What to expect when transitioning to natural shampoos and conditioners

Whether you’ve been using Young Living shampoos and conditioners for years and are curious about the new reformulations or you’re new to natural hair care and looking to ditch sulfates, silicones and other synthetics in your hair care products, you’re in the right place! We’ve got all the info you need on what to expect during the transition to clean hair care and how to deal with the in-between phase.

Why should you make the switch?

Sulfates, silicones, and other synthetic chemicals are often found in hair care products—even the expensive ones. Sulfates can actually strip your hair of its natural oil and moisture, leaving it dry and dull, while silicones can build up over time, leaving your freshly washed hair feeling less than clean and looking lifeless. It’s time to make the switch and give you and your family the best you deserve!  As well as this, people often do not realise that what they put down the drain can also have an effect on the environment. Heavy chemicals and microbeads can pollute waterways and harm marine life. Making the switch is a simple, easy and effective way to be kind to yourself and mother nature.



Our newly reformulated shampoos and conditioners contain our top quality and premium essential oil blends chosen by Young Living Founder D. Gary Young to specifically target the needs of different hair types: Lavender Volumizing for fine hair, Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing to hydrate dry or damaged hair, and Lavender Mint Clarifying or an invigorating deep clean and for all hair types.

The reformulated shampoos and conditioners also contain powerful, plant-based cleansers and botanical extracts which gently cleanse and nourish strands to give you hydrated, healthy-looking hair. You can rest easy knowing that these reformulated shampoos and conditioners meet Young Living’s high standards. These squeaky-clean formulas contain no harsh sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, DEA, or synthetic colours or fragrances, so you can enjoy your healthiest-looking, most beautiful hair yet while not worrying about all the nasties you are welcoming into your home.

PLUS! Our new shampoos and conditioners are now vegan friendly!

clean haircare

That being said, you may notice some differences in how these formulas behave at first as you transition.

What to expect when you make the switch:

  • Less lathering: Without sulfates, natural shampoos won’t lather as much as you’re used to; but that doesn’t mean your hair isn’t getting clean.
  • Less slip: At first, you may notice the conditioner doesn’t give your hair the silky slip sensation you’re used to. This is normal while your hair gets rid of the silicone buildup.
  • More is sometimes more: As you adjust, you may want to use a little more conditioner during this transition phase. Don’t worry: Since our conditioners don’t contain heavy silicones, they won’t weigh down your hair.
  • More natural oils (only at first!): Without harsh sulfates stripping oils from your hair, your strands may feel oilier at first, especially at the roots. This is completely normal and should even out over time.

Which shampoo and conditioner should you use for your hair type?

Choosing the right hair

Hair hacks:

If you’re midway through the transition, don’t give up! The transition process is just that: a process. Healthy-looking, happy hair is just around the corner. Try some of these tricks to get you through to the other side:

  • Apple cider vinegar rinse: Want to speed up the process of detoxing from the mainstream shampoos and conditioners you’re used to? Try the apple cider vinegar rinse recipe to help rid your hair of built-up chemicals and hair products:

  • Oil control: With a little extra time and care, brushing with a bristle brush helps distribute all those natural oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair, which will help nourish the hair’s cuticle from root to tip.
  • DIY dry shampoo: Combing ½ of arrowroot powder with 5 drops of Lavender essential oil, Rosemary essential oil and Cedarwood essential oil. For darker hair, add cocoa powder.
  • DIY hair mask: Moisturise your hair with a blend of coconut oil or argon oil and add 5-6 drops of Cedarwood essential oil. Massage into scalp 30-60 mins before washing and rinse hair.

Rid the frizz!

As we mentioned above, you may initially notice some frizz as your hair and scalp detox from conventional shampoo and conditioner; but a little frizz is no match for our well-loved Mirah Hair oil! Try a few drops of Mirah hair oil to help smooth away any extra frizz at the ends of your hair. If you are also struggling with oily hair, avoid putting Mirah near the roots.

Frizz-friendly hair styles

  • Mermaid hair: Embrace the waves—and even a little frizz—in your transition hair with this mermaid hair spray recipe:

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Cedarwood essential oil

10 drops Rosemary essential oil

2 tbsp of conditioner

Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water

  • Braids: French braids are a chic way to keep your hair under control and hide any hiccups you may be having while switching to our natural shampoos and conditioners.

There you you have it! Now you know everything you need to make the switch and do hair care the natural way. We’re so excited for your journey away from synthetics and toward bringing out your hair’s unique, natural beauty. Living life naturally is simpler than you think!