So… No, I am not going without shampoo to save the planet. In Uganda, a landlocked country, the import taxes make EVERYTHING expensive. Our cheap $6 bottle of shampoo here is about $30 dollars in Uganda. So, slowly but surely I have been trying to shift my life off of buying packaged products. The food stuff is easy, but bath products……
I can safely say I am more excited to learn how to make my own pasta than to make my own shampoo. But, I’m saving us money if I can make it work, so here it goes.
Day 1: washing my hair with a baking soda and water mixture… It feels like i am just pouring water over my head. Supposedly no conditioner is required. That is, until I try to run my fingers though my wet hair and rip out half of my head.
Day 2: I use more of the baking soda mixture till I really feel like something is in my hair before I rinse it out. Used a comb to get it though the ends… The comb frizzed out my curls. (I usually never brush or comb my hair, I just run my fingers through it to keep the curls in tact.)
Day 5: my hair smells like nothing, feels weird but not dirty, I have no idea how to apply hair products to make my hair look normal….. I miss my shampoo and conditioner.
Day 7: “Accidentally” forget my baking soda mixture and have to use the gym’s shampoo and conditioner……It was amazing.
Day 8: changed my baking soda mixture to a herbal tea and baking soda shampoo followed by a apple cider vinegar/water rinse…. Ahhhhh it’s starting to get it’s bounce back
Day 10: my hair feels way more normal with the tea/baking soda and vinegar rinse. But, it’s reacting differently to my hairspray so am trying to lighten up on my hairspray application.
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 cup strongly brewed tea of any kind
Combine baking soda and tea in a squirt bottle. I suggest running the bottle under your hot shower water to warm it up before you use it. Apply to crown and scrub scalp. Let sit for a minute and rinse.
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 drop of essential oil (whatever smell you like)
Combine ingredients in an 8oz spay bottle. Spray on the ends of your hair to condition like you normally would. Enjoy your new beauty routine!