Meet my new shampoo and conditioner.
I've been using this combo for about a week now and it's working quite well, thankyouverymuch.
Here's the recipe:
1 TBS baking soda in 1 c. water
1 TBS apple cider vinegar in 1 c. water
I have two little spray bottles that I mix this stuff up in and keep in the shower. First I spray on the baking soda mixture and scrub it around and rinse it off. (It does feel very clean even though it takes awhile to get used to scrubbing without bubbles.) Then I do the same with the vinegar spray. (I use about a third of the bottles each time I wash my hair, so they last me about a week.)
From what I've read, because the baking soda is an alkali, it is great for cleaning and removing dirt. The apple cider vinegar then helps balance the pH and closes the cuticles of your hair which results in shinier, smoother hair.
I have been washing my hair every other day, but it's been a little drier than I'd like. So I think I am going to try washing it every three days to see if that helps. Or maybe I'll only do the baking soda part every other wash.
Other than a slight vinegar smell until my hair dries, there's nothing drastically different between the results from regular shampoo and the baking soda/vinegar method. And it's so cheap (and I had the ingredients in their pantry already) I figured it was worth a shot.