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    I was just curious to know whether people here have a less chemical laden method of washing hair. Regular store brought stuff tend to be full of unpronounceable words. Does anyone use their own concoctions? A brand that's friendly to mother nature?


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    Oh, I have always wanted to try soapnuts. Someone on this site pointed out this webpage that had lots of good, pure products (many are 1 ingredient):

    http://www.akamuti.co.uk

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      I follow the no-poo method:

      http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Go-No-Poo/

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        I've been experimenting, and for the past year I've been using a mild soap (shower gel) in my hair a couple times a week. I also use conditioner regularly.


        I have tried baking powder and vinegar and stuff, and it was too messy and too much of a hassle. Also, I didn't like smelling like fish and chips until my head dried.


        I like sweet smelling stuff that is easy to apply better.


        I'm not so much into the hippy thing (no offense), it just seemed to me that it would be possible to have healthy, beautiful hair without shelling out so much for chemicals.


        Eating fat has done much more for my hair than anything else, so far.

        quette's journal

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          I don't really wash my hair that much anyway. I get really bad eczema so tend to avoid soaps.


          I can imagine that one would probably get over mixing the baking soda and water up... I might try it to see if I can train myself to just not use shampoo. And think of the money I'd save! I get really sweaty though, enough for my hair to drip as if I'd just dunk my hair in water, so not sure if I want to smell as if I don't shampoo my hair..


          I probably won't use the conditioning step, I'd much rather try an oil of some sort. In fact, I remember my mum doing stuff like that to me... I think once she tried olive oil... another time beer... that memory still makes me laugh.


          But in the end, I am rather lazy and would probably just buy something pricy but with less chemicals. Must going shopping this weekend. =D

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            IMHO, it's much more important what you eat, than what you put on your hair.


            I work out and get amazingly sweaty, three or four times per week. If I didn't use shampoo, I would feel skanky and gross (I have long hair).


            So I shampoo with Fructis, then use Coconut Oil on the ends. It works great, and smells terrific.

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              wug, the problem with doing the baking soda without finishing off with vinegar is that it's REALLY hard to rinse it all out. The vinegar seems to help get every little bit out of your hair (see the bit about the chemical reaction), and for some reason vinegar seems to smooth the hair down and make it shiny.


              That said, I still think it's too much hassle

              quette's journal

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                I use Burt's Bees Super Shiny grapefruit and honey conditioner. It's the only thing that makes it really nice, and I even dye it black every few months. I rarely brush my hair, even when it was long, and this stuff is good for me and the environment. So yay! I do want to try this stuff, though: http://www.mehandi.com/shop/shampoo/index.html I can't help it, even when I know what I like and what works, I still buy tons of soap and stuff!

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                  I use Redken products on my hair. I wash it only twice a week, sometimes three times.

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                    I just started using solid shampoo from Lush. It has some chemicals but most of the ingredients are natural. They list the ingredients on their website. The shampoo is a small disc and it's supposed to last as long as three bottles. I love the way it makes my hair feel and smell plus it's great for traveling and carry-on bags.


                    http://www.lush.com/

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                      I *heart* LUSH solid shampoos and use them everyday. I use their conditioner, too, but only 2x per week because it's so concentrated. Other than that, I do a 1x per week Dabur oil treatment on my hair to keep healthy shine.


                      I have extremely thick, long hair. If I don't wash it daily, it can get pretty greasy looking.

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                        Dr. Bronner's Almond Oil Castile soap.

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                          i only wash it 3x weekly (have long wavy hair) and use TIGI rockstar dry shampoo if it's looking oily. on wash days i use john frieda brilliant brunette. cheap and effective condition with kpak JOICO protein conditioner it makes my hair so shiny and soft (it's my $16 splurge)but 1 bottle has lasted me over a year now

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                            I wash my long hair once a week. Most weeks I use baking soda with a white vinegar rinse. About once a month, I use eggs instead of baking soda, which helps to reduce the waxy sebum build-up without stripping everything down.


                            This works really well for me.

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                              I use Nature's Gate shampoo and conditioner (volumizing and/or moisturizing) and wash my hair every other day. http://www.natures-gate.com/


                              Have been meaning to try the baking soda/vinegar method.

                              Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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