For the past couple of years I have experimented with various natural shampoos and conditioners on the market - with varying degrees of success. The most difficult part for me has been finding conditioners that wouldn't linger and make my hair feel heavy, greasy & limp.
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I always look for paraben-free, SLS free products to lessen the chemical load on my body and that has given me some sense of security.
Like most girls, I want healthy, shiny, strong hair and I look to my diet here for the most part! I eat a clean, whole foods based diet rich in plant-based proteins, antioxidants, healthy fats and hydrate like a champ!
Truthfully though, I feel as though there's room for improvement where the quality of my hair is concerned. I dream of rich, luxurious, long locks! So when I stumbled upon this article from Mind Body Green, I figured, "what do I have to lose?" Here is the link to the article that sparked my curiosity.
To fuel my 'green beauty' fire, a few of my friends and work colleagues had experimented with the recipe found in this article and LOVED it! I will admit when I first read this article I was completely skeptical and not sure that this was something I would implement the long-term.
I was wrong!
Here's the recipe:
Instead of using shampoo, you'll replace this with a good quality baking soda. In place of your regular conditioner you'll be using an Apple Cider Vinegar & water rinse (I know what you're thinking!! But stay with me! I'll explain)
What I like to do is prepare everything in advance. Depending on what type of hair you have, you may need to make some adjustments to this recipe to find the perfect solution for you.
1: Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the palm of your hand (For my hair I need to use 2 tablespoons, 1 tbsp for the top of my head and I use 1 tbsp for the bottom of my scalp). Moisten it with equal parts water; scrub it into your scalp for about 1 minute and rinse. (Prep Tip: I keep my baking soda in a BPA free plastic container in my shower for easy access).
2: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of water (cold water is best to seal the hair shaft & create more shine) (You can use a recycled plastic water bottle, an old shampoo bottle or purchase a plastic squeeze/spray bottle). Apply this to your hair, leave it in for a few minutes to enhance shine and rinse thoroughly. If your hair tends to be dry, you may want to add more apple cider vinegar to your mixture to even out the pH in your hair. You will obviously notice the vinegar smell while you shower and you may even notice a slight vinegar smell even after you rinse, but don’t panic! I promise that the smell disappears as your hair dries. (Prep Tip: I keep a bottle of ACV in my bathroom and pour about a tbsp worth into my squeeze bottle before I enter the shower and fill the rest with water for my solution).
What I've noticed since doing this method is that my hair dries SO fast now! I never need additional products to tame my hair, it's shiny, smooth & manageable. I don't find it necessary to wash my hair everyday and especially since using this recipe, I can go 2-3 days between washes easily. BUT if you are someone who washes their hair everyday, then be careful with the ACV as it is acidic & using the rinse daily is not recommended.
If you're still not convinced about using Apple Cider Vinegar for your hair, then read on: Acetic acid, which is the main ingredient in ACV removes build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthens the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair's pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff.
Remember! Our scalp is the most absorbent part of our body, so be sure to choose genuinely green hair care and make educating yourself a top priority.