This is me (squinting in the sun) right after I washed my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
I am not one to simply follow what others advise, even if it is good advice. Like when my mother told me not to put peroxide in my hair; sound advice sure. Did I listen? Nnnnooo! I had to try it for myself. Orange really isn’t my colour.
In my quest to lead a healthier life, I have come across the idea of stopping the use of traditional commercial shampoo. Initially I thought this was absurd! After reading about all of the harmful chemicals is these products, (check out Joy’s information on this: http://www.joyoushealth.ca/2011/04/23/12-dirty-chemicals-in-your-personal-care-products/ ) my curiosity peaked and questions arose:
Do the chemicals I put on my skin go into my body?
Do those chemicals have adverse effects?
Is there a better way to take care of my hair?
Although I have switched to a natural body wash (I like “Early to Rise”, http://www.kissmyface.com/ ) it seemed too expensive and a bit over the top to change everything at once, so at first I decided to wash my hair less often. Err, I know this is supposed to be healthy and good for you, but my hair is very greasy and even in a headband, it didn’t look so hot. When I shared with a friend the information that I was washing my hair way less and took my headband off to show her, she exclaimed, “I can tell!!!” and we both had a good laugh.
Enter baking soda. Yes, for real. If you Google “poo-less” you will find countless articles and testimonials about cleaning your hair with natural products, including baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Weird! I found it hard to believe that the women in the photos had achieved lovely looking hair by using products from the kitchen. Again, my curiosity was peaked.
Never one to stand by and let others discover and experiment without me, I finally took the plunge. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had a hard time telling the difference between my hair after using shampoo and my hair after using baking soda. It looked the same, it felt the same, if not a little softer. After marveling at myself in the mirror for a good ten minutes, I set off to take loads of pictures to document my findings 🙂
In addition to being healthier, saying “too-da-loo” to shampoo has other benefits. I read an article that said shampoo strips hair of its natural moisture and can weigh it down, supressing hair’s natural body. It can also save you money, if that is of interest to you.
I am going to try it for a month and what happens. Afterwards, I may keep this new regimen or, I may just buy some natural shampoo. I’ll let you know how it goes.
If you are curious and want to try it yourself, I encourage you to watch the video on this site:http://fabulouslydomestic.com/
Scroll down and on the right you will see videos. It is the second one. This woman convinced me to try it. She gives a great step by step instruction, as well as shares her success and simple tips.
Let me know how it goes!
Have you tried this before? What natural products do you use? Do you think I’m crazy? 🙂 Please share with me!