I posted on Facebook about my new hair cut with the pic below on 16th February 2016.
Following which I received a number of questions on my hair care routine. While I am no hair care professional, I would like you to read through, try and see what works best for you. Well that’s exactly how I arrived at these methods for myself.
I had been waiting to start this new blog, all the questioners did give me enough drive to get down to do it. Thank you for asking!
Roughly about 3 years ago, I started experimenting to see what are the natural options for all the cosmetics and toiletries that I use. I tried a few things, for body I use home made scrub mix of Chickpea flour, Rice flour and Kasturi turmeric powder but I do end up using soap etc when I am in a hurry but with my hair I have completely been able to avoid shampoo.
I am actually quite proud of being able to keep up the commitment so far. Few times in between I have used shampoo while getting a hair cut but If I find a stylist open to experimenting I would like to forgo that too.
Genetically, I am blessed with good hair. I do not like to spend too much time styling it daily but over the past few years I have taken responsibility to at least not harm it using harmful chemicals.
I strongly believe the chemicals in all the products and even the so called natural products are eventually going to pose a big threat to my overall health. That is what lead me from shampoo to no poo.
The baking-soda Vinegar method widely known as one of the very famous No-poo method.
- Baking Soda is diluted with water and that water is used to wash the hair.
- Vinegar diluted with water is used to balance the ph after the baking soda wash.
Starting with a tsp of baking soda with a cup of water I eventually figured 3tsp works for me( I had long hair then. I mix it in warm water till it dissolves well and add cold water and then wash my hair and scalp with the solution. It took me around a month to transition and feel comfortable with the ratio of baking soda and water etc. Plus initial 2 weeks wasn’t all that awesome. The hair just didn’t feel that good. I stuck to it as most people face this initial transitioning discomfort.
As I kept shortening my hair, I kept reducing the amount of baking soda I use. Also if I haven’t oiled my hair I use much less amount of baking soda. *Basically a trial and error method and you have to arrive at your own ratio.
I still continue to use this every time I travel or even at home if I am too lazy to go pluck leaves. Since I wanted to go completely natural I tried the age old “Thali” –leaves of hibiscus and flowers.
I pluck and wash the leaves and flowers. Grind it in a mixer with some water.
I apply it and leave it on for 5 mins and wash it off. Some people recommend keeping it on longer but since I catch a cold easily I avoid keeping it on unless its summer and I am feeling all well.
Aloe Vera is my best friend, I have been using it on my skin as a substitute for moisturizer. I used to scoop it and blend it and apply but it is a tedious process and leaves a lot of particles on the skin and hair and straining the solution takes ages.
My mom showed me a much easier way, so now I can use it anywhere everywhere. I carry a few leaves with me anywhere I go. Just slice it and apply the gel follow by scratching the surface to get more gel and repeat.I usually apply the gel directly from the leaf onto my scalp after a hair wash. It has no smell or residue if you have been gentle enough in the scratching process.
These are the things I have been using over the last 2-3 years apart from coconut or sesame oil.
I color my hair using Henna and Neelamri (the hair doesn’t feel all that great on first day after application but it gets better and since I am not using too many harsh things to wash i just need to apply them once a month or even twice in 3 months.
Whats your natural hair care tip? I am open to trying new things as long as its a locally available solution and has least environmental impact.