Well, my first article about washing hair without shampoo spurned such a tizzy of interest, that I thought you all might enjoy an update.
I have been shampoo-free for over 5 months now. I LOVE it!
- I’m finding I can use a decreasing amount of baking soda and still get the same results. Also, I can now go 4 days without washing or rinsing, if I put my hair up on the 4th day.
- It’s CHEAP: I have been using the same bottle of vinegar since almost the beginning, and it’s still 1/2 full. I’ve used just 1 small package of baking soda.
- I love the way it makes my hair look! It’s a deeper, more natural and luscious color.
But mostly, my hair is pretty similar to how it was before. It’s just that now I don’t have to think about buying shampoo and conditioner (baking soda and vinegar are things we always have around the house), I don’t have to worry about what’s going onto my head and into my body, and I’m saving money.
There were several questions about containers, how I keep from getting it in my eyes, and other similar points. So I thought I’d share with you my containers:
One is an old shampoo bottle, the other is an old salad dressing bottle. The trick is to be able to get the solution where you want it, which is why I use these bottles with long stems and small holes. It works really well, it has become totally natural for me. For me, this is just the way hair is washed now!
After using either Recipe #1 or Recipe #2 for a while, you might try using the following more diluted method.
Recipe #3: The Simple Method Diluted
1. Use an old shampoo bottle or a squeeze bottle of some variety (see photo above). Mix 1 part baking soda to 6 parts Water. Each time you use this solution, shake well to mix.
2. Squeeze the baking soda solution onto your dry scalp, then massage your scalp for several seconds. (You just need to saturate your scalp, not the rest of your hair.)
3. Leave in for 1-3 minutes, and rinse completely.
4. In an old shampoo bottle or a squeeze bottle (see photo above), mix 1 part Organic White Vinegar to 8 parts Water. You can add essential oils or herbs if you like – I add 1 cinnamon stick (which lasts through several bottles of mixture) and 1/2 t vanilla (or a vanilla stick seen in the photo above). This masks the vinegar smell, and leaves your hair with a faint scent of spices.
5. Leave on hair for several seconds, then rinse completely.
Questions? Thoughts? Ideas?
Have you tried this since I wrote about it? Do you use a different method? Have you tried to do this in the past?