okay, so i've been avoiding telling you all this for a few months now, but i really don't think i can keep it to myself anymore.
daniel knows. one or two other random people may know…
are you ready?
i haven't used shampoo or conditioner in…four months?
don't freak out too much. i promise its not that gross. my hair is still clean, i just said that i don't use shampoos & conditioner & actually, my hair has been less frizzy & much easier to manage - overall.
if you have seen me the past several weeks - don't judge. i have had lead-based paint & sawdust matting its way into my hair constantly. now that is gross.
so, i will explain everything now.
i'm currently - & definitely plan on continuing to use a 'no-poo' method on my hair. the very phrase 'no-poo' totally weirded me out when i first saw it, & it honestly still gives me the heebies a little, but thats what people are calling it, so far be it for me to try to change it…
so, you know that maybe i've been finding a lot of alternatives to cleaners & things, but maybe this is just taking it a bit too far for people? but i love trying weird things, if you haven't noticed, & i became curious about this after reading an article here on the subject.
one thing i already knew is that most shampoo's contain sodium sulfate & loads of other chemicals & dyes, so i'd been looking into shampoo bars when i found this (those are also a good alternative, btw, especially if you like your hair smelling yummy. Mine doesn't smell like anything at all - but that just means i can load on more perfume, which is a plus, i think :)
the purpose of shampoo: is to clean or clarify your hair, but in order to do that, it strips all of the natural oils out of your hair & replaces them with artificial ones, which is why your hair will tend toward frizzing.
the purpose of conditioner: since all of your natural oils have been stripped from your hair, conditioner adds them back in, softens your hair & tries to combat the frizz.
so not only am i not crazy about the jibberish ingredients on the side of my shampoo bottle, but they really didn't seem to be working all that great for me. my hair has always been frizzy & thick. air drying was a huuuge no-no because it made it even MORE frizzy. so after i read about this, i used up the rest of the shampoo i had & decided to give it a try & i LOVE it. obviously. otherwise i wouldn't dream of telling you all this...
2 cups or bottles. the ones i have pictured work great. i found them at garden ridge.
apple cider vinegar
baking soda 'shampoo':
this clarifies your hair naturally & without stripping all of the oil from your hair (if you have fine hair, this may not sound like a good thing, but it really is!)
add about 1 tablespoon of baking soda & 1 cup of water. if you find after trying this a few times though that your hair feels a little dry, add a little less baking soda. shake & work through your hair. it won't really lather up, but its working.
apple cider vinegar 'conditioner':
this makes your hair super shiny & nice, detangles, & seals your hair cuticles & balances your hairs pH after using the baking soda.
add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar & 1 cup of water. for fine or oily hair, 1 tablespoon is fine. If you have thick hair like me, go for 2.
*Just a side note on the water…make sure its warm. you don't want freezing water pouring down your head. right?
same as above. work through hair. you will smell the vinegar, but it actually washes out & your hair won't smell like it once your out of the shower & dry, just in case you were worried :P
okay, & i'll tell you one more awful thing. i only do this 2x a week. or every 4 days or so, because my hair is totally fine in between time. i do still shower though. fyi.
so thats all i have to tell you about for today.
hopefully you won't think of me strangely now.
ALSO: i've 'heard' that it may take a week or two for your scalp & hair to get used to this kind of thing because you're not using the chemicals in your hair, so if your hair seems a bit weird for a week or so, don't give up!