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Shampoo free – one year update

Wow!  It’s hard to believe I’ve been shampoo free for a year (14 months, actually)!

What started out as a frustrating endeavor has ended up working really well for me.

My basic routine has changed a little over the year, but I’ve been using my current routine for several months now and have wonderful results.

Every other day:

* I use an old conditioner bottle (13oz.), I place 1/3 cup of baking soda in the bottle, then fill the remainder of the bottle with hot water.

* Once in the shower, I squeeze the mixture onto my dry hair a little bit at a time while scrubbing in between pours – I use the entire bottle because I have fairly long and thick hair

* After scrubbing a little more, I rinse with hot water.

On the in between days, I do not clean my hair, but, most of the time, I do rinse it thoroughly with hot water.  However, I’ve found that the drier, cooler climate in winter allows me to skip the rinse on my off day!

I have not worked out a good natural conditioning routine yet.  I’ve tried apple cider vinegar, but haven’t been able to figure out what works for my hair, so I’m currently still using regular conditioner.

I condition every day, but only from half way to the end of my hair.  I never put conditioner on my scalp.

Frugal tip: My local Costco sells baking soda in a 13.5# bag for $5.99.  This is their regular price!!  It’s pretty hard to beat $.44 per pound.

This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.
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5 comments to Shampoo free – one year update

  • I mostly shampoo free. Occasionally, I’ll add a little natural baby shampoo, but hoping to work out of that. :) I use baking soda. Occasionally, I’ll use ACV, white vinegar, or lemon juice diluted in water on the ends. I’ve been playing with herbal rinses and essential oils lately. Plan to blog about my adventures with it soon. :)
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  • It’s really interesting that a baking-soda-only method is working for you, because I use a vinegar-only method and I have a similar type of hair! I don’t need conditioner anymore, though.

    I love the giant pouches of baking soda from Costco, too! I use it as scouring powder, to deodorize as well as clean the toilet bowl, to get tea stains out of cups, to brighten white laundry, and as an antacid. Versatile stuff!
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    • Laura

      Wow, vinegar only? Never even heard of it. I’ll have to look into it.

      Also, I have a post coming up soon about my cleaning routine and all the things I use baking soda for! It is definitely very versatile, so is vinegar!

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