Continuing on my quest for eliminating as many chemicals and petroleum based products from my life, I realized that EVERY hair product I was using had either one of the top 10 worst ingredients and/or it was chock full of petroleum based ingredients. Then I learned about going no poo… no shampoo and no conditioner, too. To my amazement, my hair is wonderfully healthy and I am continuously getting compliments!
To clean your hair, use Baking soda, also known as Sodium Bicarbonate. Found naturally in mineral deposits all around the world, it was first discovered by the modern world in the late 1840’s but has been used in aboriginal cultures for centuries. Many of you may already be aware of the deodorizing attributes of baking soda and if you make bread, you bake with it but did you know that it was the main ingredient in most scouring powders?
A word of caution: Baking Powder and Washing Soda are not the same things and should never be used as substitutes, particularly baking powder as it is a chemical concoction of acid and baking soda.
To condition your hair, use Apple Cider Vinegar. I have used both organic and commercial and I prefer the organic as it smells less pungent.There are so many wonderful things about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to mention but it works as a good conditioner because it provides a natural barrier to keep the moisture in your hair and skin.
There are several methodologies available on the internet, however, what I found to work best was using a 4:1 ratio of baking soda to distilled water. It is important to use distilled water because most tap water is full of so many chemicals. If you use a water softener, you are probably using a baking soda based chemical!
I cleaned out my old shampoo bottle and filled it about 90% full with baking soda. Then I use distilled Rose Water. The smell is wonderful and I really don’t notice that I’m using a home-made natural product.
Now here’s the important part: Shake the bottle well and apply the pasty solution to your dry hair. Massage it in to your roots only. Baking soda cleans so well that you do not want to strip the oils from the rest of your hair cuticle.
Also, notice that the instructions indicate to massage it in. Massaging your scalp is essential for healthy hair growth and it is the main reason why hair feels so healthy after leaving the salon. Then rinse. It works best on dry hair because you can feel the areas that still need cleaning easier than when your hair is totally wet.
1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 parts distilled water. I don’t bother using the rose distilled water with the ACV as the mixture of the two does not appeal to my senses.
After rinsing the baking soda cleaner from your hair, apply the ACV mix to your ends only. Unless you have a VERY dry scalp, applying the ACV to your scalp will have a tendency to make your hair greasy. On the other hand, if you have dandruff, ACV has been known to completely eliminate it.
During the hotter months when my hair has more moisture, I use lemon juice instead of ACV mixed with the distilled rose water.
This seems to be the one thing that I disagree with many of the other methodologies. Most websites will tell you to only wash your hair once a week and they mention an “icky” period. Well, while I was working in the entertainment industry, there was absolutely no way I could have icky hair.
So at the beginning while my hair was adjusting, I washed it every other day. But now, my hair is completely adjusted and I only have to wash it once or twice a week. On the days that I don’t wash it, I still rinse it with warm water.
The “dirt” in our hair gets completely rinsed out with water, its just the oil build up that needs to be washed out. So if you have dry hair, you’ll probably only have to wash your hair once a week or less. But if you’re like me, then you’ll probably have to wash your hair a bit more.
In between washings if you find your hair to get a little greasy, put a little bit of cornstarch in your hair. It absorbs the oil and as long as you don’t put too much in your hair it is transparent. This is also great when you go camping!