Oh don't get me wrong....I'm going to continue to wash my hair (once a week like I normally do....)...just not with shampoo. I'll be using baking soda/hot water every other washing and/or apple cider rinse coupled with a good brushing before hair is wet. You can condition with a ton of things....like mayonnaise....or an egg (just use lukewarm water to rinse unless you like your scrambled eggs in your hair); even plain old EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). But, if I am understanding the concept correctly....if you get your hair to its normal state....conditioning shouldn't be a necessity. A noble goal....we'll see how it goes.....
I posted this under CityGirl's post...but I'll post it here as well....this is what inspired me...sorry for the format...don't have time to adjust it to this font.....
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 04:14:56 EST
From: Richard Strauss <Houseofstrauss@AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Shampoo
Hi, my name is Rachelle - partner to Richard and mama to Verona - 2 1/2
I'm popping out of lurkdom as this thread has been going on for some
I feel I have something to contribute.
When I was pregnant, Richard and I decided we wanted as 'natural' as
in EVERY way for our child - extended breastfeeding with me eating
food, leaving her unbathed for several days so that she could absorb
vernix, natural fibres for her clothes etc etc.
I also had this aspiration through researching chemicals in toiletries
products that I didn't want her covered head to toe in Johnson and
cocktails, so I looked into 'green companies' for alternatives and was
shocked at my
findings - the loopholes in the laws, the amount of rubbish allowed
products, the 'mass medication' I suppose that we enforce onto
ourselves and our
children through the efforts of being a 'good consumer'.
We finally decided that we would use no products at all - we made up a
combination of distilled witch hazel and grapeseed oil for her nappy
area and that
was the sum total of her toiletries. I did an experiment while I was
because I strongly felt I did not want to wash Verona's hair, so I
For two months, hats and scarves became my closest friends - my hair
dreadful; lank and greasy, but interestingly neither smelly or itchy -
going through dietary changes at various stages in my life I saw this
as a 'detox' process and just went with it; rinsing my hair with warm
brushing it with a natural fibre brush and tying it back,
After a couple of months things changed and my hair started to look
*Much* better - the thickest it has ever looked (my hair has always
impossibly fine), shiny and just in superb quality and condition.
I'll fast forward here, otherwise this will turn out rather long:
never had a product anywhere near her - never had shampoo, soap,
lotions and strangers still comment on her beautiful hair and skin:
she is an
active child who loves mud and shit and running food through her
hair :-) but
everything has come out with water alone. There are many similarities
conditon of her hair and the fur of an animal in that she has not had
balance of oils disturbed, so things just wash out easily - even
you would consider not easily water soluble such as scrambled eggs or
just come out with a bit of water. It is a wonderful indication of her
too - when she is ill then it is clearly reflected in her hair, so it
acts as a
kind of 'health signal' for us; as soon as she is getting better, any
oiliness or dryness readjusts itself.
I have not washed my hair with shampoo since being pregnant but my
changed when I stopped b/f at 2 years. Now I have a very successful
I would like to share:
I make a paste from around 4tbsp bicarbonate of soda with HOT (this is
key to success in my experimentations) water - mix it up and the water
foam a little if it is hot enough.
I apply it to my dry hair and then wrap a towel round my head and
leave it to
work for half an hour.
Rinse with lots of warm water and then follow with a cider vinegar
have experimented with a fresh lemon juice rinse and pineapple juice!
effective - I just choose the cider vinegar for cost effectiveness.
A couple of other ideas which I have used with great success are
(*so* easy to grow) and green clay.
Please forgive me if this is off topic to the list, but I hope it has
useful for some of you.