I’m not “crunchy”. I don’t consider myself to be all that “green” either, although I do recycle. I’m not a frugalista either. I’m definitely not an all-organic using, eating, and wearing girl. Even so…
It has been 6 weeks since I have shampooed my hair!
I have long thick hair that takes forever to dry. I had been really frustrated with my “blah” hair and itchy scalp. I had little bumps that would appear at the nape of my neck and drive me crazy. I had a sneaking suspicion that my shampoo and conditioner were the culprits. So I switched… again… and again…. and again… trying new shampoos and found no relief.
Finally, I decided to stop shampooing cold-turkey and try out Simple Mom’s “no-poo” technique.
I grabbed a squeeze bottle filled it with 1 cup of water and added 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. I shook up the bottle and squeezed it onto my scalp. I used quite a bit the first few times, saturating my scalp then massage it really well. I’m not lying when I tell you that I could FEEL the oil washing out of my hair. (for more technical, scientific reasons why this works be sure to check out Simple Mom’s Post!)
As a substitute for conditioner, I grabbed a second bottle added 1 cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. – do not worry your hair will NOT smell like vinegar at all! – I pour this over the middle and ends of my hair – intentionally avoiding my scalp. Because my hair is so long I used a wide-tooth comb right after I add the vinegar mixture to my hair. This helps with the tangles. I rinsed the vinegar mixture out of my hair and voila! Squeaky clean hair!
I’m not going to lie, weeks 3-4 were rough, a bit oily and I almost wanted to throw in the towel, but I didn’t. I kept going and I’m thrilled with my hair now!
5 Reasons I love cleaning my hair with Baking Soda and Vinegar:
- Super duper clean hair and soft – it nearly squeaks!
- Less frizz = fewer products
- Cheap hair care
- Newfound CURLS!!
- No more crazy hair loss— Previously I would have a huge wad of hair in the shower when I was finished shampooing and conditioning my hair. Gross, I know!! I could run my hands through my hair and have a good handful of hair. I truly believe that something in the products I was using (rhymes with pan-tene… whoops I said it!) was causing me to lose so much hair.
Week 4 No Shampoo
Today (Week 6) No Shampoo – no product – air dried hair!
I wish I had taken a good “before” photo but I think you can see a bit of the difference. My hair has always had a bit of a wave to it but now I can scrunch it up and have really nice curls. I can still blow dry it straight easily but it’s nice to have the option to let my hair just air dry.
People have asked me if I’ll use shampoo again and honestly I don’t think I will. I may find a good organic conditioner to use occasionally but I can honestly say I don’t think my hair has ever been better. So for now I’ll be sticking with my baking soda and vinegar combo!
ADDED: Be sure to read Part 2 – Clean Your Hair With Baking Soda and Vinegar – Confessional
Have you ever tried this method for cleaning your hair? I’d love to here your thoughts!