shampoo for hair loss Most shop-bought products are loaded with chemicals and harsh ingredients, which, overtime damage the hair and the scalp. It is unfortunate that the damaging effects of these chemical laden products are hidden from us over the short term. Mostly because we are distracted by the synthetic smells and texture that these chemicals leave in our hair. Over time though, the true damage begins to show from all of these chemicals (such as selenium sulfide). This leaves our hair vulnerable to hair loss, with an itchy and irritated scalp, dry, brittle hair and damaged hair follicles. Much like making home-cooked meal, with your own homemade shampoo you will know exactly what ingredients have gone into it. You can tailor the ingredients to suit your needs specifically. And you can save on the cost, just like eating at home rather than eating out. IMPORTANT: Wondering if you can re-grow your hair naturally, with homemade shampoos and other natural methods? Take the quiz at the bottom of this page to find out. Most of all, you don’t have to worry about the smell and texture of your shampoo, which is how most of us make our buying decisions, but these features require harsh chemicals. As you’ll see, you can make your own shampoo that’s good enough to eat. We all have different hair types and different skin types. So why use a one-size-fits-all approach. Why not use just natural ingredients that suit you best? If the harsh chemicals found in commercial products do one thing that is more damaging than anything else, it is stripping away the natural oils from the scalp and the base of the hair follicle. These oils are there for a reason – they protect and nourish the hair follicle. Without these natural oils the hair follicles are much more likely to wither and die. Unfortunately our modern diets can produce an excess of unnatural sebum whichcomes from a toxic body. That’s why in Hair Equilibrium I focus so much on dietary techniques. With the detox method and the dietary techniques you’ll restore the healthy balance in your body and start producing healthy natural levels of essential oils on your scalp. These will nourish and protect your hair. So don’t go stripping them away with harsh chemicals. In this article we’ll use our base ingredients and then add to that a finely tuned mixture of essential oils. We use essential oils because they are natural and are the perfect ingredients to protect the hair. They re also full of antioxidants which neutralize free-radicals in the scalp, boost hair growth and aid in the cellular repair process. Essential oils also absorb naturally into your scalp, helping to nourish and protect it. Because they are natural, mostly from plants our body welcomes them. Unlike harsh chemicals which the body rejects and doesn’t want getting inside the body so it reacts and creates a barrier. This barrier caused by the chemicals our own natural oils can’t get out and the chemicals just sit on the scalp causing itching. This is why everything must be natural. Because essential oils are extremely potent it is important to use them sparingly. We can use the techniques of diluting any essential oil in a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil so that the concentration of essential oil isn’t unnaturally high. As a rule of thumb, 1 drop of essential oil should be diluted with at least 5ml of carrier oil. Using The Right Cleansing Agent and Container You will need a good container to store the base formula in. You can re-use an old shampoobottle or purchase a squeezable plastic bottle, which makes it extremely easy to apply on your hair. In each shampoo recipe there is a base-cleansing agent. In these recipes we’ll use either baking soda, apple cider vinegar or liquid castile soap. My go-to choice as a cleansing agent is 1 teaspoon of baking soda + 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per wash of my hair. These ingredients are extremely easy to find and cheap to buy. I particuarly like to use the apple cider vinegar base for my shampoo if I’m in a hard water area where calcium carbonate deposits are more likely. Liquid castile soap is a gentle cleansing agent made from plant-based oils like olive and coconut. It has a nice foaming effect so is popular for natural homemade shampoos.