Phase One: Make Baking Soda Cleanser. Check.
Phase Two: Make Vinegar Rinse.
I have been casually stalking No 'Poo articles and blog posts for about 6 years. Yes, really - 6 years. I even tried Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash for a while back in 2007 or 2008. I don't recall specifically why, but I determined then that it just wasn't the right stuff for my hair. It's very possible that I just wasn't yet ready for the switch from sudsy and luxurious sodium lauryl sulfate-laden shampoos and conditioners - it is definitely a different experience using SLS-free products when lather has been The Way of Things your whole life.
As I mentioned back in November, my hair is one of my vanity zones. It's not super magical perfect hair, it's just one thing I can make look good no matter what my weight, and that's an important thing to have as a person who sometimes struggles with feeling good about my overall appearance. Though switching to a BS/ACV (that's "baking soda / apple cider vinegar") system is in better alignment with my hippie-tree-hugger values than using any eco-friendly version of a shampoo/conditioner combo, it has been really easy to postpone. Mostly because of the dreaded 'detox period' when my hair will be adjusting to the BS/ACV and trying to balance it's oil production to accommodate. Word on the street is that once your hair totally acclimates to BS/ACV, it will look clean every day even if you wash only once per week (I'm sure this depends on the type of hair and skin/scalp you have). I currently wash my hair twice a week (sometimes 3) and that is considered a frequency that will result in a longer-lasting detox period than if I just begin washing only once per week immediately. I'm not sure which I'll choose - certainly a faster detox sounds good, but I'm pretty sure there's only so much greasy hair I can tolerate.
The initial recipe I'm using is from the blog "Reformation Acres" ... the only thing I changed was the ratio of essential oils. Quinn uses only peppermint oil and tea tree oil, but I mixed it up a bit, as shown below:
ACV Rinse: Version 1
3/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (I used Lily of the Desert Whole Leaf)
1 Tbsp Honey
3 drops Tea Tree Oil
3 drops Peppermint Oil
4 drops Lavender Oil
5 drops Spearmint Oil
I mixed all of the above in my trusty Pyrex then poured it into a recycled plastic bottle.
The smell of it in the bottle is ... well, it's funky. It doesn't smell specifically like vinegar. There is definitely a pungent quality, but I also get the sweet smell of the spearmint oil (which is why I added it). After sniffing it several times, I think what I identify most as "not my favorite" is actually the honey, as I am not fond of the smell of some honeys. I can also smell the crisp notes of the peppermint oil. It's not too bad, actually.
Off to the shower!