Did you know there are a lot of people that don’t use shampoo or conditioner on their hair? Until very recently, I didn’t know that. Not long ago we posted an article about Trying to Escape Chemicals that talks about toothpaste, deodorant, fluoride, sugar, BPA, aluminum, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. As I was clicking around reading different articles and blogs I ran across The Homesteading Hippy which had an article titled How To Make Homemade Shampoo. This reminded me of our journey to escape chemicals, so I read it. What I read there lead me to do a search about leading a no shampoo life. I was amazed at what I found.
You see, Frank has not used shampoo or conditioner for as long as I can remember. He only uses Dove bar soap. I, on the other hand have always used a shampoo and conditioner. About 20 years ago I started having an itching problem and tried many different brands and types of shampoos and conditioners. After a few years I was diagnosed with psoriasis and have since used a liquid medication on my scalp along with selenium sulfide shampoo twice a week, in between using a very mild shampoo and conditioner. I have kept up this regimen for years and years.
When I read about the no shampoo information and all of the chemicals found in shampoo and conditioner I wondered what impact it might have on my itching problem if I could eliminate them altogether. My only reservation was the possibility of having very greasy hair. You see, I have long hair. But I was excited about the possibility of clearing up some of my psoriasis problem as well as not having to use the chemicals found in the medications I have been using for years.
Then I read about the chemicals found in many hair care products and realized this was another source of toxins my body was being exposed to everyday. Here is a list of just a few of the sites I read while researching the ‘no poo’ movement that is out there. I think a lot of this activity has been sparked by the desire to live more naturally. Some of these activities can be taken to the extreme, but some are just good common sense.
How To Go No Poo
It’s quite a list, isn’t it? The more I read and researched, the more I realize that we have been using many chemicals for years and years. Even just a few years ago, I really didn’t give it much thought. I knew there were chemicals in the food, water and everything under the sun, but I was not serious about eliminating as many as possible. It appears that now is my time of awakening and action, so I want to share what I am learning along the way. If it is of use to you, that’s great. If your time has not come yet, I perfectly understand, mine was years in the making.
After reading a lot of information, this is the regimen I chose. I had bought some condiment containers from the warehouse market, the kind you use for mustard and ketchup. These worked great for my ‘shampoo and conditioner’ bottles. I mixed up one tablespoon of baking soda with two cups of water for my shampoo. For the conditioner, I mixed up two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. To wash my hair, I wet it down first, liberally put the ‘shampoo’ all over my scalp and hair, then rub it in all over. I let it sit for about two minutes, then rinse it out. I only put the conditioner on the lower two thirds of my hair and not on my scalp. This is to, hopefully, prevent the hair on my scalp from looking greasy. I rub this in my hair, then rinse. That’s it. I thought my hair would be really hard to comb out since it’s so long and I wasn’t using a traditional conditioner, which I had to have just to comb it out without major tangles. But, you know what? I think it is easier to comb out now than with the commercial conditioner. I was very surprised.
|After one week|
So, am I happy with my hair? Yes, I really am. One, my head isn’t itching hardly at all and that is a real blessing. And two, my hair is thicker. Is that because it is dirty? I really don’t think so. Is it because of the baking soda? I don’t think so, but I really don’t know. My hair feels very different, not bad, just different. In the shower, my hair feels more like my skin, and in some ways it feels more natural. It’s kind of like when I started using baking soda instead of toothpaste. I thought my mouth wouldn’t feel as clean, but it was just the opposite. I don’t feel like my mouth has a coating of ‘stuff’ on it from the ingredients in the toothpaste. I think it is the same way with my hair. It doesn’t feel as if it has a coating of the stuff in the shampoo and conditioner. The last time Frank trimmed my hair, yes he has been cutting my hair for years, he thought my hair was much thinner. I had been noticing the same thing for a while. Now it feels much thicker and I don’t think there is near as much left in my comb or brush when I comb or brush it out. I’m not sure why. My only theory is that it is stronger or healthier, but I really don’t know if that is the case. I only know that there is not near as much coming out or breaking off in my comb and brush.
It has only been a week since I began this new routine. So far I am very happy with the results. If any adverse affects come about sometime in the future, I will let you know. This is one more experiment I wanted to share. We all have times in life where different learning opportunities come along. Enjoy yours. Don’t be afraid or wonder what others will think. Do what is best for you and your family. Always.
Until next time – Fern