Thursday, 23 January 2014

Going 'No Poo!' and DIY shampoo + conditioner

Hello!
How are you?


Today I wanted to talk to you a little about how I care for my hair and why. 

You may already know that your hair is naturally coated with oil produced from your scalp to help keep your hair clean. The problem is, when you go to wash your hair, drugstore shampoos have a terrible habit of being packed full of chemicals that actually strip the hair of its natural oils. In panic, your body then releases more oil than usual to try and make up for the oil lost which means you then have to wash it more regularly: it's a bit of a vicious cycle. Similarly, when you use conditioner, which is used to balance out the pH of your hair, residue is left on your hair that strips away the natural oils that are already there; making the hair greasier. Basically, your body is saying no, your purse is saying yes and the whole thing can be a bit of a bother.

There is a solution though. One that is natural, vegan,environmentally friendly and won't mean you have to wash your hair 7 days a week: 'No poo'. By making the switch to natural hair care, your hair will in turn go back to its natural state, strip off the nasty chemicals and simply leave your hair producing the right balance of oil to clean itself. 

While shampoo bars are great for transitioning to 'No Poo', they can get pricey.
Instead, why not try out my 2 step Shampoo and conditioning treatment below that you can make yourself and will cost you only a few pennies. Not to mention how amazing it will leave your hair and scalp feeling. 


DIY Shampoo

This baking soda/ water concoction will leave your hair looking voluminous and feeling healthy.


You will need: 
Bicarb/Baking soda
Water
Sterilized glass bottle or recycled juice/shampoo bottle



Start by putting your baking soda into your bottle. You'll find the measurements that work best for you but I like to do 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water.


Add the water, put on the cap and shake!


Shake the mixture until the baking soda has dissolved into the water. You'll need to 're-shake' before use.

To use: Pour or squirt on, massage your scalp well and then rinse.

DIY Conditioner

To follow the natural 'shampoo' treatment you'll need to condition your hair to prevent it from drying out. Apple cider vinegar is a wonder to me: it can literally be used for anything and everything. It will balance the pH of your hair, remove any dandruff or product build up and if you don't already have it in your cupboard, it only costs a few pounds for a big bottle at the supermarket. Don't worry about the smell either, it might linger in the shower for a little while but once you've rinsed it out; your hair will just be left smelling fresh and looking sparkly clean. If you are worried about any smell though you can always add lemon juice, vanilla extract, essential oils or even herbs!


For the ACV rinse You will need:

Organic Apple cider Vinegar
Water
Essential oils/ lemon/ vanilla extract/ herbs




To begin making your conditioner, pour your apple cider vinegar into your bottle. I like to use 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water but you can adjust the strength to suit you. I recommend starting out with 1/4 apple cider vinegar and filling the rest of the bottle up with water.


Add in the water!


Now is the time to add in any natural fragrance if you wish to do so.


And shake up your mixture. You might want to give it another little shake before use too.

To use: After using your natural shampoo, apply the vinegar rinse. Massage it well into the scalp and pay special attention to the ends, leave for a few minutes or rinse immediately. Make sure to avoid getting any in your eyes. Dry and style as usual. 


So, there we have it, 100% natural shampoo and conditioner that you can make for pennies!
Since substituting drugstore shampoo and conditioner for my homemade recipes, not only have I noticed a significant difference in the health of my hair and scalp; so have others. I've been getting compliments on how healthy and soft my hair looks and feels and nothing beats that! I've also noticed it holds styles longer and I don't have to worry about washing it everyday!

Have any questions? Feel free to ask!

I really recommend giving 'no poo' a go. I thought it sounded somewhat scary at first but it's so much better for you, your hair and the environment. I really can't say I miss using shampoo and conditioner at all!

Thanks for reading,
Until next time,
L
xo

16 comments:

  1. This is brilliant! I'll defo be trying this :D great post!

    www.thefrancescadiaries.com x

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have as good of an experience with it as I have, I'd definitely love to know how you get on!
      L xo

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  2. Definitely something I'd be willing to try! Trying out natural shampoos/conditioners was a new year's resolution of mine. Thanks for this!

    www.beautyloon.com

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    1. Great resolution! I definitely recommend giving it a go, I was pleasantly surprised and am sure you will be too! :) Thanks for stopping by,
      L xo

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  3. This sounds like a great idea! I'm all for natural products. :) xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like them too :D
      L xo

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  4. Hi Lizzie, I think this is amazing that you do DIY shampoo, i think for me i could never be bother and I just find it easier to buy a product from the shop (especially from Lush). xx

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    1. awee thank you Anna! It really doesn't take me a lot of time though, I just make up enough to last the week. I love using the Lush shampoo bars too though! :)
      L xo

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  5. this is amazing....I'm currently using the apple cider vinegar as a Shampoo

    Shalay| itsjustshalay.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you! + I hope you're liking it :)
      L xo

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  6. This is something that calls my name to it! I have been experiencing a lot of hair thinning, and have decided to go all-natural. Atm, I apply Indian Gooseberry & Neem leaves powders to rinse my hair. I've quit shampoo unless I really need a soapy wash.

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    1. ahh I'm so pleased you've decided to go no poo too :D I hope you see results very soon, I'm thinking of doing a no-poo FAQ so maybe that might help? the Indian Gooseberry and Neem leaves powders sound amazing! I think a great substitute for a more soapy wash is honey or coconut oil :) L xo

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  7. Such a great info and cute blog!
    You have a new follower! Hope you can follow me back as well! :D
    http://www.jiovevewen.com/

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  8. I would love to try the baking powder and water concoction seems very intriguing :) Great Post Lizzie....
    xxx
    asqgenerates.blogspot.com

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    1. oo I hope you like it as much as I do (if you do try it!)
      Thanks so much Amna
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