Happy half anniversary to me!
I felt compelled to write this post after using shampoo and conditioner in the shower this morning. You might think that this is something a person should do every morning, but no. For the last year and a half – almost to the day I've been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash my hair. In the beginning, I feared that my hair would be dry and rough but alas, it seems just as soft as ever! I also thought I would miss having all of the suds and scents, but now I'm actually grossed out by those things when I use conventional shampoo and conditioner (like I did this morning because I didn't go to the grocery store last weekend). I first learned about the poorly monikered “No ‘poo” movement from Melinda at One Green Generation. If anyone is inclined to try, it is a very simple process!
Step 1: Gather baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and a cup. Much like chalk, I generally dislike plastic cups; but I recommend one here since you will be using it in the shower, possibly with your eyes closed. Nakedness+Water+Glass=Disaster Waiting to Happen
Step 2: Pour a couple spoonfuls of baking soda into the cup. I don’t measure; I just use “what feels right” which is usually about ¼ in or so in the bottom of the cup. Fill the cup with water and mix. ( I recommend adding a small amount of water first and swirling vigorously to get the baking soda mixed in and then filling the cup. I generally fill the cup about ¾ of the way full.
Step 3: Pour mixture on head and massage scalp and hair just as if you were using regular shampoo. Then rinse!
Step 4: Rinse out cup to remove any remaining baking soda. We don’t need any science experiments going on here! Add about ¾ to 1 inch of vinegar to the cup and fill with water. Pour on head and rub in then rinse!
How clean do you feel?!
Why did I decide to do this? Really I just started thinking about all the fish and plants and such at the other end of our sewer system and decided they needed a break from all of the chemicals. Later, after exploring the EnvironmentalWorking Group website, reading Not Just a Pretty Face, reading research articles related to cosmetic chemicals and joining the Campaign for SafeCosmetics I felt even better about my decision to leave shampoo and conditioner behind.