In my journey this month to find recipes that will help me save money and reduce the amount of chemicals I come in contact with, I’ve decided to try homemade shampoo and conditioner.
A little background. I’m not terribly fussy with my hair. I make sure to get a good haircut every 5-6 weeks (I’ve been going to the same gal for 32 years) and I’ve been blessed with naturally curly hair, not too dry or too oily. That being said, I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the morning (and by a lot of time, I mean 20 minutes) getting ready so I use a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner and that’s it. I blow dry my hair and I’m good to go. I obviously won’t be doing any commercials for Pantene anytime soon, but I’m very content with my hair.
Today I decided to try a homemade shampoo and conditioner, specifically the one I found at One Good Thing by Jillee. A baking soda shampoo and apple cider vinegar conditioner.
I mixed the water and baking soda and put them into a spray bottle as well as mixed the water and apple cider vinegar and put it into a second spray bottle. A few blogs I read mentioned being careful to make sure the baking soda was completely rinsed out of your hair before you added the vinegar because when the two are combined it has a ‘volcano’ effect. I made sure to rinse well.
Going into this experiment, I had a couple of concerns: 1. could I live without bubbles and 2. would I smell like a salad. So far my life has not come to an end with the absence of bubbles and no salad smell. I was surprised how clean my hair felt and how much softer and curlier it was. I’m going to try this for the whole 30 days and see how I feel then.
Have you ever tried homemade shampoo and/or conditioner? I would love to hear your experiences.
I’m wondering if you’re going to make shampoo for us. Mostly I’m wondering if there’s a bath in my future.