While talking this over with a few friends.. some questions arose. I already knew some of the answers from previous research, but others I wasn't so sure of, so I did some digging for ya!
- So wait.. you're just going to stop using shampoo? Just rinse with water?
* Not exactly. I have found that using a simple mixture of baking soda and water works as an all natural substitute for shampoo. The standard mixture, according to this site is 1 tablespoon for every 1 cup of water. Just put in a squeeze bottle, shake, and enjoy! The key is to concentrate on the scalp, that's where the build-up occurs. The natural grittiness of the baking soda will gently but effectively remove the build-up!
- My head gets so itchy when I go even a couple days without washing it! How are you going to survive?!
* The baking soda wash will help a TON with that since it removes the build-up that causes the itch! I have also read that adding tea tree oil to the baking soda mixture is great for an itchy scalp.
- Wait, why are you even doing this again?
* Let me just let you in on a little secret of what is in shampoo:(if you don't read anything else.. read this ingredient) -> Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are detergents and surfactants that may pose serious health threats. They are used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers — and in 90 percent of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and even death. Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. Propylene glycol (PG) and butylene glycol are petroleum plastics which act as surfactants (wetting agents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs, PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats!
- Isn't your hair going to be greasy? Won't it smell?!
* Yes and no. There is a transition period for your hair to get used to not being stripped of all its natural oils. It could last from a few weeks to a few months, I'll just have to see how my hair reacts. I personally don't think it will last that long since I don't wash my hair more than a couple times a week anyways. No, my hair will NOT stink. It just won't. Simple as that! Yeah, it won't smell like flowers from some exotic island, but it will smell like its supposed to. :)
Here are a few websites I used to get some info from:
Website 1 Website 2 Website 3