Great Hair, Naturally! (Part One)

Men and women both love healthy hair. That is why there are hundreds of companies in the world spending a great deal of money trying to compete with each other for your money. Some people say that most shampoos are alike and that any shampoo will do when it comes to washing your hair. I don’t completely agree with that observation, although it certainly rings true in many cases. There are some different types of shampoos out there on the market that have a variety of ingredients in order to cater to your hair type and other problems that you might have with your hair. Some are better or worse than others and some are more or less expensive than others, so it is sometimes difficult to decide what is best for you. Most people choose shampoo based on certain criteria that they have, and scent is one of the most important. While you’re not going to know which shampoo is best for your particular hair that way, it is probably as valid as any other method when dealing with the chemical products out there on the market. Even the products that claim to be “natural” are not as natural as people would think most of the time, but simply have a few natural ingredients added. So, for the most part, don’t waste your money on super expensive shampoos and conditioners, unless there is a product that you have discovered to be amazing after trying it, using it for a length of time, and finding that the product did indeed live up to whatever its claim to fame was.

There are some common problems that are universally complained about, in general. Problems like dandruff (flaky white pieces of scalp that are usually found all over a person’s dark clothing), excessive oiliness, excessive dryness, and falling and thinning hair tend to be the big complaints. In the world of natural alternatives there is a lot that people can do to help themselves with such problems and get their hair to be as great as it can be without the help of chemicals. Often these problems that are seen as hair symptoms are actually signs of something else, particularly problems with other parts of the body, often with the balance of the glands in the body. That is why, for example, sometimes when people have a shock, or some tragedy happens to them their hair will begin to fall out, sometimes even completely in severe cases. It is often the adrenal gland being exhausted that will cause such problems. This is one simple example, but there are many, and the bottom line in these cases is that people need to treat the cause as well as the symptom. So in the case of falling or thinning hair the treatment would have to include more than simply a good medicine for the scalp (although this is also an important part of the treatment). One way that we can help to rebalance the glands is with reflexology. This is very effective and a totally drug and herb free method of accomplishing the difficult goal of getting back healthy hair. But in order to help the process along so that it doesn’t take forever, we can also get some help from our friends the essentials oils. I love essential oils rather than herbs in most cases when it comes to hair problems, simply because they are so easy to use. When you are dealing with falling and thinning hair, there are some essential oils that are tried and true. In fact, they are so effective they have been known to grow hair on balding men (and as you may know, male pattern baldness is typically considered a fairly difficult problem to treat) The essential oils that I have found to be most effective for this problem are rosemary, cedar, and juniper berry. Eucalyptus is another that I employ for stubborn cases that don’t seem to be responding well to the first three. While there are others that can be effective too, why argue with success?

Dandruff is an embarrassing problem that many people suffer from. In Kuwait where many people wear a variety of head gear (ladies often wearing head scarves and men often wearing the traditional Arabian headdress for men, turbans, or other head wear) dandruff may not always be entirely visible, but it remains a problem that bothers people. Having flaky white powdery looking stuff all over your clothing is not what most people want. There are some good shampoos out there on the market for dandruff, but there are also some essential oils that can help. For some people all they have to do is switch shampoos or rinse their hair more thoroughly to solve the problem, but others who have stubborn cases of dandruff may need more help than that. The essential oils that are often effective against dandruff are tea tree, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, and if you are going to use a base there is nothing better than calendula oil (which is an infusion of marigold petals).

For those who suffer from a crusty even weepy problem on their scalp (this problem is often found in infants, but can also be a problem with adults) there are plenty of natural alternatives, even for the most stubborn problems. Again, tea tree is great, along with lavender, peppermint, chamomile, rosemary, and lemon. Again, here, a base of calendula is ideal, although others could be used as well. With problems such as these you may need to be more persistent and apply it several times a day, but you will find that it will work like a charm.

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