I am terribly sensitive to commercial cleansing agents, like shampoo and soap. That is not a good thing when living on a mini-farm! I have been making natural soap for a while now, but was using “natural, organic” shampoos from the store. My scalp was constantly itchy, despite not using products containing artificial colors and fragrances, or chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate.
By the time I started getting sores on my head I knew I had to figure something out, but I had tried shampoo bars and didn’t like them. I went back and looked at the packaging of these very expensive shampoos and found that they all contain wheat protein! Well, since I have an allergy or intolerance to wheat, I figured out that must be the problem. Now for the solution. Hmmmm…
Okay, I have it! Just use water! Well, actually, water and baking soda. I finally tried the simplest solution for shampoo I had ever seen. What you do is take around 2 tablespoons of baking soda and add just enough warm water to make a paste. Then, in the shower, wet your hair, dump the gunk on your head, and massage it into your scalp. Note, this is for your scalp, not the lengths of your tresses. They can be left alone.
After massaging your scalp for a couple of minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water. My hair was so much better the very first time, and the sores went away! Now, I keep a jar with my shampoo baking soda and a few drops of an essential oil like lavender, rose, or rosemary tightly capped in the bathroom. It absorbs the odor and gives a fresh scent to your hair, while cleaning it quite nicely.
There are a couple things to remember when switching to natural products. One is that your skin and hair are probably damaged from commercial products, so it will take time to help them become healthy again. With hair it is especially noticeable. Normally you cover up the damage by using products such as conditioner to give the feeling of health, but it’s false. Once you go “all natural” you will see what your have done to yourself in the past. It may take a few months and a couple of hair cuts to really see normal hair. Here are some signs of healthy hair: it combs easily, but is not “slippery”; it doesn’t squeak; when dry it is full and fluffy, with a silky-soft feel.
Now, go! Make the best natural shampoo out there and give your hair and scalp a treat!
Recipe for Baking Soda Scalp Scrub:
1 cup baking soda
5-10 drops essential oil of choice (I prefer Rosemary, Rose, Thyme, Tea Tree, or Lavender)
Pint jar with plastic lid (can be bought in the canning section of most stores)
Mix baking soda and essential oil until well combined. Put in jar and cap tightly. Leave to infuse for a day or two, and use.
To use, mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with enough warm water to make a paste, them massage into wet scalp. Rinse, and feel beautiful!