I admit it, I always used regular shampoo to wash my hair because, despite having straight hair, frizz is always a danger for me during the cold season. I always very naively assumed that only certain kinds of products would manage to keep my hair perfect and manageable even with heavy rain… Until somebody challenged me to use natural shampoo for a month, so I decided to give it a try, and decided to only wash my hair with silicon and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners. Now, after a month, I am ready to tell you all about the pros and cons of my experience.
PRO: Natural shampoo just feels fantastic! Its fragrance is delicate and sweet, and it makes me think of a spa and a prairie at the same time. Natural shampoos produce quite a bit of foam with just one application, after drying my hair, I found it made my hair smooth and soft, with no effort. I also noticed that the longer I used this shampoo, the stronger my hair got, looking healthier and healthier, and growing faster. What really did it for me, though, was how long my hair stayed clean: it stayed clean really long, up to 4 days! And believe me, in a large city like Milan, this almost feels like a miracle!
CONS: I was right on one thing: your hairstyle won’t last if the air is too humid, not even after you work it with a hairdryer, a brush and a straightener. The only way to get rid of frizz is using an anti-frizz primer or finishing spray, which would totally work against any idea you might have of only using natural products. Another con is about natural conditioners: they don’t really make your hair softer or easier to manage, and you often feel like you need to use up half a jar or bottle to actually feel its effect on your hair!
So, overall, my verdict is mostly positive… Unless it is raining, of course! Even as a fan of rather chemical-heavy products, though, I can definitely tell you I fell in love with natural shampoos that aren’t aggressive on your hair, and that make your hair just as beautiful as a shampoo full of silicones would. I am pretty sure you’ll want to test natural shampoo now… Or did you use it already? One way or another, make sure you don’t miss the gallery, where you will see some of the hair detergents I tested. Let us know what you think!