09 January 2014

10 Ways to Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo



I have been washing my hair without shampoo for the past 3 years. Once I tried baking soda I never looked back to shampoo. Unlike many people I didn't have any problems adjusting and from day one of baking soda my hair looked healthy and clean.

If you are wondering why I stopped buying shampoo, you can read more about the toxic chemicals in it and decide for yourself.


10 recipes for homemade shampoo

My routine with baking soda is as follows:

I dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of lukewarm water and then, in the shower I pour carefully the mixture with one hand while I massage the hair and scalp with the other. I try to cover my whole head and make sure I have all my hair curled up in a loose bun on my head, so it can soak too. After I've poured the whole cup I massage once again both the scalp and the hair and rinse.

Edit: Since I wrote this post I have learned the hard way that baking soda is extremely detrimental to hair. You can read a very thorough article with my findings, called Baking Soda Destroyed My Hair and see for yourself. I do not recommend anyone to ever wash their hair with baking soda.

To finish the procedure, in another cup I have 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water. I use this mixture as a conditioner. My hair is soft and shiny afterwards.

To avoid the smell of the vinegar, I put a pinch of dry rosemary. Actually I have a whole bottle of vinegar with rosemary, which I use for my hair.

I also stopped blow-drying my hair and I am quite happy with the acquired elasticity and vitality of my hair.

If you have tried using baking soda as a no-poo method and it resulted in dry hair, you might have added too much baking soda. 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water is just enough for my hair, which is currently about 20 inches long.

But even if you've been diligently keeping the ratio and you are still not getting the desired healthy hair, here are a few other natural ways to wash and nourish your hair.

You will find the full recipes and which hair types they're for beneath the graphic.


10 ways to wash your hair without shampoo


Egg yolk and baking soda shampoo for all hair types
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Beat the yolk with a fork and add the baking soda. If your hair is longer you may want to add another yolk to the mixture. Massage it gently to your scalp and hair. Cover your head with a a shower cap and a towel and wait for 2 hours. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Egg yolk and castor oil dry hair shampoo
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2,5 tablespoons castor oil
Mix the ingredients and spread on wet hair. Massage gently and rinse with lukewarm water.

Egg yolk, olive oil and lemon dry hair shampoo
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 10 drops olive oil
  • 10 drops lemon juice
  • 5 drops glycerin
Mix all the ingredients and use as a regular shampoo. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Yogurt shampoo for dry hair
  • 5 oz. (150 gr.) natural yogurt
Whip the yogurt until no lumps are left. Spread it evenly on your hair. Cover your head with a a shower cap and a towel for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Yogurt and baking soda dry hair shampoo
  • 7 oz. (200 gr.) natural yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
Add the baking soda to the yogurt and mix well. Spread the mixture evenly on your head. Let it work for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Yogurt and egg yolk oily hair shampoo
  • 7 oz. (200 gr.) natural yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
Beat the egg yolk and add to the yogurt. Mix well. Spread on your hair evenly and massage gently. Rinse after 15 minutes with lukewarm water.

Soapwort shampoo for oily hair
  • 7 oz. (200 gr.) dry soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Cover the herbs with 4 pt. (2 l.) boiling water and let simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and wash your hair with the resulting infusion then rinse with clear water.

Soapwort has the ability to dissolve fats or grease and that is why it is one of the best herbs to use for oily hair.

Tip: For increased effect, collect the infusion in a bowl and pour on your head once again before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Kaolin shampoo for regulating the oil secretion
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons kaolin
Mix the kaolin with warm water until it forms a paste without lumps. Spread evenly on your head and wet hair. Rinse.
Kaolin is known to regulate the oil secretion and is equally good for dry and oily hair.

Kaolin and vinegar shampoo for dry and damaged hair
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons of kaolin
In a clean porcelain bowl mix the ingredients. Spread the resulting mixture on wet hair and massage well into the scalp. Let it stay for 1 hour. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Using natural ingredients to wash your hair instead of shampoo requires patience and spare time. Make sure you have both before you start.

Here are even more ways to rejuvenate and nourish your hair:

5 Natural alternatives to toxic shampoo
7 Green ways to deal with static hair
The best treatment for dry hair
8 DIY hair treatments for dry, brittle and damaged hair
5 Natural alternatives to toxic shampoo
What everybody should know about shampoo
4 Natural remedies against dandruff
Herbal nourishing hair lotion

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