If you've spent ten seconds on Google looking for natural beauty recipes, chances are you've heard of the "no poo" movement. The most popular of substitutes for shampoo is the baking soda and ACV method. Now, I'm super open to weird things like this, so I tried it. It was awesome at first, my hair felt soft, clean and shiny. Then the frizzy, dried, breakage happened. I was so upset! I'd never has a split end, then all of a sudden I had a ton, massive ten splits in one strand kind. Come to find out, baking soda is really bad for your hair, it opens the hair shaft, making it super soft but then, even with the ACV, it doesn't close the shaft. Leaving you with brittle damaged hair. Yikes!
So then I switched to sulfate free shampoo, till it stopped cleaning my hair a short time ago. Currently I'm using a bentonite clay hair "mud" shampoo. I've used it for the past four washings (so 10ish days) and I'm pleased with the results so far. These photos were taken post "mud" shampoo.
Here's the link to the recipe I used:
I used nettle leaf, ACV, Rosemary, lemon and orange essential oils.
Quite a few of you have asked how I keep my hair healthy, so here's my top five tips for healthy hair:
1. What goes in, makes (or breaks!) the health of your hair. Nutrition is especially important for skin, nail and hair health. Eat plenty of protein, good fats like coconut oil and butter. I've been incorporating gelatin lately (I'll update on that as time goes on) which is supposed to be super healthy for skin, hair and nails. And DRINK PLENTY of water! (Yes, you may call me the water Gestapo...)
2. Outside counts too. Your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on topically, so be careful what products you use. The more natural, the better.
3. Don't brush your hair. Seriously! Brushing with conventional brushes is damaging to hair. Instead, use a wide tooth comb (or better yet, your fingers)
Never ever ever ever ever EVER brush your hair wet! Ever!
4. Don't wear your hair in tight hairstyles, essentially the elastic band is your enemy. Scrunchies are good, as they're not nearly as tight. My favorite way to style my hair is simply twisting into a bun and my hair's so long I shove the ends in, sort if "knotting" it. Another great style is a loose braid.
5. Don't use heat! I don't ever use a hair dryer, curling iron, or any such thing.
I let my hair air dry, and if I want curly hair I braid my hair while wet, or use the headband curling technique (here's a video tutorial I did: http://natashaatkerson.blogspot.com/2014/08/headband-curls-tutorial-how-to.html?m=1
How about you? Any tips for happy, healthy hair?