I’m ditching my drugstore brand of shampoo & conditioner for 7 days and replacing it with a baking soda paste to cleanse and an apple cider vinegar rinse to condition (as well as an occasional olive oil deep conditioning treatment). I’ve started this challenge today and will report my review of it as the days go by. Read my Day 1 & 2 review…
I was a little skeptical to begin this challenge but am willing to try almost anything in the name of beauty (yes, I am a little vain). This may not be the best method for colored hair but we couldn’t find anything stating one way or another and am due for a coloring anyways. Some people stated that it helps color last longer because you don’t have to wash your hair as much and some said that it slightly lightened the hair, being a blonde, I’m okay with that;) I was also curious to see if it would help the irritation I’ve been experiencing lately from, I’m guessing, my shampoo/conditioner. I have sensitive skin and developed one small irritated patch of skin along my hairline, nothing too noticeable but annoying to a vain person;)
Baking Soda: Suds were missing with this method and it did make me a bit skeptical that it was actually doing anything (funny how we equate bubbles with cleaning) but once my hair was dry it looked just as clean as with my store bought and there was no noticeable change in color, phew!
Apple Cider Vinegar: After rinsing with this, my hair was not silky like it is after using a palm full of my regular conditioner but I could still get my comb through it. (I like to brush my hair before I get into the shower to get all the tangles out, then use a wide tooth comb while the conditioner is in. I did the same thing this time except I used my wide tooth comb in the shower after I had rinsed out the ACV). I was a little nervous because my hair felt a little straw like but I moved onto styling…
Styling: I told myself it wouldn’t be cheating if I used a little of my Aveda damage control Thermal Protection but then I decided I wanted to try at least once with no products whatsoever. My hair is down my back and only took my 10 minutes to dry! (at least half the time it normally takes) It tangled a little easier than normal but nothing major and the end result wasn’t silky smooth but it wasn’t a frizzy mess either. I just used a round brush and blowdryer which usually leaves my hair a little too smooth and limp but it has more body this time and feels like it has that bit of texture that would help a curl hold.
Verdict after Day 1: nothing amazing but nothing horrific either…
I get asked every time I go to the salon “you don’t wash your hair everyday do you?” and every time I say “yes :(“. I’ve tried countless methods to extend the time between shampooing but my hair always gets oily and I have the urge to lather. People have mentioned with the baking soda method, their hair gets really oily at first, and other people respond that basically it’s your hair detoxing from the toxic shampoos. Supposedly your scalp gets use to producing more oil to make up for the oils that are stripped every time you shampoo. Either way, I didn’t notice too much of a difference but I would say it feels a little less oily than my normal 2nd day. I expect that if there is going to be a change, it will be more noticeable as time goes on and my genius scalp adjusts;)
I washed my hair again and followed the same regime of baking soda and apple cider vinegar but this time I had to use my Aveda spray. My hair was a straw-like frizzy mess. I couldn’t do anything with it and just let it air dry then threw it in a bun. I’ve decided to continue with just the baking soda and add a “clean” conditioner in. I’m starting to feel like I’m damaging my hair (I hope not!).
Today I used the baking soda and made a thicker paste so I could just get it on the scalp and followed up with Kevin Murphy Hydrate Rinse (conditioner). On the plus side, I was able to use a fraction of what I normally do for conditioner and still comb through my hair. So far I love the KM products. It smells so good too (I guess anything would after bathing in vinegar), it reminds me of Aveda. My hair seemed to really soak up the conditioner and once dry it was still a little straw like. Better than yesterday but not at it’s peak.
I gave my hair a break today and did not wash it. It was still clean enough that I could have left my house with it and not feel greasy…but I didn’t 😉
I tried out the olive oil deep conditioner this morning. I couldn’t leave it on as long as I would have liked but I warmed it up in the microwave, poured it on my straw like strands and kept it in for about 15 mins. I had to use some of my Kevin Murphy shampoo to wash out the oil on the ends, but I still used the baking soda on my scalp. Again I followed up with the KM conditioner. My hair feels soft and like it’s back on it’s way to being conditioned. I really don’t think this natural method should be used by people with bleached hair, it’s too drying, but the olive oil did help. One more day and I’ll give my final thoughts
Day 7 – Final Thoughts
Well, I got through 7 days of ditching my shampoo for regular old baking soda. I missed my suds, I missed my coconut scents and I missed my silky strands I will say that using baking soda or apple cider vinegar as a once a month cleansing to get rid of product build-up will probably become a part of my regime and I will move forward with using a safer non-toxic shampoo/conditioner, but I just can’t do the b.s everyday 😉 I found it too drying and felt like I was washing my high priced dye job down the drain. This method may work with someone who doesn’t dye their hair and has naturally silky strands, however for my bleached, wavy, coarse hair, it was just too much for them to handle. I’m not sure I used it long enough to see if it would make a difference in the length of time I go between shampooings but I may continue to use the baking soda just along the hairline (where I notice oily strands the most). I did use baking soda to wash my face everyday and I will say that my skin has never felt so smooth or been so normal (as in not an oil slick). I believe this is normally the source of my greasy hairline so hopefully this will help me out in more ways than one.
Baking soda gets two thumbs up for my skin and a wavering thumb (mostly pointing down) for my hair.