All Natural Hair Care Routine

This article is going to contain a large number of photos of my disastrously crazy hair.

To establish my credibility when it comes to hair care, just look at the photos. Hair stylists run from me. Curly hair is usually voluminous, but thin. Mine’s not. It’s thick. Curly. Crazy. And has a mind of its own. I don’t touch it with a brush and rarely use a comb, and never use any heat on it (curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer, etc.) because bad things happen when I do, so I’ve always struggled to find products to care for it.

I’ve finally fallen on the following all natural remedies that keep it tame, healthy, and beautiful, and I’ve found that they work for all hair types, so I highly recommend trying them out!

hairBy the way, quick side note. I really hate the term “no-poo” for this method. Tried using that term to promote this article, and realized I really truly do not like it. So I’ll stick to “all natural hair care” and just call it good, ok?

Okay, so why go all natural?

There are so many chemicals and nasty things in your shampoo and conditioner. I talk a lot about “fragrances” to start off. Those are in just about every bottle you have in your bathroom right now, most likely. They contain so many chemicals and neurotoxins and harmful ingredients, but the FDA doesn’t require that companies report what “fragrance” actually means.

So… avoid that.

On top of that, most hair care contains sulfates and parabens. I’m not going to go into why those are bad because I feel like the internet has about beaten that dead horse to a second death by now.

I’ve been on a mission lately to just remove all chemicals from all my personal care products. Hence Whiskey, Ink, & Lace coming about and selling all natural products.

I’ve tried tons of organic and natural products on store shelves, in salons, whathaveyou. This hair will have none of it. It still was wild, crazy, frizzy, nasty, and a beast to be tamed.

Finally, I gave these methods a go, and my hair doesn’t look like doll’s hair anymore, and instead my curls are luscious, shiny, natural, thick, and tame!

All Natural Hair Care

“Shampooing”

Baking soda. Plain and simple.

I’ve heard hydrogen peroxide, too, but I’ve also heard that can be a tad harsh on your hair and scalp. When I was searching for solutions, I was looking for something safe for everything, skin under the hair included. This is especially because in the past I’ve dyed my hair a few too many times, and where I used to bleach a streak into my bangs, my skin was dry, trashed, and used to be flaky.

Well I fixed all that. Baking soda.

What it does:

It soaks up your excess oils and deodorizes. What more would you want from your shampoo?

You want your hair to hold some of its oils, so baking soda doesn’t strip it completely. Your body knows what it’s doing, for the most part, in its self care. So let it. It produces those oils to keep your hair healthy. So unlike commercial shampoos full of all those nasty chemicals, the baking soda just relieves the excess that makes it look all greasy and leaves what your hair needs.

The mixture:

1 part baking soda
3 parts filtered water
Optional: Lavender and Rosemary essential oils

Combine in an empty shampoo/conditioner bottle or some other bottle.

I add the essential oils because they are fantastic for calming your skin, and rosemary essential oil is believed to help stop your hair from falling out.

I know, I don’t need ANYMORE volume in my mane, but I also shed like crazy, and I’ve found that the more I use rosemary essential oils in my hair care, the less that happens. Yay for not finding my hair everywhere!

The method:

I’ve found it easiest to apply the mixture to dry hair. It’s very liquid. That will take some getting used to! There’s no sudsing or lathering. But most of those suds and bubbles come from nasty chemicals, again, so this is good!

Apply at the roots and just rub it around at the base as much as possible. Get it all through your roots and your scalp. As you rinse it (with hot water, to help release some of the oil from your hair), work it through to the ends.

 

“Conditioning”

Apple Cider VinegarApple Cider Vinegar. Plain and simple.

What it does:

It restores the pH balance of your scalp and hair and adds that beautiful shine that everyone wants. It defrizzes, as well, by closing up the hair follicles, making your hair look smoother and softer.

If you struggle with dandruff, this is your miracle cure right here! Chances are, this will be your solution. After a day or two of rinsing with this, you should see that problem clear right up.

The mixture:

1 part apple cider vinegar
3 parts filtered water
Optional: Aloe Vera Gel, Lavender and Rosemary essential oils

Combine in an empty shampoo/conditioner bottle or some other bottle.

Again, I add the essential oils because they are fantastic for calming your skin, and rosemary essential oil is believed to help stop your hair from falling out, AND they help the hair smell better at this point. The aloe vera gel is to add some extra moisture. If you’ve got it, great, add it. If not, no biggie.

The method:

After “shampooing” with the baking soda mixture and rinsing that out, rinse your hair with this vinegar mixture. Just work it from the scalp on down. This is the part where I’ll use a comb every once in a while, because I’ve found the ACV actually helps detangle my dreadlocked hair.

 

 

Now I’ve found that this method doesn’t always get all of the oil out of my hair. I have slightly more oily hair, so I have to go an extra step. After showering and toweling my hair completely dry, I use a dry shampoo to soak up the excess oils. This also helps me with styling it, which is the next step.

 

Styling

Now here, I suggest you all figure out what you want to do with it. Personally, I don’t use hair spray, curling irons, flat irons, or blow dryers. I go as natural as possible. So I thought I’d share what I do to keep my curls looking as natural and beautiful as possible.

Women's Dry ShampooI use dry shampoo to soak up the rest of my excess oils, first of all, as I mentioned above. Dry shampoo actually helps with styling, so I highly recommend it.

What it does:

It soaks up your excess oils and deodorizes, as well. It also helps kind of stiffen your hair for easier styling. It makes your hair less limp and greasy.

Whiskey, Ink, & Lace dry shampoo smells fantastic. Personally, I use the men’s dry shampoo, because I love the woodsy-chocolate smell. The vanilla and citrus are great, as well, though.

 

Photo on 3-6-14 at 11.56 AM #2Dry ShampooThe method:

Shake some into your hair at the roots, then comb it through. Again, I don’t use a comb or brush, so I work it through with my fingers.

 

 

 

 

The Lumberjill Hair OilI follow up the dry shampoo with hair oil. My current favorite is The Lumberjill Hair Oil. 

What it does:

It nourishes your hair, providing vitamins and helping it look healthier and less frizzy. It calms fly aways and adds nice shine and mends split ends.

The method:

I squeeze a full squeeze of it into my hands and apply it to my ends that look dry, focusing on my bangs which are currently damaged from bleaching.  You can do the same. If your hair is looking dry or particularly frizzy in parts, I apply it there.

Don’t apply it all over like hair gel. It’s not. It’s oil. Your hair will end up looking greasy and limp and actually frizzier. Just apply to the ends.

 

The Lumberjill Hair ButterFinally, after using the dry shampoo and hair oil, I follow up with a hair butter, particularly my favorite scent right now, The Lumberjill. I’ve ensured it’s 100% natural, made with all natural, conditioning oils and beeswax which helps give it some hold.

It feels like butter and goes on my hair so smooth. It gets rid of any fly aways and keeps my curls nice and bouncy. Oh, and it smells awesome! Go grab yourself some now, and you can thank me later. 😉

 

 

Now here’s the kicker – The cost of this hair care routine is a grand total of….

$5.

It was about $3 for my large jug of apple cider vinegar, which is going to last me forever. It was $2 for my box of baking soda.

Then for styling, it’s just another $17! That’s how much I used to pay for one bottle of leave-in conditioner….

And my dry shampoo is just $4 and the hair butter is just $13.

Um. I can’t even get a bottle of conditioner for that much at the store that will treat my hair like this stuff treats it.

 

So have I convinced you to give this a go, yet? I bet you have most of the products in your kitchen cupboards already.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

 

 

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    • About once every 3-4 days. If it ever gets oily in between, I’ll use dry shampoo, but that happens rarely for me.

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