Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Natural Shampoo Alternative


Since switching to the apple cider vinegar hair conditioner a few months ago I've just been using regular old shampoo. With doing the Let's Go Natural feature I thought I'd better try out a more natural hair cleansing technique: Bob's Red Mill baking soda.


From what I read online, to make the "shampoo," just combine 3 parts water to 1 part baking soda in a spray bottle. Massage in to hair and scalp and rinse out. I started out with that ratio and didn't like it. I felt like my hair was no cleaner than it was before my shower.

With switching to baking soda it can take a while for your hair to adjust and start looking healthy. So I gave the 3:1 mixture a week. After the 7 days I felt like my hair still wasn't looking clean so I switched to a mixture closer to 2:1. Muuuuch better.

Right away I noticed my hair looked clean, yay! I used that ratio for about a week. The longer I used it the less clean my hair felt. I'm betting it's because I haven't given my hair enough time to adjust. However, my hair is naturally very oily. So, I'm kind of thinking I can't do the baking soda shampoo thing 100% of the time. But I'm going to try using it every other shower to minimize the amount of shampoo I use.

If you have normal/dry hair you definitely could get away with using the baking soda shampoo every day. There are plenty of accounts online that speak to it's success!

Also, I'd love to use this on Harry. Does anyone have experience using baking soda shampoo on infants or toddlers? His eyes are really sensitive to water (just like mine), so I'm worried about using anything other than something labeled "no tears" for now.

Questions:

  • Have you used a shampoo alternative? What do you use and how do you like it?
  • Have you used a shampoo alternative on an infant/toddler? Did it work well and how gentle is it in their eyes?

Disclaimer: The products in this post were given to me free from Vitacost. I received no other compensation. All words, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

6 comments:

  1. oooo this is interesting and totally worth trying.

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  2. This was an interesting read, I have pretty thick, oily hair and shower daily so I don't think it'd work for me, but I can comment on the baby shampoo... when my youngest was born last year I chose a very natural hospital to deliver at... they gave us a special kind of baby shampoo and informed up that the "tear-free" kinds actually have a numbing agent in them so they don't hurt the eyes. They refused to accept any johnson & johnson products. They also had special wipes and oil to moisturize the skin.

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    1. That's interesting about the tear free shampoos, I had no idea! I guess I thought that they just contained more water or something. I try to steer clear of J&J as much as I can, although that was the first shampoo we used on him back in the hospital.

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  3. Yes I had tried baking soda as an alternative on my own hair and it was effective to combat with many hair issues such as oily, dandruff, hot spots, hair loss and others etc., but currently I am suffering with hair growth problem so one of my friends suggested me to use a hair growth shampoo. So, I decided to buy it from a reputed brand such as JDHarris Hair Growth Shampoo. It is really working on me.

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  4. When I first started no-poo routines, I found that our water was really hard and the BS didn't dissolve properly, which made me feel like I had dirty hair, even though it'd just been washed. I discovered that boiling the water first and then adding the BS to the water when it's hot (be prepared for lotsa fizzing!) helped the BS to dissolve, and then when I used it on my hair, it felt slippery and like it fully rinsed out.

    Just thought I'd mention it. :) I've been no-poo for several years now and love it!

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    1. Thanks, Jammie! I will definitely try using boiling hot water. Great idea!!

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