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Trading Baking Soda and Vinegar for Shampoo and Conditioner

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Preparations for — The “No-Poo” Method

For a long time now I have been hearing about how many terrible chemicals there are in the shampoos and conditioners that we buy in the store.  Even “Natural” products can be harmful to us as well as to the earth, and I’ve always wanted to see what it would be like to try and give them up.

I am not a vegan, nor a total hippie, but i found a post on the internet entitled “how to give up shampoo without becoming completely disgusting” and this title really sparked my interest, so I’ve decided to give it a whirl.  Not to mention the title “No-Poo Method” definitely gave me a giggle as well…

The basic time-line of this process is as follows:

FIRST TWO WEEKS
– Mix 1-2 Tbsp of Baking Soda with 1-2 cups of warm water  (depending on length of hair) and pour over your head, massaging into the hair but focusing on the scalp.  Leave for one minute or so and then rinse.
-Mix 1-2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1-2 cups of warm water and pour over you head, massaging into the hair but focusing on the tips of the hair.  Leave for one minute or so and then rinse.

SECOND TWO WEEKS
-Switch to massaging hair and scalp with just water in order for your natural oils to find their own balance without the constant help from Baking Soda and Vinegar.  At this stage you can either just go cold turkey or wean yourself off of the previous regimen and then wash with just water until the desired balance is achieved.
-Throughout this process and especially during this stage, it is highly recommended that you brush the hair regularly in order to remove excess grease.  Baking soda can be added to dry hair occasionally to deal with extra greasy days, but its mostly just a waiting game.

ONCE BALANCE IS ACHIEVED
-You may move to a new regimen of using Baking Soda and Vinegar once or twice a week to suit your personal needs.

This all seems very simple to me so I thought I might as well take this opportunity to document the process, for any other “regular people” who are curious, and it was also a good chance for me to get into the habit of blogging.

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Author: goodcommon

I am a Certified Youth Yoga Instructor as well as a Certified Reiki Energy Therapy Practitioner. I received my B.A. in Psychology at LIU - Brooklyn Campus and my Master of Social Work Degree at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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