Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Goodbye Shampoo!

I have a few friends who pick on me for turning into a "dirty hippy" these last few years, but I am a clean hippy I swear!

I keep seeing friends and bloggers mentioning going "poo-free", a phrase I will probably never use again because, well, ew. The idea of switching off shampoo was intriguing to me, if a bit frightening. I naturally have rather greasy hair. I was in the habit of washing it at least every second day, often every day. But the more I read, the more it seemed like a really great idea. I won't even bother trying to explain the science behind it, other bloggers have done that exhaustively and very well. See here and here.

My biggest concern wasn't the possibility of having greasy hair during the transition (that's what bandanas and hats are for), it was of my hair smelling like vinegar! I have a very sensitive nose, and that would drive me mad. The post that finally sold me was this. Tea scented hair? Yes, please! For my conditioner I use Earl Grey and for Andy's I use chamomile. Once my hair is completely dry, the vinegar smell is gone, and there is a faint tea smell. Lovely.

If you're interested, the amounts I use per batch are:

Shampoo: 2 Tablespoons baking soda to 2 cups water
My conditioner: 3 Earl Grey tea bags, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 cups water
Andy's conditioner: 3 chamomile tea bags, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 cups water

I poured the mixes into recycled water bottles, and used a nail to make a small hole in the lid. Shake well before each use. It only takes me a couple of squeezes to wash my short hair.

Andy and I both had the same reaction the first time we washed out hair with the soda shampoo, it's like cleaning the soap scum from the bath tub. All the residue from your normal hair products is washed away, leaving you with just your hair, as it should be. Andy said it felt like his hair was clean for the first time ever. You won't know til you try it!

And how is my hair looking? Fantastic! I haven't even had a problem with it being greasy. I'm washing it every three days now, and it's never looked better. My hair looks and feels so healthy, and it's so much more manageable. I'm pretty sure that as my hair adjusts, I'll have to use it even less often.

Forget eight dollar a bottle shampoo. I'm sold on baking soda and vinegar. Not just for volcanoes anymore.


  1. Oh gosh, this is one of those things I've talked about for ages (as you know!!) and now I'm doing it. Forget it. No more chemical crap for me.

    The tea thing has solidified my love for this! And I think I might even use chamomile from my garden.

  2. I think fresh herbs would definitely make this even better. I can't wait til I live somewhere with a garden again. Let me know how it works! :)

  3. I'm sold! This sounds awesome. I especially love the tea idea, as I decaffeinate my own tea for kombucha-making, and I'm always trying to think of ways to not waste that leftover tea! But I don't think there are any plastic bottles in my house. (Who's the hippy now?)

  4. Haha! To be honest, I did have one water bottle on hand by fluke, but I had to ask my husband to pick up two more on his way home from work. He bought no name soda because it was even cheaper than water (go figure). I was briefly torn about dumping the soda because I hate wasting food, but then realized soda does not qualify as food, and down the sink it went!

    I hope you like going shampoo-less. It's been fantastic for me.

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