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  • 5 WAYS TO ACHIEVE NATURALLY GORGEOUS HAIR

    With the release of our NEW RANGE OF ALL NATURAL SHAMPOO we wanted to compile a list of The Australian Natural Soap Company's favourite ways you can achieve NATURALLY gorgeous locks without harming yourself or the environment.

    1. SWITCH TO A NATURAL SHAMPOO

    We get asked about our natural bar shampoo ALL. THE. TIME in store - how to use it? Do you really NOT need conditioner? Will it make my hair greasy? Dry? Is it ok for a sensitive scalp? Is it good for dry hair? Oily hair? What if you have a combination, oily roots and dry ends?

    Most people have found that after switching to our natural shampoo bar they have experienced more volume and body, faster growing hair, less dandruff, and (for my curly haired brothers and sisters) defined curls. HERE’S WHY - Natural shampoo bars do not contain harmful chemical and lathering agents that strip your hair of it natural oils (the reason you need to use conditioner in the first place) and could be the culprit to a dry itchy scalp, brittle hair and even hair loss, especially if you’re washing with these nasty chemicals daily!

    We now have a shampoo bar for every hair type:

    The Original

    Shampoo for oily hair

    Shampoo for dry hair

    Shampoo for sensitive scalp

    2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EAT YOUR VEGETABLES

    I think we are all well aware of this one - our favourite hair happy foods are biotin full almonds, beta carotene rich sweet potatoes, and leafy green veggies that are high in Vitamin A!

    3. NATURAL, VEGAN AND NO FUSS HAIR MASKS!

    For hair happy healthy hair we recommend treating your locks to a moisture kick in the form of one ingredient hair masks!

    NUTS FOR COCONUT MASK - What’s it good for? What isn’t it good for! Warm coconut oil and apply to your hair from top to bottom concentrating on your ends and leaving your roots if you are prone to oily hair. Cover with a warm towel or shower cap and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

    LIQUID GOLD MASK - Otherwise known as argan oil. A few drops of this beautiful oil can help repair damage, and restore moisture to dry and brittle hair. Rub a few drops between your hands and distribute evenly on damp or dry hair, avoiding the roots and leave in all day.

    I LOVE OLIVE MASK - Olive oil is rich in moisturising properties and is a wonderful heat protectant. Warm a couple of tablespoons and leave in your hair for 20-30 minutes before washing.  

    4. SNOOZE YOUR WAY TO SILKY STRANDS

    Your hair and skin are a reflection of the anxiety and stress inside, so make it a point to get your eight hours every night - not only will you feel better because of it but you’ll look better too!

    5. LET YOUR HAIR DRY NATURALLY

    No surprises here, heat is a major factor for dry, brittle and breakage prone hair. We recommend letting your hair air dry whenever possible. Or if you do need to pull out the hair dryer or hot styling tool remember to use the low heat option and follow up the next day with an oil mask.

    For those of you afraid of the dreaded PURGE, dun dun dun...

    There will be a time when you are switching over from your chemical laced products to an all natural regime that many have dubbed the terrifying PURGE. It lasts between 1-6 weeks, depending on the person, and in that time your hair can flip flop from dry to oily and back again all in the space of a day. But after the purge, when the storm clouds have parted, you will be left with naturally gorgeous healthy hair that’s not only cheaper to maintain but also a wonderful way to cut back on environment destroying products and chemicals! It’s a win win WIN situation!

     

    Let us know your all natural hair story and if you have any tips or tricks for beautiful healthy hair!

  • Is your shampoo hurting your head?

    Healthy Hair-Something that so many of us put so much time and money into maintaining- can sometimes come completely unravelled just by using shampoo! It seems crazy that we are constantly told that the products designed to ‘nourish’, ‘bring back to life’ and ‘rejuvenate’ our hair, are very harsh chemicals that in reality can actually just strip the goodness away!

     The best thing you can do for healthy hair is understand what is really in the products you are using and shift the focus to your scalp! Because hair growth comes from the follicle, keeping you scalp happy and healthy is a fantastic way to get the growth you want and maintain the health of your hair.

    Here at the ANSC we are strong advocates of ethical and informed consumerism and we love to brag about all the amazing natural ingredients we use and how they are fantastic for your skin and hair. Some companies out there can be really misleading and employ ‘greenwashing’ tactics (ironic, I know) to make you think the products we buy are good for our health, as well as the health of the environment. The best way to wise up to ‘greenwashing’ is to simply read the ingredients of the products you choose to use on our body. One of the biggest red flags out there is the inclusion of Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). This nasty chemical is not only used to create a synthetic lather, but it is also used as a ‘filler’ ingredient in so many soaps and shampoos. Which means less beneficial ingredients for your $.  

     What is SLS you ask? SLS is a detergent and surfuctant which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair. This in turn creates a lather which makes products like shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is so effective and so inexpensive is that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.

    So it seems very counterintuitive that so many of us have been using products to repair our hair and scalps that have actually been creating a vicious cycle of damage. Absolutely crazy really! But the great news is that we have developed some amazing hair and skin products that use ingredients that are the complete opposite to SLS: truly natural!

     Our original Solid Shampoo is one of the products we are most proud of. Being a solid bar of shampoo that is plant oil based, it does not need the addition of any synthetic chemicals or preservatives to extent its shelf life The oils are already doing all the hard work! . (also no ‘filler’ ingredients here). We have a lot of people ask if it will actually lather, and boy-oh-boy does it ever. Because coconut oil is used as one of the base oils, The Original Solid Shampoo has one of the creamiest lathers around. All you need to do is rub the bar on you scalp and watch the magic unfold.

     In addition to the coconut oil you are also getting all the intense nourishment of sweet almond, grapeseed and olive oil. These three oils are fantastic for smoothing out your strands as they contain amazing amounts of vitamin E. Combine this with Petitgrain essential oil to help maintain the moisture and oil balance of the scalp, Patchouli essential oil which stimulates contractions in nerves and skin preventing hair loss and mandarin essential oil which promotes the growth of new cells and tissues, helping you get the growth you have always wanted.

     Best of all because the solid bar contains no nasties, it is completely biodegradable! So when you are on that once in a life time trip, in the middle of a rainforest with no bathroom in sight, you can wash your hair in fresh water without harming the environment around you! It is also fantastic in chuck in you beach bag or gym bag because despite being a ‘shampoo formula’ you can use the bar on your body also! It truly is the ultimate travel companion. Pick some up here and give it a try today!   

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