As you may already know, I believe strongly that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body when it comes to wellness. That’s the whole motivation behind the creation of Belle Coco, which I use head-to-toe, on hair, face, body, hands and feet. For a while now people have been asking me, “what’s a good natural shampoo?” The truth is I didn’t have an answer. I tried a couple brands but didn’t particularly like how they made my hair feel.
Then a good girlfriend of mine started talking about being shampoo free, and how it was completely transforming her hair. I didn’t think this was for me, but I couldn’t help but notice that her hair was looking more and more incredible every time I saw her. So I did a little research and decided to take the plunge. I think it’s safe to say I am never going back to shampoo!
We are blessed with wonderful natural oils in our skin and scalp, yet spend so much time, energy, and money stripping those oils away, then more time, energy, and money finding the solution to put them back in. With hair, it’s no different. Shampoo, no matter how gentle it claims to be, is a detergent that strips the hair of its natural oils and is often damaging for the environment too. Then we “condition” our hair, which usually just means coating it with waxy substances, so it can appear smooth and feel soft. We don’t stop there! The texture and look still isn’t quite right so we then use harsh heat stylers and chemical based styling products. Because of this, our hair becomes progressively damaged over time, and the quest for the perfect hair products continues forever.
It just doesn’t make sense! Of course we sweat, and there are environmental factors that make our hair feel dirty, so keeping it clean is important. Yet doing so without causing further damage is not only possible, it’s easy and extremely cost effective.
After doing some research online, a few weeks ago I started washing my hair with a diluted baking soda solution, and conditioning with an apple cider vinegar solution. I then use a little bit of Belle Coco on the ends as a leave-in conditioner and I can’t express enough how much I am loving my hair!! My entire hair-care process is now completely chemical free, incredibly inexpensive, and my hair has never looked and behaved better, even in highly humid conditions (see photos below for proof).
Exhibit A: This photo was taken at my friend’s wedding in San Clemente at the beginning of August. It was the most humid day I have ever experienced in Southern California, and was even drizzling outside. In the past I would be panicking over the frizz situation. Instead, I could focus on dancing and having a good time.
Exhibit B: This photo was taken in Istanbul very recently, where it is also extremely hot and humid. Again, no hair worries with my new poo-free solution.
Here is the process I use for my hair type, which is long, thick, wavy, and used to be dry (in my shampoo days):
1) Make your Wash and Conditioner
- Baking Soda: pulls excessive grease from the hair and cleans away dirt and sweat.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Balances the pH of your scalp and seals the hair cuticle.
- Essential oils of your choice: for the delightful aroma and for each oil’s unique properties (more on this in a future post)
- 2 empty squeeze bottles (I got the ones pictured below from Target)
In an empty bottle, add one tablespoon of baking soda for every 8oz of water. Shake well.
In an empty, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV), a few drops of some of your favorite essential oils (I use melaleuca and lavender essential oils) for every 8oz of water.
- In the shower, wet hair thoroughly, then squeeze some of the baking soda solution onto your scalp, focusing on the areas that tend to feel the most oily.
- Massage scalp (Enjoy this! A good scalp massage is not only good for your roots, it feels great too.)
- Squeeze some of the ACV solution over scalp and hair. Comb through.
- Leave on for a couple minutes.
- Towel dry hair.
- Add a small amount of Belle Coco to ends and comb through.
- For a tamed wave effect, coil into buns and let air dry for about 30 minutes.
- Undo the buns, flip hair, and voila, frizz free and fabulous!
It’s important if you’re taking the bold and healthy step to go poo-free that you do some research for your particular hair type and experiment with the ratios in your solutions. There is an adjustment period, and it takes time to discover how often to wash your hair. My hair took to it very quickly and the adjustment period was minor. I absolutely love this new experience of my hair in it’s most natural form.
In the comments below, let me know your thoughts, your experiences, and/or any questions you have.
Enjoy your new poo-free life!