Monday, May 6, 2013

You Washed Your Hair With What?

I was talking to a friend at the park last week. She has the most lovely shiny, silky, soft curls. She shared with me that she used to use Wen shampoo, but uses baking soda and apple cider vinegar (ACV) now.

I use Wen and while I like the results, it's expensive. I decided to give baking soda and ACV a try. First, I did a search of how to do this properly and came up with this article. Then I raided the pantry. Hubby is so used to my odd ways, he didn't even bat an eye.

In the shower, I made a paste of the baking soda and water and rubbed it into my scalp. Then I rinsed well. I didn't put any soda into the ends, the article said that rinsing would wash that enough. In a bowl, I mixed a few tablespoons of ACV, a cup or 2 of water and a drop of lavender oil (so I wouldn't smell like a pickle). I swished the ends of my hair in the bowl then poured the rest over my scalp and rinsed.

I was surprised that even without any type of conditioner, my hair was soft and easy to comb out. It has been a couple of days since I washed it this way and it still looks clean and shiny.

Several articles say that it may take a few weeks for your hair to adjust to the new routine. I'm going to stick with it and hopefully I can quit buying expensive shampoo!


  1. Interesting... I wonder if this would work for those of us with oily skin? I will have to try this as I have sensitive skin, so can use very few shampoos anymore.


  2. I tried this last night. But I put a little Patchouli oil in the ACV. It smells so good. My hair is not as light as it usually is when I wash it. Or as curly. But not as kinky as it gets in this crazy weather. So I'll keep trying and see what happens. I only wash my hair about once a week. I know. I hate washing my hair. I seriousy have thought about dreads. Anyway, I like this idea. I make my own toothpaste with baking soda and coconut oil. So why not wash my hair in it?

    1. Twice a week for me. I can't stand having my head wet and my hair takes hours to dry! I'm got about a year of growing left to do and I will have enough to donate and still have hair long enough for a pony tail.

      I'm going to give it 3 weeks. So far I like the results. I want to try your toothpaste. I'm trying to get chemicals out of the house (and our bodies).

  3. Kristin, I had to wash my hair with shampoo a few days after this. My hair was feeling like a very heavy carpet on my head. And so tangly. I hated to do it. But I did. I'll try again another time. I don't think I got enough baking soda and too much water really. So I'll try again with more baking soda. How's your hair feeling sp far?