Is your shampoo packing on the pounds?
Listed below are just a few of the dangerous ingredients in most hair and body care products. It is important to not put anything on your skin that is not safe to eat because the it goes right into our blood stream. It is possible to absorb more toxins through the skin than if you eat something because these products bypass the liver. There is little government oversight over these chemicals so it is up to us to protect and educate ourselves.
Phalates: Are toxic endocrine disruptor’s that suppress our own fat regulating hormones.
BPA: Can mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen which signals the body to store fat.
Parabens: Can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male breast growth.
Gluten: If you are gluten sensitive you could be having an inflammatory reaction to these chemicals which can cause you to bloat up (others develop rashes, acne or have headaches).
The Solution: Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Even non-toxic and organic personal care products can be full of questionable compounds so when I heard that you could wash your hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar I was intrigued. This also peaked my interest because I am a thrifty bargain shopper. My friends in college even used to call me cost-cutter Caitlin.
My initial concern/questions about this method:
Concern: I love suds and I can not imagine washing my hair without copious suds.
Answer: No there are no suds but maybe all those suds are washing out natural oils that your body makes to keep your skin looking good. Maybe our hair has what it needs in it already and does not need a million chemicals to look clean and shiny.
Concern: Does baking soda actually clean hair?
Answer: It really does get grease out and has a nice exfoliating feeling.
Concern: Does Apple Cider Vinegar stink?
Answer: Yes, it does smell slightly but you only have to use a little and it washes out easily. It does not smell once you dry it.
Concern: How can apple cider vinegar condition my hair?
Answer: I have no idea but it does. It must seal the hair in some way. I also read that ACV balances the Ph of your hair.
Concern: Do I need a leave in conditioner?
Answer: I am someone who needs conditioner and a leave in conditioner or I can not even get a brush through my mop. When I use the apple cider vinegar I can run a brush through it right away with no effort. It really surprised me how manageable my long and thick hair was after this routine.
|Me After a Toxin Free Hair Washing Session|
How to Wash your Hair with ACV and Baking Soda:
If you are like me you dive in and figure out the details later. Maybe you can find a different way but this is what worked well for me.
2. Add about two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to your wet hair, while avoiding the roots. They will get greasy (believe it or not) if you get ACV close to the scalp. Thoroughly rinse out to get rid of the smell. You can also dilute it into a spray bottle for ease of use and avoiding using too much.
3. You will be amazed that you can easily brush your hair right out of the shower. No need for leave in conditioner, but I still like it.
4. Style as usual. I found that there were less frizzy fly-aways and my hair stayed cleaner longer in between washing.
If this is a little too hippie dippie for you there are a few products I like that are chemical free/ Gluten free. You can wash your hair with them without joining a commune.
By the way I do not use deodorant or lotion anymore either. I am saving a ton of money! I just use the best coconut oil . I will write more on this topic and ways to avoid heavy metals in deodorants in the future.