I came across this idea on facebook via one of the health sites to which I subscribe. I was curious to know if it actually worked. The deed? To go from using regular shampoo and conditioner to washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar on a regular basis.
A few months ago, I made the switch to cruelty free shampoo and conditioner. First, I tried a Canadian brand called AG Hair Cosmetics but the conditioner made my hair tangle easily and the look and feel of my hair was strawey. Then, I switched to another brand I found at Target called Shea Moisture. The shampoo and conditioner smelled really good and left my hair feeling nice but not as nice compared to the chemical ridden, conventional shampoos filled with parabens and sulfates. Even though the Shea Moisture brand worked well, I thought it was kind of expensive. Yes, I don’t like to spend large sums of money on hair care when there are so many natural, healthier and economic versions (coconut oil, anyone??) out there. So I thought why not give baking soda and vinegar (BS&V) a try. If it really works, my hair and scalp will avoid all those harmful chemicals – perk no. 1, and I will not contribute to animal testing and cruelty – perk numero dos.
For about two months now, I’ve been washing my hair with BS&V and I am very pleased with the results. I apply the baking soda and water mixture only on my scalp after wetting my hair, give myself a nice scalp massage and continue with my shower as normal. Once I am done washing the rest of my body, I rinse off the baking soda really well and pour the apple cider vinegar solution all over my wet hair. The first few times I poured the apple cider vinegar solution all over including my scalp. It was great until I went to the gym and the sweat on my head smelled like a salad. Since smelling like a salad is kind of embarrassing, now I only apply the apple cider vinegar solution to my hair without it touching my scalp. This has worked just fine; no salad hair.
My hair maintenance routine is pretty basic. I don’t do much to it and only straighten it a handful of times a year. On average, I wash my hair every 4 days. Now that BS&V is part of my routine, I’ve noticed
• By the fourth day my roots were not as greasy as they used to get,
• My hair is shinier, smooth and more manageable.
This is one habit I plan to keep.