to use the vinegar rinse. You will love what it does for your hair. It conditions, and help clean up your scalp. Most of that stuff is coming from the pores and follicles in your scalp. If you can use your nails and scrape junk from the back of your head, just think of where it is coming from. Your whole head is in the detox process; not just your hair. That stuff has been building up in there all your life. Now you are getting rid of it.

Here are the hair care tips I give those who are struggling to detox:

If you have long hair it can be a difficult switch to Castile shampoos, but worth it. I really recommend cutting hair short, donate to an organization that helps others and start with fresher non-chemical polluted hair for best results.

Question 1: Are you using our Shampoo and Conditioner the correct way?

You are to use the Shampoo for 8 – 10 washings before ever using the Conditioner. This is to clean the chemicals out of your scalp. Can you scrape gunk from your scalp? That is chemical buildup coming out. It does not work to do these all in one or two days. Those chemicals will take time to work out from the deep dermal layers.

Question 2: Are you lathering twice? Use another dime size amount. More soap will not work better. It will not get washed out and will add to the gunkiness. Work from scalp down. Remember, you are cleaning the scalp; not the hair. This is very important with a natural castile soap.

I can’t stress enough how much the vinegar rinse helps this process. This helps get the gummy chemical residue out of your scalp. Use 1/2 – 1 cup plain white vinegar (apple cider or wine vinegar, if you prefer). After the two latherings, slowly pour through hair. Work through hair. Rinse.

Question 3: Are you brushing your hair? Your hair needs the oils the scalp produces. You need to brush or comb your hair 25-100 strokes per day. Your hair will respond quickly; looking and being healthier. This will not cause you to lose hair. You will be stimulating the scalp; waking up the hair follicles and helping the gunk to get out of your deep dermal layers faster.

Our BAR SOAPS…these seem to help get the detox gunk out easier than our liquid castile soaps.. Part of this is because you can’t use too much of the bar soaps. And, they lather better than our liquid castile soaps, so it is easier to wash out. We recommend the bar soaps for all of our customers.

Clarifying Shampoo…many of our new customers rave about the way our Clarifying Shampoo makes it easier to detox their scalp and switch to our Shampoo. Use this when you really need to get rid of the gunk for a big occasion during this process. Some customers use the Clarifying Shampoo without switching completely to our Castile soap. This is a better shampoo than commercial ones, but there is still some chemicals (the decyl-polyglucoside) in it.

Natural Hair Care Tips

You are here because you found out how toxic your chemical hair products are. Before you buy, remember:
THERE IS A CHANGE-OVER PERIOD.
Getting the chemicals out of your scalp and hair can take months; depending on your hair length; how long you have been using chemicals; and what chemicals you have been using. Your hair will feel heavy, greasy, and you will get lots of GUNK off your scalp; especially at the back of the head at the neck area. This stuff has been accumulating in your scalp for all your years.
And yes, you will have this happen! I can’t say how long it will last or exactly what will happen when you do. I haven’t been in your life to know what chemicals you have used.

There is also a LEARNING period while you learn how to use natural hair products.
OK,
You have purchased our Natural Castile Soap, Bar Soap and/or Natural Conditioner.

Start weaning your scalp off your chemical products even before you get your order. Stop using anything except your shampoo. Use the vinegar rinse after your shampoo.
It is very important to LATHER, RINSE, and LATHER AGAIN. Natural shampoos clean gently and the second lathering is very important to the cleaning process. Use very warm water to rinse out. Most people will not need to use the conditioner.

As you start using the Castile Shampoo, use it 8-10 times before using the Conditioner. You will need to rinse with very warm water to remove all the soap from your hair. Gently work your fingers through your hair on the second washing while rinsing with very warm water.

Natural Castile Soaps including our Bar Soaps are conditioning!

It can take months using the Castile Soap before you have gotten all the chemicals out of your scalp. Use the Vinegar Rinse and Brush your hair 2 times per day. This will give you healthier hair and scalp.
Be patient! Those chemicals in commercial detergents and conditioners are designed to coat the hair shaft (think polyurethane, like you would use on wood furniture)—this is why they claim you can use their product to instantly repair damaged hair. They also coat the scalp and work their way into all the pores and hair follicles in your scalp.

If you use the conditioner–rinse with very warm water to remove it from the hair. Rinse for several minutes. Enjoy the de-stressing warm water while working fingers through hair to remove tangles.

Your hair will feel different.
If the weather is humid, your hair may feel heavier, thicker. It helps to use a blow dryer during these times.

Your water can affect whether you get a lather and how much lather. It is not necessary to get a lather for cleaning. Remember, you are cleaning the scalp, where most of the oils and accumulated gunk lie.

You need to use a wide tooth comb or brush when working with your hair. It is gentler and will untangle the hair better. This is vital…your hair shafts are desperately crying for those scalp oils…If you are losing your hair; your scalp and hair are not healthy…stimulate them to life with brushing…

It is difficult to switch to natural soaps if your hair is longer than shoulder length. We recommend cutting your hair. That way you will grow healthy hair. Long hair has been “chemicalized” almost too much for castile soaps to reverse the damage.

ENJOY HEALTHIER HAIR !!!

VINEGAR RINSE

There is no right way or wrong way to do this.
Use full strength, any type vinegar. Just work it onto the scalp. It doesn’t help much if it just runs off the hair. The best vinegar to use is the Apple Cider, but if you can’t stand the smell, use the White Vinegar.
OR
Use vinegar diluted in water….50/50 more or less.
Work into your scalp and down the hair. Rinse off. You can use the vinegar rinse without using soap. This will help cut the gunk.

Vinegar helps stop itching! Scalp, or bug bites, or poison ivy. Apply alone or make a salt/vinegar paste.
Can sting skin if it is irritated or broken. Vinegar helps heal wounds of all kinds. Been used as a disinfectant for thousands of years. Soldiers and doctors of old used vinegar to clean wounds and heal suppurating sores.
Helps heal Eczema and Psoriasis issues. Gently clean area with wine or apple cider vinegar. Do the same with Acne problem areas.
Use under arms to kill bacteria that causes odor. (These are the sweat-eating bacteria we need; but they can get out-of-control if we are toxic laden.)
Clear slow drains….put baking soda down drain…if needed use a little water to get baking soda down to trouble area….Pour in vinegar….Use regularly to keep drains open.
Clean toilets….use vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray all around. Use cloth or toilet brush to clean surfaces. Pour vinegar into toilet; for extra cleaning power put vinegar in also.

Laura’s (a customer with long hair) own experience switching to natural products:

I absolutely love your shampoo/body wash. I have it in Lavender Minty, and it is one of the best things I have ever smelled. I wanted to let you know of my experience in switching over to natural products with long (waist-length), dry, thick, course hair, since it might help others.
I had planned a month or so in advance for the switch. I stopped using any extra products such as hair spray, gel, and serum in my hair and just used shampoo and conditioner for two weeks. Then for one week, I used shampoo only. After this three week period; I started using your natural shampoo.
After the transition period, I found that I had no problem switching over, and it actually felt like your shampoo was what my hair needed. I didn’t experience a lot of gunk removal and my hair looked and felt amazing nearly right away. I have been using your product for about two weeks now (about 7 shampoos), and have been following every shampoo with a vinegar rinse.
I hope this information can help someone out there, especially if they have hair similar to mine and are a bit wary about switching to natural products.
Thanks! Laura

Want to get chemicals and odd coloring out of your hair faster? Try:

THE VOLCANO!
Work baking soda into hair and scalp. Pour (full strength, any type ) vinegar slowly over scalp.
Works best if there are two people. Lean over a large sink. Pour small amount of vinegar to start the foaming action. Let the foaming die down, then pour more vinegar on to scalp. Gradually cover the whole head. When the foaming is finished, wash hair with a gentle castile soap.
You will probably need a conditioner or oil treatment for your hair. The volcano will dry out the hair and scalp.
Great for getting rid of oily buildup and residue. This will not remove all the chemicals that are deep in your scalp. Only time will get all of them out.

This will also work on acne and very oily skin!