Today in America we are obsessed with a lot of things. One of the things we obsess over the most is clean hair. With a few exceptions people don’t feel like themselves without washing their hair once a day. The problem with this is simple, but largely overlooked. In this post I will skip over the whole waste of water issue. The problem I am talking about is the amount of chemicals we expose ourselves to on a daily basis to have “nice hair”.
Here is a list of some of the chemicals found in shampoos and other personal care products;
COCOAMIDE DEA – directly inhibits fetal brain development
PROPYLENE GLYCOL – industrial antifreeze
BENZALDEHYDE – May cause kidney damage
BENZYL ACETATE – Linked to pancreatic cancer
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Not only does shampoo contain a host of questionable chemicals, it also strips the natural oils out of hair and leaves a build-up of residue. But there is hope for clean hair without potentially dangerous chemicals. The first choice is to only use 100% natural organic shampoos that can be found at health food stores. These shampoos work well and will leave you hair clean and fragrant. The down side to this is the cost, organic shampoo is generally quite expensive.
Another choice could be to make your own shampoo with glycerin and herbs. This choice can be quite rewarding, you can be proud of yourself for doing something most wouldn’t even think about. That said, it is somewhat time consuming and can be a bit messy.
The final choice, and the one I use, is cheap and easy. Bulk, everyday, plain old, baking soda with an equally run-of-the-mill distilled vinegar rinse. The method is simple:
Make a thick paste with baking soda and water.
Massage paste into the scalp, starting at the crown and work to the center, then down the sides and back of the head.
Let sit for one minute.
Then rinse hair (not scalp) with vinegar.
Rinse out vinegar.
Some people experience a transitional “greasy period” where the scalp and hair readjust to a natural state of existence. This can last from a few days to a few weeks. But when it’s done you will have naturally soft clean hair. Also, if you suffer from dandruff you will find that baking soda will help with flakes better than most dandruff shampoos. Baking soda normalizes PH levels in the scalp and acts as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells.
I have been cleaning my hair in this fashion since last April and have found that it works quite well, better than Head & Shoulders type shampoos. It may be worth mentioning that baking soda can also be used as a soap replacement. After all, soap isn’t any better for you than shampoo as it contains most of the same chemicals.