A simple shampoo (things I did today to simplify my life #2)

hair careAfter avoiding all kinds of DIY personal care products for quite some time, I was finally given a kick towards simplifying my hair care by this article. I have begun to wash my hair using a solution with baking soda, and conditioning using apple cider vinegar. This is something of an experiment, and I can’t say I’m completely sold on it yet. With that said, it’s working out… OK. I can’t say I like the feeling as much as commercial shampoo, but yet the skin on my face seems to be less dry as well… Related, perhaps?

My real concern is dandruff. I confess to needing to use Head and Shoulders most of the time. Now, my experience with the natural shampoo has left me with far less of a problem than regular, not-anti-dandruff shampoo, but it’s not quite as good as the H&S. Anti-dandruff shampoos come with a much larger price tag than the regular stuff, though, so if I can cut down on its usage that’d be fine.

I may yet come to some kind of halfway-house routine, where I use the natural stuff twice a week and the H&S once, but at the moment I’ll continue to use the baking soda and see how long I can keep it up for. It means less environmental waste through packaging, more money left in my pocket, and fewer questionable chemicals floating around in my hair and drifting down the drain into the ocean.

Also topical: after she saw my success descaling the kettle with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution, DW* experimented this week with using vinegar to clean various surfaces around the house. She was much surprised and pleased with the efficacy. This is great, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed household cleaning products can prove to be a bit of a hit to the hip pocket when you need to restock them. Finding a four litre bottle of plain white vinegar should be substantially cheaper, not to mention it’s probably less harmful to the environment.

If you’d like to discuss your experiences with DIY personal care or cleaning products, post to the comments!

Update: After scheduling this post, I continued to use the baking soda and vinegar combo, but it’s just not doing too well with the dandruff. So what I’m doing now is alternating back and forth between the natural stuff and the regular H&S.

*DW = dear wife (or perhaps distinguished woman, if you prefer)


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