This is kinda for my own personal viewing pleasure and stuuuuff. Feel free to comment and follow or whatever. Just be nice. :D
On 3/6 I ran out of my Burt's Bees shampoo and conditioner. It was my attempt at natural shampoo, and I liked it, but felt like I could be even cheaper with this going green crap (not really crap, but I lack a better word). Burt's Bees shampoo and conditioner cost me about $20 and it lasted a little over a month. It smelled amazing and I felt that my hair got pretty clean from it. The conditioner sucked though.
On 3/8 I mixed up my first batch of non shampoo, "shampoo" and "conditioner"
My mixture for "shampoo" is one tablespoon of baking soda, 3-4 drops of essential oil (for scent) and one cup of warm water. My mixture for "conditioner" is one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one cup of warm water. I brushed my hair really well before getting in the shower. I used a wide tooth comb in the shower to help me get knots out when my hair was wet. Once I felt the knots were gone and my hair was soaked, I used the squirt bottle with the baking soda mixture and started at my scalp. Basically I just squirted it the best I could all over and scrubbed it into my scalp and worked my way down and kinda massaged it into my hair. I put it in a bun and continued with my shower, then rinsed my hair and massaged my scalp. Theeeeennn I did the same thing with the ACV mixture, only I didn't leave it on my hair. I just rubbed it in and rinsed it out and called it a day.
For the last 2 months I've been using coconut oil in my hair after I wash it (every other day) and it makes my hair soft and shiny and I think it's growing faster? So I'm keeping up with the CO while using my non shampoo mixtures.
The first night as my hair was drying, it felt crunchy and kinda gross, but not greasy at all. It honestly ended up looking about the same as it normally does.
Natural hair when I was using Burt's Bees.
Not the greatest photo, but this was taken on the 9th, after using my DIY hair cleansers :D
By the end of the day on the 9th my hair looked and felt like I hadn't washed it in a week. It was gross. We went to a farm and my hair absorbed all the odors so it smelled like a barn. I washed it today (the 10th) and it feels clean again. It doesn't look greasy or dirty and it doesn't have that weird crunch to it like last time I used my DIY cleanser. So far it still smells like the orange essential oil I used. It seems to be adjusting okay, but it's still too early to tell. :P
Here is my hair on 3/11
I have ugly roots, but it's not greasy :D
It's kind of flatter than normal.
Alright, one week ago today I made the switch! I posted a few pages back that my hair looks pretty good. It's fuller, a little crazier (which I personally like), and it looks healthy. It does feel pretty gross the day after washing, but it doesn't look too bad. I washed my hair last night and here is my hair about 24 hours later. Next time I'll use a real camera instead of my phone or computer :P
(should have dated this all along) 4/12
My hair started getting really knotty when I went to brush it, so I mixed a little coconut oil with warm water and sprayed it onto my hair before brushing and washing. It worked well to get the knots out, but today my hair is knotted again. Seriously thinking about not brushing at all anymore and see how quickly my hair dread locks itself. Pictures!
My roots look terrible, but it's doesn't feel as gross as it looks.
And today. I think it looks pretty good. It's a lot fuller now.
I'll keep this thread updated with how me and my hair are doing with this new change.
Wouldn't the apple cider vinegar strip your oils even more?
Watching! If after a week you have regular good results I may try this :D
Quoting Nathaniel'sMom:" Wouldn't the apple cider vinegar strip your oils even more?"
It's pretty diluted. From the reading I've done, you need some sort of acid if you're using a baking soda mix. It (the baking soda) has a basic/alkaline ph level and you need to balance it out with an acid like ACV, vinegar, or lemon juice. I use coconut oil in my hair afterward and it's got plenty of good fats, oil and other things that are beneficial for hair. :D
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" Watching! If after a week you have regular good results I may try this :D"
I don't know why I love experimenting with my body and natural things so much :P But if it works I'm sure I'll be recommending it to everyone :lol:
Quoting l☮j:" Yuck. You're nasty."
Quoting l☮j:" :lol: "
Quoting Mother of Broccoli.:" ♥ :lol:"
On the topic of diy 'natural' things...I just made "air freshener" with baking soda, warm water, and peppermint oil. I'm about to spray it and go to bed. I'll let you know if it worked when I get up :D
Quoting l☮j:" On the topic of diy 'natural' things...I just made "air freshener" with baking soda, warm water, and ... [snip!] ... soda, warm water, and peppermint oil. I'm about to spray it and go to bed. I'll let you know if it worked when I get up :D"
I bet it willlll :D Never underestimate the power of nature :lol:
<blockquote><b>Quoting Mother of Broccoli.:</b>" I don't know why I love experimenting with my body and natural things so much :P But if it works I'm sure I'll be recommending it to everyone :lol: "</blockquote>
I don't blame you. I clean with vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, apple cider vinegar & club soda
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mother of Broccoli.:</b>" I don't know why I love experimenting ... [snip!] ... :lol: "</blockquote> I don't blame you. I clean with vinegar, baking soda, peroxide, apple cider vinegar & club soda"
Same here, usually. And I stopped using store bought toothpaste and store bought deodorant o.O Hahaha my mother thinks I'm crazy.
I went No-Poo for 6 months. Awesome! Plan to do it again when I birth this baby (pregnancy hormones made my skin and hair NUTS!)
My best tip for those going to start---
WEAN yourself from shampoo first. I wash my hair once a week or less now with shampoo. When I started I washed every day. It went like this:
Before: wash hair daily w/ S&C root to tip
Week 1: wash every other day
Week 2: wash every 3rd day
Week 3-4: wash every 4 days
Week 5-6: wash roots only and condition tips only every 4th day
Week 7: switch to a twice per week baking soda and ACV wash (as OP described)
I didn't add coconut or other oils to my hair because my natural oils had evened out and kept my hair silly without it by then. Before , I had to use conditioner AND serum/oil to smooth my hair and keep it from being all crunchy and dry.
Now I use nothing but wash with natural shampoo 2x a week and use coconut oil on the tips---going back to No-Poo when I have normal hormones again sometime this summer.
Quoting P Pickle Pants:" I went No-Poo for 6 months. Awesome! Plan to do it again when I birth this baby (pregnancy hormones made ... [snip!] ... 2x a week and use coconut oil on the tips---going back to No-Poo when I have normal hormones again sometime this summer."
I totally should have weaned myself off the shampoo lol. Oh well :P Did you wean off shampoo and did your hair have a weird adjusting period?
I'm glad to hear that you liked not using shampoo! :D I think it's gonna be worth it.