DIY all natural hair wash

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This is a great natural method for getting an extremely deep clean + leaving your hair shiny and smooth with less frizz (great news if you have curly hair like I do.)

Sometimes called the “no-poo” method, it will remove dirt & build up from hair products without damaging your hair. Many shampoos have surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate that strip your hair of its natural oils and harm the cuticle layer of the hair (Leaving it dry and dull).

Try this method if you have psoriasis and find normal shampoo to be too harsh. It’s also known to relieve an itchy, flaky scalp (check out another solution in this post) and will restore your hair & scalps ph balance.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking Soda (Start with 1 teaspoon to a tablespoon – use more if needed)
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: I use about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to every cup of water. You may want to use more or less depending on your hair length & hair type. Feel free to experiment (and don’t worry – you won’t smell like vinegar afterwards if you rinse well)
  • Water ( about 1 cup to mix with the ACV  + a little bit to mix with the baking soda)
  • a measuring cup (keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be an exact science, feel free to eye-ball it or use the amount that works for you.)
  • a container for mixing ACV + water ( I use a recycled apple cider vinegar bottle)

New on the blog: A DIY all natural hair wash for cleansing your hair of product build-up + leaving it shiny & smooth http://thelotusroot.com/diy-all-natural-hair-wash/

What to do: 

1. Mix 1/4 cup of raw apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water

2. Make your baking soda into a paste with a little bit of water in the palm of your hand

3. Wet your hair and then massage the baking soda into your scalp.

4. Rinse well with water (or be prepared for lots of fizzing like the volcano science experiment you may have done as a kid)

5. Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar solution

6. Rinse again with cool water (Condition afterwards, if you’d like)

If you pre-mix your vinegar and water, refrigerate or use within 2 weeks (I mix a fresh batch every time I wash my hair)

* The baking soda may be too harsh to use everyday, a couple of times a week may be all you need, or if you do it more often I would just use the vinegar rinse. Some people who have tried this have mentioned a transition period where their hair was greasy at first after using this method – stick with it and you should see great results.)

Do you use this method? Or do you think you’ll try it? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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