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A few weeks ago, I decided to switch to a natural hygiene regimen for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. So I gave my shampoo and conditioner to my mom and decided to try using the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method, plus no hair-drying or other hair tools involving heat. And guess what...I love it.<br><br>
My hair was rather unruly at first, but after a few days, I was amazed at how healthy it was becoming. Super soft and shiny, and no more residue from shampoo and conditioner. I used to wash my hair every day for years, but now I cleanse and condition about 4 days per week. And since I'm not applying heat either, my hair is healthy, soft, and natural.<br><br>
Here are the proportions I use: 2 Tbsp of baking soda per 12 oz of water to cleanse my hair and scalp. (Rinsing is a must at this point, since you follow up the baking soda with vinegar -- remember that experiment in science class? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">) I condition with a solution of 1 part ACV to 5 parts water. I leave it in for 5-10 minutes, then I rinse it out and let my hair air-dry.<br><br>
Not only does this method save lots of money, but it's also an ethical, eco-friendly, and healthy solution to chemical-based products. Different hair types will probably require different concentrations of the solutions, but I definitely think it's worth trying out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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This is awesome! I used to make honey and egg shampoo for a year or so, but of course I don't do that anymore. I've been wondering what I could do instead, especially since I like using things that aren't processed much, so I'll definitely have a go at this! Thanks for telling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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you can also use lemon juice with the acv if you've got curly hair - something about the lemon juice brings out waves and curls. it doesn't seem to work with mine, but everyone else I know who uses it swears by it.
 

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...they make ethical, non chemically, eco-friendly, healthy shampoos and conditioner.
 

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I've been doing this for about 9 months, the effects are great! I couldn't find cheap, vegan shampoos which were SLS free, so I started using bicarb and it really helped with the problem I had of my hair going greasy after one day!! It's much better now.
 

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...they make ethical, non chemically, eco-friendly, healthy shampoos and conditioner.</div>
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This is true, and I hear great things about some of these brands. One thing that's great about the baking soda and ACV, though, is that it's less expensive and lasts a really long time.
 

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Sounds great, the only concern I'd have is the smell...not too keen on stinking like vinegar all day. Is it stinky? :/
 

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I use diluted vinegar all the time (I dye my hair, it helps the color stay longer) - it might smell a little after you first get out of the shower, but once your hair dries, you won't smell it. your bathroom might though, mine usually does.<br><br>
but, if you mix it wrong, it might not go away as fast, so you have to watch how you measure it. might take a few tries to get it right.
 

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I may have to try this. A little scared though haha! Do you have to leave the "conditioner" in that long? I suppose I might be in the shower that long but will it make a big difference? I'm addicted to my hair feeling silky when I'm washing out conditioner haha.
 

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Sounds great, the only concern I'd have is the smell...not too keen on stinking like vinegar all day. Is it stinky? :/</div>
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I know right? I like how shampoo and conditioner smells. And i like spending good money on good products =/
 

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I know right? I like how shampoo and conditioner smells. And i like spending good money on good products =/</div>
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I haven't found any shampoo here, even the eco-friendly vegan brands, which don't have sodium laurel sulphate in them. It was avoiding that which made me go poo-free in the first place. Plus not everyone has enough money to spend £10 on a bottle of shampoo!
 

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<a href="http://www.yestocarrots.com/category/hair-care?category_id=0000011" target="_blank">http://www.yestocarrots.com/category...ory_id=0000011</a>
 

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you can also use lemon juice with the acv if you've got curly hair - something about the lemon juice brings out waves and curls. it doesn't seem to work with mine, but everyone else I know who uses it swears by it.</div>
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How much lemon juice and acv would you mix together? Also...does it have to be fresh lemon juice?
 

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Okay so the more I'm looking into it...I'm seeing stuff about your hair detoxing (which can make it really gross for a while). AND that the baking soda will strip your hair of any dye? Not quite so sure I'm ready to jump into this :S:S
 

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I don't think it matters, lemon juice is lemon juice. I know people who use lime and orange, too, but that's mostly to avoid any potential lightening.<br><br>
I use about 1 tbsp or so per cup of water, but I also still use conditioner, so if you're using it as a conditioning agent, you'd probably need more. I think you can also dilute lemon juice and use it as a hairspray... I'll have to attempt to find all the info on my hair forum later on.<br><br>
I mix the acv and lemon juice together, which might explain why it doesn't work on me... but it has cut down on frizz dramatically, so that in itself is reason to keep doing it.
 

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I know that probably wasnt just for me to see but i had a look. It wouldn't work for me as I'm in the UK, but Anyway my hair is doing a lot better with the bicarb so I'm not actually looking to buy shampoo. If I was to buy some for some reason, as I don't have much money having just quit my job I wouldn't spend over £4.
 

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The lemon juice sounds like an awesome idea. Regarding the apple cider vinegar, the smell fades as your hair dries. I sometimes notice a lingering vinegar scent later on in the day, but it's really mild and I've grown to like it (weird, I know!). I use a higher percentage of vinegar in my solution than others do, so that's probably the reason for the lingering scent.<br><br>
About the baking soda...I've heard about the detox thing, but I think it just depends on the person and what you were using prior to the new cleansing regimen. I haven't had any issues though. And yes, I think baking soda does remove hair dye, so if you color your hair, this cleansing regimen may not be for you.
 

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I use diluted vinegar all the time (I dye my hair, it helps the color stay longer) - it might smell a little after you first get out of the shower, but once your hair dries, you won't smell it. your bathroom might though, mine usually does.<br><br>
but, if you mix it wrong, it might not go away as fast, so you have to watch how you measure it. might take a few tries to get it right.</div>
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That's weird! i dye my hair and I find the colour fades more whn I do a vinegar rinse! Shame cos I prefer that to conditioner.<br><br>
I have fine stright oily hair and the baking soda vinegar rinse never worked for me-but my mate with dry curly hair swears by it.
 

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I've been wanting to try this for a while. We're almost out of our regular shampoo and conditioner so we'll most likely be doing this soon! Lately I've been using baking soda (with water) as a facial scrub and it's working out great so far. I've noticed my skin is less oily and it exfoliates nicely.<br><br>
Also, supporting vegan products is a wonderful thing but this is a good alternative, especially for those on a very tight budget.
 

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awesome! I have been shampoo free going on 3 years now and my hair has never been healthier or longer. I even got a compliment from an old friend I haven't seen in years about how long and thick my hair has become....and its all because I ditched shampoo and conditioner <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
The ratios of baking soda and acv vary from person to person, you really have to experiment with what works best for your hair and scalp.<br><br>
Its important to talk about the scalp because that is what we are really cleaning, not really our hair (same for with shampoo). The scalp makes sebum which is oil that helps keep hair healthy, when we shampoo with regular products we strip the sebum from our scalp which causes an over production of sebum leading to needing to wash more often. For some people it takes a few weeks for the scalp to stop freaking out from years of stripping from shampoo. At first I needed to use baking soda every 3 days, now its about once a week.<br><br>
I tried coloring my hair and it seems to be fine, especially since i don't use the baking soda/acv combo as often. I do rinse my hair in super hot water everyday or so.<br><br>
As for lemon juice, be sure to understand that the chances of it changing your haircolor are high. I wouldn't recommend trying it unless u want to lighten your color or dont care much about the color. Even diluted it can change your haircolor after only one application.<br><br>
Sometimes, especially during transition hair can get oily at the top and really dry at the bottom. Some tricks to help it are applying oils like coconut oil to the tips. I sometimes puree an avocado and apply that as a treatment too, mostly bc I swim in the summer and my hair dries out.<br><br>
Another easy tip that really helps is to use a wooden comb. The wood helps distribute the oils (sebum) to the hair shaft, leading to less dryness on the ends and less oiliness near scalp.<br><br>
There are lots of reasons to try washing your hair like this. Not only is it sometimes difficult to find quality vegan shampoos, but many of us can't afford to buy those on a regular basis. Also, we are eliminating the use of more plastic bottles. And diminishing our reliance of products with a long list of chemicals. Oh ya and it is great for your hair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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