If you have been following me for some time, you might remember some of my visits to the hospital with anaphylaxis.
Because I worked for years under way too much stress, my highly sensitive immune system freaks out when I use chemicals. It is not just the chemicals and additives in processed food, but especially the chemicals in products we use in the bathroom. It has been a bit of trial and error to find options that do the job and that are 100 per cent natural. When my allergy flairs up, it often begins with a very red and itchy scalp, and in January this year, I decided to stop using shampoo. The second benefit is that I also have much less waste of plastic bottles. It’s a win-win. After trying several things here is what works for me:
Get a bag of Sodium Bicarbonate at your local feed barn and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar. One small container to mix the bicarb and a jug one of about 1 or 2 litres.
Watch the video to see the consistency of the bicarb paste I make. Be mindful and test with a little bit because bicarb is abrasive so if you have damaged hair you want to first have a chat with a hair professional. I add Rosemary oil and Ylang Ylang or Lavender to the paste from my favourite brand doTerra.
I premix a shot of the vinegar in lukewarm water and add the same oils, so your hair smells nice. After I gently massage my wet scalp with the bicarb paste, I wash my hair with water. Once finished, I pour the jar with the vinegar and water over my head (be careful to keep your eyes closed as vinegar stings in open eyes) and voila. Hair is ready and easy to comb and will be shiny thanks to the vinegar. There is no need to wash the vinegar out. I used to wash it out, but I realised it is so much nicer to leave it in.
Have fun going chemical-free!