Healthy Hair

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I love when my hair is healthy and shiny.  Like most, I spent most of my years lathering up my hair with harsh shampoos and then loading up on conditioners to help soften and replenish.

I tried going ‘no poo’ (a wash method consisting mostly of baking soda an apple cider vinegar), but that didn’t work out.  I haven’t totally given up on the idea, but I’ll need to find a better system before I try again.

One thing I did take from my first attempt was the use of natural products and my favorite, Apple Cider Vinegar.

As a side note, if you’re looking for a great bar shampoo, I encourage you to try J.R. Liggetts Shampoo.  I got great results with it in combination with a good natural conditioner and ACV (which I’ll explain in a moment).

So here is my routine.

1) Wash my hair with natural shampoo – I’ve become fond of both Giovanni and the J.R. Liggetts mentioned above.

2) I condition my hair.  For this I keep a cup in the shower.  I put a splash of ACV in the bottom before getting in (maybe an inch in the bottom of the cup) and then put in a little squirt of my conditioner.  I use Giovanni.  After that, I swirl it a bit to mix it and then before using I add warm water up to nearly the top of the cup.

I like to dip the ends of my hair in the mixture first to give them extra attention.  After I’ve given them some attention I dump the rest over my head as I run my fingers through it to help rid any tangles and disperse the ‘conditioner’.

I typically let this sit while I finish washing up and rinse it out last thing before getting out of the shower.

Apple Cider Vinegar does have a vinegar scent, but it is not as strong as white vinegar.  Also, after you have dried your hair, the smell is gone.  It does not linger, and the results are worth it.  Not only does it cut down considerably on my conditioner budget (I use to use twice as much conditioner as shampoo on a regular basis) but my hair is much healthier and shiny!

Amanda Hearn
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7 Comments

  • thanks for sharing- you have gorgeous hair! i'm going to try using the ACV. even though i'm a hair stylist, i haven't tried it yet:)

  • this is a great tip, thank you!! I'm going to try this, because after having my 3rd baby, my hair seems to have lost all its luster and shine.
    Thanks again!

  • Thanks for the tips! Last year everything in our house went detergent free due to our son's allergies – but I'm still having problems with how to wash my hair. You can see why at this post: http://fosteringmyfamily.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/big-changes-part-i-solving-eczema/

    I'm going to try the bar soap above. Maybe it will be better than the castille soap I'm using now. I just wasn't able to get the no'poo method to work either. My hair just stayed too oily – maybe I didn't try it long enough…

  • Your hair looks great! I will have to try Giovanni shampoo sometime. This is the first I heard of it. The last time I tried a natural shampoo it left my hair dull and not even all that clean, so I went right back to regular shampoos. It's good to know that some naturals are probably better than the one I tried.

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