Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day 16

I’m now fully into my new all-natural hair care routine, and things have finally gotten interesting. I have thrown in several days in a row of diving into and jumping out of a non-heated, Northern California pool; one fabulous massage which included a full head rub (which means massage oil in my hair and on my scalp); lots of sunshine (without rinsing off that pesky chlorine) and a steam bath (read: lots of sweat); into the mix and it’s produced, well, oily hair, but oily hair that is also super thick. And super soft. And super shiny. It’s the kind of hair I used to have down south when I always had it in a lump on top of my head (it was way too hot for long hair worn down) and I didn’t much care what it looked like. Down south I also swam several times a day, used the ocean frequently as a hair wash and used Dr. Bronners or some other local hippie shampoo to wash my hair in the shower, oh once a week or so. And come to think of it, I had great hair in Costa Rica.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day One
Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day Two
Non-Toxic Shampoo and Conditioner: Day Four
Eco Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Recipe

Headline image (me and my real Costa Rican hair) © Steve Broyles,


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks :)

Devayani P.
Devayani Patil6 years ago


Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

Dr. Bronners is great stuff!

Julianna D.
Juliana D6 years ago


Nancy C.
Nancy C6 years ago

like Dr Bronner's

Rebecca Lynn M.
Rebecca Lynn D6 years ago

I've been going back and reading some of the comments, and chuckling. One thing that I think needs to be clarified is the fact that the word,"oily" or "greasy" is taken out of context a bit. The U.S. is a scrub yourself clean society where we actually over-bathe using harsh chemicals, then use add'l harsh chemicals to then re-hydrate the skin & hair after stripping them of their natural oils. It's nuts, and the only people benefiting from our over-washed society is the mnfctrs of these products who spend millions every year trying to convince us all that we are smelly, dirty and NEED these products, or we will all be filthy,social outcasts. Squeaky hair and skin is BAD. I have long, curly, coarse hair(like horse manes and tails). About a year ago I stopped commercial shampoos and tried the "hippie" way. I soak my hair really well, then w/only my fingers, scrub my scalp really well. Your fingers will feel greasy. Then work those oils down your hair shaft to the ends, coating them really well. Don't bother spending money on "Wen" or similar products as they are NOT necessary and have complicated directions.Our hair is protein, dead. Hair does not have capabilities of "getting used to", or "hating", LOL. It might take awhile for YOU to get used to this but it is worth it. Your hair will be heavier due to the oils it is SUPPOSED to have, but won't be greasy if you scrub your scalp daily. I no longer use products to tame frizz & curls and my hair has never looked better!

Robyn L.
Robyn P6 years ago

I have used baking soda and ACV before, and usually return to soap based shampoo bars with Shikkai for clarifying.
Another way to cut down on bottles is conditioner-only washing (buy bigger bottles to start and find a place to refill them).

Samantha Hodder
Samantha Hodder6 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.