Quick, Natural, Head-to-Toe Clean

by Daisy on 04/20/2009

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Shampoo and body wash, like all synthetic detergents, work equally well in hard and soft water. The problem is that it’s expensive and rips the oils out of your hair. Hence the need for conditioner–to cover up the oil-stripping-damage done by the shampoo.

Soap is WAY better. The problem with soap is that it doesn’t work as well in hard water and is hard to rinse out of your hair. But, it’s not near as damaging.

So here’s your solution:

Put 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a quart of water and store it in a squeeze bottle. (Mine is an old mustard bottle.) It should last you at least a week.

Now here’s your new shower routine:

1. Wet a bar of real soap. ( I recommend Ivory if you don’t have homemade. )

2. Rub bar all over head until you work up a good lather, especially attending to your greasy spots.
Rub, rub, rub.

3. Wash the rest of the bod with bar or handfuls of all that lather on your head.

4. Rinse hair until it squeaks. (read: can’t run fingers through it easily at all and you’re thinking HOLY CATS, what has Ivory done to me???)

5. Grab bottle of diluted cider vinegar and ‘draw’ all over your scalp with it.
(Yes, it’s smells strong, but trust me, it’s great stuff. Cures itchy scalp and all that. Smell dissipates quickly.)

6. Rub around and rinse hair again.

7 . Notice that you CAN now run your fingers through it.

Isn’t that amazing? No conditioner.

If you care to know, it’s two things:
1) AC vinegar breaks down any remaining soap residue.
2) AC vinegar is acidic and makes the hair scales lay back down.

Now, go shave your legs. You SO don’t want to do that before you rinse with the vinegar. Stingy-stingy!


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Christal October 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Thought I would add my two cents here. I’ve been no poo for a couple years. I love it! I did the baking soda/vinegar way, but had horrible build up. So I made my own hair soap. I still found that the vinegar (usually white is what I would use) didn’t cut the build up. So I tried a couple capsules of Vitamin C in a squirt bottle filled with water. This has been the best solution for me! Now, my routine is my hair soap followed by the vitamin c solution. Then I will either use my squirt bottle to apply diluted white vinegar as a leave in, or I will use my diluted vinegar from a spray bottle on it before I dry it. ( I only dry it on a warm, not hot, heat and only in the winter time. In the summer, my hair is always up, so it’s not as necessary.) I have also started putting virgin coconut oil on it before I wash it at times. This really softens it for me, but it does take more washing to get it out in the shower. Coconut oil is excellent for hair because it permeates the hair shaft and strengthens it. I will also put a bit of coconut oil on the ends of my hair as a leave in if it is looking a little dry. I only wash my hair once a week. My hair has never been so healthy! I don’t get split ends the way I used to. Interestingly, I noticed that my teenage daughter was dealing with her hair looking greasy. Part of it was that she was not taking the time to wash it thoroughly. But my husband’s family deals with oily hair, so I thought she might have that trait. However, since she’s been doing the same routine as me, her hair is much more healthy looking and she is also going a week between washing. I don’t see the greasy hair on her anymore, either. I recently bought a jar of vitamin C powder to use instead of the capsules. I’m planning on using 1/4 tsp. per 8 oz. squirt bottle. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is really cheap and great to restore the acidity of hair. Oh, also, instead of baby powder, I have heard you can use cornstarch as a dry shampoo. I’ve never done it, as I don’t deal with oily hair. But I’ve heard it works great. It just won’t smell like the baby powder.

Michelle Hicks November 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

Hi, Ladies- I have your book and really enjoy it. I am considering alternative hair care methods again. When I got your book a few years ago, I used acv as my rinse for sometime, but then lapsed back into old habits. I’m moving back to more natural hair care again. My question is, have you used ivory soap as your shampoo for years, and do you continue to be happy with it? Do you also use baking soda and water to clean your hair?

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