Baking soda/vinegar shampoo recipe
I have had so many people email me about how to do this that I thought maybe I had better just post it here. You can read about our experience with it here. The “recipe” is as follows.
I fill a jar with baking soda and water–making a paste (I store the jar plus a squirt bottle full of vinegar in the shower). I use that to scrub my hair then rinse with water. Afterwards I pour vinegar over my head (upside down so it doesn’t get in my eyes) and rinse again.
I have super thick long hair and it takes about 2 Tbs regular shampoo for me to cover my hair. I have found that the same goes for the baking soda paste: 2 Tbs baking soda/water then a cup or so of vinegar.
I buy a huge bottle of white vinegar at Sam’s club and it lasts me 6 weeks or so. The thing is that you can wash it less often as well which is also better for your hair. With regular shampoo I have to wash every other day or so or it gets greasy–this way I can go as long as 5 days without a hint of grease, not to mention no longer needing styling products for my very frizzy wavy hair. I can now let my hair air dry –I comb it as soon as I get out of the shower and either braid it or pull it back in a low pig tail until it dries.
I know some people who have done this and have had time when their hair got dry or flaky. Someone mentioned using a bit of brown sugar in the mix to keep the flakiness away. I have also, in the past, used an egg mixed with some olive oil every 2 weeks or so which deep conditions your hair (leave it on for 3-5 minutes.) You can also use a fruit smoothie on your hair to condition and clarify (same ingredients you would put in a smoothie–fruit, yogurt, honey–awesome for your hair and also makes a great facial mask. One thing that I do is use mineral oil to keep my skin from drying out (I have it in an old Skin-so-soft bottle) –after I rub this into my skin I run my fingers through my hair which seems to keep my hair from being so static-y and lets it dry less frizzy.
You can find lots of recipes for homemade body care products on the Dollar Stretcher.
Update as of June 3, 2009: We are still using this and have made some changes for the better which you can read about here.
Interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing them
Thanks also for visiting over at my blog. Nice to “meet” another person from PA.
I”m glad you shared how you do it because I was wondering.
I’m curious – does your hair smell like vinegar when you’re done?