You can avoid hormone disrupting chemicals found in nearly all conventional shampoos by giving this a try!
For the last couple of years, I’d heard about washing your hair with baking soda and conditioning it with apple cider vinegar.
At the time, this seemed a little extreme to me (and I love trying things that are a little out there).
It took me 2 years to test it out. What was I waiting for??
It’s AMAZING!! Plus it’s non-toxic and so inexpensive. I grew up with unlimited access to top of the line hair products as my step-father owned salons. No product has ever made my hair look or feel this good.
My hair is so smooth, soft and has WAY more body.
I have a lot of hair and was concerned how it would be without conditioner, as it’s a tangled mess without it.
The first couple of weeks, it was so easy to comb, over time it became a little more tangled. So I have been alternating with apple cider vinegar and a non-toxic conditioner after washing.
I also only need to wash my hair every other day! Huge time savings.
Warning, if you love a good lather, this could take a little getting used to.
Also note, that if you have been using conventional shampoos, your hair may not feel totally awesome right away. Conventional shampoos contain plasticizers (yes it’s true!), which coat you hair to help it shine. When you move away from using those types of shampoos (even to a non-roxic shampoo which doesn’t contain these plasticizers) there is an adjustment period as your hair sheds this plastic coating. Trust me it will get better!
How to use baking soda & apple cider vinegar to wash your hair:
Baking Soda instead of Shampoo:
Use about 1 tablespoon baking soda mixed with warm water (I’ve done cold….not so fun!). It will be quite watery. I pour it right over my head. Rub it into your scalp like shampoo. Give your scalp a nice massage….no bubbles here. It may feel like you are rubbing some sand on your head the first couple of times, until you get used to it. Rinse.
Apple Cider Vinegar instead of Conditioner:
I mixed about 1 tablespoon of the apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of water, and mainly applied it to my hair below the ears down to the tips as I tend to with conventional conditioners. Alternately, you could put it in a spray bottle and it would be much easier to apply that way.
The first time I used the apple cider vinegar, my 10 yr old daughter ran out of the bathroom (on her way to the shower) due to the lingering vinegar smell. I popped some wild orange essential oil in the diffuser and all was well.
Please let me know how it works for you in the comments below!
With Health & Aloha,
PS I think the baking soda made the biggest difference to my hair, so if you only experiment with one thing, try the baking soda!
Paparazzi hair shot in Japan….only kidding. My cousin surprised me with a photo as we were exploring.
But really, I do love washing my hair with baking soda. So much so I packed along a box to Tokyo for Spring Break and I’ll be doing the same on my summer travels!