How To Ditch Your Shampoo For Good!

photoNow that I have officially gone 54 days without using shampoo I feel like I am qualified to tell you *how * to do it.

Do you live in a city with soft water? This is a biggie for going shampoo free unless you have a water softener attached to your shower head.

After gauging the softness of your water all you do is this:

Get a squeeze bottle or an empty mustard or ketchup bottle. Something like THIS.

{The reason this type of bottle is necessary is to ensure you are able to apply the baking soda solution directly to your roots. Trust me–it makes this whole process A LOT easier! I’ve tried rubbing in a baking soda paste in my hair but it was just too stressful.}

Make your solution of baking soda and water. Use about one tablespoon of baking soda in your bottle. The solution should feel “slippery” on your hands when you apply it. You’ll know what I’m talking about…

Apply your solution ONLY to your roots and massage into your scalp and hair with your hands. Rinse well.

Do you have long hair?

If yes, I do not recommend using Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse.

If not, you should be just fine using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

For me, the ACV made my hair impossible to brush. I recommend either nothing at all or if you absolutely feel like you need a rinse try Aloe Vera juice diluted with water. I also came across this recipe for a hair detangler that I can’t wait to try from Green Momma: http://www.greenmommas.net/2013/03/homemade-hair-detangler.html

SOME TIPS ON BRUSHING YOUR HAIR

My sweet and handsome hubs surprised me one day with this Boar Bristle Brush!

Why, yes, that is an odd gift! LOL!

I had been complaining about my old conair brush that seemed to be ferociously ripping my hair out when I tried to brush it.

Hubs to the rescue with boar bristles!

Boar bristles are great for distributing your hair’s natural oils evenly throughout your hair. This is essential when going shampoo free because you want to make sure your natural oils are replenishing the entirety of your hair including your ends.

I don’t call it “brushing my hair anymore”, I now refer to is as “redistributing the wealth”. Socialist hair is healthy hair!

What!? I don’t even know what that means…I am not socialist in case you were worried…

Anyway,

Make sure to brush your hair everyday if you have issues with tangling.

Try to stretch out the frequency of which you wash your hair a little at a time. I can go 3 days now without washing my hair. I would try to go longer but I’ve had to maintain a job through this process sooo….yeah.

Good luck!

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