Wednesday, May 12, 2010

No Poo ~ Revisited

About a year ago I blogged about my attempts at giving up shampoo. You can read all about it HERE. The quick version is that shampoo can be really harmful to your hair. It strips it of its natural oils, coats it with chemicals, and some of those chemicals are absorbed into your body through your scalp.
I started using a tried and true mixture of baking soda and distilled water as a "shampoo" then used an organic apple cider vinegar rinse as "conditioner", the results were amazing! After about a week detox period, my hair was shiny, full of body, and I didn't need anything more than a little hairspray to keep my styles in place!

Recently, I've been browsing Our family has benefited from homeopathy for quite sometime now, and each year I'm trying to educate myself a little more on the growing and consumption of medicinal herbs. They just sent out a great article on making your own shampoo! I gleaned a bit of their info and decided to turn my own "shampoo" up a notch.

I cut some sprigs of rosemary and stuffed them into a pint jar along with some rose petals from my flower garden. Let me tell you, the smell was AMAZING!!! I filled the jar and set it in the sun to steep:

Isn't it pretty?

I'll add this "tea" to the water in my baking soda/water mixture. Rosemary is great for hair (among other things!) and the smell is divine!
I love being able to control the ingredients of the products we use for our family, not to mention that I can make a month's worth of "shampoo" for the price of a box of baking soda.....0.89 cents!


Brad said...

SO how often do you wash your hair, JoAnn? Just curious (with the "no poo" method, that is).


JoAnnC. said...

I have REALLY thick hair and with this method I only have to wash it twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter! Your hair has to go through about a weeks worth of "detox" from the shampoo. So your hair will either be extremely oily or dry. Once your hair and scalp regains its normal balance, it's AMAZING! Your hair stays cleaner looking and looks (and feels) very healthy. Give it a try!

Anonymous said...

I REALLY want to try this but the detox part scares me! My hair is oily to begin with I don't want to think about it getting worse! I'd have to be housebound... :/