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Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day One

Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day One

I’ve begun my attempt at using only all-natural shampoo and conditioner! After two days of not washing – that was purely circumstantial and not really part of my process, but since I’m writing down the whole experiment, you might as well have all the details – I took the plunge and washed with baking soda and water and conditioned with apple cider vinegar and water.

If you haven’t read my post on all-natural hair care, let me fill you in a bit: I am pretty okay with my physical appearance, but if I were to answer that ever-popular sleepover topic of “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?”… After much discussion about the media and our society and how it makes women worry to much about their looks, I would sheepishly admit I wish I had my friend MattyJane’s hair. It’s gorgeous: thick, long, wavy, blonde. It curls when she asks it too, it’s shiny and bouncy. In short, it’s shampoo-commercial hair. Mine, on the other hand, is fine and sort of a dark brown color, except where the black henna dye is still fading out and it’s a rather greenish-brown-mucky color. It tends to wispyness and gets oily very quickly. This last detail is part of what concerns me about the new non-commercial shampoo and conditioner routine: it can have the side effect of making your hair more oily as your poor scalp and follicles get used to not being chemically stripped of all their oils on a daily basis.

In spite of that, I decided to give it a whirl. My hair is almost dry from the shower, and though it’s still got a greenish tint to it (I wasn’t even hoping that would go away), it’s soft and shiny, a little thick feeling (a good thing for me), doesn’t smell like vinegar and seems generally happy. I’ll let you know how it looks by tomorrow morning.

- Jocelyn Broyles

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2:20PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks

11:45AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:35PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

After shampooing I upend bottle of mineral oil in my palm, not a puddle, gently work thru hair, makes it managable & shiny Have been doing this for many years. Worked well when hair was extremely short & now that I've let it grow (longer than I've ever worn it), still works well.

1:41PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

this is a great idea

7:18PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

7:28PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

WHEN I WAS A LITLE GIRL MY MOTHER WASH MY ( LONG) HAIR WITH "WHITE AND BLUE" SOAP, AFTER SHE RINSES IT VERY WELL WITH WATER ( 2 TIMES) AND A 3 TIME WITH WATER AND VINEGAR. MY HAIR WAS ALWAYS SHINY AND CLEAN.
DURING MY ADOLESCENCE I STARTED TO USE COMMERCIAL SHAMPOOS BUT ONCE A WEEK I USED TO MAKE A HAIR MASCARA WITH EGG YOLKS AND BEER AND MY HAIR WAS STRONG.
NOW I USE AN ORGANIC SHAMPOO CERTIFIED BY " ECOCERT" THAT I LOVE A LOT - "URTEKRAM".

8:34AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

This topic is very scattered.She doesn't fully explain what to do,in what order.I find it all too time consuming,and would rather just buy WEN.It is a shampoo,with leave in conditioner.Though it is pricey,I believe it would be well worth the price,for my shampoo lasts me months.Plus,after awhile,vinegar would strip the hair of vital nutrients,and oils.Olive oil once in awhile is great for the hair,and a natural highlighter.

9:43AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Sounds interesting. Do you use vinegar and leave it in a while like regular conditioner?

1:59PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

I wanna try this to

5:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Thanks for sharing

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