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.
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