Since the focus of my life for the past 14 years or so has been creating shampoo/conditioner and body care products, it would make sense that I have come up with a tried and true method for my hair care routine. Alas, this is not true. I find it difficult to stick with one practice since I love to come up with new ideas and try different things. As part of my job, I get to talk to people about their methods for washing hair and I have been curious enough to try them all….with some of my own modifications.
I’ve tried the “no ‘poo” method, “co washing”, just baking soda (as a paste and diluted in water as a rinse), just vinegar rinses, diluted shampoo in a squeeze bottle, diluted conditioner in a squeeze bottle, not to mention the thousands of variations of our shampoo recipe that we had to test over and over.
They have all been fun to try-except the baking soda paste-way to concentrated and harsh on your hair. The straight “no poo” method was a bit tough for me. It’s hard to talk to people about your amazing hair care products with limp, less than lovely hair as it is working its way toward balancing out from not shampooing.
I really liked the “co-washing” method because as a rule, conditioner is much more important to me than shampoo. I have experimented in the past with creating a cleansing conditioner and used witch hazel for it’s gentle astringency to clean and condition at the same time. During my “co washing” experience I used witch hazel to rinse my hair and loved the results. I also cheated a few times and rubbed a dime sized amount of shampoo into the roots of my hair while it was coated with the conditioner which also works well. I’ve recommended that method to lots of people at demos or events when we are talking about hair care.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another method that I have tried in the long ago past without much enthusiasm but recently tried again and LOVE is rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar. I know, I know, every ‘crunchy’ and DIY hair care method out there suggests a vinegar rinse and I have never been impressed. But somehow, that has changed and it is because some vinegars are better than others. You want to use an unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar and dilute one quarter cup in two cups of warm water. Pour this over your scalp and hair and leave on for a few minutes at the end of your shower, then rinse well. Your hair will be super soft and shiny, your scalp will super clean. Using the vinegar rinse is like using toner for your skin. It removes any buildup from shampoo, conditioner, the extra protein, vitamins and other stuff in your hair products, and it restores the pH balance of your scalp and hair. You take the extra step in your skin care routine and you should do the same for your hair!