Cost Analysis – An expensive salon shampoo costs around $210/year per person while a less expensive shampoo such as Suave or VO5 costs around $11/year.
To use baking soda will take about 1/4 of an ounce each wash and you will wash about twice a week, throw in some Essential Oils to scent it and some lemon or vinegar for the rinse and your per person cost is about $7/year plus the EO’s of your choice.
Environmental Impact – No more plastic shampoo bottles, no shampoo residue washing down the drain, and it uses less water because you actually have to wash your hair less using this method.
How to Do It – This post at Baby Slime is great to get the details and all the extra things you can make and do for your hair. The basic recipe is 1 Tbs in 1 cup of hot water, let it sit for one minute, then rinse with 1Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice in one cup of hot water. Add any essential oils meant to scent your hair to the final rinse.
My experience – I love it. My hair is fuller and softer. I only have to wash it once every 3 days and it doesn’t look oily at all. I did have to experiment with how much baking soda to use (I was using to much and my hair was very dry for the first week or so). I scent it with lilac oil because I love the smell. I also love how I can customize it to my own hair. I like it more than any other shampoo I have tried. I went on a business trip last month and used the shampoo in the hotel and was amazed that my hair felt immediately oily and “icky”.
As an added bonus, I have used this on my son and it is great! It does not sting if it gets in his eyes and it is simple to apply.
I recommend at least giving it a shot.