NO! Not that kind of poo! I wish! I mean shampoo! My hair has been growing long for some time now, but I’ve noticed it looking dull and the ends are dry like horse hair. Um, I guess horses have dry hair, I think they do! BUT when I go a day or two without washing (i.e. went swimming or just lounged around the house) It starts looking and feeling rather greasy and smelly. I usually shampoo and it’s back to normal, but then the cycle will start all over in a day or two. I read a while back an article on natural hair cleaning on Simplemom.net. I’ll admit I was like, whaaaaaat? But after getting the same results over and over with shampoo and conditioner, I think I’d like to give it a try. People raved over how healthy their hair was and hadn’t touched shampoo or conditioner for months! So, I’m gonna try it. You can read about the method I’ll use below. Maybe you’ll feel so inclined to go ‘poo- free as well!

Baking Soda is Your Friend

0714_baking_sodaBaking soda works wonders on hair, along with its other many household helps. It’s gentle, it’s the weakest alkaline, and it very gently clarifies hair from chemical buildup.

Like many natural cleaners, the recipe isn’t static — it can be tweaked to suit your needs. The standard amount for hair care is one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water. Those with curly or thicker hair might need a bit more baking soda, and those with thin or fine hair might need less. Experiment, and see what works for you.

I use a simple 8-ounce squeeze bottle, pour in a tablespoon of baking soda with a funnel, then fill up the rest with water from the kitchen sink. I give it a good shake to dissolve the baking soda, and it’s ready to be used.

In the shower, I soak my hair with water, then I squeeze a bit of the baking soda mixture on my scalp, starting at the crown. I massage it in as I go, squeezing a bit more here and there, concentrating mostly on the scalp. I include my hair as well, but since most of the oils originate from the scalp itself, the hair will naturally get cleaned once the scalp is clarified.

After a few minutes, I rinse it out, just like I would shampoo.

For my husband and I combined, this amount will last us about a week or week and a half. He has fairly short hair, and mine is just below my ears.

Apple Cider Vinegar is Your Next Friend

apple-cider-vinegar-1Apple cider vinegar is a mild acidic, working well to counteract the baking soda, and thus acts as a great replacement for conditioner.It detangles the hair folicles, seals the cuticle, and balances the hair’s pH balance.

A little goes a very long way, just like the baking soda. The standard recipe is also one tablespoon apple cider vinegar to one cup water. For this, I use an old conditioner bottle, and fill it with the vinegar and water via funnel, then finish it with a shake.

My hair tends to rest a little on the oily side naturally, so I don’t use much of this. I pour a little on just the ends of my hair, let it rest for a few seconds, then rinse it out.

And that, from start to finish, is my current hair care routine.

Other Tips

• You might have a transition period that lasts from a few weeks to a few months, where your hair reacts with excess oil to the lack of shampoo. This is perfectly normal. It’s used to having its oils stripped, so it might take time for the oil to stop producing so heavily in protest. My transition period only lasted about two weeks, and it wasn’t any big deal, really.

• I hear that eventually, you can wean off baking soda and vinegar all together, relying only on water in the shower to remove dirt and oil. I haven’t gotten there yet.

• If you find that your hair is too oily (after the transition period), try using less vinegar, or not using it all together. Some people also use lemon juice instead of vinegar as their acidic clarifier.

• If your hair feels too dry, use less baking soda, or try using honey instead of vinegar.

• I don’t need anything else for my hair. I stopped using pomade, which I previously used religiously to cut the frizzies. My hair is amazingly pliable, and can hold styles without my needing to do much of anything. I’m thrilled with the results!

• We also use this mix on our kiddos’ heads, though we only use it once a week or so. Sometimes we’ll even go two weeks, since their scalps don’t really produce much oil at this age. We clean more ketchup and oatmeal out than we do oil.

By the way, here’s the finished products of my little I SPY bags. Cute huh? The kids liked them, and hopefully it will cause long hours of silent play in the back seat of the car on long trips… ok, 5 mins tops!

Here’s the first round of the fondant files. The fondant was surprisingly easy to work with. Kinda like playdoh! The sugar cookies gave me more trouble and they were from ready made dough! I’m going to venture out and try a cake next. Watch out Cake Boss!

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