These shampoos are very unique in comparison to traditional shampoos, even a number of “natural” shampoos because these are really, really natural.
The shampoo is a cleanser so that squeaky clean feeling is normal. That overly moisturizing shampoo you may be used to are due to a number of ingredients that we need avoid - they are not your friend and they create havoc for your scalp. These will not strip you of any oils you need, just the ones you don't and the unnecessary film and build up fro previous products that we all need to say goodbye to.
These shampoos and conditioner are meant to be used together, it's a 2-step process. So if you were wondering if conditioner is essential, YES it is.
The first step is to cleanse as in shampoo. It is always recommended to double wash because the first was is there to raise up and remove the dirt and oils. The second wash is there to hydrate and infuse your hair and scalp with the nutrient dense oils these products provide. More is explained about this here.
The second step is to lock in that moisture, i.e. conditioner which provides loads of hydration, moisture, protection for the ends, detangling and all the good oils to thrive.
If you are new to these products, the shampoo is going to work a bit harder to remove any film and buildup from previous shampoos. It may take some time to really release all these films and previous ingredients from other products. Some can experience a transition or detox period in which you may see more oils being released than usual. More info about that here.
However, once you’ve allowed the shampoo to do it’s job and naturally exfoliate the scalp of those stagnant ingredients that are just sitting on your scalp, then your scalp can breathe freely again.
The oils will start to recalibrate and find their groove allowing your hair to absorb and digest all the nourishing oils these product provide.
Like our skin, when we are exfoliating and encouraging the release of oils, dead skin, whatever it may be there can be some shedding. Shedding is normal when you are allowing your scalp or skin to release what may have been trapped due to the not so nice ingredients from previous products. This doesn't always occur, but it's completely common and only during this transition period.
I encourage you to wash your hair as often as needed in the beginning and take advantage of the wonderful, luxurious conditioners. If your hair is feeling dry, gift it a hair mask once a week, even an overnight one (the best!) or if your scalp is feeling oily because of a shift in hormones, stress, it's adjusting to these - that's all ok. Add in another shower that week to help it recalibrate (it's ok if you don't stick to your "I only wash my hair once a week routine"). When we listen to our body and it's needs, then the body is able to respond through healing and health.