I am not a hair person. In fact my hair stays typically in both a pony tail and a headband at all times. Sometimes this isn’t even enough to contain it and it ends up all wrapped up under a scarf. But as much as I don’t do hair, I can do natural and inexpensive decently well. And even though my hair spends most of its time strapped down and covered up, I am a bit particular about what I put in it. Mainly because I don’t want to be exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, but also because if I use certain products my hair takes on the form of a lion’s mane and is impossible to tame. I realized that if I wanted my hair to look and feel somewhat decent I needed to start using a higher end product. Two years ago I was spending about $30 on two small bottles of shampoo and conditioner. And those I was rationing because every time I ran out it felt like a big expense to restock. I realized I could not go on that way and so I began doing a little research. Here is what I realized.
You don’t have to use shampoo. Shampoo will dry hair out and strip it of the oils that are supposed to protect it. But if you do use shampoo you have to follow with conditioner (this was a total must for me). Otherwise hair is left dry and unprotected.
So I made the switch. Now I wash only with conditioner. Just like you can wash your face with oil your conditioner is enough to get your hair squeaky clean without drying it out. I spend about $5.99 on a conditioner like the one pictured from Renpure. It contains no sulfates or parabens and is produced in the USA by a small family owned business.
I do use more volume of conditioner than before. I saturate my hair well, all the way to the scalp and scrub and rub. I let it sit for at least 2 minutes and rinse. If my hair is really dirty (which it basically always is because I only wash it once a week or so) I sometimes have to do this twice. But it always rinses away clean. My hair feels as clean as if I had washed with shampoo but I did it in one less step, with one less product, with less chemicals and for less money.
Give it a try.