Jan. 4th, 2010

helenic: (on rooftops: hair)

Inspired by the success of [livejournal.com profile] roz_mcclure and the helpful resources she linked to, I decided a while ago to give this [livejournal.com profile] no_poo thing a try. (For all the usual reasons: expense, toxicity and general low green credentials of commercial shampoos; wanting to reduce dependency on commercial products; vague handwavy "returning to the earth" aesthetic principle, etc.) So off I trundled to the shops, [personal profile] denny in tow, with the following shopping list:

- baking soda / bicarb
- apple cider vinegar
- vanilla essence
- cinnamon sticks

I ended up going to Tesco, because it seemed the best place to get all of the above at once. "I find it deeply amusing that your hippy hair remedy involves things you can only buy from Tesco," quipped Denny. Yeah yeah. The local shops don't stock the first three items, and anyway, it's not like I ever buy shampoo from them, so it's not money I'm taking away from local businesses.

I came home with mulled wine spice, not being able to find cinnamon sticks, but I've since noticed them in the window of one of the local Caribbean groceries, so TAKE THAT, Evil Corporations.

Anyway, then they sat on the shelf for like six weeks because I am a chronic procrastinator, and also kind of a wuss, but yesterday my hair was really greasy, I had no plans for the evening, and I therefore decided that It Was Time. Cue me scrabbling around the flat for half an hour looking for two appropriate squeezy bottles to mix stuff in, because I'd totally forgotten to buy those. I ended up using one old shower gel bottle (well rinsed) and one non-squeezy water bottle, which was non-ideal as far as application went, but that can be fixed later.

So the method I used was: mix 1 part bicarbonate of soda to 3 parts water in the empty water bottle, then stand in front of the sink, pour some into my cupped hand and scrub it onto my dry scalp. I ended up using several handfuls to get full coverage, which I suspect was too much, but the dry scrubbing doesn't feel right when you're used to sudsy washing. Leave the bicarb on your hair for 3 minutes; I used this time to mix the next solution, which was 1 part apple cider vinegar (any white vinegar also works) to 4 parts water. I added some mulled wine spice (mm, gritty) and cloves for spicy fragrant goodness.

Then I hopped in the shower and rinsed the bicarb out (mmmm, scalp massage). My hair felt silky and pretty awesome even at this point. Then I did another scrub with the vinegar solution, which smelt strongly enough of vinegar that I realised I'd forgotten to add the vanilla essence. Rinsed out the vinegar, finished my shower, added some vanilla essence to the bottle and popped it back in the bathroom.

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