My history with hair products is long and rather sordid. Ever since the joys of puberty turned my hair curly when I was living in a climate of year round 100% humidity, I have used about a million different things to keep the frizz at bay. 2 years ago, I started reading about all the icky chemicals in hair products and cosmetics and I chucked all of my old stuff in favor of things without any artificial preservatives or things that you need a degree in chemistry to understand. I’ve been a lot healthier because of it, but lately my hair has been quite dry, which it never is. I read about washing your hair with baking soda and rinsing it with apple cider vinegar at angrychicken who read about it here , and I thought–why not. So after 2 days, my hair is feeling remarkably healthy and clean. You can’t really get more natural than 2 ingredients.
I did add some things. First, I whizzed about 2 T each of lavender flowers and powdered chamomile with some baking soda in the food processor until the lavender was quite pulverized. It smells nice and my hair dearly loves both herbs. Secondly, I really don’t feel like smelling like a pickle either in the shower or afterwards. I know that the smell of vinegar tends to go away when it’s dry, but I have to go to work with wet hair because I am incapable of getting up at 4 am just to wash my hair, so the idea of being a pickle for my first couple of classes is a little fishy at best. So, to enough vinegar to fill an old olive oil bottle, I added about 30 drops each of German chamomile and lavender essential oils. The essential oils tend to negate the vinegary smell. Just give the bottle a shake before you use it (it’ll look like salad dressing funny enough), and you’re good to go.
Things are tougher with the styling products. I just can’t seem to get my soft bouncy curls with all natural/homemade stuff. Grr. Back to the drawing board.\
I got my package from decor8, and I’ll post pictures later.
3 thoughts on “Because I’d rather be a tossed salad than a pickle”
It was always the vinegar that put me off. When I get swimmer’s ear, I put just a drop of alcohol / vinegar in my ear. Maybe it’s psychological (or maybe my husband’s been correct all these years and I do have a sensitive nose) but all I can smell all day long is the vinegar…
Hmm, with my culinary skills, I’d still be nervous. I’ve never made a salad dressing.
I’ve just been thinking about that recently. I may have to try your suggestions.
Seriously, adding a few drops of essential oils really do cut the vinegary smell. I figured this out when I started cleaning glass with vinegar. There’s nothing quite like a bathroom being misted with vinegar to open your sinuses in not a good way.