Are you ready to embark on an adventure in learning and loving your natural hair? Have you checked off your ShamPHree supply list? Have you watched my ShamPHree method video to get a feel for how I do it?
Here is a little rundown of how you will start your journey. Keep in mind that all hair is different and there are MANY ways to experiment to help you find the routine that is PERFECT for you.
Start your first ShamPHree by mixing your BS and ACV formulas.
*Things to consider-
If your hair is very dry, porous, or colortreated.…..
- Cut your BS measurement in half and double your ACV. Why? because you need a lighter cleansing (dilluted BS) and a stronger cuticle sealer. (Double ACV.) -Also for these hair types, you will want to wet hair FIRST before applying your BS
Another thing you can do if your color seems to be stripping out a bit is to add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit.
- Do a dry coconut oil treatment before you ShamPHree. Apply the oil to your dry ends and brush it through with a boar bristle brush. Let it sit overnight, and ShamPHree it out in the morning. Sometimes it will feel greasy for a couple hours after drying. Be patient. Your hair will thank you.
- Add organic honey into your hair routine for added moisture, shine, and slip for detangling.
- Skip the BS every other time you ShamPHree, and just ACV it.
If your hair is thick, coarse, unruly, curly…..
- Make sure you brush your dry hair vigorously with a boar bristle brush thoroughly at least once a week to help distribute the oil that gets trapped at your scalp. I recommend doing this prior to every ShamPHree. Your ends need this oil.
- Do an extra ACV rinse in between full ShamPHrees to make your hair shinier and more manageable.
- Rinse out ACV with cold water if you can stand it. This will help smooth the cuticle of the hair.
- Do regular coconut oil treatments.
- If your hair seems dry all the time, consider dropping the BS all together and just using ACV with a weekly coconut oil treatment.
- Use liquid gold curl polisher for extra moisture.
If you hair is very fine, oily and limp……
- Brush your hair daily.
- Double your BS and leave it on your dry hair for a couple minutes before rinsing.
- In between ShamPHrees, sprinkle a little cornstarch or rice powder (or my fave, Naked Eye Beauty natural hair powder!) into your dry roots and brush it through to help soak up extra oil and give your hair a little lift and body.
-Try this fantastic DIY Sea Salt Texture spray to add extra body and help soak up oil.
- Use water as hot as you can stand to rinse out your ShamPHree.
-Try using distilled white vinegar instead of ACV. It has a higher acid content and will cut through oil more thoroughly.
- Just apply your ACV to the ends of your hair, leaving the scalp out.
If your hair is dull, brittle, and hard to de-tangle…..
-Brush your hair before ShamPHree-ing while dry.
-DEFINITELY add honey into your routine.
-Add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit.
-Stock up on shea butter, and use it with your coconut oil treatments.
If your scalp is very dry or irritated….
- Add a couple drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil to your ACV to help calm irritation.
-Mix your ACV with chamomile tea instead of water.
-Add a teaspoon of honey to your ACV for extra moisture and soothing power.
- Make sure to brush your hair regularly to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp.
- Do extra ACV rinses with essential oil in between full ShamPHrees
- Once a month, massage coconut oil into your scalp in the shower and brush it in with a paddle brush. Wrap your head in a towel or t-shirt and sleep on it. ShamPHree it out in the morning, doing 2 rounds of BS and 2 rounds of ACV to remove the oil from the hair.
If your hair is oily at the roots and dry at the ends…..
- Brush it every day. Make sure to rinse your brush well in between uses.
- Coconut oil treat your ends weekly.
-This is a common occurrence for newly converted Shamphree-ers. Be patient, and stick with it. Your hair will balance out.
- Do extra ACV rinses in between full ShamPhrees.
- Apply your ACV mix to the ends of the hair, leaving out the scalp.
Have you been using the ShamPHree method and are you finding that you have a dry, itchy, white buildup on your scalp?
Switch to alluminum-free baking soda!
Are you concerned about brittle ends?
Apply your favorite hair oil to your dry ends ( ends only!) before you ShamPHree to protect them. Call it a pre-poo. Liquid gold hair butter is my favorite end protector:)
If you have brittle hair to begin with, add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit. It will be a gentler solution.
Are you concerned about the smell of ACV in your hair?
A couple of tips……Remember to apply your ACV to the bottom half of your hair. If you put it on your scalp, your scalp will retain the scent of the ACV, and it can make your hair a bit greasy. Remember! ACV is your conditioner!
Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils into your ACV. My favorite scent blend is Freedom, which you can now purchase in the ShamPHree Shop!
Are you having static issues in your ShamPHree hair?
First off, be sure you are using a natural bristle brush. This means boar bristle or wooden bristles. Plastic will make your hair more static-y. Use a light silicone-free serum or hair oil to smooth the surface of the hair. This too shall pass.
After your first 2 weeks of ShamPHree-ing notice what you like and don’t like about what is happening. Is your hair too oily seeming? too dry? smelling too much like ACV? is your hair and scalp happier than they have ever been?
Make necessary adjustments and experiment until you find the perfect routine. Remember…..BS is like your shampoo. It is a base element. It is your cleanser. ACV is your conditioner and your acid element. It seals the hair back up.Together, they balance. But different hair types will require more of one and less of the other. There are no rules with ShamPHree.
The point of SHamPHree is to keep your hair and scalp in balance. The point is not to clean and strip your hair. The need for styling products should be eliminated with a healthy scalp. I encourage you not to load up with products when you use this method……But, it is allowed;) I won’t tell anyone.
Good luck on your journey, and please check out HTHG’s answers to frequently asked ShamPHree questions for more info.
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