Truly natural or organic shampoos can be pretty pricey, but you don’t need to drop big bucks for shiny, healthy hair. It might sounds like the recipe for a hair volcano, but baking soda and vinegar work great as shampoo and conditioner substitutes. It’s been 4 years I haven’t used any sort of shampoo on my hair and my hair is gorgeous! No shampoo? like really? Then what the hell do I use? Baking soda and vinegar!
Baking soda can be an amazing substitute for shampoo and apple cider vinegar can happily replace conditioner.
BENEFITS OF BAKING SODA:
Baking soda is known as a fantastic cleaning product in general. Its main benefit is the fact that it is a mild alkali with fine, slightly abrasive particles. These two factors work together to break down dirt and grease incredibly effectively, leaving your hair super squeaky clean. It also is not a common irritant and so should not cause issues for most people.
Caution: Be aware that baking soda can be rather drying, so you’ll want to keep it to the scalp. Don’t rub it into the tips of your hair.
BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Apple cider vinegar works in complement to baking soda incredibly well. As a more acidic product, it balances out the alkalizing effect of the baking soda to restore your hair’s natural pH levels. It also helps kill bacteria (great if you have dandruff issues!) and is a natural humectant, which means that it helps hold in moisture.
HOW TO USE:
- Dilute baking soda and vinegar in water. I add 2 tablespoons in a mug full of water (around 1 litre) and 5 tablespoons vinegar in 3 cups water.
- Pour baking soda solution on scalp and massage for 10 minutes till it feels slippery.
- Wash of thoroughly and massage again using plain water in order to completely wash off baking soda.
- Using a spray bottle, apply diluted ACV on scalp and the entire hair. massage for 5 minutes and put shower cap for 10 minutes.
- Wash off finally using cold water.
- Let hair air-dry.