I owe my hair transformation to baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I have been "no-poo" (no shampoo, conditioner, or styling product — besides the occasional bit of Moroccan Argan oil for frizz) in practically two months and I couldn't be happier. Each week, my hair looks healthier than the last.
Though I can't guarantee this routine will work for every head, I've loved the results. Here's how I used these pantry basics to fix my frustrating hair:
Step 1: Detox from shampoo.
It gets worse before it gets better. You'll have better immediate results if you can stand to not wash your hair for a few days. Since I was already on a wash less routine, I managed to go a week between my last shampoo and my first baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash. Be strong, better hair awaits.
Step 2: Mix your solutions.
I use 1 Tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water, and 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of warm water. This is a good ratio to start, and on subsequent washes, feel free to adjust for a deeper clean by adding more baking soda.
Step 3: Apply the baking soda solution.
Apply the baking soda and water mixture to your scalp, massaging into your roots. Work around your head for few minutes, and then rinse the solution from your hair.
Step 4: Apply the vinegar solution.
Apply the apple cider vinegar and water mixture onto the ends of your hair, including any length that would be in a ponytail. Let it soak in for a few minutes (finish whatever else in the shower you need to) and then rinse. That's it!
• Ideally, you don't do this no-poo wash routine every day; healthy hair can go 4-7 days in between baking soda & ACV washes. You can, however, rinse with water while showering in the interim.
• The baking soda may make your scalp feel a bit itchy. Feel free to use a weaker baking soda solution if it's uncomfortable.
• For ease of use, store your solutions in squeeze bottles.
• Count the money you'll save from not buying hair care products and rack up the compliments on your gorgeous, naturally fabulous hair.
Have you ever tried a natural hair routine? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!
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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
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