Help Me Choose Natural Hair Products For Hair That Needs Body
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Help Me Choose Natural Hair Products For Hair That Needs Body

What is it?

Although all hair types can lack body if hair is damaged, if your hair is naturally limp and lifeless you probably have fine hair. This 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.

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

  • genetics
  • general health
  • hormonal changes
  • aging
  • over-processing
  • harsh detergent shampoos

Symptoms of Hair That Needs Body

What to Look For

Your hair is: 

  • Fine, thin, straight hair
  • Difficult to style
  • Appears lifeless and limp
  • Lacks bounce and body
  • Oily Roots
  • Strands may look greasy

Treating Hair That Needs Body

Natural Shampoo

Natural Shampoo

Often simply switching to a natural shampoo without detergents, detergent foam boosters, and other harsh chemicals helps bring more body to your hair. Take the time to completely rinse out 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 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 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 Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Product 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. A vinegar rinse helps break down residue, clarifies the hair and scalpand adds volume, body, bounce and shine.

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

A Dry Shampoo Can Be Your Best Friend

A Dry Shampoo Can Be Your Best Friend

A natural dry shampoo can transform dull, lifeless hair with oily roots into fresh locks that are full of body. A dry shampoos 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.

Hair Oils

Hair Oils

Hair 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 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.

Things to Avoid

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

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.

To help regain volume, you must get rid of the build-up by using an Apple Cider Vinegar or baking soda clarifying rinse

Heavy Styling Products

Get Rid of Build-Up

To help regain volume, you must get rid of the build-up by using an Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking soda clarifying rinse.

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Beer Hair Rinse

Beer Hair Rinse

As you wash, rinse, or spray your hair with beer, its natural ingredients coat each strand and lend hair-nourishing benefits. The proteins found in the malt and hops help repair damage and enhance body and the natural sugars tighten and strengthen the hair cuticles for greater shine.

Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse

Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse

Clarifying your hair is a way to remove the build-ups some products leave on your hair which can make your hair dull and lifeless. Regular household baking soda (sodium Bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use. Baking soda naturally lifts grease and product residue from your hair.

Make Your Own Natural Vinegar Hair Rinse

Make Your Own Natural Vinegar Hair Rinse

An Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse is a great addition to any hair care regimen. Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV), packed with nutrients, can help with tangles and frizzy hair, bring back body and shine, decrease residue and clarify, stimulate the scalp, decrease dandruff, and unclog hair follicles which may help with excess shedding or hair loss. These rinses are especially helpful for those new to shampoo bars.

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