How much money do you normally spend on shampoo every year? If you go organic or all-natural, shampoo can get costly, especially if you’re shopping at specialty health food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts. Even Trader Joe’s offers limited options for shampoo, and the brands they sell tend to dry out hair (and to be honest, don’t clean it that great, either).
Lately I’ve become frustrated with shampoo brands because not only am I paying more for natural ingredients, but the shampoos are failing to clean my hair even after massaging it onto my scalp and allowing it to sit for several minutes.
I have to wash my hair at least 6 days per week because that’s how often I exercise. I can’t exactly treat dirty, greasy hair with talcum powder or dry shampoo and call it good. I’ve really got to clean it thoroughly to remove all traces of sweat, dirt, and funk, because let’s face it: stinky, greasy hair is just not sexy.
Several weeks ago I found this article at DIY Natural, which recommends using a combination of baking soda, water, and a few drops of essential oil. At first I was skeptical about the idea. Though I fully understand the natural cleaning properties of baking soda, I couldn’t quite imagine how it would be effective at cleaning my hair and leaving it shiny.
Surprisingly, the baking soda-water mixture works like a dream. Not only does my hair look and smell fresh for an extended period of time, but it also feels healthier and cleaner than ever before. Previously, I had to wash my hair every single night even on days I didn’t exercise; now, I can go two to three days without washing it if I’m not being as active (translation: working non-stop).
DIY Natural recommends using one tablespoon of baking soda for every one cup of water. I made a large batch of four cups, and added about 15 drops of lemon essential oil. Just shake the bottle before using to mix the baking soda that tends to settle on the bottom, and you’re good to go.
I noticed that it’s helpful to squirt or squeeze the baking soda-water mixture directly onto your hair, otherwise you’ll lose most of it in your hands before it gets to your head. I also realized that you may need several squirts of shampoo to clean your entire scalp efficiently, but again, you’re still saving money because it’s baking soda and water. When you do the math, a low-cost box of $0.50 baking soda is a billion times more cost effective than most commercial brands of shampoo.
Do you use homemade shampoo, and if so, what’s your magic go-to concoction?