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Alternative Hair Care

By Donna Spangler

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Our hair is an extremely important part of our beauty routine. We spend lots of time, money, and effort into grooming our hair. So it’s important to recognize that hair is like most things in life-recognize the potential consequences before the damage has been done. And with all the products we put into our hair, we can really do some serious damage to our hair fibers. Regular maintenance can take you far in terms of saving money and extended treatments. While there are certainly different tiers of shampoos (ranging from extra harsh to light), shampoos can be very harsh on our hair. Three times a week is plenty-even if you have short, thin hair. If your scalp naturally overproduces oil a great trick is to clean your hair with baking soda and vinegar.

Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of room temperature water. After creating the mixture, begin rubbing it into your scalp and gently massaging the baking soda in while working your way down the hair.

Rinse the baking soda out of your hair with warm water. Once thoroughly rinsed, apply a vinegar mixture to your hair. Combine two tablespoons of white vinegar with four ounces of water and  put into a store bought squeeze bottle.

Mix the water and vinegar will and squeeze the contents of the bottle throughout your hair, distributing evenly. After a minute, rinse out the vinegar with cold water. It is very important to use cold water because the cold water locks in moisture and shine. Do not go overboard with this procedure. Substitute this once a week for on of your regular shampoo days to get the maximum benefit. Another great alternative to getting shiny hair without shampooing is to crack an egg into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour this mixture over damp hair and leave it in for a few minutes. Afterwards, use very cold water to rinse out the egg mixture. After all, you don’t want to be scrambling eggs! 

Published on Oct 23, 2013

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