See part 1 here.
Last time I wrote about washing my hair, I talked about the no-poo method – washing without soap, and using baking soda and a vinegar rinse. I could not get over the 2 weeks or so that it takes for your hair to adjust to that method, so I ended up giving it up.
I tried to go back to normal shampoo and conditioner, but I just couldn’t make myself do it. Looking at all the ingredients on the shampoo bottles just made me cringe! And I just can’t make myself fork out a load of money on shampoo that I’m not too sure about the ingredients.
A couple weeks before I left for India, I came across the company Bubble and Bee. I actually was on a search for an all natural deodorant that did not have baking soda in it … that is a whole different story! I break out every time I use a baking soda based deodorant (and I have tried many different kinds!). On my Facebook page, someone had mentioned Bubble and Bee, so I decided to check it out.
I mean, they have a bee in their name, it can’t be bad, right?
This is the deodorant I got, and I love it! The ingredients are: arrowroot powder, coconut oil, lime essential oil, and geranium essential oil. You only use a very little at a time, and so it really lasts a long time. I haven’t had any problems with it, and I really do love the smell!
Anyways, while I was looking at their site, I saw their lemon shampoo, and decided to give it a try.
First of all, I must say, I love the scent! It smells so fresh and clean.
Just like the no-poo method, this is not a detergent – it is a soap. It takes a few days up to a few weeks for the chemical products in other shampoos to wash out of your hair. This time – I decided to give it the full 2 weeks and just see what would happen! The 2 weeks were up juuuust before I got on my flight overseas. They also send a bottle for you to use a vinegar rinse after to shampoo your hair. You fill the bottle 1/3 way full of vinegar, and the other 2/3 of the way full with water, and pour over your hair while in the shower.
I actually found using that bottle for the vinegar rinse didn’t work for me, so I invented my own method!
I have this spray bottle that I fill about 1/4 full with apple cider vinegar, and the rest of the way with water that I keep in my bathroom for cleaning my face – I just spray a cotton ball, and use that as a toner to help with blemishes. So my process is – I wash my hair with this shampoo in the shower, and rinse it off immediately. Then, I use this vinegar/water spray and spray down my hair right before I get out of the shower, and rinse it off. I use about 3-4 sprays – just enough that if I run my fingers through my hair, it is smooth. I have heard other people say that they don’t rinse the vinegar spray off, they let it evaporate as their hair dries – but that didn’t work for me! I found my hair smelled slightly of vinegar. I would much rather have it smell of lemony goodness!
I have been using this now for about 3 1/2 months, and I really do love it. I am just finishing my first bottle of shampoo – so while this shampoo is more expensive than I would normally pay, I feel it is worth it. I know I am not putting any chemicals into my body, and I love how my hair feels.
Now, I just need to get a hair cut, because my hair is getting sooo long!
Maybe someday I will try making my own shampoo, but for now I am loving this lemon shampoo!
I purchased these items with my own money, and all opinions on these products are my own.