Sustainably Nourished

Living on a budget, eating healthy, sustaining it on our own and in community

DIY Hair Soap (AKA No-poo, AKA Natural Shampoo) and DIY Conditioner

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I have tried so many things for shampoo alternatives since the ones in the store are full of strong detergents that strip not only dirt but the natural oils from your hair that God gave as a natural protectant of your scalp and moisturizer. Plus its just one more thing to BUY.  Dr. Bronners was great at first, but left me and my girls with a waxy residue that was gross, tangled our hair and was quite difficult to get out YUCK! The brush was all caked up with it as well. So then we tried mixing up baking soda in a bottle with water and applying that as a shampoo, but…my girls had a hard time applying it and as it is winter now, we were pouring a chilly bottle of water on our head and that wasnt so fun…but baking soda it self just works so great, removing and cleansing the dirt without stripping your hair of the good oils.

It got me thinking…why not just sift the baking soda into a large-holed shaker bottle and just shake it on your scalp while in the shower…?


So that’s exactly what I did! My empty basil container just happens to have some wide holes in the top so I sifted my baking soda through a funnel into it and voila–a perfect shampoo shaker for the shower. Now we can saturate our hair in the warm or hot water from the shower, then just shake it onto our scalp, rub and scrub it in gently for a few seconds and wash it out. Make sure you label it, and keep the top screwed on tightly so no moisture gets it, and keep it away from the general shower stream.

This was a much better experience than all the previous ones. When your hair is towel-dried, or dry, just rub some oil (Olive oil, Jojoba, Almond, Coconut) on the ends of your hair and you should be good to go! No more mess, and no more icy water. My hair was totally clean and soft and easy to brush after the first use.

Let me know how you like it!

Author: Sustainably Nourished

I am a follower of the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a mommy, a wife, a wanna be homesteader;) We have 8 chickens, 12 quails, and an awesome dog, and a bunch of plants so far. We desire to be producing most of our own things and less dependent on outside systems!

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