Lately I have been getting lots of compliments on my hair. Usually for two reasons: one because it is getting so long and another for how shiny it is. I can’t help but chuckle inside myself when I receive compliments on my hair because I know how little I do to my hair compared to most women. I owe my long, glowing locks to 2 different things.
First of my hair has been growing like crazy since I began taking doTERRA’s LifeLong Vitality Pack. This set of supplements have been life changing. They have done wonders for my fibromyalgia and other health issues. I would not, could not live without them. Thanks doTERRA! And my hair has grown 4 inches in the seven months I have been taking them! Crazy! I’m sure the LLV Pack also contributes to the shine most people have noticed as well.
Another thing that has changed in my beauty regime is that I no longer use shampoo and conditioner. Crazy right? Now you know why I find it so amusing when people comment on my hair. I am now an avid “no pooer”. In case you are new to the term “no poo” No Poo- the practice of not using shampoo to clean your hair. I take it a step farther and I do not use conditioner either.
Now before you get all grossed out, I do clean my hair. With what you ask? Baking soda! Here is my No Poo method in detail.
2. Add just enough water to the baking soda to make a paste. Rub this paste into your scalp. Pretty simple. I keep the paste in my scalp as I shower. You want it to absorb the oil/grease on your scalp. Once the paste is no longer gritty feeling it is time to rinse it out.
This is where you can use your conditioner if you like, but I don’t because it isn’t necessary with the no poo method. The reason you need conditioner is because traditional shampoo strips your hair of all oils, good and bad, so you need the conditioner to replace the needed oils. With no poo your natural oils stay put, so you don’t need to replace them. But the baking soda can make your hair feel pretty dry especially at first so that’s where the vinegar come in. Yep, I said vinegar.
3. I keep a spray bottle of half vinegar (apple cider or distilled), half water plus a few drops of essential oils. I like a combo of grapefruit and lavender. Spray this concoction all over the ends of your hair. Try to avoid the roots. I was amazed at first how soft my hair turn as soon as the vinegar was applied. I comb out my hair with the vinegar still on and then rinse.
It’s that easy! I have been able to cut down my hair washing from every other day to twice a week. How does it look? You be the judge.
*A few side notes.
-Some people say they can’t wash their hair with out the “suds.” (I use to be one of them.) I suggest adding a small amount of castile soap to the baking soda paste if you need the suds, and gradually wean yourself of the soap.
-Your hair will feel pretty dry at first even with the vinegar. Just keep with it, your hair isn’t use to having to produce its own oils. The conditioner you’ve been using has been doing all the work. After a little while your hair will soften up once it remembers how to make its own oils.