As part of my wellness journey and my journey to save money, I’ve been looking for alternatives to shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been using sulfate-free shampoos for over 10 years now, but they are pretty expensive. I also have fine hair, so I have to be careful with the products I choose. Some products will weight my hair down, while others will dry it out. Also, my hair is so fine that I have to wash my hair every day or it looks greasy and dirty.
I tried the “no-poo” method of baking soda and water followed by apple cider vinegar and water, but that was an epic fail. It dried out my hair, and I still had the problem where I had to clean my hair every day. Not one to give up, I wanted to try another option that was less harsh. The Wellness Mama blog site has a bunch of recipes for DIY natural beauty, and I found a recipe on her site for making DIY shampoo. I decided to give it a try. I made a slight adjustment to the Wellness Mama recipe where I omitted the oils. I didn’t want to weight down my hair, and I can’t use the Vitamin E oil anyway because I have celiac. Here were my results:
On Day 1, I wasn’t too happy with the results. My hair felt waxy, and it was too limp to hold a curl. For the work day, I put in in a style that can get away with that hair texture. I wasn’t too worried because of what I read in the comments, it takes a few days for the hair to adjust.
I washed my hair with the homemade shampoo on Day 2, and my hair now looked like it does when my hair needs washing the next day. So far, I was not happy with the results. It looked BAD!
On Day 3, it looked and felt really bad. I was about to write this project off as an epic fail, but I read through all the comments again to see if there was something else that I needed to do, because even though it’s possible that this project may not be suited for my hair type, I still wanted to see if there was something I could do to salvage it. The worst case scenario is I just use it as a body wash and shaving lotion, because I did like it as a body wash and shaving lotion.
On Day 4, instead of using the shampoo, I used an apple cider vinegar/lemon juice/distilled water solution on my hair to hopefully remove all the waxiness from my hair. BULLSEYE!!!! It took all the waxiness out of my hair, and my hair was soft and manageable again.
On Day 5, which is today, I found the combination that worked for my hair.
- I saturated my hair with water until it was sopping wet.
- I used the homemade shampoo to wash the hair, and I rinsed thoroughly until my hair was sopping wet.
- I used my apple cider vinegar/lemon juice/distilled water solution as a rinse all over my hair
- I rinsed that out with water
My hair was soft and manageable, and I didn’t get any flyaways. It held my hairstyle without the assistance of styling products. I’m interested in seeing what my hair looks like tomorrow. If it looks too dirty, what I may have to do is rinse with the apple cider vinegar/lemon juice/distilled water every day, but wash with the shampoo every other day. I’m hoping that in the long term, my hair will get in better condition.