If you follow any natural blogs at all, you have probably seen a post or two (or 10) about how amazing the “No ‘Poo” method is and how you can make your own natural shampoo. The “No ‘Poo” method is an approach to move you away from using commercial shampoos because they actually strip your hair of their natural oils. This approach is, in theory, supposed to help your scalp heal from commercial stripping and stop the vicious cycle of super oily hair and needing to ‘wash’ away the oils.
I have been experimenting off and on with the “No ‘Poo” method for the better part of two years now with mixed results. It all starts like this: I see some great homemade shampoo recipe and I get all excited to try it so I make the recipe. I use it for a few weeks and then I break down sobbing because my hair looks like a wet greasy rat. I am all for DIY Natural Beauty and am somewhat ‘crunchy’ but I do not want my hair to be crunchy. As far as the troubleshooting out there goes…Everyone just says:
“Oh – just rinse with apple cider vinegar – it is the BOMB.”
“What you are doing is not pH balanced and that is why it isn’t working for you – here try my approach!”
I have tried many approaches and frankly feel like a natural DIY beauty failure! I always find myself running back to the drug store in desperation to buy some shampoo with a detergent in it to wash out all of the garbage and gunk that has seemingly collected in my hair!
Does any of this sound familiar?
The Solution: Detox Your Hair
According to Heather (aka The Mommypotamus), many commercial shampoos include silicone which coat the hair much like plastic to give it shine and ‘slip’. The same results can be achieved with DIY “No ‘Poo” style shampoos, but the transition can be quite tough for those of us used to the results from a commercial shampoo. She recommends putting your hair through a detox that can take up to a few weeks. I am going to share with you her recipe from DIY Organic Beauty Recipes here.
During the hair detox process your hair can feel very dry and tangle easily. However, as the follicles shed this coating they will begin to be able to drink in moisture. There are a few ways to speed up this process. Hallelujah! I just mixed up a batch of this mask for myself and I am going to try it tonight followed by the recommended rinse.
I want all of you “No ‘Poo” failures to join me in trying this!
Detox Hair Mask Recipe from Mommypotamus DIY Organic Beauty Recipes
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay powder
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 additional cup apple cider vinegar
Mix bentonite clay, Rosemary essential oil, aloe vera gel and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar together and work into hair. Put on a shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Don’t let the mixture dry! Rinse thoroughly. Rinse with 1 cup vinegar and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes, then shampoo. Follow with shine boost rinse or detox hair soak (those recipes can be found in DIY Organic Beauty Recipes).
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DIY Organic Beauty Recipes will teach you how to make:
- Rosemary Peppermint Soap, scented with essential oils
- Sweet Orange and Honey Shampoo
- Tooth Soap, Tooth Powder and Toothpaste
- Orange Vanilla Dream Lip Balm
- Mint Chocolate Body Butter
- Homemade Sunscreen and Bug Spray
- Man Stink Killer Deodorant (HAHAHA Perfect!)
Full of beautiful photos, how-to’s and recipes, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes has remained my go-to bible for everything in my bathroom!
Who is Heather Dessinger and What Is “Mommypotamus”?
Heather Dessinger is the author of the Mommypotamus blog. If you don’t read it, you should. She’s awesome.
That’s Heather and her daughter, Katie.
Further Reading from Around the Web
- One Year Without Shampoo
- The No-Pooing Method
- How To Buy Therapeutic Essential Oils
- Can Your Really Have Gorgeous Healthy Hair Without Shampoo?