I’m in the middle of a 43-Day Challenge! Read all about it here.
One of my goals for these 43 days is to transition to all-natural hair care. For details, check out this post. What this means is that I’m washing my hair with baking soda and water, and conditioning it with apple cider vinegar and water. Since it’s been a few weeks, I thought I would give you an update…
Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well my hair has reacted to this drastic change. I’ve always been a cheap-chemical-filled-shampoo-and-conditioner kinda girl, so I figured I might look like a greasy squirrel waiting for my hair to adjust to its natural pH balance. However, I am pleased to report that I have only had two really grungy days.
- The biggest pro to this whole thing is pretty obvious, and slightly redundant: it’s natural. I really love knowing that I’m not coating my hair and body with chemicals. I just feel healthier. Call me crazy.
- Another pro is that my hair feels incredibly soft. I can’t believe what a great job baking soda does to work out the grime!
- Softness isn’t even the word… Apple Cider Vinegar takes that “squeaky” part out of the “squeaky clean.” My hair feels really velvety, even when it’s still wet!
- My hair is much lighter (in weight, not in color). I have very fine, thin hair, so I was worried about how I would do without my “volume boosting” shampoo and conditioner. Well, turns out that those products may have been weighing my hair down. It maintains lightness and fluffiness all day now. I have to admit, I do still use a little hairspray to hold it in place (I’m growing out a short hairstyle… what’s a girl to do?), but the texture is fantastic!
Yes, there are a few negative effects of this wonderfully natural method. The good elements FAR outweigh the bad, but I’m going to share these with you anyway for kicks.
- Apple Cider Vinegar stinks. Like really… it smells vinegar-y. Weird, huh? I’ve read on lots of other blogs that the smell quickly dissipates as your hair dries, but this is not the case with my blonde mop. I can still smell it bold and strong after an hour, which makes going out lots of fun. After blow-drying it, I can tell that it’s a little better, but still not gone. By the way, don’t use more than one or two drops of essential oil to mask the smell… you will only create a very strong, slightly sweet vinegar-y scent. Trust me. I know.
- This relates to the previous point, but I really do miss smelling like tropical fruits. Little things, people… little things.
- You have to be careful to not wash too often. Once I did two days in a row, and the baking soda definitely gave me a little itchiness on my scalp (and yes, I rinsed VERY well). If you must rinse and re-dry two days in a row, do it without the baking soda.
- I only had two bad days, but they were BAD. My blonde hair turned an odd shade that I believe is called “grease pit.” Thankfully, I was able to avoid leaving the house on these days. But I’m glad there were only two!
Overall, I’ve been very pleased with my new hair habits. And don’t think for a moment that the cons have swayed my decision to keep going! There is so much more value in the pros, so I’m sticking with this old-fashioned “craziness!” Who’s with me?