Listen up, collegiate friends. I’ve got a bizarre and seemingly gross (but I assure you it’s not), method for hair care that won’t cost you a pretty penny.
In fact, you probably already have the means necessary to rid your life of expensive shampoo for good already in your baking cabinet. The secret lies in the wonders of baking soda.
This past summer I have made it my mission to simplify on all things beauty care. Makeup has become a “for special occasions only” thing. Coconut oil doubles as an ingredient in chocolate chip cookies and my makeup remover, when I do wear it that is. And finally, baking soda has replaced my endless bottles of commercial shampoo. But, I have to warn you, this hair care routine is a process. It takes a period of up to two weeks to rid your hair of unwanted grease build up...which is why I recommend investing in a few stylish baseball hats during the gross phase. However, once you get into the swing of things, this baking soda method will end up saving you lots of water in the shower, time to get ready in the morning, and some extra dollars to spend on coffee instead of toxic hair products. A fair trade in my humble opinion.
So here’s the process:
Start off by washing your hair with your normal shampoo. I would start this process on a Sunday, so that way it will be easy to keep track of the days you have gone without shampoo.
When it comes time that you would normally wash your hair, throw your hair up into a high bun or put it in a shower cap, and shower as you normally would, only without getting your hair wet. If your hair appears greasy, that’s okay; I’ve been there. Trust me, it’s all a part of the process.
Repeat step 2 for as many days as you can stand or until your hair starts to smell. (I could personally only go 2 days to start). When you have finally reached your greasy hair limit, prepare a mixture of 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp baking soda. Let the mixture fully homogenize and then transfer into a reusable water bottle with a squeezy top. This mixture will serve as your “shampoo.” While in the shower, squeeze the mixture onto your head in intervals, stopping to “lather” up your hair in between. Make sure your head is fully coated from the roots to the tips with the shampoo. Leave in for 2 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly. Brush your hair and let air dry.
Now here’s where the intuitive playtime comes in. Try going 3 days instead of 2 this next time without washing or wetting your hair. Keep going through the cycle of the baking soda wash followed by longer intervals of not washing or wetting your hair. I can now go about 5 days of not washing my hair between baking soda washes. It’s truly a miracle!
*If you find that your hair is unusually rough during this process, try introducing a rinse with apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of essential oils. This acts as a natural conditioner. I never find that I need this because my hair tends to lean more towards the oily end of the spectrum, but feel free to give it a try!
Let me know if you give this method a try or if you have any questions. I would love to hear your thoughts.