**For more recent info (8/11), check out Part 1 of my baking soda/ACV hair update!
Well that title is a mouthful! I mentioned last week that I was joining up with my friend Claire from Mummy Deals to try using baking soda instead of shampoo for a week. We were trying it because it doesn't have the toxic chemicals that are in most shampoos and it's super frugal! I decided to add apple cider vinegar rinsing as needed because it smooths and conditions the hair.
I thought you'd like to hear how it went and see a couple hair pics. Now, I don't wash my hair every day - I do every other day. I used to have to do it every day because it would get greasy. But when my hair was longer I started wearing a pony tail the second day and not washing it and my hair seemed to adjust - now it gets greasy the third day!
So in a week I washed it with baking soda 4 times. Here's what I did:
~ I mixed 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup warm water in a squeeze bottle. I shook it before using it every time. I still have some left!
~ I squeezed the solution all around my scalp and hair, worked it into my scalp, and rubbed it into my hair; then rinsed thoroughly.
~ I mixed 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water in a small spray bottle. I swirled it around before using each time.
~ 2 of the 4 times I followed the wash with spraying all my hair with the apple cider vinegar mixture, working it in slightly, then rinsing out.
Here are pics of my hair after the week:
Watch out - I am obviously hypnotized in the above pic - there's no telling what I might do!
See? My hair doesn't look like I haven't used shampoo! I didn't use any styling products either other than some hairspray. I did blowdry and use a big barrel curling iron to smooth a little and curve the ends under a bit.
So far I'm happy with the whole idea. My hair is not much different than with shampoo though I have seem to have more volume and thickness when I use just the baking soda. In the pics, I had used apple cider vinegar too. I also stopped using any styling products other than some hairspray during this time as I wanted to see what my hair condition was without those products.
Once your hair adjusts completely, you shouldn't have to wash as often - maybe 2-3 times a week with baking soda. When I don't use the apple cider vinegar, I do notice less greasiness even the third day, so will try stretching it further. If I use the apple cider vinegar, then it does get greasy by the third day.
I'm going to keep going with it! I see no reason to stop. I may need to make some slight adjustments to the amounts, but so far I'm happy. I have heard that your hair is fully adjusted after about a month, so I want to see if I notice a difference in that amount of time.
If you think you want to try it, I suggest you read the following links for more detailed info - very helpful!
What are your thoughts?
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Have a wonderful weekend friends!