Help Me Choose: My Hair Needs Body

    What Is Hair That Needs Body?

    Every hair care commercial shows a head of beautiful wavy hair full of body and we are full of envy! Although all hair types can lack body if hair is damaged, if your hair is naturally limp and lifeless you probably have fine hair.

    Natural Organic Coconut Milk Shampoo BarThis means that the natural thickness or diameter of each hair strand is very thin.

    Since each hair strand takes up less room on the scalp, folks with fine hair usually have more individual strands than other hair types.

    You might think that more hair should mean more body. But more hair strands means more hair follicles and since each follicle has its own oil gland, more hair means more oil. The oil moves easily down straight, thin strands, weighs hair down and attracts dirt and pollutants creating limp, lifeless hair.

    However, the bottom line is that flat hair, limp hair can happen to anyone, regardless of your hair type.

    There are many causes for limp, lifeless hair...

    • genetics
    • general health
    • hormonal changes
    • aging
    • over-processing
    • overactive sebaceous glands
    • product buildup
    • environmental factors
    • harsh detergent shampoos



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    Symptoms of Hair That Needs Body

    Many factors can cause dull hair. Things like product buildup, environmental factors, and over styling can all contribute to hair that has no body and looks flat and lifeless.

    Indications that you hair needs body:

    • Fine, thin, straight hair
    • Difficult to style
    • Stringy, lifeless and limp
    • Easily tangled
    • Lacks bounce and body
    • Oily Roots
    • Strands may look greasy or dull

    Helping with Hair That Needs Body



    Natural ShampooOften simply switching to a natural shampoo without detergents helps bring more body to your hair.

    Take the time to completely rinse out the shampoo. Even a small coating of shampoo left on the hair can leave it dull and limp. So, even if you think you have rinsed enough, rinse again.

    Our Natural Shampoo Bars are formulated with ingredients that work together to clean the hair and increase bounce, volume, and silkiness. For example:

    Coconut Oil: Not only an excellent moisturizing oil, coconut oil also protein retention abilities will add body and volume to limp hair.

    Babassu Oil: An excellent conditioner, babassu oil strengthens the hair shaft, adds lots of shine, and gives body to limp hair. It’s also good for your scalp health.

    Eggs & Beer: The nutrients in eggs nourish the hair follicles, strengthen the hair shaft, promote hair growth, repair dull lifeless hair and add body, shine, and texture to hair. Beer is made from malt and hops that are a rich source of B vitamins and proteins that supply nutrients to hair follicles that strengthen hair and increase body, bounce and shine.

    Conditioning Herbs: Nettle, Rosemary, Ayurvedic herbs like amla, reetha (soapnuts), methi (fenugreek), shikakai and amla, and many others are known to add body, bounce and shine.

    Henna: Although most people think of henna as simply a hair coloring product, henna is a natural deep conditioner that coats the hair shaft, seals in moisture and natural oils, tightens the cuticle, increases body, adds loads of shine, and makes hair silky soft and look thicker.



    Apple Cider Vinegar RinseProduct build-up is especially bad for fine hair because it adds weight to hair that already lacks body.

    Unlike conventional conditioners, vinegar does not weigh down the individual hair strands which can cause hair to feel heavy and look limp.

    An apple cider vinegar hair rinse helps break down residue, clarifies the hair and scalp, and adds volume, body, bounce and shine.

    Fine, limp hair is especially prone to tangles. Apple cider vinegar, packed with nutrients, will decrease tangles and help tame frizz.

    We infuse our Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that are great for the hair and scalp.

    Read our blog, "The Benefits Of An Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse & How To Use It"

    Everyone's hair is unique and there are two other rinses that may be helpful.

    A Baking Soda Hair Rinse: This clarifying rinse is a way to remove the build-ups some products leave on your hair which can make your hair dull and lifeless.

    A Beer Hair Rinse: The proteins found in the malt and hops help repair damage and enhance body and bounce. The natural sugars help tighten and strengthen the hair cuticles for greater shine.



    Natural Organic Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo is probably best known for its ability to absorb oil and disguise greasy roots. However, it is also one of the best products for adding volume to hair without having to re-wash and style.

    Chagrin Valley organic Dry Shampoos are silky, soft, fine organic botanical starch powders combined with organic therapeutic botanicals that blend in easily and transform dull, lifeless hair into fresh locks that are full of body.

    They are made with safe, organic ingredients, organic essential oils -- not synthetic fragrances and are non-GMO, talc-free, and gluten-free.

    A dry shampoo will give hair a volume boost. By absorbing excess oils that weigh hair down, hair will feel and look thicker, look freshly washed and have more body and bounce.

    Hint: Flip your hair over while massaging the dry shampoo into your scalp and hair.

    Learn More Blog: Not All Dry Shampoos Are Created Equal



    Natural Organic Hair OilHair that is dry, damaged or frizzy will not have body or bounce. A great way of rejuvenating limp and dull hair is an oil massage using nourishing natural oils.

    Natural oils can help increase hair strength and elasticity, add natural shine, promote soft, smooth hair and improve overall hair and scalp health.

    Scalp Massage For Dry Hair and Scalp: Scalp massaging is very important as it increases the blood circulation and gives you healthy roots and healthy hair.

    1. Massage your scalp and hair with warm oil; massage the scalp in circular motion.
    2. Wrap your shiny hair in a warm towel for a few minutes, it gives extra conditioning to the hair.
    3. Wash your hair.
    4. To help keep your scalp clean, wash your hair four times a week.

    For an oily scalp with dry strands, apply a very small amount of oil to the mid-lengths and ends. Applying oils too close to the roots or using too much can leave your scalp oily and hair flat.

    Check out our organic Hair Conditioners

    Things to Avoid


    Overuse of styling products and chemical procedures such as straightening, coloring and perming makes hair dry and dull with less body.

    Commercial shampoos and conditioners often contain silicones or polymers. These are plastic-like ingredients that stick to the surface of each strand to make hair thicker. The weight of these "volumizing" coatings actually weighs the hair down causing hair to become lifeless and flat.

    If you have product build-up you can help regain volume by using an Apple Cider Vinegar or baking soda clarifying rinse.


    Limit chemical treatments. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends spacing out treatments like coloring, perming, and relaxing. Try to stretch the time between touch-ups to at least 8 weeks, especially in the drier winter months. And you should wait at least 2 weeks between different types of treatments, such as relaxing and coloring.


    Heat styling tools can cause damage especially to fine hair. The thin strands can burn easily if you set the temperature of heating tools too high.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What Is A Natural Shampoo Bar?

    Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!

    The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.

    Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.

    They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940s.

    Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.

    Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.

    Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.

    Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?

    Click here for help choosing an all natural shampoo bar!

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    Ida's Shampooing Technique for Long Hair

    Ida's Shampooing Technique for Long Hair

    Men and women with short hair seldom have hair adjustment problems to natural shampoo bars. However, folks with long hair may have to change their shampoo technique when switching from commercial liquid shampoo or synthetic detergent shampoo bars to natural bars.

    We have discovered that people with long hair often feel the need to use too much shampoo. Also, it is more difficult to rinse shampoo out of all the little nooks and crannies in long hair. As a result, there are pockets of soap residue left in the hair that make hair feel tacky.

    I have found that many times the proper technique makes all the difference.

    Natural Shampoo Bar Technique for Long HairI have long, fine hair. Below is my technique for using a shampoo bar.

    • thoroughly wet my hair
    • tie my long hair into a loose ponytail
    • wet the natural shampoo bar and rub the bar across only the top of my head in strokes from front to back until I have covered the entire scalp area (Rubbing any shampoo vigorously in all directions causes lots of tangles!)
    • massage my entire scalp (only the scalp) in a combing motion to work the lather through my hair
    • I do not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of my hair
    • take out my ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of my hair (I have found that this rinsing is enough to clean the length of my hair)
    • rinse, rinse, rinse for at LEAST one minute as I rub my fingers through my hair to be sure that all of the shampoo is rinsed away
    • squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover with a towel while I dry off
    • I do not rub the towel over my wet hair because it causes nasty tangles
    • use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up

    Dry and style your hair as usual!

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    Why Chagrin Valley Organic Vinegar Hair Rinses Better?
    When comparing vinegar hair rinse products
    and prices please read the label ingredients

    • Our ACV Rinses do not contain no water they are a pure concentrated vinegar rinse so you can add your own water to create the perfect rinse for your hair type.

    • Many vinegar rinses are not concentrates, they are made with water--often as the first ingredient--which means that you are paying for a product that is mostly water.

    • Our apple cider vinegar (ACV) finishing rinses are made with only USDA Certified Organic ingredients.

    • Our ACV rinses are made with only raw apple cider vinegar which contains the "mother," the storehouse of natural bacteria and enzymes that make this product so wonderful.

    • We infuse our organic vinegar with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that are great for the hair and scalp.

    • Our ACV Rinses contain no water and therefore need no artificial preservatives.

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