Thursday, February 16, 2012

Your Own Shampoo?

Skip down to Baking Soda is Your Friend If you just want the info on how to go the No Shampoo way and save money and your hair!
People have been cleaning and bathing with mild, naturally occurring baking soda since ancient Egypt. It is great for scouring and deodorizing many surfaces, from tile to toys and hands. Borax is an element that forms crystals in arid regions. It makes a good cleaning agent, disinfectant, mold killer and stain
remover, from the laundry room to the bathroom. Both substances are cheap and readily available.

    Shampoo is a detergent

    Shampoo cleans your hair, but it also strips it of all the healthy oil your body naturally produces. These oils protect your hair and keep it soft and strong.
    Shampoo was only introduced in the early 20th century — before that, people relied on good-old soap, which can wash hair just as well without removing important oils. But soap doesn’t work well in alkaline water, and when water in civilized areas started becoming more mineral-heavy (read: alkaline), soap became a challenge. It made the scales on hair stand up, making it weaker and rougher. So shampoo was introduced, marketed with its only benefit of working in both hard and soft water.
    Detergent is harsh, I doubt we’d use the same type of stuff to wash our bodies as we would our dishes, but that’s essentially what we’re doing with shampoo.

    Shampoo has all sorts of chemicals

    Skin is our largest organ, and it’s extremely porous — substances can easily enter the bloodstream directly through our skin, and they can stay for a long time.
    Since we try to avoid food that has unpronounceable ingredients, we thought it only made sense to adhere to the same standards for the stuff we slather on our skin. This includes shampoo.

    Most shampoos also contain mineral oil, which is a byproduct when gasoline is distilled from crude oil. It’s added to shampoo (along with hundreds of other products) to thickly coat the strands, giving hair an artificial shine. And since it can’t absorb into skin, like the other ingredients, it acts as a barrier on our scalp, preventing oil from being released — thus requiring more shampoo to strip away the grease. This is why the more shampoo you use, the more you need.

    Shampoo is an unnecessary cost

    So because shampoo isn’t really necessary, using it creates this cycle that requires a dependence on the stuff, along with other hair products. In order to combat the stripping of protective oils, we need an artificial protectant called conditioner. And because now my hair is coated with unnatural substances, it requires more unnatural substances to keep it styled, strong, and workable. The list of hair pomades, waxes, gels, mousses, and detanglers available could take up pages.

    Baking Soda is Your Friend 
    Baking soda works wonders on hair, along with its other many household helps. It’s gentle, it’s the weakest alkaline, and it very gently clarifies hair from chemical buildup.
    Like many natural cleaners, the recipe isn’t static — it can be tweaked to suit your needs. The standard amount for hair care is one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water. Those with curly or thicker hair might need a bit more baking soda, and those with thin or fine hair might need less. Experiment, and see what works for you.
    Fill a squeeze bottle (like a old syrup or ketchup bottle) pour in a baking soda with a funnel, then fill up the rest with water. Shake before every use and squirt at the roots of your hair.
    Remembering that this isn't going to look or feel like any shampoo you're accustomed to. Think of it more like a shamp-paste. There won't be mountains of foamy bubbles (you get those in commercial products because of the chemicals added to get all that lather). Work the paste through your hair, concentrating mostly on the scalp and rinse thoroughly, for unexpectedly clean and remarkably shiny hair.

    Other Tips

    You might have a transition period that lasts from a few weeks to a few months, where your hair reacts with excess oil to the lack of shampoo. This is perfectly normal. It’s used to having its oils stripped, so it might take time for the oil to stop producing so heavily in protest.

    Apple Cider Vinegar is Your Next Friend
    Apple cider vinegar is a mild acidic, working well to counteract the baking  soda, and thus acts as a great replacement for conditioner. It detangles the hair follicle, seals the cuticle, and balances the hair’s pH balance.
    A little goes a very long way, just like the baking soda. The standard recipe is also one tablespoon apple cider vinegar to one cup water
    Prepair same as baking soda, swapping out squirt bottle for spray bottle.
    Spray on all or just the ends of your hair, leaving for a few minutes and rinse out.

    If you find that your hair is too oily (after the transition period), try using less vinegar, or not using it all together. Some people also use lemon juice instead of vinegar as their acidic clarifies, lemon juice dose lighten your hair though.
    If your hair feels too dry, use less baking soda, or try using honey (honey also is a hair lightener) instead of vinegar or as a once and a while hair mask.

    Try these links as well:

    Herbal Shampoo
    Rinses for after-shampooing

    Beer Hair Treatment

    Beer Hair Treatment

    Ever washed your hair with beer? It is an excellent conditioner for dry dull hair. Many people may think that washing your hair with beer is a waste of good beer but using a cheap beer once a month is a more fun and natural way to care for hair than using typical conditioners.
    For ages beer has been used as a conditioner for hair. It contains vitamins B and proteins and helps give your hair shine, volume and softness. Several commercial hair products also contain beer.
    The brand of the beer is not important but it must be flat. Beer isn’t a cheap commodity, so mostly people will often use leftover beer from parties. If you mix different types of beer it won’t affect your hair in a negative way.
    There are many ways to rinse your hair with beer. One of those is to shampoo the hair as you normally do, rinse the shampoo out and then pour the beer over your wet hair. Massage your scalp gently to make sure the beer touches the roots of your hair. Then rinse the beer out of your hair. You can use a conditioner afterwards if you want but you do not have to since beer will give you the shine that you need. Rinsing with beer can be used with other hair care methods such as the water-only wash, with Indian herbs, or in place of a cider vinegar rinse.
    It may sound offbeat but beer really does wonders for your hair. Just like using a unique payroll software that works as well as traditional software, using beer for your hair can work just as good as traditional hair conditioning.