First off, I would like to apologize for the massive lack of posts. Things have been crazy over here! (I will explain it all in a separate post HERE.) I am back and that is all that matters. I feel like I flew across the world and never told anyone. I'm sorry. Life happened. Our new adventure happened. It is great.
So, I saw quite some time ago, many people were doing the "No-Poo Method" for their hair. At the time I was using THIS shampoo, and no matter how much I read about the benefits of not using any shampoo or soaps on my hair, I just could not give up my addiction to this raspberry scented hair elixir of the gods. However, reason number one set in and I slowly began my conversion to the "No-Poo Method".
1. Shampoo is spendy.
Have you ever tried to source a natural, good for the planet, safe, Cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner? That stuff was like gold around our house. And to top it all off my husband fell in love with it as well. Luckily for me he did not use conditioner. However, it is bad enough trying to run out of conditioner at the same time as the shampoo, but now we threw in another head to wash, that just so happens to be a farmer's head which usually has bits of hay, tractor grease, and other unmentionables that may be lurking in the deepest depths of his hard working mop. And what we are left with is a minimally upset wife that just wants to be ensured she can take a few showers and know there is going to be some shampoo left for her to use. Any-who, after calculating the usages of the sweet smelling hair perfume in a bottle we used each month, about 3 shampoos and a conditioner, we were spending close to $35 a month to wash our hair. It is pretty hard to pay for that when the dollars come into this home as much as a maid does. So we cut back.
Next, we tried multi-tasking with THIS brand of wishy-washy soap. It is all natural, and 100% organic, should be perfect right? I mean, we only have to buy one bottle. It comes with a foaming pump and has over 300 and some pumps per bottle. This should be the answer. WRONG! Not only did I have to use so much of it my mane was not feeling so clean after its use. I would have to rinse for quite a while, and I have a feeling I didn't get it all out. Don't get me wrong I highly recommend this brand for your body, however, a farm-girl's's hair is one tough mop to wring.
Keep reading to find out what I use now and actually works on farm-girl hair and keeps it healthy.
2. Stripping oils from your hair is not a good idea.
So I noticed that every time I would use a shampoo or other soap, I would have to use a conditioner or my hair just did not feel good. It felt dry, frizzy, and when I had long hair, I would get split ends quite frequently. As it turns out, shampoos and soaps take the precious oils that your scalp makes to protect your hair from damage, washes them down the drain. Then add in a blow dryer, flat iron and a bazillion products to use and you ultimately have a disaster on your hands. So what do you need to do, add the oil back. Seems simple enough just use a conditioner. Yes, this may be the easy way out, but just as we like to look at the root of a health problem (no pun intended) we need to do the same for our hair.
At first I thought I could get a way with just rinsing my hair with water a couple of times per shower. Turns out, for me, that doesn't work. I am still left with a greasy, "did I just come from doing farm chores feeling".
3. I have the ingredients in my kitchen.
Baking Soda & Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). That's it. That is all you need to have a healthy rinse for your hair. I wouldn't use this every day. Baking Soda can be a bit harsh for your hair. Once a week should be sufficient for this treatment. There seems to be a couple days to a week or two of transition for most. My hair never really went through a transition. Maybe I already have healthy hair. *prays*
Recipe for Cleansing Hair Rinse
(I must warn those who have black hair, or a perm, relaxant, or colored hair. Doing this often may cause your hair to bronze, meaning yes change color.) It's up to you, what you do.
2-3 teaspoons baking soda
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Make a paste of baking soda and warm water.
Rub into your scalp at roots only. Use a small massaging circular motion. This will stimulate growth.
Pour ACV on hair and rub in with the same massaging manner as before.
It is that simple, you are on your way to healthier hair.
4. No-Poo is cheap!
For literally a few cents a dollar at the most you can have a very easy recipe for your hair. How awesome is that. Some may be offended by the ACV in the shower. I find it pleasant when it is a high quality, organic brand like BRAGGS Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. And Baking Soda, so inexpensive. It makes me feel good that I am not spending that $35 a month to clean our hair. My Hubby has not switched over. YET. But when the shampoo is out. He will have no choice. HA HA.
5. It makes our Earth Happy.
Using a method of cleaning hair like this has to be better for the earth. Even if you source the most natural shampoo. You still have to worry how those soaps, essential oils, fragrances, etc are effecting the water when it reaches it. We have a septic system. Now, as gross as it sounds a septic system is like a giant microbial aquarium that needs to be taken care of. There are micro-organisms living down there that need food (YUK!), and if we feed them toxic things, like chemicals, cleaners and other nasties they will die. Those micro-organisms are needed to eat the.... um... "food" they are given, when they are healthy and are doing what they are supposed to they will thrive, and keep your septic from becoming backed up. Now, if you were to clean using harsh chemicals, such as bleach, it throws off the balance of those organisms, so they have to rebuild their strength instead of doing the job they were meant to do. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar is a much better thing to send to those organisms, or into the ocean for those who don't manage their own waste.