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Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 2015 Homegrown Collective: DIY Shampoo

It has been quite a long fact, I received my Homegrown Collective GREENBOX several days ago and only got it opened today.  I was happy to see that the collection is all about natural alternatives to commercial shampoo and hair care.  

In my quest to make more of my own personal care products, shampoo was one item I wasn't quite sure how to handle but I learned so much from this month's products! 

I learned that an easy alternative to shampoo is to mix one part baking soda with 3 parts water and use that instead of shampoo.  It does not lather up like you are used to but I tried it this morning and am quite happy with the result.  If you are going to clean your hair with baking soda, you must follow up with the vinegar rinse to balance the pH of your hair.  The vinegar rinse is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water.  Saturate your hair with the rinse after the baking soda wash and then rinse out.  You can add essential oils too if you like.  My hair is soft and shiny and easy to manage without the static that I can get this time of year.  So far, so good!  

I remember that my mother always rinsed our hair with vinegar when we were children.  In fact, she credits it with helping us avoid head lice during a particularly difficult outbreak at our school.  It was so widespread that the school closed for several days to break the cycle.  Even though all four of us (myself and my sisters) had very long hair, none of us ever did get lice.  I'm not sure if it was the vinegar or my mother's diligence that helped us avoid it but it worked!  

Here is the question I know you will ask:  Won't my hair smell like salad dressing?  LOL....when your hair dries, the vinegar smell does not linger...I promise!  In fact, my hair doesn't smell like anything except for clean.  

Other items in this month's box include coconut oil as a deep hair conditioner and also supplies to make dry shampoo.  I've never really been a fan of dry shampoo but it has been many years since I tried it so I may give it another whirl.  The recipe included in the GREENBOX uses corn starch, essential oils and cocoa for dark hair or cinnamon for red.  

Another recipe included is a Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar.  I'm really looking forward to using this one too.  The box is really includes the jars for mixing and a pump bottle that makes it easy to keep in the shower.  

Commercial shampoo and conditioners are full of chemicals that aren't really very good for your hair or your scalp and yet we lay down quite a bit of cash for the head full of suds that we think we need to get clear hair.  I was absolutely surprised with how clean my hair feels after the baking soda wash and vinegar rinse.  I'll definitely continue to use it and cross that shampoo off my shopping list in favor of the natural and less expensive alternatives.  I hope you consider it too.  

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Life certainly got busy this week but I should be back on track now and will be back tomorrow to Make Monday Matter...hope to see you then! 

Peace be with you, 

Star Schipp 

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