For the cheapest ways to all natural hair care, check out my baking soda shampoo and vinegar hair rinse recipes. You'll learn how to get healthy, manageable hair with just those two simple ingredients.
But maybe you're not ready to give up your shampoo suds.
Or maybe you think using baking soda and vinegar to clean hair is, well, too granola crunchy for you. Fair enough.
Before I switched to the no shampoo method, I first transitioned to non-conventional shampoos (i.e. true soaps). This was a more than a bit rough simply because my water is incredibly hard.
Still, I found my path back to beautiful locks after much experimenting. I found that Dr. Bronner's Organic Magic Soaps were, with a little hard-water tweaking, just what I needed.
Those with soft water will have no problems with these organic hair care products. You can even use the classic 18-in-1 true castile soaps. The soap bars would be great for those with very short hair.
Those of us with hard water generally do better with Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand and Body Pump Soaps. Yes, it says hand and body, but you can use it as a shampoo.
These soaps combine organic shikakai with the classic pure-castile soap which results in a rich, moisturizing, luxurious lather.
For those unfamiliar with shikakai, it is a traditional natural hair care product from India. It provides an alternative to the harsh detergents that are frequently found in conventional shampoos.
Shikakai is an excellent choice when looking for organic hair care products. Besides being gentle, it also detangles hair and won't dry it out.
After rinsing out the soap, you can try Dr. Bronner's Organic Shikakai Conditioning Rinse. It is concentrated, so you have to dilute a capful or two into a cup of water, shake well, and massage into hair.
Those with very hard water will probably have difficulties getting consistent results with this product. Those of you lucky enough to have soft water will find it much easier to use.
This organic conditioner has a lemon juice base that gives it a natural citrus smell.
But I have to warn you – it looks like lumps of mud.
And for some, it might look like something else that looks like lumps of mud. Catch my drift?
My main concern with these particular organic hair care products is that they prove difficult to dissolve in water. I think they need to work on improving this formula, but it is a good start and some people do like it.
I think a vinegar hair rinse works just as well and gives more consistent results.
Finally, you can use Dr. Bronner's Leave-In Conditioning and Styling Crème. Apply to towel-dry or completely dry hair. It will give you added softness and silkiness and light styling. Just make sure you use just a little bit – too much will make your hair a little greasy.
With all of this said, this is what I used to do before I switched to just baking soda and vinegar. And remember, I have VERY hard water.
- Wet hair thoroughly
- Apply small amount of baking soda shampoo to hair
- Apply one-half to one pump of shikakai pump soap
- Suds up and massage in
- Rinse out
- Apply a little more baking soda shampoo to remove any left-over soap residue
- Pour enough vinegar hair rinse through hair to condition and detangle
- Rinse well
- Apply leave in conditioner to towel-dried hair when necessary (very infrequent for me)
It seems like a lot of work but, when I got the routine down, it went quickly. I used to use a conditioner that I had to leave in for a minute or two before rinsing out, so I ended up breaking even time-wise.
For those with soft water, you'd just use the castile soap and citrus conditioner just like your usual hair cleaning routine.