I’m not shy to admit that I’ve got a dirty little you tube that I’m pretty sure only my close friends and family know. Since we’re a family here I thought I’d let you in on it too, try not to judge! I don’t wash my hair very often, to be clear anywhere from 2-3 times a month max. This is because I love big hair and so happen to have hair that doesn’t stink when quote unquote “dirty”. I believe I’m doing my hair a favor by not washing it often as it usually looks very nice when influenced by every day living. My hair tends to run on the dry side which is why conditioning is more important to me than shampoo, still this is only something I do when I wash my hair. As of lately I have been increasingly drawn to the idea of using homemade shampoo as I’ve had good luck in the past using food (avocado and coconut) for conditioning. It wasn’t until I discovered the no-poo method in Mary Helen Leonard’s book The Natural Beauty Solution that I decided to give no-poo aka baking soda and water a try.
To my surprise making ones own natural beauty products is inexpensive, fairly quick, easy and uses a majority of ingredients a healthy home is usually stocked with. I’m looking forward to experimenting with a few recipes in The Natural Beauty Solution before gifting my copy to a friend who would also love this book. I recommend picking up a copy for you and a friend as this book makes a great gift! With the Holiday’s beginning to appear on our radar it’s a great time to experiment with your favorite natural beauty recipes for gifting.
Mary Helen is offering a special gift to my readers in the form of a giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win a copy of her new book along with a Natural Beauty Ingredient Bundle ($200 value) here. You can also check out my review video of TNBS here and please leave me a comment letting me know if you’ve tried no-poo before and if so what were your results?
Mary Helen was very generous with allowing me to share the no-poo baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse with you all. If you join me in trying out her recipe’s be sure to leave Mary some love in the comments below or by visiting her blog.
To Beauty & Blessings,
Baking Soda Wash
A simple solution of water and baking soda is the cornerstone of the nopoo movement, and all it takes to keep excess oil and grime from building up on your scalp. Making the jump from conventional shampoo to a nopoo method is probably the biggest change you’ll make when switching to a natural routine. There is a long period of adjustment involved in switching from shampoo to baking soda (around six to eight weeks) but if you can hang tough and take the time to troubleshoot as necessary, you’ll be rewarded with a whole new head of hair that is healthy, gorgeous, and totally nontoxic.
This Baking Soda Wash can be used up to two to three times per week. It’s important to rinse your hair very well after using Baking Soda Wash as any leftover residue leave your hair feeling dry and tacky. Baking soda residue can also irritate your scalp by disrupting your skin’s pH. Baking Soda Wash should always be followed with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. The rinse will help remove leftover baking soda and balance the pH of your scalp. You may also need to use a dab of Conditioning Oil now and then to supplement moisture.
Be very, very gentle when massaging the wash into your scalp. Rubbing too hard can cause breakage, especially when you are just getting started with this method.
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup water
Combine ingredients in a plastic squirt bottle and shake well.
How to Use
Squirt a liberal amount of the Baking Soda Wash into the scalp of your wet hair. You don’t need to apply the wash directly to the ends of your hair. Gently massage your scalp for about thirty seconds (don’t leave the baking soda on your hair for too long or it could cause irritation), then rinse thoroughly with water. Follow with the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
No matter how you plan on washing your hair, the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse can be helpful as a conditioner. Apple Cider Vinegar helps keep your scalp healthy by balancing its pH, soothing dry, itchy skin and discouraging dandruff. This rinse also works as a detangler, leaving your hair feeling soft, silky, and easy to manage. It’s very important to use an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse after any of the natural hair washes in this book especially the Baking Soda Wash.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup water
Combine ingredients in a squeeze bottle and shake.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
After washing and rinsing your hair, douse it liberally with vinegar rinse. Massage the rinse into your hair, then let it sit for at least one minute. I like to leave the rinse on as I wash the rest of my body, then soak my hair with water to remove the vinegar rinse. Make sure you spend enough time removing the vinrgar rinse from your hair. I usually spend at least a full minute or two running water over my hair before leaving the shower. This will keep your hair from smelling like vinegar when it dries.