I haven’t bought any shampoo or conditioner since the end of May. Don’t worry, I’m still washing my hair. but now I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Maybe you’ve heard of this “no-poo” thing already? It seems like everyone’s talking about it these days.
Perhaps you’re still a tad skeptical? Trust me, so was I.
I used to love shampoo and conditioner. I usually had four or five different brands lined up on the edge of my bathtub. I knew that many cosmetics contain ingredients that are supposedly not so great. So I shopped for mine at the health food store and scrutinized the labels for parabens and pthalates, sodium laurel sulfate and sulfer. The few products that did not contain those suspect ingredients made my hair look, well, sort of flat and tired. And they cost a lot – $7.00 or more for a 12 ounce bottle. If I went more than a day or so without shampooing, my hair got greasy. So I ended up buying and using a lot. For so many years, I thought all of this was just normal.
Well, here’s my new normal. I use this method every other day or every third day. It is remarkably easy, inexpensive, and effective.
1. Mix a tablespoon or two of baking soda with just enough water to make it into a paste.
2. Wet hair.
3. Massage paste into scalp for a few minutes. (It feels great!)
4. Rinse hair well.
5. Pour a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a quart jar and fill up the rest with warm water.
6. Pour the vinegar water mixture on ends of hair and let it sit on hair for a few minutes.
7. Rinse well.
It took my hair about three weeks to adjust to the new method. During the transition time, it was at times amazingly soft and manageable and at other times very greasy. I almost quit on several occasions. I’m so glad I stuck with it. Now my hair looks great every time. It doesn’t get greasy even after three days between washings. And it does not smell like vinegar. Plus, I’m saving money and cutting down on the plastic containers I purchase. Amazing!
(This post is for Steady Mom’s 30 Minute Blog Challenge. Post time, start to finish: 28 minutes.)
Have you tried ditching your shampoo and conditioner yet? I’d love to hear the results.