"What an interesting thought", I said as I read a few articles last week on this subject.
This whole time I have been barking up the wrong tree in the wrong forest in the wrong field!!!
I had been looking at:
1- Expensive but organic shampoos
2- Making my own shampoo
3- Saving money but using chemical detergent shampoos
4- Using a shampoo bar (around $5-6 a bar)
None of these choices made me very happy. I have been getting rid of the clutter in my life, freeing up my time to spend it more wisely and trying to fit in being frugal AND healthy together all in one sentence!
Now that I am figuring out how couponing works I can get what I call "conventional" for free or close to it! Now THAT is frugal!
However frugal it is NOT healthy. Not for me, my husband, my kids, my neighbors, or my ground water! (I am picky about that now considering the recent experience we had last year with ground water quality!!! Another story for another day!)
So, moving on to choice #2. Making my own shampoo. I'm all for being independent, frugal and healthy but I have not been looking forward to attempting this. All the Pinterest recipes I have found and re-pinned but never made due to the amount of ingredients, time and space issues. Plus the idea of trying to convince my husband to use "messy" homemade shampoo just does not appeal to me.
Sure choice #1 is the easiest and least time consuming but then we run into the problem if the shampoo even works, smells good and all that.
Choice #4 is nice because then it would eliminate some clutter because a bar of soap takes up less space than a bunch of bottles does.
SO, when I found out about this "No shampoo" method I was a little sceptical but decided to give it a try because it sounded and looked easy, not too cluttery,
extremely cheap and super healthy!
I've tried it for almost a week now and I. am. impressed!
All you do is mix up 1-2 Tablespoons of baking soda with about 1 cup of water in a *gasp* dollar store mustard/ketchup bottle (I am looking for a better option right now, open to ideas!) then you just wet your hair really well, squirt it onto your scalp and massage well. Target your scalp, not the length of your hair, just focus on your scalp because your length gets plenty of runoff as it is. The best tips I have found from numerous sources is to get this "wet" or "slipping" feeling when you are massaging your hair. Then you know you have the proper Baking soda to water ratio! Rinse, rinse, rinse.
Then to condition your hair you take 50/50 white vinegar and water and squirt that on the length of your hair, not your scalp this time and let it sit on your hair while you finish up in the shower, then rinse out and that is all!
Prior to trying this method out I had been using an organic, low lather shampoo so I didn't really have a period where my hair felt like straw which was nice but had I gone through that I would have still stuck it out because this is way easier than using shampoo, incredibly cheaper, works in hard water, safe and I'm loving it!
If you want to know more on how you can do more deep conditioners then go ahead and do a search on the "no shampoo method", maybe it's already on Pinterest too!
I just had to share this extremely cheap AND healthy way of taking care of your hair. I used to spend a lot more money than I would like to admit keeping my hair nice and healthy. Not any more! Now I can put my money to better use to help other people and still have healthy, healthy, healthy hair!
Now my next mission is to find something simple, frugally healthy and time wise for facial care!!!
HAPPY SPRING! (I think, it is rain/snowing here...)