But today, as I looked at my grimy hair ( that was washed YESTERDAY) and felt my flaky, cracked skin, I decided that's it - time to take the plunge. So, for the next MONTH I will be following a no shampoo regime, will not use soap in the shower, and will only use homemade deodorant. Here's my method:
3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) I will do a baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash. I will use coconut oil to condition as needed.
Method: combine 1 TB baking soda with 1 cup water. Massage into scalp, paying particular attention to the crown and part line, for 60 seconds. Rinse out. Then combine 2 TB apple cider vinegar and 1-2 cups water. Put on the ends of hair for 60 seconds. Rinse out.
Each morning and night, I will do an oil cleanse. Once a week I will do a salt and oil exfoliation.
Method: combine equal parts olive oil and coconut oil. Massage into face for 60 seconds or more (don't skimp on time or the dirt can't dissolve!). Run a wash cloth under hot water and drape over face for 60 seconds (this opens the pores). Rub/wash off. Splash face with cold water. For salt exfoliation: same process as the cleanse, but combine sea salt with the oil mixture.
During showers, I will use a wash cloth and/or loofa to scrub my body. No soap, just water. Once a week I will do a salt and oil exfoliation.
I will only use homemade coconut oil deodorant.
Method: combine 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup cornstarch and a few drops of essential oil (I'm using tea tree and lavender). You can store in a jar or melt the mixture and pour into an old deodorant applicator and pop in fridge/freezer until it firms back up.
I've been told it can take 2+ weeks for your body to rid itself of toxins and get back to its natural balance. Luckily, I have hair binders and hats!
Have you ever done no shampoo? No soap? Homemade deodorant? What were your experiences?