Of all the things I never thought about the chemicals in my shampoo and conditioner are definitely one. At the beginning of my “crunchy” journey I started to learn about all the chemicals we ingest every day. If you read the ingredient list on your shampoo it will look something like this:
Water/eau, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ppg-2 hydroxyethyl coco/isostearamide, sodium chloride, citric acid, sodium citrate, fragrance/parfum, sodium benzoate, tetrasodium edta, polyquaternium-10, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, hedychium coronarium root extract, prunus serotina (wild cherry) bark extract, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, sodium xylenesulfonate, red 4.
After reading my shampoo bottle I hit the internet for some info. I found no ‘poo information all over. I was NO WAY! I MUST use shampoo! Little did I know a few months later …….
My first “crunchy” shampoo was Homemade Coconut Shampoo. I made this every few weeks and continued to use my conditioner. Not as much conditioner as before but, enough to make the “crunchy” experiment not so “crunchy.” Of course the
lazy frugal part of me got tired of making coconut milk.
did I read the instructions? No. Did I do any research on how to wash my hair with baking soda, of course not. In my gross ignorance I figured it is just baking soda what could it do right? Did I remember my armpits? Heck no. The rash? whatever.
So I just put a container of about a cup of baking soda in the shower, made a paste and rubbed it all over my head, rinsed, waited a few days and did it again. I continued this for about 1 month. I had sores and some serious flaking.
At work we now wear black, so the flaking is making me crazy, ok even more nuts. It is possible you disbeliever you.
After the flaking became crazy last week I decided to do something. Hello internet. You are thinking finally huh? Me too.
For baking soda wash you need 1 cup water(not pictured, figured you knew what it looked like, am I wrong?) A tablespoon, not a cup, of baking soda and and bottle to mix it in.
- Shake it up,
- put on wet hair
- massage, not scrub with vigor, your scalp only,
- leave on a few minutes and then rinse well, I might have not done this part so well either with the amount of hair I have.
- Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted with water, about he same ratio as the “shampoo".”
Yesterday I forgot the apple cider vinegar, washed my hair anyway and rinsed it very well. I thought that combing it would be even more painful than after normal shampoo and conditioner, to my surprise it was the easiest I have ever combed my wet hair.
I believe my method can still use some refinement, however; I am liking my hair more and more every day.
The amount of baking soda can change depending upon your scalp and hair conditions. I am currently using less baking soda, hate the rash I get from it and, have discovered less is better.
Do you worry about the chemicals in your hair care products?