If you read What Years of Baking Soda No ‘Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair and Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda , you’ve been left with a rather obvious question.
What am I using to wash my hair now?
I’ll be honest. I don’t have a magic formula that I’m using to help restore my hair. I’m happy with what I’m using now, but since writing the last two posts, I’m also starting to wonder if I need to find some seriously restorative products.
I’ve gotten all sorts of suggestions from you dear readers, too, so if you have one, be sure to tell me about it!
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What I’m Using Now
After I quit using baking soda to wash my hair about a year ago, I started using a shampoo bar from Tropical Traditions. I’ve actually been using that since.
Why did I choose them? Prepare to be underwhelmed. I was buying some things from Tropical Traditions, saw that they were new, liked the simple ingredients list, and bought them. No research. No comparison shopping. No prior thought.
As I mentioned in the previous posts, my hair texture immediately improved washing with these, and I admit, it was nice to have lather again.
I am still using the diluted apple cider vinegar as a rinse. I’ve tinkered around with not using the vinegar, but I don’t like that. My hair feels like there is a residue on it.
With the vinegar I do about 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar in a concession style ketchup bottle, and then squirt some down my hair while it is wet after washing. I don’t have to use a whole lot. Maybe 1/6 of the bottle at a time?
Brushing with a boar bristle brush helps distribute oils through the hair. I’ve used one off and on for years, but I’ve been much more consistent since noticing all of the no ‘poo damage a year or so ago. I use a brush just like this one.
Also, I’m trying to avoid anything else that might do further damage to my hair until I feel like it is getting stronger. That means cool air blow drying, no heat styling, and no styling products. The Flexi-Clips I use for my hair are extremely gentle, so they are a double blessing right now!
What I’m Considering Using
Because of the severe damage my hair has gone through, and after writing the other two posts on this experience, I’ve started wondering if I should be using something that is specifically geared for damaged and brittle hair.
The shampoo bar and vinegar rinse work really well, so if your hair isn’t as damaged as mine, it could be great way to go. But, since mine is really in need of some intervention, I’m considering some of these things:
- A more natural bottled shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for damaged hair
- Jojoba oil treatments
- Argan oil treatments
- Herbal rinses, like those made from nettle
- Henna treatments
- Hair masks, like those made with egg yolk, herbal pastes, or avocado
I have seen another blog post floating around this week that mentions a supplement called Super Silica. I checked into it, but it contains horsetail, which isn’t something that pregnant and nursing women should take. Plus, I don’t think I’m deficient in silica, so I’m not sure how much a specific supplement will benefit me. It’s certainly something I’m open to if it seems necessary, though.
I hope that as I keep researching and probably trying some of these other routes, I’ll have a good update to share with you down the road!
Update: With time and TLC, my hair has recovered! READ HOW HERE.
Other Natural Haircare Alternatives & Suggestions
You are all filled with great suggestions on haircare products that you love! One reader gave an excellent suggestion in the comments on Monday’s post, and since I haven’t tried any of the products that have been suggested, I’ll point you to the same place she mentioned.
If you are looking at a product in the store or online and you aren’t sure what to think of the ingredients, visit The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. This resource is one I’ll be visiting as I look at products over the next few weeks!
Along with the great suggestions in the comments section on both of the previous posts, you can find some other ideas here:
- Some people enjoy washing their hair with a homemade honey wash, like this one.
- You can’t get any simpler than plain water for washing your hair. It works great for some ladies!
- This post offers three homemade shampoo alternatives, and one of them is clay!
- If you are a soap maker, you might be interested in just making your own shampoo bars. Let my friend Susan show you how!
- This post offers other natural hair washing options (but I might suggest skipping the baking soda!), with this post following up with conditioning suggestions.