Lose the Bottle – 5 All Natural Shampoo And Conditioner Ideas
Over the years we have become so conditioned to purchasing our shampoo and conditioner at the local grocery story that we have forgotten the time honored, all natural shampoo and conditioner ideas that our grandmothers used to use. There are some things we need to talk about before diving in. Since we have been using shampoo for years our hair and scalp have become accustomed to producing a certain amount of oil to combat the stripping action the chemicals in shampoo cause. Therefore the more frequently you apply shampoo to your hair the faster it will get oily. Weaning off of shampoo will take some time for your hair to adjust.
You should find that by using more natural shampoo and conditioner ideas over time your hair won’t be oily as fast. Did you ever wonder what people did in the old days? Remember all those young gals with long, long hair? Do you remember the 100 strokes before bed? Women and girls worn their hair up to minimize the amount of dirt that accumulated in it. They also didn’t wash their hair very often. Many of these old ways had a function. Now we are just encouraged to use, use, use, with little thought to what all of the packaging is doing to the environment or what the products are doing to us.
My own hair is fairly long. I wash it once a week. The rest of the time I wear it in a braid and brush it once a day to distribute the oil to the ends where it can benefit the most. My hair is healthy and even though I am in my fifties my hair still grows almost four inches a year.
All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Ideas:
- You can use regular homemade soap if you want some lather. Goats milk soap will clean the oils and dirt from your hair and nourish the skin on your scalp.
- Baking soda rinse instead of soap or shampoo. One tablespoon in an old squirt bottle filled with water. Rinse your hair with water, then apply the baking soda mixture at the base. Massage it into your scalp and it will rinse through the rest of your hair. Follow that with a vinegar rinse to neutralize the backing soda. One tablespoon of vinegar to a squirt bottle of water. The vinegar will also cut any dandruff issues you may be suffering from.
- Eggs – crack the eggs into a plastic cup and mix. Once you are done with your “washing” apply the eggs while you finish bathing. Rinse thoroughly.
- Mayonnaise – Apply as a conditioner while you wash, rinse out.
- Olive Oil treatment – Once you have “washed” your hair, apply very warm olive oil to it, then wrap your hair in a towel (right out of the dryer is best) Let your hair soak for ten to twenty minutes. Wash out the olive oil with hot water, baking soda and then the vinegar rinse.
Try these alternatives for a couple months and you will notice how wonderful your hair is and how much more time you have now that you aren’t spending so much of it messing with your hair.