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Washing Your Hair Naturally

I have another old-fashioned recipe to share with you that I have been testing out for the past few weeks.  I got it from this site, which is where I also got the recipe for cleaning hard floors.  What a great website!

I have washed my hair a few times with one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water.  It sounds strange, but it is worth the try!  I have naturally curly hair, but not curly enough that I don’t have to soak it all kinds of product so it isn’t frizzy or yucky looking.  The first time I used this recipe my hair felt so…clean.  Cleaner than with shampoo.  It felt like it stripped off all of the chemicals from my regular shampoo, conditioner, curling cream, and styling gel.  I didn’t even use conditioner with it the first time and I loved the way it looked and felt when it dried naturally.  I have used a little bit of leave-in conditioner the other times I have used it, but I still love the difference. 

I will continue to use this two or three times a week to get the really thorough clean feel.  It will also help me feel less guilty about buying the expensive shampoo and conditioner that I like because I will be using a lot less of it.


  • Maryanne

    Thanks for the idea! I’ll have to give it a try. My shower looks like a drug store with the endless selection of shampoo and conditioner bottles! I remember rinsing my hair with straight vinegar a couple of times a week when I was in high school. It was great at stripping out all the shampoo build up, and left my hair squeeky clean. However it did leave it smelling kind of…..interesting. (Maybe that’s why Brett never asked me out – because my hair stunk!)

  • whim

    lol! I tried the vinegar rinse a couple times as well and I think with the combo of that and the baking soda wash it may have stripped a little too much out of my hair! I think I will do one or the other from now on.

    I also tried a deep conditioner of 2 TBS honey and 2 TBS olive oil. You warm it in the microwave for a few seconds and goop it up on your hair and wrap it with a warm towel or in saran wrap while you take a hot bath. I think I would have to try it again to say how it worked….it was very sticky and I had to wash my hair three times to get it all out., but it did seem soft afterwards. Not softer or better than with regular conditioner, but soft enough.