Ever notice on the back of your shampoo bottle all the chemicals in the recipe? Ever notice that even shampoos promising they’re “all natural” seem to have the same ingredients as say, your Herbal Essence, which is not all natural?
I’ve been hunting for natural, home made solution to do my body, the environment, and my wallet good!
Clearly, my hair needs a good washing… Haha
So many of you are probably far more knowledgeable of the “no-poo” methods available, and have tried your own. I’m still at the beginning of my search to find more budget and body-friendly ways to do things in the home. Here are some resources I’ve used recently for hair care, specifically:
http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-conditioner/ <– The ratio I’m currently using, sort of.
http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-shampoo/ <– Where I got my current recipe
http://empoweredsustenance.com/diy-honey-shampoo/ <– My second attempt.
I finally feel I have cracked the code for my personal hair care needs! You’ll notice above which blogger suggested the correct ratio for me. I first tried using strait Dr. Bronners castille soap in baby mild (I was buying it anyway to make my own dish soap and hand soap). I followed his directions on the bottle for a quick 9 minute, full body cleanse. That did not look good on my hair! While my hair maintained the curl, it was definitely sticky, coarse, and looked very oily. Also, gross-out fact – the end of the next day my hair had a noticeable, disgusting, unwashed smell. I was not a fan! SO I tried using the castille soap in the shower like regular shampoo and soap. My hair was still yucky, and the soap didn’t have a lasting “clean smell.” I’m not about to go about smelling unclean. I’m not that much of a stereotypical hippy ;-)
Ok, so I wasn’t ready to go back to chemical poo, I did some searching, you’ve seen some of the results I came up with above. I didn’t want to run out and buy coconut milk just for me, though I think that shampoo sounds deliciously decadent! If you try it, let me know! I decided to go with the honey method. I had two new bottles of local, raw honey from the farmers market, why not? The first night I did the 3tbs honey, 3 tbs water and followed with the vinegar rinse, since I had such nasty hair from the strait castille the day before. I thought initially, I had found my solution! I do like that this lady explains in detail her experience here and informs us that there was a transition period and that eventually she did away with the honey wash altogether. She also said in the initial post that vinegar and baking soda used together constantly will damage your hair, which is why I went with her method as my second attempt, to begin with. Through her post, she says that for the transition period “you may need to cleanse your hair everyday.” Well I did that, for one week. My hair got more weighed down at the roots and oilier looking and feeling every day. Finally it was Saturday again, I just couldn’t go to church the next morning with nasty oily hair, especially since I was inviting people to my son’s (can you believe it) FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY. I didn’t have it in me to wait the full month. Quickly I’m reviewing my results, I come across this (which I highlight at the top but will share here again) baking soda ratio and vinegar ratio, with the suggestion to substitute honey, including a suggestion for DING, Ding, DING!!! Curly hair!!
My first wash with the new mix: 2 TBS baking soda to 1 Cup water (i used the filter on my tap), rinse out after applying to hair, then finish with 1 TBS raw honey instead of vinegar, to 1 Cup filtered water, was AMAZING! Today is the second full day since washing and my hair still doesn’t look dirty, is still manageable!
I do not have to use any styling products and I’m not dealing with frizz!
So mix and match different recipes, come up with a solution that works for you! If you come up with a special combination, or even if you use one already laid out in another blog, share about your experience! It will definitely help others in their search for a better, healthier, more affordable way to have clean hair and a clean environment!
**This post as well as other helpful home, health, and beauty recipes will be loaded to my Save Money Go Green page. This post will also be referenced in my oil cleansing post below, as there is an update on my oil cleansing experience!
Update on oil cleansing for me: I now only get break outs when I’m too lazy to spend a few minutes cleansing at night. My current ration is 2 TBS Coconut oil to 2 1/2 TBS castor oil, and about 11-20 drops lavender oil. This mix lasts me about one month and currently I’m only using about a nickel-size each cleanse. Be sure to keep your oils in BPA free plastic or glass containers as the oils will adhere to the BPA and transmit into your skin.