Something hair product companies don’t want you to know is that shampoo is harmful for your hair. A strand of your hair has tiny scales on it that lay flat, however, when you use shampoo aka detergent on your hair, the scales are opened and that’s why your hair becomes rough, tangled and then in need of conditioner. The only reason you need to put conditioner on your hair therefore, is because shampoo damages your hair.
In addition, have you ever looked at the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners from every price point? They normally have a long paragraph of chemicals and preservatives that you would never want to lather onto your scalp. Thankfully, there’s a simple and extremely cheap alternative to using shampoo and conditioner - water, baking soda and jojoba oil! I first found out about mixing water and baking soda to clean hair from Sunshel and I experimented for a month with different amounts of baking soda. In place of conditioner, I decided to use jojoba oil on the tips of my hair as a leave in conditioner (I also use jojoba oil on my face as a moisturizer!).
INGREDIENTS FOR A SHAMPOO ALTERNATIVE:
INGREDIENTS FOR A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER ALTERNATIVE:
It takes a little experimentation until you find the perfect amount of baking soda to use for your hair according to its length and how oily it is. So if you wash your hair using this method and your hair is still very oily, use a little more baking soda next time.
I went to a local beauty supply store and bought a plastic container as seen below for under two dollars:
Measure the baking soda and add it into the plastic container:
Pour the water in and shake well before using. After you get your hair completely wet in the shower, pour the baking soda and water mix on your hair and scalp, massage it in, and leave it on for a few minutes. Then rinse it out, comb your hair and you’re done! I noticed drastic changes in how my hair looks dry when I used this method versus shampoo and conditioner. My hair was no longer frizzy, it felt softer and lay straighter.
When your hair is still damp, pour some jojoba oil in your hands and add it to the tips of your hair for some extra conditioning.