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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tips on Tuesday: Shampoo Free Update

Thought I would give everyone a shampoo update. I went shampoo free several months ago, switching to using Baking Soda to clean my hair and Apple Cider Vinegar & Water to condition my hair. I went through a short 'detox' period where the oil production had to decrease. I could feel the chemical buildup on my hair and could tell as the soda worked it away.
I've been happy for quite a while, but continue to find myself ending up with a buildup on my hair. It happens slowly and around every 3-4 weeks, I've been having to use a shampoo to get the buildup out. I think my hair (and my harder water) works against me. I've always had higher oil production in my hair which caused my shampoo frustration to begin with.
I've gone back to using a clarifying shampoo (all natural ingredients--no chemicals) once every week or so. It's an expensive one I had purchased at a salon once when my hair had sustained some major damage so I won't recommend it by name. The cost is too high in my mind.
I'm researching other options and will be getting myself some Dr. Bonner's Castile Soap and trying a new shampoo recipe. I'm still loving the ACV rinse, I just need to find something that helps balance the oils in my hair. I'll let you know how it goes when I find Dr. Bonner's and get some shampoo made.
Until then, if you're one of the people who ARE having success with Baking Soda instead of shampoo, please shout out. I know you are out there and I've emailed with a few of you who are successfully using this paste and ACV rinse. It's just not working for me in the way I want it to.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I wish I could say I had luck with the whole soda/ACV thing! I tried it last spring and it only lasted a couple of days...for me, it was impossible to rinse the soda out of THICK hair! So I'm back to shampoo. But, I'm hoping to try something from Whole Foods soon!

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