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Natural Beauty: DIY Baking Soda Shampoo

September 29, 2013

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Store bought shampoo can be tough on your hair. In fact, it’s full of chemicals and preservatives that can actually do more harm than good, especially if you are washing your hair every day.

Organic products, like Aveda or Ogx are better options, but they still contain preservatives and unnatural ingredients. Confusing, right? Beauty products that are labeled organic actually only need to contain 70% organic ingredients. What are the other 30% of the ingredients in your shampoo?

Preservatives: These are added to increase the shelf life of your shampoo. Some stronger preservatives, like parabens tend to be stronger and can evoke an allergic reaction or irritation.

Surfactants: The ingredient that causes your shampoo to lather, surfactants are added to just about every store bought shampoo. 

Color: Most shampoo brands add artificial dyes for purely aesthetic reasons.

Fragrance: The fragrance used to scent a single shampoo can contain thousands of chemicals.

The FDA now requires all beauty products to list the percentage of organic ingredients, and there are 100% organic options that you can buy, so make sure you check the label before you purchase new shampoo.

Another great idea is DIY baking soda shampoo! It’s natural, cost-effective and you probably already have it in your kitchen.

Using baking soda for shampoo is beneficial because it simply does what you need shampoo to do: clean your hair. It doesn’t strip your hair of natural oils or dry out your scalp like some shampoos can. If you can get used to the fact that it doesn’t bubble and foam like shampoo your used it, then you may just love it! It leaves your hair soft and fresh feeling.

To use baking soda to wash your hair, just combine one part baking soda with three parts water. Mix it up and starting at the roots and working your way down, massage the mixture into your wet or dry hair. Let it sit for about 3 minutes then rinse with warm water.

After washing your hair with baking soda, you may also choose to use a vinegar rinse instead your usual conditioner. To make a vinegar rinse, just combine one part organic apple cider vinegar with four parts water. You can also in some essential oils if the vinegar scent is too strong. Like the baking soda, work the vinegar through your hair starting at the roots. You don’t need to let it sit in your hair very long – just a few seconds – and then rinse with warm water.

If you’re ready to treat your hair with the same respect that you treat your body when you eat organic foods, then give the baking soda shampoo method a try. Leave a comment to let us know what you think!