healthy hair

Let’s face it, we put our hair through a lot. Blow-drying, straightening, colouring, and all of the other treatments we inflict on our hair may help us get the look we want in the short term, but in the long term, we often end up damaging both our hair and scalp.

That’s why many people have been turning to alternative hair treatments. Viabrance hair treatments is just one example of a new breed of alternative hair care, and the Viabrance product range is in line with where the modern consumer is heading.

Perhaps the most popular option for those looking for haircare alternatives is to ditch your regular shampoo. Some people even go as far as to do without washing their hair altogether, but you don’t have to go that far! Here are some of the most interesting hair-care alternatives.

Gooseberry goodness

Among the variety of weird and wonderful substances that people have tried out as shampoo, one of the strangest is dried gooseberry, known as amla. Amla does involve a little preparation time, as you have to get it ready the night before you are going to use it, but it is simplicity itself to apply to your hair. Just mix it with a little water until you have a paste, and then the following morning apply it to your wet hair, leaving it for around an hour, before thoroughly rinsing.

Eggs for shine

The humble egg is not just a source of nutrients, it is also a great hair treatment. Whisk a whole egg and then pour it over your hair and massage it in well. Leave the egg in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing, but make sure you use cold water to rinse – scrambled egg in your hair is not a good look! Egg cleanses your hair effectively and also leaves it looking so shiny.

Rhassoul clay for skin and hair

This is one of the most versatile alternatives to shampoo as it fulfils more than one function, being both a cleanser and a conditioner. It is also easy to apply. All you need to do is mix up a paste using some of the clay and hot water, and once this has cooled down, simply apply it to your hair, then brush it through, before rinsing. It is a little more expensive than some natural shampoo alternatives, but still works out cheaper than regular shampoo, and can also be used on your skin.

The simplicity of water

It might take a while to get used to the idea, but water is actually one of the best options for keeping your hair healthy. But can you really keep your hair clean with only water? Absolutely! The key is in massaging and brushing. While your hair is soaking, use your fingers to poke and probe your scalp, massaging thoroughly to ensure that all the dirt and grease is loosened and washed away. If you combine this treatment with brushing your hair thoroughly every night, you may never need to use shampoo again to keep your hair looking beautiful and healthy.

Tea for fab hair

A twist on using water instead of shampoo is to add a little tea when you wash. This might sound strange, but it can have some pleasing and positive effects. For a start, it can give your hair a lovely fragrance. Some people feel that different types of tea provide different effects, so a good option could be to experiment with different teas, such as chamomile, lemon grass, peppermint and so on, and see what effect they have on your own hair.

Other helpful hair care options

There is almost no end to the natural ingredients that can have positive effects on your hair, but two deserve a special mention. Lemon is an extremely effective anti-bacterial agent that can also help to lighten the colour of your hair. Using lemon isn’t a good idea if your hair is prone to being greasy, but for other hair types, adding a cup of water mixed with lemon juice when you are washing your hair can be an effective way to cleanse your hair and scalp. Tea Tree Oil is another good option and can be particularly effective at tackling dandruff and other scalp issues.

Finding alternative hair care options can be good for your hair and scalp, and good for the environment. By cutting down on the toxins and chemicals we add to our hair, we can still look good and feel healthier.