The first thing I learned was the ingredient that gives us that lovely lather is often an irritation to the skin, so I opted to find something with no SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), I was also looking to avoid fragrances and petrochemicals. After spending hours in the shampoo aisle of my favorite store I came up empty-handed, so I went to a beauty store and found many options that claimed to be “all natural”, “earth friendly”, “eco-conscious” etc, yet they all had many of the chemicals I was trying to avoid. I finally landed on a product from Aveda, that was good enough. I was happy that my hair felt good and that it seemed to work at least as well as my chemical laden, medicinal shampoo.
Over time I reduced the other products that I used on my hair so I didn’t need to wash my hair as often. A few years ago I let it go to its natural color which is primarily gray. It seemed the less I washed my hair and especially the less that I used a dryer on it my scalp improved. I’m sure my diet is helping as well.
I decided I would give it a try. I’m not even sure when exactly I started because I was only washing my hair 1-2 times a week, but my best guess is late June. I do much like the woman on the show does, I rinse my hair a once or twice a week and now rinse it with baking soda and a drop of Melaleuca essential oil when I feel like I need it. I use a squirt bottle similar to the picture to the left. The length of time I can go without my hair feeling greasy or my scalp feeling itchy is growing I think I’m probably at about 2 weeks. I do feel like my hair is a little dry when I rinse it with the baking soda, especially if I use too much so I’ve added an after wash product, my root to tip serum.
I can tell you that no one has ever noticed a difference in my appearance or smell and it is nice knowing I’ve eliminated a few more chemicals from my beauty routine. I encourage you to all investigate what chemicals we are putting on our bodies. Our skin absorbs at least 40% of everything that touches it. So many chemicals are known to cause harm to human health, yet they are put into our products without warning labels. For more information go to http://www.ewg.org or check out one of my favorite writers Kristi Marsh at http://www.choosewiser.com.