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BossyBritches Go-Green DIY Awesomeness: Homemade Shampoo

8 Jul


A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this post at SimpleMom.net regarding cleaning your hair WITHOUT shampoo.  I am slowly getting into the frugal/homesteading/living simple/organic movement, which fits me well as a frugal-minded lady.  One thing I am constantly battling is oily hair.  I was washing my hair every 2 days, and about to start washing it every day.  I hate the hassle of washing my hair, blow-drying it, etc.  and I have extremely fine and thin hair so it can get easily damaged looking.

Enter in the miracle substance: Baking Soda.

I bought some empty clear squeeze bottles from Amazon and immediately set to work.  I put in about 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda, filled the rest up with water, and went to town.  The general recommendation is 1 tbsp to 1 cup of water, but you may have to adjust depending on your hair type.  It takes some tweaking to find the sweet spot.

It’s definitely not as satisfying as lathering shampoo, since it’s mainly water its very runny and hard to get on.  From my understanding, some people use a paste as well, but I wanted to see if I could get used to the bottle.  Once I coated my hair it was kind of hard to get my hands through it, but once I rinsed off and rand a brush through and detangled it felt better. You don’t get the shiny look like shampoo, but it has a healthier, natural sheen to it that looks great.  I also miss the smooth sleekness of my shampoo hair, but it was weighed down and coated by so many chemicals for that.

The next day my hair felt WOW!  It had NATURAL body (it is always flat and sad-looking) and it felt soooo much healthier!  Even though the process wasn’t as easy as shampoo, the benefits have converted me so far to no-shampoo hair washing!

It’s only been about two and a half weeks, and oily hair-wise I wash every two-three days.  We have been swimming a lot in summer so I wash the chlorine out with my concoction.  My hair starts to look a little oily around day two – but a lot less gross than before.  I try to wait until the third day unless it starts to get bad.  Once your hair balances out and learns to produce it’s own oils and stops over-producing, some people only have to wash a few times a month!

I highly recommend going shampoo-free, my hair feels so healthy and full.  It’s a money-saver, and eventually a time saver!