Are you ready to have some fun, get great hair, lose the chemicals and be free of yet another addiction placed upon us by those that market products to us we don’t actually need? Then read on and learn the basics of shampoo free living! And as a bonus, you will get healthier, and maybe even shed a pound or two as you detox from the chemicals in your everyday hair products.
So... the starter routine is:
2T BS (baking soda) to 8 oz water for your "shampoo" and then once you have scrubbed your hair and scalp for a couple minutes (focus on your scalp a LOT) rinse it out.
2T ACV (apple cider vinegar) to 8 oz water and do the same.
Fresh squeezed lemon juice, you could probably use frozen cubes, or even store bought if it was pure juice. Lemon is known to lighten hair when exposed to sunlight, so do not do this if you have naturally dark hair.
Chamomile tea, the handful of times I have done this I just made myself a cup of tea, drank half and used the other half for rinsing, I did not water it down at all. Chamomile tea, like lemon can lighten your hair when exposed to sunlight so please only use this if you are willing to risk the consequences!
I have been told that lemon and chamomile tea can add nice highlights, but I have no experience personally as I have never used them enough to reap the benefits.
Unsweetened cranberry juice, I have not tried this personally as of yet. But when I do I plan to use it in a similar ratio to the ACV.
Coffee, for brunettes most specifically as it has been known to darken the hair with repeated applications or extended saturation (20-30 minutes).
I imagine there are many other optional rinses out there, the goal of these rinses it to restore the proper ph to the hair so that it does not get overly dried out. BS has a higher ph than your natural scalp/hair and these rinses restore that balance and close the pours and follicles.
Honey to combat dry hair, especially during the winter months. 1 tsp. to start and then you can adjust to meet your personal needs. This goes into the BS/water.
TTO (Tea Tree Oil) to combat dandruff. I have heard 1-2 drops right into your BS.
Essential Oil to add that nice scent you are missing! Just mix in with the rinse of your choice and enjoy the goodness.
Moisturizers/Leave in Conditioners:
Coconut/Almond/Apricot/Walnut Oils are all lovely leave ins, and again a drop of essential oil will likely liven up the scent of these carrier oils and leave your hair feeling great and smelling amazing!
All Raw - Honey/Eggs/Avocados/Bananas/Yogurt are all lovely and easy to use when alone or combined into your own customized favorites! Rub in well and rinse 15-30 minutes after application, then follow with your normal no'poo wash. I think tonight I might try honey/egg/banana to see if it helps my hair look extra nice for my girls day out tomorrow... I'll let you know how that goes!
Also, very important to note is that most will go through a DETOX period. You will likely get worse before you get better. For me this lasted about 2-3 months. The less you wash the quicker it goes, and it does not last forever.
From there you adjust to meet your needs... and please comment with your experiences! I will continue to add to this post as I dig up old references and find new ones.
My story of breaking the shampoo addiction… it hurt at first!
I've been no-pooing for almost a year now and LOVE it. I have very thin, flat, greasy hair and used to wash every day sometimes even twice a day. I always hated that I couldn't do anything with my hair and was so envious of my best girlfriends beautiful, long, thick and wavy hair. I tried perms, cuts (the cut makes a big difference too I found) and all the hair products I could find with a VOLUMIZING label. Then one day on a crunchy mama's group I was a part of I saw these ladies talking about no poo... I had to click on that post! I was a little nervous wondering what exactly they meant but was very quickly relived and excited. I was just thrilled that I might be able to make my hair look nicer, regain strength and all for less money! I tried the routine the next day and have not been back to shampoo since! I did suffer heavily through the detox period, but I had just had a baby and was not leaving to go anywhere so it worked out well enough for me. It took me much longer than some ladies, I was over producing oils for about 3 months and it took a while to see that it was worth it all. I almost gave up and washed it on several occasions, but I just couldn't do it. Hair bands and hats were my best friends through that stage! If you go through a heavy detox like I did just know it really won't last forever and it does get better! Play with your amounts and see what your hair responds to best. I use, 1 T BS to 6-8 oz water and 1 tsp ACV. I also add in 1 tsp. honey to my BS mix every other wash during the summer, and every wash during the winter to help combat the dry weather. As soon as I can afford to get my hands on some Young Living essential oils I will be adding those into my rinse as well. My hair is now wonderful, for me anyway! This is the best it has been and it is very freeing to not be chained to the chemical based shampoo products.
As for the rest of my family, they no'poo too! My kids have been blessed with their Papa's hair which is VERY thick, curly and coarse (think horse mane, teehee). The kids hair is still soft for now, but even so hard to tame and gets tangled easily! I prefer only do BS/ACV (same ratios as I use on myself) on them about once a month OR if they have gotten it actually dirty. And in between I simply do hot water rinses on them and add an oil into their hair about once a week while their hair is damp. Most often coconut oil, but at times I use another oil I have on hand. My husband decided on a much stronger mix for his coarse hair. He uses about 3T BS to 6 oz water, and 2T ACV to 6 oz. water.
Here are links to some lovely recipes for homemade hair care products:
Multiple recipes for various hair topics: http://www.longlocks.com/hair-care-recipes-cookbook.htm#cond12
Shine Spritz for curly hair: http://www.naturalchica.com/2011/03/maes-homemade-sweet-shine-spritz/
More wonderful personal care product recipes and tips can be found over at Nourishing Treasures, be sure to head over and tell Lea I sent you! :-)