Adding a couple of extra ingredients here and there to your shampoo can be really beneficial to your hair. You know exactly what you’ve added, and you know what it does. There are a lot of different nourishing ingredients you could add to your shampoo for different purposes. Some of them promote hair growth, others combat dandruff, while others still help to minimize breakage, and there are so many more. You know how naturals always complain that shampoo is too striping and leaves the hair devoid of essential nutrients and oils? Well, you can do something about that today, here are 5 things you should add to your shampoo for healthy hair growth.
NB: Ensure that you carry out a patch test by mixing these ingredients with a small portion of your shampoo and applying to a *small* patch of your hair to test the effects before mixing your entire bottle.
- Essential oils
No matter what you want to benefit from each wash, there’s an essential oil for you. For instance, adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your shampoo can promote hair growth. This is because peppermint oil contains menthol which increases blood flow to the hair follicles and this promotes hair growth. Tea tree oil is also great for hair growth but as an added bonus, its antibacterial and antifungal properties help to ward off dandruff.
2. Rice water
Rice water is basically a natural hair superhero at this point. The funky-smelling water is packed full of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. Typically, naturals use it for a rice water rinse, but you could add it to your shampoo to decrease wash day time. The rice water will nourish your hair as you wash so the shampooing process is not as striping as usual, but as an added bonus, it creates better slip and this helps you detangle your hair very easily. Learn how to make rice water the right way before adding it to your shampoo.
This is a personal favorite of mine. Honey comes up pretty often in natural hair discussions and with good reason. Honey is a natural humectant which means it helps to moisturize your hair and helps it retain the moisture too. If you suffer from dry hair, adding a bit of honey to your shampoo is an easy hack to encourage your hair to take in more moisture and retain it for longer. You can add 30ml of honey to 400ml of shampoo, after doing a patch test with a minute amount and finding the results satisfactory.
4. Lemon juice
Are you losing the war with dandruff? Then adding lemon to your shampoo is a hack just for you! Lemon juice contains vitamin C and a truckload of antioxidants. The vitamin C helps to fight dandruff quite effectively, so this particular addition can prove beneficial for naturals with dandruff. However, you should thread carefully with lemon juice. Take precautions by diluting the freshly squeezed lemon juice before adding it to your shampoo. Also, do a patch test and ensure you have no adverse reactions to the mixture. A teaspoon (4.9ml) of lemon juice can go with a tablespoon (14.7ml) of shampoo. It’s better to mix a fresh batch whenever you want to use the mixture than to mix your entire bottle.
You will find glycerin on the label of a lot of hair products because it works like a charm. It is a powerful moisturizing agent and humectant for your hair. It helps to soften your hair too, which makes it easier to detangle and generally more manageable. You should check to see if your shampoo already contains glycerin before going ahead to add some to it. If it does, you only need to add a little for the effects to be magnified.
6. Green tea
Green tea isn’t just great for nourishing you from the inside out, it’s also beneficial when applied directly to your hair. It’s common knowledge that green tea is teeming with antioxidants and this helps to slow down hair loss and even promote new growth. Adding green tea will be beneficial to you if you find that you’re experiencing excessive shedding or breakage. Learn other reasons to add green tea to your natural hair routine right here.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera isn’t a new player in the field of natural hair treatments. It’s been around since the dawn for a good long while now. It can to treat and prevent hair loss and is effective in fighting dandruff and itchy scalp. Pure aloe vera gel is very soothing and helps to unclog hair follicles which make it easier for your shampoo to wash out buildup on your scalp. This cleansing process makes the scalp better suited to promote faster hair growth.
These are some of the best things you can add to your shampoo for healthier hair and hair growth. Some of them deal with dandruff, others shedding, and some just help to grow your natural hair. It is important to note that adding one of these things does not mean you cannot add another. Mix and match according to your needs, but try not to go overboard. You shouldn’t be mixing in more than 3 of these at the same time. That just means your shampoo doesn’t work and it needs to go.
I love to add honey to my shampoo, what do you like to add? Please share in the comment section.
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