After a few days of not having a regular shampoo the scalp starts to itch and become uncomfortable. This is due mainly to sebum collecting on the surface of the scalp. When practicing yoga, the body releases sweat that is mixed with your scalp’s own natural bacteria and yeast, which accumulate on your scalp and which you need to remove with shampoo.
In this article we will be talking of the natural ingredient of witch hazel and the use of waterless shampoo. The yoga teachings show us to appreciate our surroundings and the flora of our earth. Tranquility with yoga is not just achieved through the exercises but also through becoming aware of your surroundings with your five senses. Yoga promotes a natural lifestyle and this includes personal hair care such as hair products like shampoo. We will talk about a waterless shampoo although you can also check this guide on how to use shampoo for other types of shampoos for men and women. Natural and healthy hair products for men and women have become more and more popular through the years and we highly recommend you to adopt a natural lifestyle as much as possible to be in synch with your yoga development and learning. Non natural shampoo has also been blamed for many skin ailments and scalp conditions, and scientists are only now beginning to discover the health benefits of natural ingredients in personal care.
Waterless shampoo and witch hazel as natural ingredient for hair products
Sebum is not evident on all scalps. Caucasoid skin tones are the most obvious. Black skin tones actually have to apply oil to the surface of the scalp, to protect the skin and maintain a healthy scalp. The process for dry shampoo is the same for all skin tones, but not as frequent on the black scalp, since there is an absence of oil.
Whatever the situation, there are times when a dry shampoo is necessary. I’ll cite a few:
1.) while doing yoga outdoors
2.) after cosmetic facial surgery
3.) recuperating, with a cast
4.) a bedridden patient or family member
5.) wearing braids or extensions
6.) while being outdoors or camping to surround yourself with nature
The cleansing requires simple tools:
1.) Witch Hazel
2.) Tissues, plain no lotion
3.) Roll of Paper Towel
4.) Hair Clips
5.) Natural Wooden Comb (optional)
6.) Natural Boar Bristle Brush
7.) 100% Cotton Ball or Make-Up Squares
8.) Latex gloves (if performing this service on another)
Now that we have listed possible candidates … and laid out the necessary tools, let’s begin with the most difficult scenario, someone that is bedridden. This has a degree of difficulty only because you are working around pillows etc.
First, we want to make sure the recipient is very comfortable; your comfort is also important, it allows you to perform this service properly. Because you will be using very little Witch Hazel a plastic cape or drape will not be necessary, however some draping should be in place. The Paper Toweling will do just fine.
Next, we want to section the hair into four (4) sections. This is important to do an accurate cleansing. Gently comb the hair and then part from the center of the forehead, all the way down to the nape. And then from top of ear, to top of ear. This should give four (4) clean partings with which to work. As you section fasten (gently with a hair clip. The type used when coloring hair is best, it grips the sectioned hair holding it until you are ready to work that area.
Starting with a back section, divide into small vertical parts about a 1/4″ wide. Generously dampen the cotton with Witch Hazel and with even strokes, apply the cotton over the scalp 2 or 3 times. Divide a second part and repeat the process.
When you have completed the entire section, dampen from scalp to the end of the hair with Witch Hazel on cotton and work through gently with you fingers. Re-clip the top of your section after making a 1/4″ horizontal parting. at the bottom, the nape of the neck. Place a tissue over the teeth of the comb, letting the teeth poke through. Now gently take the lower parting and comb. Any oil or dirt on the hair shaft will be removed by the tissue, so make sure when you bring the comb down you lay it almost flat, so the tissue can pick up the Witch Hazel and the dirt and oil.
Do each section the same way, always work in small sections to guarantee a good cleansing. You will have to replace the tissue a few times per section. Remember to use plain tissues, no softeners as they contain oil and your are trying to remove that.
If the scalp is not tender, a gentle massage or brushing with the Natural Boar Bristle Brush will stimulate the scalp. However, the hair should be dry, especially the hair of a Black client as the hair is very fragile. When you are finished, the scalp feels refreshed and clean, and the hair will feel soft. This is a wonderful treatment when you simply cannot use water.
Just a note … Witch Hazel contains only 14% of alcohol and is highly recommended for this treatment. Isopropol alcohol is 99% and not recommended. You want to clean the scalp but not “over dry.”