Hi! So I consistently receive questions regarding my hair care routine , being that I don’t actually use shampoo (but instead, baking soda and vinegar), and have not for years. That being said, I figured I’d just make a reference post finally. Traditional shampoos are so full of harsh chemicals such as sulfates and alcohol, equivalent to those that you might wash your dishes with, and end up damaging your hair over time. Because they over-dry hair so much, your head tries to compensate by over producing oils, which leads you to believe you need to wash your hair more often, which leads to more damage. With what I do instead, washing my hair every 6-7 days suffices - and it looks, feels, and styles SO SOSO much better than when I used shampoos. This is especially good if you have curly or frizzy hair, but literally any hair type can do so. It may require washes every 3-4 days as opposed to a week if your hair is more fine/straight, but it’s still exceedingly better than what you used to do. Anyway, the process itself:
You’ll need an empty shampoo bottle, baking soda, and warm water for this part (and perhaps a funnel, but I just use a piece of paper taped together). I don’t ever use exact amounts, just eyeball it really, but you should add about a few spoonfuls (6-7 or so) to the empty container (this is where the funnel comes in handy), then fill with warm water and shake well right before applying to hair. Then, when actually washing hair, squeeze enough onto hair to cover scalp and thoroughly rub in. Because baking soda doesn’t have added chemicals to make it lather, you have to put in the extra work to really break up any dirt/oils when rubbing the baking soda in. Let sit for about a minute, then rinse well.
Secondly comes the vinegar rinse! So long as you rinse well after, I PROMISE there is no scent at all once dry. This is also very helpful for those who may have dandruff. You can always add natural oils too if you’re worried about scent, such as lavender and mint. Just grab any bottle, a water bottle is what I use, and fill it up about 1/4 or 1/3 (depending on your hair type, which you’ll figure out quickly enough) of the way with white vinegar, and the rest with warm water. Shake, apply to entire head of hair (so the tips as well), and rub in then rinse. You’ll probably notice how much silkier your hair is the first time you do this even.
- Usually I refill my bottles every three showers, in case you’re wondering how much you should use on your head.
- You really don’t need to use the baking soda anywhere other than your scalp, as the rinse will take care of the rest.
- If you think this is causing you to have dandruff - you’re wrong. It’s tiny baking soda flakes that you didn’t rinse out well enough! A lot of the time, I’ll comb through my hair while rinsing to take care of this issue.
- Some people suggest apple cider vinegar as opposed to white distilled. I personally did not like it, I found it to be too sticky, but I did only try it once and may have done something incorrectly. Give it a go if you’re so inclined!
- If you really want to ditch your hair damaging shampoos but for some reason don’t want to try this method out, I’d suggest using DermOrganic’s line of hair care. They make great organic shampoos that even have a bit of lather.
- There is such a thing as a transition period when you’re breaking free of shampoo. I didn’t have this problem and my hair immediately adjusted, but sometimes it takes a couple weeks for your scalp to get used to the lower chemical exposure, and then it may look oily. After all, it’s so used to having to over-produce oil due to the harsh treatment of shampoos. Anyway, it’ll be fine, just stick with it and you’ll be so glad you did!
As for my routine other than this, I add conditioner or other creams + Biosilk oil from about ear length down to the tips, brush, and towel dry via scrunching. The conditioner makes it take ages to dry, but it’s worth it if it means avoiding the damage caused by heat. And I think that about covers everything - if you have any questions, feel free to send a message my way! <3