At the recent Handmade Movement fair, I attended the Detoxify Your Skincare workshop and that renewed my interest in looking/making preservative-free, natural skincare products, like bath scrubs, toners and face masks. During the class, the demonstrator was talking about the No Poo method, where instead of using shampoo, you use alternatives like baking soda instead.
Now, that got my attention. I’ve been using baking soda as a facial scrub (as long as it’s not the double action baking soda; that’s a whole other different matter) for a while and I’ve used baking soda as a clarifying wash. I didn’t know that baking soda can be used as shampoo too. One of the things that I learnt in that workshop was that regular shampoo strips the natural oils from your hair and scalp, so your scalp produces even more to compensate for that. Also, all that chemicals that you’re slathering all over your body may not be very good for you.
Anyway, I’ve been using baking soda to ‘shampoo’ my hair the past couple of days and letting the natural oils to build up a little. It feels little greasy but my hair didn’t have the usual frizzy, crispy feel to it after I’ve been in the pool for a while. In fact, it was nice and soft, as if I’d just used conditioner on it.
I’m also trying not to shampoo as often but in our local weather, it may not be easy.