Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hair Nutrition - FAIL!

After writing up this article about unsafe beauty products a few weeks ago, I decided to experiment with my hair. My previous JASON shampoo was rated as a "moderate hazard." So, I went "no 'poo" for at least 14 days. What this meant was washing my hair every other day, and on the days I did wash, I used baking soda for the wash and apple cider vinegar as a rinse. This was meant to be a good test to see if my hair felt better without the oil-stripping shampoos or the added chemicals.

A big FAIL for me! This is not to say that using baking soda and apple cider vinegar would not work for others, because there are alot of advocates out there online. I just could not get the greasy feeling to leave my hair, ever. Plus, on days when I bellydanced with my group, the apple cider vinegar smell (and maybe the baking soda smell too) would be extremely strong, to the point I was certain I was making others raise eyebrows. ACV smells good in food, but not as a perfume while sweating!

Alas, I am going back to something better. I found Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps All-One Hemp Lavender Oil Liquid Soap that doesn't smell bad (lavender-scented!) or leave a greasy feel. And, the EWG's Cosmetic database rates it a 2 or "low hazard." Plus, you can use this soap for washing your body too, and probably a bunch of other things. I like!

Now, on to more experimenting with other beauty products...

I've also been doing some research on Metabolic Typing so should have a new post soon about that! Fascinating stuff about how we are all biochemically different from one another, so one diet doesn't fit all. Coming soon!


  1. LOL! I just gave up on no-poo too. I'm going back to my organic shampoo and non-organic Kiehl's hair conditioner.

  2. You too huh? Well, at least we both tried! =)

  3. Sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you. I tried this as well and after about 8 - 9 days my hair was driving me crazy and I didn't want to go out in public :)

    I think I may try again next winter when I am hibernating again. If you find a good alternative though, do let me know as I am desperately seeking a shampoo alternative.

  4. I'm an Advanced Adviser Metabolic Typing is the key to nutrition. There is nothing powerful then knowing your needs as an individual.

  5. Very cool! I am fascinated by MT and am still learning up on it. Different experts seem to have different styles with MT. Coming soon!

  6. I tried the No-Poo also and failed. I ended up buying these natural shampoo bars, which work quite nicely. My favorite one in the Rosemarry Nettle.