Apparently, you don’t need shampoo in order to wash your hair. Nor do you need creamy conditioner to make your hair soft, smooth, and manageable.
I started this experiment early last year. I gave away all my shampoos and conditioners. Yes, All. I’m the type to stock up, and sometimes I would get tired of a product before I was finished and I’d buy a new one to try. It was a little scary to start, and I cringed at the money I had just thrown away, but I gave some away to my family and donated the unopened ones to a pregnancy crisis center.
Here’s how I started.
To clean my hair, I filled up a clean, empty juice jug using the ratio:
1 tablespoon of baking soda per 1 cup of distilled water
I used the water from my fridge, but I have read that if you have soft water already, you don’t need to use distilled water. We have super hard water here in Arizona.
I did find that this mixture worked much better after it had been sitting for at least a week. Your hair should feel slick after pouring this on.
In the shower, wet hair thoroughly with water.
Shake mixture well before each use.
Pour into a cup.
Slowly pour onto your head, starting near your forehead and making sure to get your temples and the top of your head. Your main focus with this mixture is your entire scalp.
Use one cup to saturate your hair. If you feel your hair isn’t saturated enough, then use another cup of the mixture.
Now briskly massage your scalp, like you would with any other shampoo.
Rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly.
Yes, it is tricky with the whole pouring thing, and you will have to experiment with the amount of baking soda that works well for you. It’s worth it though.
I used to have to change shampoos frequently because my hair would get limp after a while or greasy too quickly. None of this has happened since I’ve been washing my hair with baking soda.
Though I have to admit that recently (since last month) I did stop using baking soda. I now only use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water mixture. After almost a year of using the baking soda, my scalp started to get dry. I have read about this happening.
The ACV mixture is working really well, so you may just go straight to using this if you want. The only thing with using ACV is if your hair gets too greasy, then you are using too much ACV. Just dilute it more. Otherwise, use this mixture as your conditioner.
For any size container you may use, start with a ratio of:
3/4 distilled water
Use the same directions as you would for the baking soda mixture.
I have also read about some people going through a wonky transitional period with their hair when they switched over. If you are used to washing your hair every day, then you may go through this transition.
To be honest, I don’t know what hair is supposed to look like going through this “transition.” My hair did fine, but I was washing my hair every other day with shampoo when I switched over.
Currently, I can go about 5 days before I feel like I should wash my hair, and even then my hair isn’t greasy or limp. I don’t use any hair products, and I don’t color my hair. You may have to research what results switching over may have on your hair if you do these things.
If you have any questions about my experience with switching or comments about something I may have left out, please, feel free to use the comments section down below.