Homemade Hair Shampoo Recipes

| Modified on Nov 19, 2022
Comfrey
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 06/03/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I shampoo one day a week and have never dyed my hair and it's 3 feet or so long and straight with fine strands. I only use wide tooth combs on it. When I have hair fall I use my own urine to stop the drop. 100 hairs a day is normal.

You catch your urine and if you desire you can use your shampoo and then rinse and then pour urine on your head and wait as long as you can and then rinse out. It leaves a lovely oil and thickens the strands and hair drop stops, except the normal amount. Urine also has hormones in it and hair and hormones are a happy team. Urine is sterile and very healing of bacteria and fungus on the skin. Most animals pee on their feet.

I have a lot of comfrey and use it daily as a foot soak. I fill a stockpot ( gallon?) with water and wait an hour while chlorine dissipates then I heat it with 7 big leaves 10-12 inches long, and a sprig of mint and then pour it in a foot soak pan with Tablespoon apple cider vinegar. I dump this out on the drip line of trees in my yard, we have over 200 of those.

I decided to try the mint and comfrey mixture when it got a nice dark color on my hair, a cup of it. I used no shampoo and put it on my hair when it is wet and let it sit and then rinse. My hair usually tangles but not now. It is full and combs easy and feels like it has oil in it as cream rinse would leave.

I drink comfrey and mint tea and eat the leaves. 5 small leaves 6" long and a sprig of mint. I make tea out of it until the water doesn't turn dark anymore, then I eat the remains.

I also add the flowers to my tea drinks

Comfrey has been known to heal bone problems 20 yrs old and heal skin wounds so quickly you have to be careful the infection is healed before using it. In history people ate comfrey salads in season like lettuce.


Baking Soda
Posted by Denise (Us) on 11/20/2018 51 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Wow, loved the way my hair felt so clean, and I only tried the EC formula with the baking soda and water, wonderful! My hair is still looking clean and not static in it since I didn't even use conditioner of any kind. I will try it again maybe once or twice a week. I want to find a recipe here for a conditioner too possibly, although not sure I'll need it. I want to try the lemon and cucumber next, then the ACV shampoo. I could use each on different days so I'm not over doing. I think instead of every day (which I've shampood my hair almost every day of my adult life.) Very excited about actually bettering myself by eliminated one chemical at a time. Thank you EC and the many contributors!


Borax
Posted by Jecha (Germany) on 09/24/2014

Yes, it dries them out, that is true, but you always have to consider quantities in relation to body weight. Our bodies naturally contain borax, and as long as you don't eat large quantities of it each day, it is healthy. The dose makes the poison, that has long been known. Sugar is toxic, too, salt is, and you can even drink too much water and poison yourself and die.


Baking Soda
Posted by Angela (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/26/2011

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Rain Water
Posted by Marjorie S. (Clarkrange, Tennessee) on 03/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

re: Dandruff. Rain water is the very best to shampoo with and then the most wonderful rinse you will ever use. Leaves your hair shiny and soft as baby hair. You will be thrilled. If your rain water is not perfectly clear when you collect it, let it settle and then carefully strain through a coffee filter. Do not collect the rain water in aluminum. Enjoy!

Borax
Posted by Susan P (Illinois) on 11/09/2014

Very good points. Table salt is 50 to 100% more toxic than borax. But you want your french fries drenched in it. There have been incidents of death caused by ingesting too much water in too short a time; a form of hazing at some colleges. It is important to remember than many things that are necessary for life can be toxic in too large a dose. It is all in how the substance is used and in what quantity.


Baking Soda
Posted by Rob (London) on 05/13/2012

I've been using baking soda as a standard basis of my home - made natural shampoo but I've also begun experimenting with other products to create scented products for a more refined yet still cheap and cheerful product that can be made at home.

If you want free weekly tips for keeping your hair shipshape on the cheap let me know and I'll send you a link to my website.

Cheers! Rob


Baking Soda
Posted by Dee (Australia) on 03/16/2015
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

Hi, After using baking soda as my shampoo and apply cider vinegar as my conditioner for 4 months, my hair is severly damaged!

The highly alkaline baking soda had damaged my hair, making it dry and frizzy with heaps of split ends. I googed to find out why and found that pH balanced shampoo is very important!

Your hair has a pH of between 4 - 5. Baking Soda has a pH of 8-9!

...Diluting/Mixing it with water to try to balance the pH doesn't work! (I googled it) Research has shown that DILUTING baking soda with water or other liquids DOES NOT LOWER THE pH, so even when its mixed with water it still has a very alkaline pH of 8 or so.


Baking Soda
Posted by Sylkiestrands (Wichita, Kansas) on 02/09/2012

First, let me say, I am a cosmetologist. I am not a "hairdresser. " Not that I think there is anything wrong with that, I am just more concerned with the chemistry of my industry.

We, humans, are more acidic than not. Our hair and skin registers on the pH scale as more acidic so... Using baking soda as a shampoo acts like a softener. You'd think this is a good thing but... Let me put it this way:

Think of a strand of hair like a snake. The cuticle of the hair (it's protective layer), looks like scales when micro'd. It's more acidic so when you put an alkaline like baking soda on those scales (causing a chemical reaction), it's going to blow them open and make them stand up. A snake wouldn't want it's scales doing anything but lying nice and flat because, then, what's the point? The scales are supposed to protect the inner layers of the strand of hair. If they are not lying flat against the shaft you will be more prone to tangles, the hair will look more dull, and after time your hair will weaken and break.

Also, in school, we used baking soda as a primer to strip those clients that came in with box color (NASTY STUFF! ) from hair before we used the chemical lighteners (bleach). The baking soda works, somewhat, to strip some of those larger color molecules out of the scales of the cuticle. Hair color? Alkaline! Needs to get in there and make the color molecules stick! Perms work off the pH scale, also. The perming solution is very alkaline and blows the cuticle WIDE open so that the very structure of the protein bonds found inside the layers under the cuticle can be broken (softened), and when the neutralizer (acidic), is put on it reforms (hardens), those bonds back into the shape that you have forced it into (rods).

If you use this science and logic, it makes sense to use an apple cider vinegar solution, as a shampoo, instead (which we all know from grade school science projects), is an acid. Hair loves it. It does strip the nasty product buildup and brings the (beneficial) natural oils down to a manageable level. Plus, because it is acidic it helps make those scales seal down tight.


Sugar Shampoo
Posted by Nellie (Portland, USA) on 02/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to share a simple and effective (not to mention easy on the wallet) recipe for dealing with a dandruff-ridden scalp: honey and sugar shampoo! I make this by mixing approximately equal parts sugar and honey. . . The result: a well-polished scalp, and increased hair growth from the honey! A great follow-up is an herbal tea rinse with a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice for extra cleansing and shine. Believe me, this works a lot better for my dry hair and scalp than most shampoos I've tried and is healthier in the long run. I've also tried the egg and honey shampoo Alice from Germany posted here earlier, and it works wonders! Alice, thank you!

Borax
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines) on 05/17/2011

It's quite true that Boron is a chemical element and Borax is more well known as sodium tetraborate. But boron never ever exists as the free element boron in nature.

I went to a well known health shop recently and found some boron supplements. On checking the back list for the ingredients it said the capsules contained Sodium Tetraborate -- or Borax. Anyone can verify this for themselves in any health shop like I did. Personally, I really can't understand the fear about borax -- I use it internally and externally quite often in water mainly as an anti-fungal, but if people prefer to pay more for "Boron Tablets" than for something as cheap as 20 Mule Team Borax, then this is simply up to them.

Some also complain about the purity of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda or 20 Mule Team Borax and seem to implicitly trust the purity of the compounded tablet. I made the mistake of buying European made Magnesium Citrate tablets the other day. They were huge -- nearly an inch long -- but only contained 400 mgs of Mag Citrate. When I checked the back list it had several additives -- Mag Stearate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Diphosphate, Cellulose starch(??), Silica, Titanium Dioxide and Vegetable Glycerin. So I crunched one of the pills to powder and put it on a teaspoon -- I know what 1000 mgs looks like on a teaspoon and lo and behold it was over 1000 mgs.

So my question is this -- if that huge pill contained only 400 mgs of mag citrate then what did the other 600 mgs contain ? Hint: Think Codex Alimentarius.

Secondly, I have mentioned several times on EC that sodium tetraborate is less toxic than common table salt. What is advised as a borax dosage by Ted from Bangkok represents a micronutrient dosage -- nowhere near a dangerous dose.

You can also easily verify this by checking the MSDS(Material Safety Data Sheet) for sodium tetraborate and sodium chloride(table salt) online and compare the LD50 dosages (lethal median dose) for yourself. MSDS is the absolute bible for usage, toxicity and disposal of all chemicals and is the main standard used in the world today.


Borax
Posted by Kimberly (New Braunfels, Tx) on 02/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Very definitely a big fat YEA on borax! I have been using only this for over 6 years on my very long, curly colored (red) hair. I make a rinse of borax and water and use it maybe once or twice a week. The rest of the days I just use conditioner. My hair is very soft and healthy and is the one thing I get complimented on the most.

I see everyone here asking for exact ratios and frequency of use but please relax. I have found borax to be very gentle, you can't make a mistake. I put a very imprecise amount, anywhere from a couple teaspoons to maybe a quarter cup in a plastic one-cup measuring cup and fill the rest with water. The amount doesn't depend on anything except what fell out of the box! Then just tilt your head back and let it pour through. Usually I will massage the scalp a little to make sure I get out any hair spray or conditioner build up. Pretty simple.

Although I don't have oily hair, I also don't have dry hair. I would classify it as normal, maybe a little on the fine side and I only need to wash it once or twice a week. I love this because it's natural, it really does leave my hair in great condition and it's so very cheap!

Borax
Posted by Madelyn (Idaho ) on 09/21/2022

Hello Jean Pierre, if you can find 20 Mule Team borax powder in France, they sell pure borax. If it's not available in your area, look for pure sodium tetraborate powder. This is another name for borax.


Baking Soda
Posted by Siony (Manila, Philippines) on 06/28/2012

I would appreciate receiving tips on how to use baking soda as shampoo. Thanks.


Baking Soda
Posted by Janet (Colorado) on 06/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Indeed, baking soda is considered a clarifying agent/shampoo and it is suggested that it not be used every single day.


Baking Soda
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 02/10/2012

Sylkiestrands, interesting explanation! I tried baking soda on my hair but it became very dull and dry, so I stopped right away! Now I was interested in trying out borax as someone advised here but if I am not wrong borax is more alkaline then baking soda so according to your explanation wouldn't be good. What do you think? I was going to try it today but maybe I will wait for your answer!


Egg Yolk and Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn. ) on 06/24/2015

HI U TRACY, , , , , , , , , , yep, our ancestors knew this hundreds of years ago. Yoke for the hair and white for the face. Works every time.

Your delight has made us all ecstatic. You have made our day. Too bad this knowledge gets lost over time. Thank you for resurrecting .

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Baking Soda
Posted by Morgana (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 09/12/2012

Baking soda/bicarb actually 'digests' proteins quite efficiently and many a cook uses a pinch in their marinade to tenderize meat. Yes, it will eat away at hair dyes and colouring if not used judiciously.

It can also be very drying if used too frequently and, conversely, can also exacerbate oily scalp conditions.

Personally, I avoid using baking soda/bicarb, preferring to wet my hair, then apply Aloe Vera gel to my scalp and hair, 'scrub', and then rinse.


Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Accomplicekim (Chicago, Il) on 09/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hello!

I've been commercial-product-free for nearly 6 months & it's AMAZING! A few things I'd like to add:

STEP 1: Baking soda/water shampoo (1:5 ratio) should be mixed in cold water, Shake before & during application) applied to a DRY scalp (so you can maintain control over solution) via condiment or hair-coloring bottle) and massaged lightly. Extending this mixture to the ends of the hair *after the first use* will strip the hair and make it dry/frizzy. If this mixture gets in your eyes, it will feel like when you're swimming in the ocean with your eyes open. :) You can let this sit on your scalp if you're inclined. The conditioner sitting makes more difference. With the Baking Soda 'poo, for longer hair, I put up in pigtails to keep ends from getting scrubbed. Try it once- you have nothing to lose & I hope you are as happy as I am!


STEP 2: *RINSE WELL* with your regular shower temp/water before proceeding or your scalp will exfoliate & you will look like you have the worst case of dandruff in your life.

STEP 3: Conditioner: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) (also 1:5 ratio with water) can be either poured or sprayed into the hair. I got a large spray bottle from a dollar store that has markings for mix-ratios & holds a liter; this lasts a looooong time. :)

Step 3 and 1/4: While this sits on my hair, I usually scrub body down with Baking Soda (I make a thick water-paste to control it better, then *before rinsing body*, spray down with ACV conditioner mixture (spraying over my hair again, too) and sort of scrub down with it.

STEP 4: Rinse well from head to toe all at once. Wrap hair in towel until shower complete.

STEP 5: Usually, the dead skin will start to come off the body during the rinse process, so I often scrub down with Baking Soda again. I just got Borax today, so I am going to see how the second sloughing goes with that. Incidentally, if my heels have gotten thick, the mixture literally makes the skin on my feet come off with my fingernails by the wrap-up of the shower as opposed to soaking forever!

I have very long hair and I have zero problem getting a comb through *after* towel drying!! PLUS, it only seems to take about 15 minutes for my hair to dry! I would not have believed it if I hadn't tried this myself!

Also, natural-bristle brushes will do wonders distributing the natural oils.

To test my experience, I used the commercial shampoo/conditioner & my hair ended up, well- crappy! No body, no luster, thin and "hay-wire"! 'Took about 20 min to dry with hair dryer)

I only have to shampoo once every 4 days. Immediately following my first wash/condition (where the Baking Soda went the length of my hair), my hair felt thicker, was a LOVELY shade of brown with red highlights and WAVY! Honestly, I feel and look like a movie starlet!! And I will be 40 years old Oct, 2009!

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED:

* Don't use white vinegar- it doesn't have the same effect and stripped my hair down to a dry mess.

* You can vary the ratios, if you want to try it, but I came back to this ratio for my hair.

* I tried adding Tea Tree Oil, Cinnamon Stick, Vanilla Bean to shampoo & conditioner & found that I didn't "need" any of these, but they were better when added to ACV mix & shaken before spraying. I personally found the basic 2 ingredients, separately, were the most effective for me.

* I found that the daily Baking Soda/ACV body washing actually made me feel more content.

* I only use Pure Cocoa Butter in stick for as a moisturizer now.

* When mixing with castille (sp?) soap, the soap left a film that I disliked; I tried this on the hair & body only because of my "addiction" to the sudsing effect of commercial products.

I hope some of you enjoy this!

Egg Yolk and Lime Juice Shampoo
Posted by Dianna (Austin, Texas) on 06/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

i make my own shampoo with egg yolks. i just whip up 3 egg yolks and rub it into my wet hair. sometimes i add a drop of lavender oil. wait a few minutes and rinse out very, very well with cool water. then i take a lime or small lemon and squeeze it into a liter of water and shake it up. pour this all through your rinsed hair and then rinse again with cold water. this will even take off a pre-poo coconut oiling!!! and it makes your hair very shiny and soft.

Baking Soda
Posted by Lelly (Kingston, Jamaica) on 01/04/2009

what is the best way to get rid of hair loss in women? I have tried massage, aloes, castor oil. I did not follow any instructions in terms of measurement. just went by hear say and experimented.

EC: Please check out https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hair_loss.html


Egg Yolk and Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alice (Wiesbaden, Germany) on 01/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hello! I would like to let you know, that I have tried an "all natural shampoo" today. I just mixed two egg yolks (organic) with a bit of honey and put it on my wet hair for about 10 min while taking a bath with ACV. Then I rinsed it with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of ACV for an "extra shine". It works wonderful and the hair looks and feels great after this procedure. Please note that the original ancient formula also contains a teaspoon of cognac. By the way...the white of the egg can be used as a wonderful facial cleanser! Give it a try and you will be amazed about your wonderful hair!

Borax
Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 08/25/2011

Intirb, I have read the wiki site you quoted and could not find where it stated that if borax mixed with water it becomes boric acid. Maybe I missed it. What I did find though was in the refrence section #16 Here is the link: http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/8663/1/IJCT 12(4) 488-500.pdf On page 12 it states that borax when mixed with water becomes an alkaline solution. I have just disolved borax in water, enough borax till no more would disolve, and tested it with my ph meter and it reads 9.1 If you click onto the boric acid link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boric_acid , within the link you gave it says "Boric acid may be prepared by reacting borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) with a minral acid, such as hydrochloric acid: Na2B4O7·10H2O 2 HCl %u2192 4 B(OH)3 [or H3BO3] 2 NaCl 5 H2O" Also if you scroll down to the Toxicology section it says "Based on mammalian median lethal dose (LD50) rating of 2, 660 mg/kg body mass, boric acid is poisonous if taken internally or inhaled in large quantities. However, it is generally considered to be not much more toxic than table salt. [4] The Thirteenth Edition of the Merick Index indicates that the LD50 of boric acid is 5. 14 g/kg for oral dosages given to rats, and that 5 to 20 g/kg has produced death in adult humans. The LD50 of sodium chloride is reported to be 3. 75 g/kg in rats according to the Merick Index. Long term exposure to boric acid may be of more concern, causing kidney damage and eventually kidney failure (see links below). Although it does not appear to be carcinognic, studies in dogs have reported testicular atrophy after exposure to 32 mg/kg bw/day for 90 days. This level is far lower than the LD50. The rate for a death to occur in adults is 5 - 20 grams per kilogram of body weight. So for a person who weighs 60kg (132 lbs) that equates to 300 - 1200 grams.

You say it states that borax is toxic especially to infants, I could only find that Boric Acid solutions used as an eye wash or on abraded skin are known to be particularly toxic to infants, especially after repeated use, because of the slow elimination rate. (21) This is taken from: Goodman and Gillman's: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 6th edition, chapter on Antiseptics and Disinfectants, page 971. I find it interesting that a few sites (who talk about borax being toxic) quote this as a reference but there is never a reference where this came from. I would still err on the side of caution in regards to infants.

There is NO WHERE on EC that borax is recommended at these levels, not even close. Nor is boric acid recommended to be taken orally. Plus it is only recommended to be taken 4 days on and 3 days off.


Borax
Posted by Margen (Sydney, Nsw, Australia) on 10/24/2011

With respect to the safety of borax.

1.Yes it hydrolyses (is split up when in water) into boric acid and a salt. But it is actually quite a complex situation. Some of it will also form a borate anion (charged particle) which acts as an alkali. This means that overall it acts as a buffer (pushes mixtures back to neutral when they become too acidic or too alkaline, either of which would be undesirable on your hair or skin). So you need to read information about borax, not boron or boric acid, to find out safety data - as it will be describing the overall situation, not just part of it.

2. Most materials are toxic or dangerous if used to an extreme. For example, Warfarin is used as a heart medication, but is also a rat poison. Vitamin A is toxic in excess. Drinking alcohol can also be toxic if you consume enough in one go. Just because something is toxic if you consume enough, doesn't make it dangerous in small quantities. Borax is used in food, health supplements and eye washes. So it is probably reasonable to assume its is safe diluted on your hair.

3. If you are going to read information like safety data sheets, or pharmaceutical information, make sure you read it all, and check what it means if you don't understand it. The 15 to 20 grams quoted as being toxic, is as already pointed out by Maria, is 15 to 20grams PER KILOGRAM OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT. That is a lot (especially if you weigh what I do)!

4. I am not a cockroach or ant. The method that borax uses to kill insects is not a mechanism that works on humans. It may sound dramatic to say it is a poison, but it's not relevant to human use.

5. Be aware when reading Material Safety Data Sheets that different countries have different rules about what is included and how it is said. They are intended as guides for professional or laboratory use not really for consumers. Its a good idea to read them to look for dangers but it is necessary to put them in context.

For example, some will say to wear gloves when using all materials in a laboratory. For example the UK version for table salt says this. The requirements to wear gloves can sound sinister, as if you need to do it to avoid terrible skin problems, but in fact it is a standard comment for most things.

Try looking up the US MSDS for acetic acid (the main ingredient that along with water makes up kitchen vinegar) http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9922769. It lists all kinds of dangers of skin exposure and toxicities.... it's even corrosive to metals (Borax data looks like no problem at all by comparison), but knowing that these are referring to extreme circumstances, and that in vinegar it is greatly diluted, I am happy to use it (diluted even further) to rinse my hair.


Borax
Posted by Benni (San Diego, California) on 06/27/2012

This is the same formula I use for my dark blonde hair. 1/4 cup borax per (or a few inches in the bottome of a ) one liter bottle filled with warm water.

I keep a bar of castille soap, an old shampoo bottle filled with borax and water, and a water bottle filled with lemon juice and water in my shower. That's it.

I tried the borax formula with baking soda and didn't like it as much as straight borax. Also, the combo seemed to create more crystals in the bottle which were annoying. I still get crystals from the borax though. I were less lazy, I'd strain the crystals from the cooled water/borax mix through a mesh screen before pouring into the bottle.

I rinse with lemon juice mixed with water. Pretty much in the same proportions - an inch or two in the bottom of a water bottle, the rest is water.

I just buy some organic bottled lemon juice from Costco. It's not the best tasting (prefer fresh for food) but it's 100% lemon, and works well as a rinse.

Apple cider vinegar works better as a rinse, although both lemon and ACV work as totally awesome conditioners. Like most people, however, I don't want to smell like a pickle. Lemon is a very acceptable alternative because I want my hair to have lighter highlights.

I only partly, very, very quickly, rinse the lemon out of my hair before turning the shower off. Again, if I weren't so lazy, or if I were recommending this to a friend, I'd say "run the lemon juice through a mesh strainer" but I haven't noticed any pulp bits in my hair. It provides the added bonus of highlights.

Another bonus, perhaps, is that I seem to have less acne issues on my face and back since using this on my hair. I tend to let both the boron and lemon juice dribble onto then stay on my skin for a while (lazy person's toner) while I shave my legs and soap up other areas.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has noticed improved skin with this "shampoo" formula.

My hair tends to be oily - as does my skin and needs to be washed daily. On particularly oily-hair days, I use a little of my coconut/castille bar soap on the areas of my head/hair that seem oiliest (near my ears and forehead), lather it up, then proceed to add the borax.

Someone else mentioned that the hair feels waxy while wet (with the borax solution). That is true. It's very weird feeling -- for me, it feels as though I doused gobs of oil onto the ends of my hair when I've finished massaging into my hair and am ringing out the borax while rinsing it (my hair is long). But when dry, it's just looks and feels soft and luxurious; and it ends up less oily than when I used regular shampoo.

Also, even if you want to continue using your shampoo, I highly recommend you at least try lemon juice (if your hair is light, or if you intend to rinse well) because it's just the best conditioner I've ever used other than the stinky apple cider vinegar. No more tangled rat's nests after the shower and all day long. It's amazing.

My hair is completely straight and is of average thickness. I'm not sure how well this would work on other hair types but other reviewers with curly hair seem to agree it's great.

This formula isn't a science - maybe someone else out there has it perfectly proportioed for maximum benefit but I agree with other reviewers who say to relax on the meassurements.

I like this much better than shampoo and it's so cheap! Would like to work out how to add in some chammomile to help with the highlights. Not sure whether to mix that with borax or lemon juice. If anyone has ideas, would appreciate them.

Last thought: I read somewhere that for the first week or so, the hair can seem more oily than usual using this formula. I wasn't really able to tell for sure but I think that is true. (Just remember to use soap or other shampoo as needed while going through this transition.)


Baking Soda
Posted by Janie (Nj, Usa) on 11/28/2011

I am told by my colorist that baking soda would inadvertently remove the professional coloring from my hair? Is it like sulfates in that regard?


Baking Soda
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Zug, Switzerland) on 12/01/2011

Hi Janie, it would be interesting to know whether it is true or not! I also have dyed hair and was about to try to wash it only with baking soda as some people seem to have very good results with it but no one ever says whether their hair is colored or not.


The No Shampoo Method
Posted by Andrea C (Wales Uk) on 05/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Regarding beautiful, healthy hair... There used to be a Doctor on TV in the UK named Dr Miriam Stoppard. She was a Medically trained Dr, but fully believed in working with the human body the way that it was CREATED to work, NOT drug it and injure it. She said that 'The Human body is all SELF Cleansing, but I will just mention Hair here.

She asked for an audience member who would volunteer not to wash their hair for 2 years. After ages and no one seeming willing she asked a girl with extremely long hair she noticed debating it with her friend if she would try it, and she agreed. The following year she returned and said her hair was amazing and you could see a huge difference as well.

She said for 2 or three months her hair smelled musty, which was probably all the toxic shampoo and conditioner coming out. Then it became so healthy thick and shiny it was like her hair was reborn. Two years later, a national newspaper tracked her down to see if she had stayed off washing it. She said it was even better again and she would never ever put soap and water or anything on it as it was fabulous and getting better all the time.

Her friend's who were laughing at her for the first few month's walking around with dull lank smelly hair. All admitted they were NOT laughing now and were all envious of her beautiful tresses.

Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phoenix75 (Carmel, Ca, U.s.a.) on 01/14/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used baking soda as a 'shampoo' to wash my roots with and then I used apple cider vinegar to rinse my ends with; the results are amazing!!! My hair is soft and full of body. My hair is really long and I am not sure what results it will elicit when it is tangled, but so far I am extraordinarily pleased with the outcome!

Borax
Posted by Kantuckee (Green Road, Kentucky, Usa) on 10/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Years ago I picked up a small book of old timey cleaning recipes from the 1900s. In the last century before there was store bought bottles of cleaning concoctions people made their own products. Women with the long hair used Borax Water to clean their hair very efficiently. The recipe I use is 1 cup of Borax to 1 gal of very hot water. Let it sit for 24 hours and shake it occasionally. Use only the water from this jug to wet your hair and just squeeze through, don't scrub. Rinse throughly and if needed do a vinegar rinse to clean any buildup.

When you are low on the borax water I add water and/or borax to keep the level right in the jug.

I hope this helps.

Borax
Posted by Sd Fincher (Fort Worth, Tx, Usa) on 05/01/2011

You know borax is technically listed as a poison, right? Even cockroaches won't cross a line of borax & almost nothing bothers them.

Here are some medical and U. S. government fact sheets about its toxicity:

SD Fincher


Borax
Posted by Mitzi (New Mexico) on 12/09/2013

Borax is highly toxic to anthropods and kills them in minutes (if they eat the borax). Cockroaches, mites, etc are arthropods and "groom" themselves and eat it.


Borax
Posted by Marcie (Dallas, TX) on 01/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

i was using baking soda and borax mixed with my shampoo for a while and loved the results! i have very dark brown hair w/natural red highlights and i love it that way. over time i noticed that my hair was getting lighter in color. after some research i found out that baking soda will lighten your hair if used continously. since i didn't like the reddish brown hair i stopped using that mix and swtiched over to only Borax and water.

i've been using just the borax and water for close to 2 months and my hair isn't as light as it was but it is still not my natural dark dark brown that is growing in from the roots. obviously, the borax is still lightening my hair only not as drastically as the baking soda. i only wash my hair about once every 5 days or so. i really don't like the whole lightening effect but when i find the right amount of borax my hair can hold a curl and looks FABULOUS!! i'm not sure how borax will affect color treated hair, but i don't have to use conditioner at all with Borax.

Castille Soap
Posted by Cindy (Wichita, Kansas) on 08/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I use a bar of Kirk's Castille soap in the shower and as shampoo. I have very long hair and the Kirk's rinses almost instantly. Then I use regular conditioner which also rinses very quickly since using the Kirk's. I love it. I hate modern soaps. It takes 5 gallons of water just to get it off your hands! I use Dr. Bronner's liquid peppermint soap in foaming soap dispensers for hands and dishes. I use regular dishsoap for greasy dishes and then use the Dr.Bronner's to get the regular detergent off. Yuck!

Castille Soap
Posted by Maeryn (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 10/04/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I am seriously loving Dr. Bronner's liquid peppermint Castile soap for my hair! I have really thin/baby fine brown hair (genetics). I also have combo skin, and my scalp doesn't start to show its oil till day 3 after shampooing/conditioning. Currently the length is playing around my shoulders - I'm growing it out. My hair is ridiculous. I recently moved to a very humid climate, and so it is hard for me to use a flattening iron without the ends flying away. I can't even use oil/lotion for my ends, it just makes my hair super heavy and oily cause my hair is that thin. I noticed that I needed to start moving away from conventional harsh shampoos and conditioners because I would get acne on my scalp and really bad acne on my forehead.... and I have a healthy lifestyle! I tried regular organic shampoos/conditioners. They treated my hair like the other shampoos did, minus the acne.

But when I tried the Castile soap yesterday (no conditioner) - WOW! So much body, I can straighten it, do whatever I want with it, and it looks amazing. I woke up this morning, brushed it (with my handy boar bristle brush) and it looks like I've just blow dried my hair. The Castile soap gets the dirt out of my hair, but leaves my natural oils. This really helps distributes the oils through my hair and gives my ends just the right amount of weight they need so they don't fly away. Yayyy!!! <---happy woman


Egg Yolk and Lime Juice Shampoo
Posted by Tina (Princeton, New Jersey) on 06/21/2011

Hi Gc, I used to use egg yolks for my hair too. Loved the way it conditioned and strengthened my hair but the smell was a drawback. Anyway, regarding your comment about chemical shampoos, I want to know if you've heard of Wen? I've been using it for two plus years now and am extremely happy with the way it makes my hair soft, shiny, smooth and also helps the color last. I sound like a commercial, lol. But I can't use regular shampoos now because Wen, which is sulfate free and has no harsh chemicals, has also vera, Rosemary and almond oil extracts. It does not lather like regular shampoos but cleans very well. It is a conditioner too. Wen is expensive but I find that a bottle lasts me six months or more, but then my hair is just about shoulder length. I am so impressed with this shampoo that I often get friends to try it. I have to tell you that one friend did not like it at all. She felt that it left her hair greasy. I get mine from one of the shopping channels which is a good way to try, because you can always send it back, if you hate it, within the stipulated time. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about a chemical free shampoo.


Egg Yolk and Lime Juice Shampoo
Posted by Kylie (Whitianga, New Zealand) on 10/26/2011

I've tried the egg yolk shampoo twice now and have gotten two people in the office to sniff my scalp to see if it smelled "eggy" which apparently it didn't. I was however confused by another post and accidentially put two remedies together - two egg yolks in a cup with a drop each of lavender, rosemary, and lemon essential oil, beat it with a fork, then rubbed it into my wet hair in the shower, then rinsed it well with warm water. I didn't use any kind of conditioner or product.

The egg yolk certainly cleans the hair well and leaves it feeling soft, but I think next time I will put some conditioner on the ends as they feel a bit dry (but then I'm used to slathering on the conditioner now as I no longer use shampoo).

So anyway, I think if the sulfur smell is bothering you, try a few drops of essential oil in with the yolk. I got both male and female to smell my scalp and neither picked up a scent.


Baking Soda
Posted by Jane (Ontario, Canada) on 03/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Baking soda reduces oily hair and cleans up product build up. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 (more for longer hair) of baking soda with water and mix it with water to make a thick paste. Put the paste on wet hair and scrub into roots/focusing on the more greasy areas. Scrub in and leave in for 5 minutes, then rinse.

Your hair will feel dry or cottony when its wet, but once dry it will be soft. You can use conditioner after use, but not needed. I used this on my oily hair without washing my hair with shampoo first, actually i didnt use shampoo at all, and my hair was swqueeky clean!

Baking Soda
Posted by Avonlea820 (Warwick, Ri, U.s.a) on 12/16/2011

I agree that baking soda is a useful cleanser. I think that people should be careful of the heavy toxins found in most commercial products. There are some good naturals out there on the market that use very pure ingredients and blends. Does Baking Soda cleansing have any negative side effects?


Baking Soda
Posted by T-ann (Tallahassee, Fl) on 12/11/2013

Hi~ I would like the information you wrote about, concerning home-made shampoo. Thank you in advance!!


Baking Soda
Posted by Kimara (Sydney) on 03/06/2015

What do we use for making dry hair shine but scalp dry and oil free?


Baking Soda
Posted by Waynos! (New Zealand) on 08/12/2015

Bicarb is awesome depending on where you get it. In Australia there's only really one brand that every supermarket sells (blue box). It's pure white and goes dissolves really easily.

I do the 'vodka/bicarb skin clean' regularly and have been soap free for ages. It's awesome when I use that Australian Brand.

After spending some months in Fiji and now New Zealand I've discovered that all brands of sodium bicarbonate are not equal. Every other I have tried has been comparatively nasty.. only partially dissolves.. remains grey coloured instead of pure white, is abrasive on my skin.. smells slightly of urea. I question it's purity and how it might affect my health.

My point is not to judge the bicarb skin cleaner as bad if the product you buy is gritty and won't fully dissolve. An ultra pure version of the stuff may not be available in your country. This being the case, try one of the alternatives.


Baking Soda
Posted by Anji C (Us) on 06/20/2016

I am currently using a method called the maximum hydration method that uses ACV and BS with a variety of other applications to the hair with amazing results. I apply the regimen every 3-5 days followed by a conditioner for a minimum of 30 min and bentonite Clay. Again phenomenal results. How often are you treating your hair? BTW I have kinky/coily hair and never have washed my hair daily.


Baking Soda
Posted by Kerry (Launceston, Tasmania....Australia) on 03/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Baking soda or Bicarb which it is called here...is fantastic to wash hair with I use 1/4 cup of bicarb mixed with a cup of warm water in the shower and just tip onto my hair and rub for just a couple of seconds...then rinse...its amazing when it dries its like ive used shampoo... soft and bouncy if hair is a tad dry at times...iI just add a very small amount of organic conditioner to the ends ..and yes I use organic cold pressed coconut oil for a monthly deep condition...

Baking Soda
Posted by Karonv (Renton, Wa) on 11/19/2011

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Rain Water
Posted by Heather (Seattle, Wa) on 08/21/2011

I totally agree.... I took a rainwater shower (collected in a cistern and heated in a tank) when visiting the foggy Kona coast of Hawai'i many years ago... It has an immediate effect causing unbelievably soft hair and skin, and a remarkably elevated mood. I still rave about it because no water filter has replicated the experience for me! Someone once told me the rain-dissolved sulfur dioxide from the volcano fog was what was so detoxifying in the water... Whatever it was, I felt reborn!

Wish we'd stop polluting the air so I could collect rain water in my city and get a similar effect :). Gotta love mother nature.



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