Washing hair can be a pain. Between finding the right shampoo and trying to get your locks dry, it can seriously be a process. I usually put off shampooing my hair as long as possible just because I don't want to deal with drying and styling it all the time. Besides that aftermath, just trying to find a shampoo and conditioner that suits my hair type can be an even bigger dilemma. So when shampoo just isn't cutting it, its time to turn to some alternatives. Below are a few hacks to get clean hair without using shampoo.
Apparently using your regular foamy shampoo is not always the best thing you can do for your hair. It can actually make your scalp dry and itchy (not great) as well as make it necessary to wash more often (even worse). So, if you've decided to give up on shampoo and try something else, this is your cheat sheet. It may take a while to get used to washing your hair sans shampoo, but its definitely worth it in the long run. Think healthy and shiny hair, without all those chemicals! Plus, your hair stays cleaner longer — like 4 or 5 days longer. Talk about a time saver! So, if you want to give the no 'poo trend a try, check out these shampoo alternatives.
1. Baking Soda
If you want to try a more natural hair cleanser, combine one tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of warm water and stir until the powder is dissolved. Pour the baking soda mixture all of the hair and work it into the scalp and hair, according to TreeHugger. Rinse thoroughly and then move on.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
After you've used the baking soda on your hair, follow it up with an apple cider vinegar rinse, according to TreeHugger. Just mix one or two tablespoons into one to two cups of water depending on how much hair you have. Rinse it out right away until there's no trace of the vinegar left in your hair.
3. Lemon Juice
If you have straight hair or hair that is prone to dandruff, try using a mixture of lemon juice and warm water to wash your hair. The citric acid in the lemons can help get rid of dandruff, according to Olwomen. Just squeeze the juice of one lemon with an equal amount of warm water and work into the hair for about 10 minutes. Comb through and rinse it out to have clean — but not stripped — hair.
You can use clay or mud cleansers for extra oily hair instead of a stripping shampoo. According to Hair Buddha, use rhassoul or kaolin clay for normal to dry hair and green or bentonite clay for oily hair. Just mix together 1/4 cup of your chosen clay with one cup water. You can add some essential oils for additonal cleansing or fragrance. Add the clay mixture to wet hair and massage like you would with shampoo. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse through.
5. Dry Shampoo
If you don't want to forgo using shampoo all together, but want to stretch the time between washes, invest in a good dry shampoo, according to Birchbox. Just spray dry shampoo at the roots and wait for it to dry before you brush out the powder. The powder should soak up any excess oil at the roots as well as give you extra volume and texture.
So, if you have super curly or wavy hair that doesn't really get oily, you can try using plain old conditioner instead of shampoo to wash your hair, according to Good Housekeeping. Distribute the conditioner of your choice all over your hair and then massage it into the scalp. It should cleanse all the dirt and dandruff out of your hair without stripping it like shampoo would.
Even if you just want to use less shampoo in your life, you can still get your hair wet in the shower, according to Birchbox. Just pretend like you're washing your hair like normal and massage your scalp with plain old water.
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