No Shampoo For Me

Have you visited the hair-care aisle in your supermarket or pharmacy lately? You may have just gotten used to it, but next time you are there, take a good LOOK.  It’s tremendous!  Cosmetic and drug companies have spend a lot of money (and they’ve done a good job) to convince us that we need these things to make our hair look good.  I know that throughout my life, I’ve tried one conditioner after another, and especially went through an assortment of  “styling products”: mousse, gel, spray, spritz, and glaze.  And these things are not only expensive (as you probably know), but are also full of toxic chemicals which are not only hard on your hair, but also affect the rest of your body.

I have good news for you.  You don’t need them.

There’s a whole movement out there in the healthy/natural lifestyle world.  I only heard of it about a year ago and was intrigued.  It’s called “no poo” (no-shampoo), and it means that you stop using shampoo to wash your hair.

Why would you do this? To recap above:

  1. Shampoo is expensive.
  2. Shampoo is filled with harsh chemicals which are toxic to your body as they both enter your scalp and you breathe in their fumes.
  3. Your body creates natural oils for your hair which are good for it (and meant to be there).  Shampooing often disturbs this occurrence and actually causes your body to make MORE oil (since you took away the oil that was there by shampooing).
  4. Read # 3 again: Shampooing makes your hair MORE oily, not less.

I haven’t shampooed my hair for about 3 months now, and I can officially say that this method works, and works well.   My hair is not oily or stinky, and in fact looks as healthy as ever.  All I need to have to take excellent care of my hair is baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

Basically, you wash your hair with 1 tbsp of baking soda mixed with 1 cup of water, massaging the roots well.  After rinsing,  you condition your hair with 1 tbsp of ACV (apple cider vinegar) mixed with 1 cup of water (an important step for maintaining the proper pH), rinse, and you’re done.

The hardest part for me was to refrain from adding some type of gel to my wet hair, but I am getting used to it.  If I really want to add something to help it hold its position and keep from frizzing, I add a little bit of aloe vera gel, which works just fine.

It is common to have an adjustment period of oilier hair, since your body is used to making extra oil to replace what you’ve been stripping away.  Once your body realizes that you’re not doing that any more, it will reduce the amount it makes.  I didn’t have much of a problem with this, and I think that’s because I was already only shampooing about twice a week (but that’s only my theory).

There are plenty of instructions out there, with variations.  Do a google search on “no poo”, and you’ll get plenty.  Here’s a simple one: How To Go No Poo .  If you are considering trying this (which I encourage you to do), you should definitely spend a few minutes researching. If you’d like more detailed information, you can download The No Shampoo Method e-book for a few dollars.

And if you’re looking for a community of no-pooers, “like” the No Shampoo Method on Facebook.

I have a desire for a simple, non-toxic lifestyle in which I spend as little money as necessary and don’t need to worry about running out of, buying, or needing to store lots of STUFF.   So since I can  also use baking soda for brushing my teeth and cleaning, and apple cider vinegar as a wonder-tool as well, this definitely fits my criteria for intentional owning.

Now it’s time to get the rest of the family with the program…

Baking Soda Works for Me!

Yesterday I shared my new quest for a more simplistic lifestyle.  In doing so, I’m not only massively decluttering, flylady style to get rid of “extra” stuff, but I’m trying to go greener, cleaner, and all-around more purposeful. FamilyNatural style.

One of the ideas I’d been tossing around my head for awhile was going “no poo,” meaning not using traditional shampoo. I have begun that endeavor and will post about that soon (update: here’s the post), but the reason I bring it up now is that in doing so, I employ what is quickly becoming my new good friend: sodium bicarbonate AKA baking soda.

I’d also been thinking about toothpaste and wanting to make my own less expensive, all natural alternative, and also am using my new good friend: baking soda.

I’m seeing a trend here.

Just thinking of the things I won’t need to buy or store (because I can use baking soda instead) makes me feel inspired in an “I’m headed for a simpler life” – kind – of – a – way.

Here’s a great article listing 40 uses for baking soda. I can’t wait to try more of them out.

And as far as the toothpaste thing, all I did was mix some baking soda with a little sea salt. I dip my moistened brush in and use. It’s definitely salty tasting, but boy, does my mouth feel clean afterward! As soon as I can get my hands on some mint oil, I’ll add that in.

I like the looks of this recipe from Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey, 2007) By Stephanie Tourles.

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark essential oil
A few drops tap water

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly with a toothbrush, your finger, or a small spoon until a smooth, thick paste forms. The paste shouldn’t be too runny; it has to stay on your toothbrush.

Dip your toothbrush into the paste and use as you would regular commercial toothpaste.

Baking Soda is one of those things that definitely works for me. What’s your favorite way to use it?