I tried going “No Poo” and I won’t do it again… Last year I took a large chunk of time; several months, to stop using shampoo and cleanse my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I didn’t want harsh chemicals damaging my colored hair; so I damaged my hair with natural ingredients instead. Naively I trusted the recipes and articles out there. But just because you are using natural products doesn’t mean they will work well; or at all.
My hair was dry, tangled, and greasy… There isn’t enough dry shampoo in the world to solve that mess! Recently I stumbled upon the article of my dreams on the blog Empowered Sustenance. In it she explains why using harsh, alkaline products will leave your hair dry & brittle. This includes Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps too. My significant other was using castile soap on his hair and it looked drier and sadder than my chemically treated hair.
Included in the article was a recipe for a homemade honey shampoo. I have tried it, it works, and when I use it; I don’t need conditioner! I use a hair dye bottle (with a nozzle) from Sally Beauty and I only mix up small batches. My hair smells good and the ends don’t look fried anymore.
My other solution has been Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo. I prefer it alone; without the conditioner. We have both been using this shampoo for a couple of months and love it. My hair is clean, soft, and manageable. I do find that when I use the conditioner from this same line my ends seem dry; but my honey has no problems with the conditioner (his hair is not chemically treated.) It has all natural ingredients:de-ionized water, sugar beets, shea butter, aloe vera leaf juice, argan oil, pro vitamin B-5, rosemary extract, sea kelp extract, Vitamin E, honeysuckle flower and Japanese honeysuckle flower extract. My sister uses the Curl Shampoo from this line and it is her gold standard also. It retails around $10 and is available at Target and Walgreens. I have seen it go on sale Buy One Get One Half Off at Target…