A couple years back I read about a natural way to wash my hair. I am a strong supporter of giving up any chemicals that are put on or put into our bodies. On every turn there are more people coming down with cancers and other health related problems. I have to wonder if the things we place on or in our body play an important role in many of our sicknesses. I believe that using natural products on our hair and body can place us one step closer to being healthy.
I quit dyeing my hair two years ago but found my hair to be a bit more coarse, needing more moisture. I, like most people, attempted to find the best shampoo out there to combat this problem. I then stumbled upon the No Poo method as they call it.
I have to admit the first time I tried it, I gave up after one week as there was a transition period in which my hair and scalp had to adjust. This was not a fun period and I do not think I was prepared to go through it. If you set your mind to it, you can wear a hat or put your hair up for the week. Your hair will look a bit rough and maybe oily. The transition period is different for everyone but in the end you will find beautiful hair at the end of the process.
The two ingredients I used were Baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It not only was easy but very cost effective.
I placed a tablespoon of baking soda into a large plastic cup and added water, pouring pour over my hair. I rubbed into the scalp area, where it mattered the most. I rinsed out. I then mixed 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 cup of cool water and poured over my hair. I rinsed out once more. There was a slight vinegar smell for a short time but it did not last. I have heard you can add some essential oils but I have never felt the need to do this. After a short time, all you can smell is clean hair.
I try to wash my hair in the morning so my husband does not feel like he is sleeping with a pickle. I only wash my hair when it needs it. Sometimes rinsing with water is all one needs. So many times we are over washing our hair, stripping it of the natural oils, leaving our hair damaged.
This is an example of nature taking care of skin and hair. My parents take their little dog to get groomed every two weeks. Right before she goes she has an odor. My two dogs rarely get baths unless they need it but I brush them everyday, stirring up the natural oils in their coats. They do not have any doggy smells. I shared this with my parents and they were amazed as they thought we bathed them consistently. While this is a dogs hair, I would think our hair and skin works the same way. I do think there is a natural process working when we give nature a chance to do its thing.
Lastly, I will use a very small amount of organic coconut oil and rub through my hair. A tiny bit goes along way or ones hair could become more oily. This tames any wildness my hair may have and leaves it soft and manageable.
The best part of all this is I am not spending so much money on products and not putting toxic chemicals on my body.