Here is how it works for me:
I mix up some baking soda and water and keep it in an old apple juice bottle in the shower. Before each use, I shake the mix. I pour some on my head (yes, it is cold) and then scrub it into my scalp. Then rinse.
About once a week, before rinsing, I pour on some apple cider vinegar (ACV). It bubbles in reaction to the soda and then I rinse. The ACV takes care of any build-up and adds shine.
I still use conditioner–I’m a curly. But if you have straight hair, using ACV after the soda or even ACV alone may be all that is needed to soften, clean, and shine.
I finish with a quick rinse with cold water to seal the follicles.
Maybe once a month, I scrub a little brown sugar and honey into my scalp before the baking soda step.
My favorite hair help is a spray bottle I filled with water and lavender oil. If my hair ever fills blah or if I don’t have time to wash it, I squirt on some lavendar love and it perks up.
And I never, ever brush or blow-dry. No way. Oh, and about that recovery process–depending on your hair, it can look crunchy for a period of time while it gets over the shampoos withdrawal. Lavender water will be your best friend and must go with you everywhere.
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Of course, my husband, with his perfect curls, laughs at the lengths to which I go…