Most women love to treat their hair with luxury. Wisely, not all of us want to spend the money for a regular salon routine when it comes to our hair. Luckily we don’t have to. There are alternatives to high cost hair care and most of them can be found in our fridge, cupboard, or in our local grocery stores.
Skip the shampoo and just use baking soda and water. Really it’s that simple and is great for your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great rinse and conditioner. Due to its acidity it has a way of pulling gunk out of your hair. It leaves hair soft and manageable. It also has a great plus for those of us with brown hair. It brings out the red highlights in their hair. All three of these advantages are natural for those who are trying to remove some chemicals from their hair routines.
Corn meal can be used as a dry shampoo in a pinch. If you do a lot of camping, are having water issues at home, or are just out of shampoo, you can use corn meal to absorb the oils in your hair and give you an extra day or so before shampooing.
If you want to use a less amount of conditioner, then try using a shower comb. It helps to distribute conditioner throughout your hair. A shower comb also helps remove loose hair and reduces the chances of knots and broken hair.
A blended up avocado mixed with some mayonnaise is said to repair damaged hair. Use a comb to distribute the concoction through your hair and leave it to sit for ten minutes. After that just wash the mixture out of your hair.
If you are like me, then you are always looking for ways to both cut costs and cut the amount of toxins, preservatives and chemicals around the house. Sometimes, that combination is a difficult one. It’s wonderful to discover all natural substitutes that are also inexpensive. Recently, we had a post about all natural and very inexpensive shampoo. Well, there’s also a wonderfully all natural, easy and cheap alternative to your store-bought hair conditioner!
Although the shampoo alternative utilized a household item most people have in their kitchens (baking soda), the conditioning alternative is not necessarily something that everyone has around. The key ingredient: apple cider vinegar.
If you don’t have it around, I have two things to say to you.
1. It’s easy to get. Check out deals here and here.
2. You should have it around anyway. Here is one reason and another to keep it around.
Now, back to your homemade, all natural, inexpensive hair conditioner. Prepare for EASY!
1 cup of hot tap water
1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Simple mix the apple cider vinegar with the hot water and shake. Then, work it into your hair, one section of your hair at a time. Be sure not to dump it all into your hair because that could burn your eyes a little!
The end result is great shine for pennies on the dollar. And, did I mention that it takes about two minutes to prepare it?
What a great way to take good care of your hair at a price you just can’t refuse!
What DIY all natural and inexpensive beauty products have you tried lately?
For a while now, I have read about people going “no-poo,” that is not using commercial shampoo anymore. Well, I told myself that I was curious enough that ‘one of these days’ I was going to check into the recipes for whatever these people were doing to wash and condition their hair.
Well, ‘one of these days’ became yesterday. It was unbelievably easy and worked great! Okay, now. Brace yourself for easy, cheap and ALL natural (a beautiful trifecta)!!!
Here it goes. For the shampoo, you’ll need two ingredients. Two! And 99.9% of people reading this post right now have those ingredients in your kitchen.
1 cup of hot water
1 Tablespoon baking soda
Directions: Put them in a jar or plastic mustard or ketchup-type squirt plastic bottle and mix. That’s it. Work a little into your hair at a time. Some say that amount will last several days. I used it all. Maybe it’s because I used a jar and not one of those squirt bottles. Maybe it’s because I have lots of thick long hair. Whatever the reason, I didn’t feel bad. At all. Most importantly, it worked great. I have to admit I was concerned about my hair and scalp feeling really clean after shampooing with water and baking soda. But, it was fantastic.
It was fantastic enough that I may never need to buy shampoo again. Crazy, huh? It’s new enough to me that I can’t even believe that I just said that! One of these days I’ll have to calculate how many pennies I spent on washing my hair with a cup of tap water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Yay for new, easy, natural and ridiculously cheap shampoo!
What natural and cheap homemade products have you tried lately?