Aloe, amla, reetha & more: ALL the natural shampoo alternatives you should include in your hair care routine A couple of years ago, giving up shampoo was all the hype. Washing locks with simple things like apple cider vinegar, baking soda and other natural ingredients was all the rage for it was said that these don’t strip the hair of its natural oils. This is a great method to follow if you are worried about the chemicals and carcinogens entering your body through the shampoo that do more damage than good to the hair. Want to incorporate the method? Here are all the natural ingredients you can use: Baking Soda This product is extremely powerful and removes all the product buildup left on after styling the hair. All you need is one spoon of baking soda to sprinkle on your scalp when wet and massage it into your roots. After scrubbing, rinse your hair like you would usually. Apple Cider Vinegar Once you have scrubbed your hair with plain water and baking soda or just water, pour half a cup of baking soda over your hair and then rinse with normal water. This helps balance the alkalinity of the baking soda, removes product buildup and closes the cuticles of the hair ensuring the scalp remains clean. Aloe Vera One of the best products which has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is a great moisturising agent, this ingredient is great for the scalp. All you need to do is apply aloe gel on your scalp and massage it gently on to your wet scalp and then rinse it out like you would with shampoo. Reetha All you need to do is put some reetha into a cup and heat for around 30 minutes. Keep crushing them in intervals to release more liquid from the nut. Mix this liquid with water and use it the same way you would use shampoo. Leave in our hair for a couple of minutes and then wash out. Amla Not only does this help with premature ageing. It also helps with scalp problems like dandruff and itchiness to get rid of it for good. All you need to do is add a few pieces of the Amla fruit into water and stir well as the water heats. Cover it and let it cook. Once this reaches room temperature crush it with your hands. Strain before massaging this on your scalp and washing off as usual. This cannot be stored as it will go bad, so it is advisable to freeze this and then unfreeze as and when you need it.