Sunday, April 22, 2012

you wash your hair with what??

I've had a lot of questions [and strange looks] about my hair washing methods. So im going to lay it all out.
My sister is actually the one that told me about it. and honestly when i started this i didn't think it was going to be something i could commit to. Im a bit crazy when it comes to my hair. Ok wait- before i had kids, i was a bit crazy when it came to my hair! I would sometimes wash my hair several times a day because i couldn't stand that gross oily feeling.
and after doing a ton of research and reading other people's experience I decided to give it a try.
 Here's what you do:
1 Tbsp. baking soda dissolved into 1 cup of water. scrub it into scalp and let it sit for a few. rinse well.
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's) into 1 cup water. rinse hair with this as you would a conditioner. let sit for a few min and then rinse. *I do not put this directly on the roots or scalp, it can make your scalp a bit oily so i mainly focus on the ends.*

Here are a few things you should know:
  •  there is absolutely no lather because there is NO SOAP!  Nevertheless,give your scalp a good rubbin'  for a few minutes, then let it sit a few minutes before fully and carefully rinsing.
  • After your hair has been washed and rinsed it does NOT feel like it does when it has been washed with shampoo and conditioned. This has been the biggest adjustment for me. I like that super squeaky, naked feeling your hair gets after washing stripping it with regular shampoo. and it definitely doesn't have that smooth waxy feeling from the conditioner.And don't worry. You WILL be able to comb through it when its wet. I was a bit concerned about that at first. But [for me] it is WAY easier to comb through it  now than it was doused with half a bottle of conditioner!
  • Wait til its dry before you judge. I'm going to say that again just in case. Wait until it is dry before you judge. I was a bit worried about running around smelling like i soak in vinegar but after my hair dries it smells like nothing! absolutely nothing.
  • When you use shampoo, all those nasty chemicals strip all of the natural oils out of your hair. So your scalp has to work over time producing extra oil to make up for it.  Baking soda dosen't do that. It cleans your head without getting rid of all the good stuff. SO YOU WILL HAVE AN 'ADJUSTMENT' PERIOD. You kind of have to retrain your body to stop producing all that excess oil. My advise: for the first few weeks wash your hair as often as you would normally. After a few weeks then you can go a day in between washes. Please don't expect your hair to magically look fuller and healthier over night. it is going to take some time. 
  • Every one is different. You may have to adjust the amount of baking soda in your mixture.
 I also want to say that i don't blow dry my hair anymore (but that's more of a personal decision; it has nothing to do with the baking soda stuff). It dries faster and is SO SOFT.. My hair is wavy. Its not curly, just wavy, and since switching to baking soda, it takes me just a few minutes to straighten it. I no longer have to stand in front of the mirror for 15 minutes yelling at the kids to get out of the fridge!

I was going to take a picture and have a nice comparison for you but I was having issues taking a picture of the back of my own head... So I'll get one up when the hubs gets home.

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