Shampoo or Not

Not Shampoo? 

Who is familiar with SLS? (sodium lauryl sulfate) Well, don’t worry, I wasn’t either until I began this journey to decrease chemicals and such in my life. SLS is a chemical that is in many of our products that we expect to suds. It’s only purpose is to create suds. It does not improve cleaning ability. Americans have associated suds with clean since, well, forever!

Today, I urge you to remove this association from your brain. Hocus Pocus remove from my brain! POOF! There, it is done. Now we can move forward….

I have been shampooless for a little while now. I was nervous at first. One side of me that looks in the mirror each morning didn’t want to have to see a greasy mess. On the other hand, the side of me that knows better said, we’ve seen worse! So I went for it! You should too! What will one little bottle of Not Shampoo hurt?


Not Shampoo Recipe & Steps

This will step you through per cup of Not Shampoo that you want to make. Just multiply times the number of cups your container will hold. Use an old shampoo bottle that you have rinsed very well.  Good luck getting all the SLS out in just a few rinses 🙂

There are 8ozs in a cup. So if your shampoo bottle is 24ozs then follow this recipe and multiply by three. 


Basic Ingredients Include


Yep! That’s right. Two ingredients and you are very familiar with both. 

What if I had asked you to find this list … Would you know what to go and find?

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol


If you have soft water heat your water just enough to dissolve the Baking Soda. 

If you have hard water, boil your water for 10 mins. The minerals should form and fall to the bottom of the pot. Do NOT include these when you pour your water in to the shampoo bottle. Let the water cool a bit before pouring in to the shampoo bottle or you will have a melted work of art bottle.

Pour water into the very rinsed out shampoo bottle

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda for every cup (or 8oz) of water

Shake this until the baking soda dissolves

Your done! 


Using Not Shampoo

Squirt the mixture over your scalp in the shower. Most of the dirt will be on your scalp, not the ends of the hair. Work the mixture in with your figures. Like a scalp massage, NOT a scalp scrub. The feeling should be sleek. If it is not, you may have to add a bit more baking soda to your mixture. Just a little at a time thou ok?


Additional Ingredients Should You Want to Know

If you have dry hair you could add oil to the shampoo. Those who know me know that I love coconut oil and say go for that. If you love another oil, try that (olive or jojoba). I would add 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Make sure to shake the container each time before use.

Your hair would really love you if you applied oil to it once a week or every other week and let it sit for a while before you shower.  

Follow up with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse I call Not Conditioner (coming soon)


until next time…take care of you



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