This is the most known, used and effective way of washing hair. Shampoo is a hair care product that uses cleansing agents (surfactants) to remove oil, dandruff, buildup and dirt from hair. However, surfactants can remove naturals oils that lubricate the hair shaft and protect it from damage. They can also be drying.
For those reasons, some people prefer using alternative methods to wash their hair:
2. Dry shampoo
Dry shampoos are powdered shampoos that work without water. They use powder like cornstarch or talc to absorb excess sebum from hair. You spray the shampoo on your hair and then you brush it out. However dry shampoos don’t work as well as regular shampoos and your hair may still feel dirty and gross. In addiction, they can leave some white residue on your hair.
Another way to wash your hair is to use only conditioner. Rub it thoroughly into the scalp, rinse after about 10 minutes and then apply another dose of conditioner to condition hair as normal.
While it is true that conditioners usually contains surfactants , just like shampoos, they’re used in smaller amounts. However, they don’t clean just as well as shampoos and you can have some build up on your hair. In addition, your hair will attract more dust and dirt from the air.
If you wanna use this method, be sure to use a conditioner that doesn’t contain silicones. Also, your hair may look worse and greasy the first few times you wash it this way. You need to stick to it for a while to see some good results.
4. Body wash
The formulas of body washes and shampoos are similar: they both use surfactants as cleaning agents and also contains some conditioning agents. However, body washes use less harsh detergents as they’re designed to clean skin,which is more sensitive then hair. This means that while, body washes work fine to wash your hair, they won’t provide deep cleansing. In addition some body washes can provide a little conditioning as well.
5. Water only
You can stop using both shampoo and conditioner and wash your hair with water only. Using your fingernails, wash hair vigorously under water to remove dirt. Then, using a wash cloth or a boar bristle brush, brush your hair. This way, dirt is eliminated and the oil from your scalp is distributed along the hair shaft and down the ends, protecting and moisturizing hair.
This method has a transition period. It takes about six weeks for your hair to learn to produce less sebum and during that time, it will look greasy. In the meantime, you can hide your hair with a cap or a bandana. In addition, you can brush hair with a boar bristle brush which will make the grease look like some hair product. Or you can alternate using water only with using diluted shampoo, but this way, the transition will take longer.
6. No-Rinse shampoo
These are real shampoos that work without using water. You don’t need to wet your hair before application and you don’t need to rinse out. Because their formula is a lot more runnier than your normal shampoos, there is no need to use water to make it foam. Apply the shampoo on your dry hair until it becomes wet. Massage the scalp to make it lather. Wipe out the foam with a towel. No-rinse shampoos allow you to wash your hair everywhere. They are a great way to clean your hair every once in a while, but they don’t work as well as regular shampoos. In fact, after a while some build up will occur to your hair.
7. Homemade recipes
There are lots of recipes to make your own shampoo. Here’s one:
Eggs and olive oil:
Mix a couple of eggs and a few tablespoons of standard olive oil lightly to make them combine correctly. Apply the mixture on your hair and wait about five minutes, then rinse off.
EDIT 03/08/2014: a lot of people swap shampoo for baking soda or vinegar, but these homemade treatments are a lot harsher! Stay away from them.
What about you? Have you ever tried any alternative method to wash your hair or are you sticking to your favourite shampoo?