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Showing posts with label homemade shampoo.
Showing posts with label homemade shampoo.

24 April 2014

In the three years that I've been no-pooing it was a habit of mine to replace hair conditioner with apple cider vinegar. I knew that some people used lemon juice instead of vinegar but because vinegar gave me great results I never tried lemon.


A few days ago Kanelstrand reader  asked me to test the pH of lemon juice and see if it can safely be used instead of vinegar.



Which reminds me, if you still haven't read my post about , please do so.

And if you are doing the same to your hair, you are killing it slowly. Stop immediately.

Why pH matters?

Hair and skin are covered by a very thin fluid layer comprised of oil, salt and water, called the mantle, which is slightly acidic and has a pH balance of between 4.5 - 5.0.

This natural acidity of the hair and scalp prevents fungi and bacteria, and keeps the cuticle closed and healthy. If your haircare routine is too alkali your hair cuticles will stay open and your hair will be dry and brittle. But if you use pH balanced products, i.e. ones that are close to the natural pH of the hair (4.5 - 5.0) your hair cuticles will close properly which will result in healthy shiny hair.


But what's the case with vinegar/lemon juice? 

After an extensive research I am positive that vinegar and lemon juice are used interchangeably, and mostly depending on personal preference.

Both vinegar and lemon have long been used to make hair silky and lustrous. They work to restore luster by removing build up from other hair products. The acidity of vinegar and lemon juice leaves hair smooth and silky and detangles your hair. They fight dandruff and improve scalp health. They also stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. Depending on your hair type, you may want to use a vinegar/lemon rinse once a week, or as often as three times a week.

Before I continue with the actual measuring of the pH let me explain that vinegar (as well as lemon juice) is a dilute acid that can be made more dilute using water, it can be neutralized using a base, but it cannot be made into a base. The term "pH" stands for "potential hydrogen" -- which means that the more free-floating hydrogen ions in a solution, the more acidic the solution is. Vinegar's pH will always remain at a number lower than neutral, no matter how dilute it is, because vinegar is an acid ().

Pure apple cider vinegar has a pH 2.


Here is the pH of 2 tbsp vinegar diluted in a cup (250ml) tap water.

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Pure lemon juice:

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2 tbsp lemon juice diluted in a cup (250ml) tap water is slightly more acidic than 2 tbsp of vinegar diluted in a cup of water.


But when you dilute 2 tbsp of lemon juice in 2 cups of water you get a pH of about 3.5 - 4.


Edit: If you insist on getting the pH of your lemon juice rinse to 4.0 you can dilute 1 tsp lemon juice in 450ml tap water, which is roughly 1 3/4 cup.



In conclusion

The reason for using an acidic hair rinse is that it helps our cuticle scales to lie as flat as they can so they won't be torn off or won't allow stuff to pass into our hair shaft. In that sense, a vinegar or lemon juice rinse works toxic-free magic for a considerably less amount of money than the conditioner you can buy.

As you can see from the pH tests, lemon juice is a tiny bit more acidic than vinegar,  but it has the same qualities. There is no documented danger of using it as a hair rinse.

One thing worth noting is that lemon juice will lighten your hair in direct sunlight.

If you dislike the smell of vinegar, I have a solution for you!

Add some dried rosemary or rosemary essential oil to the bottle of vinegar that you're using and the smell will be gone. (thanks to for this tip)

Have you tried rinsing your hair with lemon juice or vinegar? What's your experience?

19 February 2014

After 3 years of faithful no-pooing with baking soda I noticed that my hair has become brittle and dry, I did a which proved that while I was saving my hair from I was destroying it with the highly alkaline baking soda. .

I set on a journey to find easy to make homemade shampoos that will not only replace baking soda but will also be pH balanced.

A few weeks ago I tested and was very excited with the results. Today, I decided to try a recipe with coconut milk and Aloe Vera that I found on Robin's blog, .


Benefits of coconut milk and Aloe Vera for hair
Coconut is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, milk helps fight dandruff and dry scalp, it is also used against hair loss, it also promotes faster hair growth.

Since ancient times Aloe Vera has been used for treating dandruff and dry, itchy skin, Just like coconut milk, it is rich in vitamins and minerals, which are beneficial for hair and skin. It promotes moisture and shine in hair and is used in many conditioning products.

pH of coconut milk
Before combining coconut milk and Aloe Vera I tested the pH of both ingredients. Coconut milk is neutral, it has a pH 7.0.

pH of Aloe Vera 
Aloe Vera,on the other hand is slightly acidic, with a pH 3.0.



pH of Aloe Vera 
When I combined coconut milk and Aloe Vera in the ratio suggested on , I got a pH balanced homemade shampoo. Take a look.


As you can see, the test strip shows pH 4.5 which is just the same as the pH of hair.

Here is why the pH of shampoo is important for healthy hair: 
pH (potential of Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. pH is judged on a scale between 0 and 14. Anything with a pH less than 7.0 is acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and anything with a pH greater than 7.0 is alkaline.

Hair and skin are covered by a very thin fluid layer comprised of oil, salt and water, called the mantle, which is slightly acidic and has a pH balance of between 4.5 - 5.0.
The natural acidity of the hair and scalp prevents fungi and bacteria, and keeps the cuticle closed and healthy.
An inadequate hair product can disrupt the natural pH of the hair. If your haircare routine is too alkali your hair cuticles will stay open and your hair will be dry and brittle. But if you use pH balanced products, i.e. ones that are close to the natural pH of the hair (4.5 - 5.0) your hair cuticles will close properly which will result in healthy shiny hair.

pH balanced coconut milk and Aloe Vera shampoo recipe
This recipe is suitable for dry, dandruff-prone hair and scalp.

Robin's recipe at Thank Your Body of both coconut milk and Aloe Vera, which she then suggests to be stored in the freezer, which is a great idea but I wanted to make sure the shampoo works for my hair before I take the step to more of this shampoo.

Ingredients
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  • 3 oz (88 ml) Aloe Vera

Directions

  • Mix the coconut milk and the Aloe Vera well until there are no lumps left.
  • Apply on wet hair.

Coconut milk and Aloe Vera shampoo application

There's nothing special about applying this shampoo on your hair, just proceed as you would with any shampoo: apply on wet hair,
  1. Apply on wet your hair.and put some of the shampoo on your fingers. Massage into the scalp.
  2. Massage well into the scalp.
  3. Let it stay for a couple of minutes.
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  5. As a conditioner use 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 cup of water. Tip: Grab a bowl to capture the ACV rinse and apply a couple of times more.
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Unfortunately, the Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera shampoo left my hair feeling greasy. Actually, my face was greasy too and I had to use soap to clean it. I think the reason is the proteins in coconut milk, which I've noticed that my hair and scalp are not tolerant to.

This is the place to mention that I have a slightly oily hair and this might be the reason for the greasy effect.

That is why, I applied the same shampoo on my husband's hair, which is dandruff-prone and very dry and it had a wonderful effect.


Overall, I loved how easy this shampoo is to make, the smell and the properties of both coconut milk and Aloe Vera. It is easy to apply and has a pleasant smell. Although it didn't work well on my hair, I recommend it for dry, damaged hair and dandruff-prone scalp.

Have you tried washing your hair with coconut milk or Aloe Vera? What were the results?

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Sources:
http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/coconut-milk-for-hair-growth/#
http://www.thankyourbody.com/ph-balanced-shampoo-recipe/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/361851-vitamins-minerals-in-aloe-vera/
http://healthism.blogspot.com/2011/07/vitamins-and-minerals-in-coconut.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe_vera
http://www.nenonatural.com/3/post/2013/05/8-benefit-of-coconut-milk-for-natural-hair.html

03 February 2014

After 3 years of no-pooing with baking soda I did a which proved that while I was saving my hair from I was destroying it with the highly alkaline baking soda. .

So I decided to find pH balanced baking soda alternatives that will help me and you keep our hair healthy while still being on the frugal and sustainable side.

Luckily for me, when I shared the findings of my baking soda pH test, Kanelstrand reader  asked me to measure the pH of rye flour water.

I had no idea you could wash your hair with flour!


Benefits of rye flour for hair
Just take a look at the list of vitamins in rye:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B 1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
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  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin E
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  • Beta-Carotene
  • Lutein

Some of the hair-healthy minerals that can be found in rye are
Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, Selenium, and Zink, which all fight premature hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

Rye also contains proteins, and Omega 3 fatty acids.

As you can see, rye is literally packed with vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth and keep it healthy.

pH of rye flour shampoo
The pH test showed that rye flour shampoo is very balanced. Take a look.


As you can see, the test strip shows pH 5.0 which is just the same as the pH of hair.

Here is why the pH of shampoo is important for healthy hair: 
pH (potential of Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. pH is judged on a scale between 0 and 14. Anything with a pH less than 7.0 is acidic, 7.0 is neutral, and anything with a pH greater than 7.0 is alkaline.

Hair and skin are covered by a very thin fluid layer comprised of oil, salt and water, called the mantle, which is slightly acidic and has a pH balance of between 4.5 - 5.0.
The natural acidity of the hair and scalp prevents fungi and bacteria, and keeps the cuticle closed and healthy.
An inadequate hair product can disrupt the natural pH of the hair. If your haircare routine is too alkali your hair cuticles will stay open and your hair will be dry and brittle. But if you use pH balanced products, i.e. ones that are close to the natural pH of the hair (4.5 - 5.0) your hair cuticles will close properly which will result in healthy shiny hair.

pH balanced rye flour shampoo recipe
This recipe is suitable for all types of hair.

NB! The reason why rye flour is easy and messy-free is that it's low in gluten. Do not experiment with other flours, especially those rich in gluten, it will be really hard to take them off your hair. 

Ingredients
  • 3-4 tbsp. rye flour (you can adjust the amount according to your hair length)
  • some lukewarm water, enough to make it resemble the thickness of shampoo

Directions
  • Put the flour in a cup.
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  • Mix until there are no lumps left and the mixture is runny and resembles that of shampoo.

Rye flour shampoo application
Getting the rye flour shampoo on my hair was pretty easy because its consistency was just like shampoo. (If you feel like it's too thick for you, just add more water until you like it.)
  1. Wet your hair and put some of the shampoo on your fingers. Massage into the scalp. Focused on the scalp, massaging thoroughly and gently, the shampoo will cover the lengths of your hair when you start rinsing.
  2. Rinse generously with lukewarm water.
  3. As a conditioner use 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 cup of water. Tip: Grab a bowl to capture the ACV rinse and apply a couple of times more.
Effect of rye flour on hair
I was truly surprised at how clean my hair became after I first washed it with rye flour shampoo. It was soft and manageable without any residue. Having in mind how many vitamins and minerals there are in rye flour I am sure that in time my hair will be revived and will grow thick and healthy.



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