Okay, confession time.
I do not wash my hair every day. I don't even wash my hair every other day.
I'm pretty sure some of y'all are grossing out right now.
But my hair is so fine and fragile that washing it even every other day led to some major damage. (Well that and the bleaching I did a year and a half ago that I almost have grown out).
Confession #2: I don't use commercial shampoo anymore. Yes, I am one of those people who has transitioned to the "no poo" lifestyle. Have you heard of "no poo"? Here is the Wikipedia article on it. As weird as it sounds, I promise I'm not a hippie. I haven't given up regular deodorant, I still use normal cosmetic products, and I don't preach the evils of sugar and grain (I loves me some bread). But after regular shampoo was leaving my already-damaged hair in even worse condition, I decided that I had nothing to lose.
Here's how I "made over" my hair products. This isn't secret, classified information. I actually stumble across it on Pinterest on a regular basis. All you need for shampoo is water and baking soda, and for conditioner you'll need apple cider vinegar and water. Seriously. It's that easy. You'll also need bottles to put the mixtures in. As you can see from the photo below, I just used one of my empty SmartWater bottles with a squeeze top. So convenient.
just noticed that the baking soda is missing from this photo...but you know what that looks like, right? Okay...here's a photo from the Arm & Hammer website:
The ratio most people follow is one tablespoon of baking soda (for shampoo) or vinegar (for conditioner) to one cup (8 oz) of water. My bottles were 23.7 oz, so I just rounded up to 24 and used three tablespoons in each bottle of water. Just pour the baking soda or vinegar in the bottle, fill it up the rest of the way with water, and shake to mix. Then whenever you go to take a shower, gently shake the bottle and use like regular shampoo and conditioner.
Here are the 2 bottles in my shower
Since it's almost summer and I will be outside a lot, I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to my vinegar. Lemon juice may lighten your hair if you're in the sun a lot (that's why I included it), so use at your own risk (AKA don't come looking for me if you end up blonde haha). Some people are wary of the vinegar, but it doesn't make your hair smell at all. If you're still concerned, it's fine to include a few drops of essential oil.