Baking Soda Shampoo
One of the things that I have developed over the years after working so long in the food industry around heavy duty oven and floor cleaners and whatnot, I have developed a chemical sensitivity. Doing the GAPS/SCD diet has made me more aware of what is affecting my body in adverse ways. I have also become increasingly frustrated for how much money I have to spend for a bottle of shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t have a zillion names I can’t pronounce included in the list of ingredients. Anyway it turns out you can just use baking soda and vinegar very successfully as a shampoo and conditioner.
There are various other ingredients you can add to these basics, I have tried a few. My first attempt washing my hair with my own shampoo was with bentonite clay and marshmallow root, I think I also used soapnut detergent in that. I didn’t really like the results for that, as my hair is quite fine and the bentonite dried it out too much. I haven’t tried adding marshmallow to the shampoo since then, if I do, I’ll let you know.
My hair is quite long so I had my doubts about whether this would work. As they say it takes about two weeks to a month for your scalp and hair to build up their natural oils, and you may have a few days of dull annoying hair at first, but on the whole this method works surprisingly well.
There are various ways to do this. The baking soda can be used separately, mixed with water and massaged into the roots and scalp as a shampoo, rinsed and then the vinegar added in the same manner as a conditioner. This instructable for No-Poo is an excellent method. I have been mixing the two together — which creates a situation where I am madly dashing for the shower because I have added a bit too much baking soda to the vinegar and the whole mess has bubbled over. So take your pick.
When I first started washing my hair I used an egg, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and about a teaspoon of baking soda. This worked quite well, but as it turns out, the egg isn’t really necessary. My hair is quite long and easily tangles but this combination actually does work surprisingly well. It doesn’t suds up, of course and the vinegar smells quite strongly when it is on your head. I have come up with a concoction that I quite like. I remember reading at some point that chamomile is quite good for blonde hair and rosemary for dark hair. Rosemary is also good to massage into the scalp as it encourages the circulation and is good for hair folicles. Other essential oils or herbs can be added…
Baking Soda Shampoo and Chamomile Vinegar Conditioner
You need quite a tall glass for this mixture if you are adding the baking soda and vinegar together and I would advise you to do it in the bathroom. Use about 1-2 T apple cider vinegar that you have infused with chamomile flowers. (I keep a bottle filled with the herbs and add more vinegar as I use it). Keep the flowers covered.
Add about 1/4 c water and a drop of rosemary essential oil. Add in about 2 teaspoons of baking soda and stir. Pour this mixture into your scalp around the back of your neck and massage in around the temples and back of the head. Pour slowly onto hair around forehead. If you have long hair pile the hair up as much as possible and pour any remaining shampoo over it and let it sit for about 30 seconds or more. Rinse it out as well as possible and proceed as usual.