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How to: Go shampoo free

G Magazine

Go "no poo" with natural ingredients to save money and reduce the eco-impact of your waste.

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The foaming agents in shampoo don’t only lift dirt from your hair – they strip the scalp of it’s natural balancing oils. The temporary shine from chemicals in conventional shampoos could be doing more damage than it’s worth for your scalp, as well as waterways when it’s washed down the sink. Go “no ‘poo” with these natural ingredients on your crowning glory instead.

1. Apply a cloudy solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water to the roots of your hair to help clean dirt and oils. It won’t be easy to start with, but stick with it for a few weeks and the oils in your scalp will balance out.

2. Condition with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water. Add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance, or lemon juice if you want to lighten your hair colour.

3. Deodorise your hair between washes with a spritz of water and your favourite essential oils. Give it a rinse with water in the shower often too.

4. Every few weeks, get rid of build-up on the scalp with a scrub of 2 tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with honey. (Turn the shower of while you scrub away.)

5. Make your own dry shampoo to absorb excess oil between washes. In an airtight container, mix 1/4 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Massage into oily parts of the scalp, leave for five minutes and while standing over a sink, brush out vigorously with a natural bristle brush.