If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this post, where I share my 8 BIG GOALS for these 43 days.
I’m a bit of a hair freak, and I’m currently growing out my short haircut, so it’s already in an awkward stage. I’ve heard that getting your hair adjusted to it’s natural pH balance can be a painful (meaning “ugly”) process, so I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this one! What I AM looking forward to is less contact with toxins AND a smaller hair-care budget! This approach is FAR less expensive than even the cheapo shampoos and conditioners at the drugstore. There are a number of great natural shampoos available as well, but they’re pretty pricey!
CAN IT BE THIS SIMPLE?
Well, can meals be as simple as meat and vegetables and still provide great results? Affirmative!
So I’m giving this a try… to be honest, I’ve been putting it off, so I’m just starting today. I’ve heard that your hair has to go through a “detox phase” when you switch from chemical products to a natural hair solution. YIKES! I don’t like transitions! The detox phase could be a period of time where your hair is really oily, or really dry. My hair is naturally pretty oily, so I’m prepared to look like I’ve been soaking in an olive oil vat for the next few weeks.
Check out your personal care products (click here), and see what kind of toxins you’re regularly applying to your body! Did you know that tons of shampoos and conditioners actually contain gluten? Craziness!
Regular shampoos strip the natural oils from your hair, and regular conditioners add “fake oils” back in for moisture. What sense does this make? What I love about the natural method I’m about to start is that it just makes sense (kinda like the Paleo diet, no?). According to Liz (see this post), “Baking Soda clarifies and removes build-up and Apple Cider Vinegar restores your scalp’s natural pH balance.” I like the sound of that!
Here are the instructions:
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda with warm water.
Gently, gently, gently work mixture through your hair.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of unfiltered, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar to a cup of warm water.
Pour it on your hair, and let it sit for a few minutes.
(You can pre-mix the ratios that work best for you, and keep them ready in mason jars in your shower!)
Liz says that adding a few drops of essential oil to your hair as it dries will really cover the cider vinegar smell, but that the smell really dissipates pretty quickly as your hair dries, so no worries!
This natural process will allow your hair to regain its natural pH balance, and produce balanced, natural oils on its own. It may take a few weeks to strike that balance, but it will happen, and I’m willing to be patient. For a look at Liz’s BEAUTIFUL hair after being on this program for a few weeks, check out this post.
Can’t wait to see how this goes!
Again, thank you so much, Liz Wolfe, for all the inspiration and information! You rock!