Manic Monday really is living up to its name. Today I find out I’ve run out of coffee, my favorite show in the morning has been canceled and to top it off I’m having a bad, let me rephrase that, a very bad hair day. Which is just something you don’t ever want to get on a Monday.
But instead of being something that rhymes with witch, I decided to turn all negative energies into something positive by writing this post about how to better take care of your hair. Especially if you frequent the beach a lot, in which case you should have all the more reason to take better care of your mane.
Your Hair and the Sea
So unless you’re the Little Mermaid your hair is not safe from the damage salt water can bring to it. See our hair is naturally made up of 10 percent moisture and with a little elementary science that moisture moves from a higher density liquid to a lower density liquid, which makes hair dry and brittle.
Here are some homemade remedies you can use to keep your tresses in tip top shape at the beach:
- Slather some olive oil on your hair concentrating especially at the roots where it’s more prone to dryness. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash of with warm water before hitting the surf.
- Another household item you can use to combat the damaging effects of seawater on your hair is mayonnaise. It’s not just good for your sandwich it’s great for your hair too. What you do is take a wallop of mayo and put it in your hair and cover it with a shower cap. This is like an instant hot oil treatment right in your kitchen. Leave it on for about 20 - 30 minutes and rinse with shampoo, preferably organic shampoo.
- Aside from predicting that the world would end on 2012, the Mayans have also created an ancient formula to put an end to dry hair. Imagine that. Take some avocado and mash it to a pulp. Same thing with the mayonnaise formula, just put it on your hair and leave it there for about half an hour before rinsing with organic shampoo.
Will the Real Organic Shampoo Please Stand Up
On a previous post I talked about natural sunscreen, so this time around I’m going to talk about organic shampoo. But before rushing to the nearest supermarket for bottles of organic shampoo, first let’s talk about what makes the organic in organic shampoo.
Anything that has the USDA’s Organic Standards seal, which is the golden standard for anything organic, you can be sure is a good buy. Although there are also cosmetic brands that are just putting on the word “organic” in their products but are not actually complying to standards.
But thank goodness for groups like Organic Consumers who are vigilant in pushing for a stop to organic cosmetics fraud, urging proper labeling of all health and beauty products with the word “organic.” In one of their efforts, the group staged a picket in one of the largest natural and organic products expo, the Natural Products Expo West with oversized bottles of organic shampoo as props. These organic shampoos the group says are mislead consumers with the organic label.
But don’t panic, even with all these organic shampoo debacle I’ll make it easier for you to choose an organic shampoo that you can always take with you in your beach bags with this USDA Certified organic shampoo list. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect organic shampoo for you here, so get shopping.