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Although washing your hair with baking soda and rinsing with vinegar costs almost nothing, it requires some set up. I put a container of baking soda, a small ramekin, a spoon and an old toothbrush in the shower and then cleaned out an old shampoo bottle to store the vinegar mixture.
About twice per week I use baking soda as an exfoliant on my face and I brush my teeth with it every other day. Did I mention that Crest ProHealth mouthwash turned my teeth BROWN? Oh yes - I almost died. You can read about this train wreck of a product here. The baking soda brushing has finally restored my teeth to normal - almost. Never buy that product. Ever.
For the vinegar rinse I used one shot glass of white vinegar and 4 shot glasses of water + 2 drops of lavender essential oil in the old shampoo bottle. Because everything should smell like yoga!
I got a tip to use the baking soda 'shampoo' asap once the water is added so I mixed it in the ramekin while in the shower. 2 big spoons of baking soda and 6 spoons of shower water.
The first dollop went on my face to exfoliate. Then I moved onto my hair and scrubbed the baking soda into the roots only. I did not pull it through the ends. I let it sit for three minutes. While it was "baking" I dipped the old toothbrush into the remaining mixture and used it to clean my wedding ring.
When I rinsed, I panicked a little. My hair felt like it had expanded into 50 strands of rough twine. I double checked that my "real" conditioner was in the corner - safety net. Then I rinsed with the vinegar/lavender/water by tipping my head back and letting it run through. Surprisingly, my hair suddenly felt conditioned. Weird.
Dried my hair as usual. My hair is pretty fluffy but feels a little like I didn't wash it.
6:00 p.m. - During yoga (outside) I can smell vinegar when I break a sweat. Not cool.
8:00 a.m. - Same wash/rinse regiment. My hair feels dirty and thick after blowdrying. Not a good look. I'm hosting a lunch time party at work today that will require lots of running around outside so I'm packing a pony tail holder just in case.
4:00 p.m. - Hair was a mess and was relegated to pony tail for the party. I never thought I looked much like Robert Pattinson but...
Now I have dinner out with people I've never met. I can't go out like this - I'm washing my hair with shampoo. Sorry.
8:00 a.m. - Nothing special today but I have another party tonight. I'm torn.
8:15 a.m. - I became "un-torn" when I got into the shower, 'washed' my hair with baking soda and then realized that I forgot to mix the vinegar rinse in the kitchen before I got in the shower. This is a sign from God. I am not made for this "no-poo" routine.
8:00 a.m. - I thought briefly about washing with Baking Soda but realized that even if my scalp adjusted and my hair looked great, I have too many grays and root touch ups to use baking soda as shampoo. Why color and then strip it out?
Relieved. I happily washed my hair with L'Oreal Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner.
The baking soda is back in the refrigerator where it belongs :)
I know a lot of you wanted to try this so PLEASE give it a shot and let me know how it goes for you. I have a feeling that my fine hair just wasn't the right texture to make this work. I would love to hear your experience! Good Luck!