Sunday, 2 August 2015

My year of no shampoo...

Yip that's right! Except I didn't not wash it, I'm not that hardhealthcore just yet... but I didn't use shampoo. In pursuit of living a more chemical free life I stumbled across the hair care option known as, 'no poo'. Basically you use that mind blowingly versatile ingredient that is always the tops of the pops when it comes to those '34 things you didn't know you can do with...' click bait types. Know what I'm talking about? It's bicarb. Straight up plain Bicarbonate of Soda, in fact you probably have some lurking in your kitchen right this moment.

Ok enough of that, here's the story and the what to do (because you should do this).
So as is turns out using regular shampoo paves the ways for a vicious cycle of rather ironic behaviour from your hair. The chemicals used to clean your hair are so harsh that they strip your hair of all its good and nourishing oils. In an attempt to renourish itself the hair over compensates and becomes an unsightly oily mess and because you then wash it again those good oils never make their way down to tips of your hair to moisturise it and so it dries out and you are required to then use more chemicals and spend more money to do the job your own body was trying to do in the first place. Enter bicarb. The bicarb is incredibly gentle on your hair and doesn't strip it the way normal shampoos do, because it's not a detergent. It cleans the hair of dirt and unhelpful oil but just lets it be. It does not however moisturise your hair and this is where another unsung pantry hero comes out to play. Say hello to Apple Cider Vinegar. Hi. Your hair is naturally acidic and what the bicarb clean off, the vinegar puts back in and somehow is the most effective detangler I have ever used.

As I said, it's been a year now since I threw away my last bit of shampoo and I haven't looked back since. I recently had my hair cut and my hairdresser was more than happy with the health (and cleanliness!) of my hair. So below is the what to do!

For the wash, pour 1-3 Tablespoons of bicarb in your bottle. The amount will depend of the length and thickness of your hair, I use about 2 Tbs. 

Add 1 cup of water and 5 or so drops of tea tree oil, this is optional but is really good for scalp health. Shake it up but don't let it dissolve, the water is really just there to help you distribute the bicarb evenly. On a side note, I once used a bicarb that felt more like icing sugar and less like granulated sugar and I didn’t have much success with it. You need to feel the granules in your hair and massage them well into your scalp and through your hair. Use the whole bottle! When you rinse it out your hair should feel squeaky clean :)

Next is the rinse. Add 1 Tablespoon of the Apple Cider Vinegar.

And 1 cup of water. Rinse it through your hair and give it a few minutes to do its work. The smell is quite strong at this point so if you'd like you can add some nice essential oils of your choice but it washes out well and you won't smell of vinegar when you are done :) Give it a good rinse and you’re good to go!

So there you have it. Quick recap:

Wash: 1-3 Tbs bicarb
1 cup water
5 or so drops Tea Tree oil (optional)
Use it all!

Rinse: 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup water
a few drops of an essential oil if you'd like
Use it all!

Have you tried this or other options? Would love to know! 

 My year of no shampoo...and my (here unseen) son taking me out from my waist shortly after taking that photo :)