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10/24/11 1:14 P

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The vinegar smell does rinse away, but you could put some fresh herbs in the bottle anyway.

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10/24/11 9:27 A

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About two months ago I started using Dr.Bonners on my hair as well as in my shower. I use the one with Almond and I am totally surprised and happy to have found that I really only need ONE BOTTLE to do the job. It leaves my hair manageable and soft... without any build up.. Again. totally surprised.. I thought anything but expensive shampoo would not do the job.

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10/23/11 10:48 P

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A tea rinse will be less harsh than vinegar, but that can also highlight gray hair with some hair types.
I make a rinse with sage, rosemary, and green tea, and put it in a bottle for the rest of the week.
Those are the same herbs I put in the bottle with baking soda to wash my hair, so the "shampoo" and the rinse are a matched set.
I just made this week's batch 20 minutes ago in a pot.

I prefer a bit of safflower oil as a conditioner.

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10/23/11 8:28 P

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I don't use anything in my hair at all (except for Static Guard once in a while during the winter) and I don't color my hair. But I'd still like to wash it with something that's not going to strip all of the natural oils from my hair, which leaves it dry(er) and brittle.

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10/23/11 8:06 P

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Baking soda is supposed to get all the gunky styling stuff out of your hair (gel, spray, etc). I try to be careful and not wash my hair more that every other day 'cuz the color will wash away! If you wash your hair with vinegar does it rinse clean (couldn't stand my head smelling like any kind of vinegar)!

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10/23/11 7:59 P

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Oh my goodness! I can skip a day of shampooing, but by the third day my hair realy looks awful with all the oil that's built up in it. On my days off I don't wash my hair, and right now it hasn't been washed since I got it cut on Wednesday. It feels awful and it looks attrocious, but at least it's not dry and the bonus is that my scalp isn't itchy, either.

Another recent invention from the people who sell shampoos is that whole lather-rinse-repeat thing. Why repeat? No other reason than to use (and then have to buy) more shampoo. Shampooing really isn't very good for your hair...so doing it twice is just doubly bad. I'm going to give the baking soda a try. Can't be nearly as bad for my hair as shampoo is.

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10/23/11 3:11 P

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It is true that your hair gets used to what you give it. Years and years ago, people washed their hair very infrequently. The idea that it must be washed every day or even every week is a modern invention, pushed by the beauty industry.

I am going on almost a month now without using shampoo and my hair looks fantastic! I do have very dry, very thick hair, so if yours is fine, you may not get as good results.

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10/23/11 2:18 P

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The emoticon in me wants to know how long Kurt's hair is. emoticon

I can get by without washing my hair so often now a days. But when I was a teen, I would have needed to wear a bonnet if I didn't wash my hair every day. I know - washing it often may have been making it more oily. But I am sure all of you remember how teen's feel about their hair.

I don't know what the mint shampoo might be.

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10/23/11 12:17 P

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When I was a hippie teen, there was a very cheap simple shampoo that smelled like mint. It was very cheap. I see it once in a while. It was so cheap and worked great. Especially if you shampooed every day. Has anyone tried it and do you know where I could buy some? Back in the day I used that and Ivory----so simple-so cheap. emoticon

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10/23/11 9:44 A

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We're actually not supposed to wash our hair every day because it strips the good oil from the hair. Shampooing every day is something that was pushed by advertising during the last century.

When you rinse your hair on non-shampoo days, you're supposed to massage the roots to get rid of the bad acid/oil that clogs the pores of the scalp and chokes the hair growth.

60: I'm also wary of using vinegar after baking soda, even though I manage to rinse my hair thoroughly.
I've been using baking soda & vinegar to unclog drains, and even a little baking soda reacts with vinegar.

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When I was a kid - back in the day when we only took one bath a week during the winter - I used to go to my grandmothers so she could wash my hair.
She used VO5 shampoo & used her knuckles to "massage" my scalp. She said it would keep my hair healthy to massage it. Then she would rinse my hair with vinegar water.

I was not familiar with the baking soda. I think you would want to get the soda water well rinsed before using the vinegar water. Vinegar and soda react with each other. I use it to clean pots and pans sometimes.

I have been only rinsing my hair in the shower every other day - cutting my shampoo use in half. It freshens it up. I want to try the baking soda soon. I have really fine hair and it is somewhat thin. Inexperienced beauticians never know what to do with it.

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10/22/11 9:20 P

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Thanks Kurt, I'll give that a try. I have godawful wimpy, dry, fine, delicate hair and if I even think about combing through it without some kind of conditioner it's gonna break. Honest to goodness, just from the thoughts. emoticon

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10/22/11 8:13 P

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As a kid, my mom (who was a beautician) always rinsed my hair in diluted vinegar water but I believe she used white vinegar. I use that to rinse my shih-tzu every few times to get the chemicals out of her fur.

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I've been using something similar:
Baking Soda with herb-infused water (Sage & Rosemary).
I don't rub it in vigorously, I just wet my hair in the shower, comb it, use a squeeze bottle to put it on, and then work it through. I wait a couple of minutes until I rinse it out (thoroughly).
It took a few days for my hair to adjust (I thought it wasn't working) but then it was OK.
The Sage & Rosemary combat the gray hair and alzheimers (the latter claim is according to recent UK studies).
I don't use any vinegar.

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I have a small squeeze bottle of Safflower Oil (Vitamin E) and I put a drop of it in my hand, rub my hands together, and then work it into the ends and comb it through -- it's not much oil at all. It has made my hair much thicker.

I read an article that suggested making a similar dry shampoo with baking soda and ground oatmeal (ground to a powder). The directions were to part the hair in several spots, sprinkle the powdered mixture along the roots (to soak up the oil and dirt), and then comb it out.
The article said it was ideal for bed-ridden people who could not easily take showers.

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Do you use a conditioner after this, and if so what do you use?

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10/22/11 3:12 P

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What a great idea. I remmber as a kid that my Mother & Grandma use to do this to my hair when I was little. I had forgotten all about this.

Thanks for sharing!

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10/22/11 2:29 P

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Wow, does that really work? That's incredible!

They have all these conditioners that promise to make your hair shiney/strong/brighter/curlier/straighter, but I've never seen any significant difference.

Am definately going to try this a try. Thanks MBSHAZZER :-).

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I've known about this trick for a while, but I've only recently put it into practice.

Instead of regular shampoo & conditioner, I have been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The recipe is one tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water (put in a squeeze bottle) and two tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water.

Every other day, I use the baking soda (a few squirts is all that is needed) and really scrub my scalp. I rinse and then finish it off with a dip of the ends into the ACV.

My hair has never looked better. This works especially well on curly hair. This is inexpensive, environmentally friendly and much better for your body (no chemicals!). Try it!

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