I have found that most commercial shampoos either dry out my thin hair, or make it so heavy that it lays limp on top of my head. Not to mention the fact that the nicer shampoos that give my hair more body are incredibly expensive, and still filled with chemicals that I'm not sure are entirely necessary to keep my hair and scalp clean.
Then I came across this solution online: baking soda shampoo.
- a clean, empty container
- at least 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 cup of warm distilled water
1. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your empty container. Use a funnel if you have to.
2. Add the distilled water into the container.
3. Close the top securely and shake the container until the baking soda is dissolved.
Apply to your scalp and thoroughly rub it into your skin and hair like you would with conventional shampoo. The solution, of course, will not create a lather, but after you rinse and dry your hair you'll see that your scalp feels clean and refreshed, without the use of any chemicals! I have personally also noticed that my hair has a lot more body to it after using this home-made baking soda shampoo.
Add more baking soda to the solution if you feel you need it. However, keep in mind that the more baking soda there is in the solution, the less it may dissolve, which means you need to remember to shake up the bottle each time you use the mixture.
If you prefer having a lather to your shampoo, some people add soap flakes or liquid soap of their choice to the mixture. Experiment with as much or as little as you prefer until you get the amount of lather you like.
Normally my shampoo would cost about $5.00 for a 400ml bottle. One 450g packet of baking soda costs about $5.00 and yields me about thirty 400ml bottles of far superior and healthier hair wash. This means each bottle costs about 16 cents. Crazy.
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