Clean Hair Challenge

We don’t mean clean in the sense of “not dirty”, we’re talking about hair that is styled without harmful chemicals. If you haven’t read our post on the chemicals found in our drugstore brand of shampoo, we suggest you do so now so you understand why we’re focusing on clean hair living this week. We had a hard time heading back to the shower with that bottle of shampoo but didn’t have a choice as we had dirty hair and were attending Edmonton Fashion Week’s Fantasy Hair Competition that night. But moving forward, we want to try out some hair products that are less toxic for our heads and see if they’re good enough to make us ditch our chemical laced shampoos for good.

We talked to Melange Salon in Edmonton who pride themselves on running an organic, non-toxic salon that takes care of your health first and foremost. We asked them some important questions and will post their answers this week. Until we can make it to the salon to pick up some non-toxic products we thought we’d try some home remedies Melange suggested to cure our current hair ailments and challenge ourselves to go a week without store bought shampoos. Read which remedies we’re trying after the jump…

We’ll admit, we’re a little lazy and aren’t really into running around the city trying to find ingredients, so we liked the fact the we could go into our cupboards and head straight to the shower. We’ll let you know our reviews once we try them all out…

Shampoo
1 part baking soda to 5 parts water

This is supposed to make a bit of a paste which you rub on your scalp and rinse out.

Conditioner
Apple Cider Vinegar

From what I’ve read, it sounds like the baking soda can be a bit drying and the ACV is supposed to balance that out. Supposedly it works as a conditioner too and helps detangle the hair. I’m used to slathering a handful of thick conditioner into my stands in order to get a comb through it afterwards so I’m not entirely convinced a vinegar rinse will be able to replace my conditioner, but I’ll try it…

Deep Conditioning
Olive Oil

This can be applied just as you would a VO8 treatment. You can warm it up in the microwave (test it to be sure it isn’t too hot before you put it on your scalp) and wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave it on for 30 minutes or even overnight then shampoo out. My hair is pretty dry right now (I think partly due to the over-use of my Unite Blonda Shampoo, but my hair has never been a nicer shade of blond 2 months after a coloring) so I’m definitely going to try this one out.

If you’re not loving the smell of these home remedies, you could always mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixtures. Lavender or peppermint would be awesome!

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