I know you might all think I’ve gone totally hippie and moved to a commune, but really, I wash my hair with baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar.
Maybe you’ve read about how there’s lead in your lipstick and dangerous aluminum in your deodorant. But have you ever turned your shampoo bottle around and read the very long ingredient list?
Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), propylene glycol (PG) butylene glycol, alcohol, Isopropyl! Alcohol is very drying and irritating, while the sulfates arethe kind of detergents used in car wash! The glycols listed above are actually petrolium plastics that penetrate the skin and weaken protein and cellular structure. Scary stuff!
The scalp is actually the most sensitive part of our whole skin. The skin is a living, breathing organ - what ever you lather it up with it absorbs. So I like to follow the “edible” rule - if it’s safe to eat, it’s safe for my skin and hair!
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has been used i household and cleaning for decades! It’s a great deodorizer and cleans out excess product, impurities and pollutants from your hair. Because baking soda is very high alkali, you need to finish off with something acidic, like apple cider vinegar, to get your hair back to it’s ideal Ph.And don’t worry - the vinegar smell goes away!
Here’s my hair routine:
- Mix 1 tbsp of baking soda with 8 ounces of water in a glass jar and shake it up.
- Get in the shower and wet your hair. Poor the baking soda solution over your hair and massage gently. Rinse.
- Mix 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 8 ounces of water and poor it over your hair. Leave it in four a minute and rinse off.
- After towel drying your hair, rub in a few drops of your favorite oil in tips of you hair. I love using argan oil for this.
- You can also spray your hair with a salt water solution (sea slat, water and essential oil of choice) if you want to add some texture.
Have a great hair day!