Subject: Natural Hair and Body Products Workshop - Yankalilla/Normanville

Natural Hair & Body Products Workshop at Yankalilla (SA)
Thursday February 18  7pm

  Join me for one of my most popular workshops on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula on Thursday evening. You'll make and take home a range of chemical free body care products: hair shampoo, body powder, deodorant spray, foot deodorising powder and tooth-powder.  (Don't forget to bring jars!) 
Looking forward to seeing you!   Here's details below.   Pam - The Shoppe


Natural Hair & Body Products Workshop:
  Learn how to make your own deodorants, hair care products (shampoos, rinses, dyes and rinses), foot care products, mouth washes and toothpowder.  All safe and environmentally friendly. Please bring 3 small jars for your take home products.
Venue: Normanville Surf Life Saving Club, Jetty Rd, Normanville. 
(Sponsored by Normanville Natural Resource Centre)
Bookings: Wendy (Coordinator) 8558 3644 
email: Website:

 NB: A recycled jar is essential for your take home products - please bring at least four small-medium recycled glass jars to the workshop

Natural Body & Hair Products 'Workshop at Home' Download
(Download the workshop programme in PDF format to do at home!)
Information and step-by-step procedures for making natural, safe alternatives for deodorants, body powders, shampoos, hair dyes, toothpaste and foot care.
All chemical free using natural ingredients (from kitchen and garden)
Covers: Lavender spray deodorant, herbal deodorant spray,  rose deodorant/body powder, chamomile body  powder, herbal hair shampoo, deodorising foot powder, teeth-cleaning powder, lemon hair bleach, dry hair shampoo
Price:  $25.00   To download click here  
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Unable to come to the workshop?  Here's a repeat of information from Issue No. 47 of The Shoppe Newsletter about hair care and the importance of a natural approach to the topic.  
Natural Hair Care Alternatives
The commercial hair care business is huge - it brings in millions of dollars from consumers eager to enhance the health and appearance of their hair and deal with problem hair.  To broaden and boost sales (and profits) hair-care products focus on every possible aspect of hair management: oily hair, dry hair, everyday care, damaged hair, coloured hair, tangled hair, hair loss, 'deep root' care, etc. More products means higher sales.  New products and lines means even more sales and profit.  Sales are boosted even further if those products are made as cost effectively as possible using dubious ingredients. However all this has a detrimental consequence for the consumer (not to mention  environment).
    Modern hair shampoos are basic 'grease-strippers' - containing the same detergent base (chemical compound) used for a range of cleaning products: dish detergents, laundry powders, hand washes, floor cleaners, shower 'gels', etc.  Detergents have their place in the laundry and kitchen (if you must use them) - but using them regularly on the body (daily in some cases) could lead to long term problems.  Hair shampoos are, in essence, detergents (grease strippers) dressed up as wonder products - many with an expensive price tag.  Consumers are well and truly duped - dangerously so when it has detrimental affects.
    If you already have a problem with dry skin and redness on hands due to dishwashing detergent - then the same would apply to the scalp when using detergent based commercial shampoos. If your hands are struggling to cope with the chemicals in detergents imagine the consequences for more sensitive areas such as the as scalp and hair follicles. Constant exposure to chemicals results in the body's protective mechanisms kicking in - besides itchiness and dryness (due to absence of natural hair oils) the hair follicles may also close off and hair loss the result. 
    When I meet people via my workshops hair care is the most asked question along the line of personal care products.  My answer to everyone is the same - no matter what the problem: "Stop using chemicals, in particular, commercial shampoos" - and use, instead, less chemically orientated alternatives.  As most shampoos are detergent based grease strippers they remove essential natural oils from the scalp and expose the body to toxic chemicals that could have an adverse affect. Some of us are lucky and are able to withstand this constant bombardment with alien substances, but others not so lucky - thinning hair, hair loss, itchy scalp, over oiliness - are all warning signs that something is wrong and change is necessary.
The Hair-Care Solution:
1.  Stop using detergents.  Use less chemicals (commercial products, hair dyes, bleaches, etc.)
2.  Shampoo less (let 'Mother Nature' take over - make use of the natural hair oils and allow the body to use it's own resources to heal and nurture).
3.  Be persistent -  allow your scalp time to readjust - switching from powerful grease stripping shampoos to more gentle alternatives will result in some initial 'oiliness' BUT it will settle and your body will balance out to normal levels.
Homemade Shampoo
  There are many good quality commercial hair products that contain less toxic ingredients - but they are expensive. If on a budget and more practical about environmentally friendly solutions than homemade alternatives are the answer.
  The very best natural shampoo is egg (for those of us that can remember the days of 'egg cream shampoo') - it's high in protein, froths like shampoo and wonderful for hair health. But if the thought of using fresh eggs or bicarb soda for your 'hair shampoo' is a little overwhelming then try using a bar of soap in place of commercial shampoo to wash your hair.
  Soap is gentle, contains less chemicals, is environmentally friendly and is much less likely cause adverse reactions in the body.  It will still provide that frothy shampoo experience but without the powerful grease stripping properties detrimental to hair health.  Even better this herbal soap-based shampoo will enhance even further healthy hair:
Herbal Soap-based Shampoo:
Grate half a bar of soap into a bowl. Add approx. 650ml of boiling water and 1 teaspoon washing soda or bicarb soda (optional - but will enhance frothing). Blend until soap has fully dissolved. When cooled add 2 tablespoons almond oil (or grape-seed oil - a cheaper alternative) and 10 drops each of rosemary and lavender essential oils. Stir well.  Pour into a screw top jar ready for use - use in the same way as commercial shampoo

For the full article on hair care go to: The Shoppe Newsletter No. 47
For more information.....
 e-Booklet No. 14 - Natural Hair Care. Includes numerous natural recipes for shampoos, conditioners, rinses, herbs for hair care, specific hair problems: dandruff, oily hair, baldness, graying hair, frizziness. Covers dry shampoos, hair spray and hair setting lotion.    Price: 12.00.  To download click here
e-Booklet No. 71 - Natural Hair Dyes & Colours: Commercial hair dyes contain powerful carcinogenic chemicals - this booklet offers safe, cheap and easy-to-make chemical free alternatives to commercial hair dyes and colours using natural materials. Covers: hair rinses & dyes using such ingredients as: sage, chamomile, lemon juice, rhubarb, black tea, coffee, turmeric, red wine, hibiscus, henna and more.   Price: 12.00   To download click here    
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