Remember the Roll Calls from last year when I asked you guys what your skin care and beauty routines were? In the skin care post, I ashamedly confessed that I was using a Kiehl’s styling product in my hair. Well, I’m not using that anymore, courtesy of one baby-on-the-way. I’ve stopped using almost all makeup and I switched deodorant and other products to be as clean as possible for our daughter’s beginnings of life, and that included eliminating yucky hair products from my bathroom.
I knew it was going to be hard to find a natural hair product that actually worked. I’ve tried almost everything that natural foods stores have to offer, so I decided to be adventurous. Last summer Ted and I tried an old-fashioned shampoo bar from a company called J.R. Liggett’s. The company claimed that I wouldn’t need any conditioner, so the first time I tried it I went sans conditioner, and I skipped the styling product as well. My hair looked like a giant poof-ball once it dried, and it was difficult to manage. So, the next day I rubbed some coconut oil through my hair before shampooing, and then I used conditioner after the shampoo bar. Bingo. I took me about a week to figure out the balance of coconut oil to shampoo that my hair needs, but once I got it down there’s been no going back.
You might be wondering if my hair looks like hippie hair now. On the contrary, it looks healthier than before I switched to the Liggett’s bar shampoo. I can blow it dry like I did before, and it looks shiny and great. Nobody knows I’ve switched at all, and I get compliments all the time. I’ve been using this shampoo for almost a year now, and the only weird thing about it is the looks I get in the gym shower… The women there must think I’m running a bar of soap through my hair. I’ve been using this shampoo for almost a year now, and I absolutely love it. If you’re going to give it a try, I would say to wait until you have a week to yourself to figure it out. That way you won’t have to show up at work looking like you stuck your finger in a socket if you don’t use enough coconut oil, or looking like your hair is oily if you use too much. After about a week of trial-and-error, you’ll be ready to use this shampoo every day.
I will say that when my hair is really oily, I don’t put any coconut oil in before I shower. Also, if my hair has been flat lately, I won’t use much (or any) conditioner. I like using Aubrey Organics’ Honeysuckle Rose conditioner with this shampoo, the smell is complimentary and I’m keeping the chemicals out of our bathroom. But I’m going to have to switch to something less heavy for the summer, like their Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner, or maybe even their Egyptian Henna Cream Rinse. Pregnancy has given me a nice full head of hair, but it certainly doesn’t need any help in the shininess department.
Give J.R. Liggett’s shampoo a shot, it certainly can’t hurt and it might help to reduce the chemicals in your routine even further. Ted loves this shampoo, being a typical male he uses only the shampoo bar and soap during his showers. I have really frizzy, problematic hair, so if this product works for me, it will probably work for you too. Give it a week and see what you think. Good luck!