Many shampoos, like a lot of cosmetics, contain harmful ingredients and are probably doing you more harm than good. Factor in the cost and impact on the environment and its a wonder we still use them!
The G magazine recently published a great article on shampoo alternatives to keep your scalp and hair clean and healthy. Read article here –5 ways to go shampoo free
For the past half a year I have been washing my hair with bicarbonate soda. I make a paste with a couple of tablespoons bicarb soda and a bit of water. After wetting my hair I rub this in and leave for about 5 mintues and then rinse out. I then rinse my hair out with a weak solution of vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil . I add the tea tree oil as I am prone to dandruff and this is a great control.
About once a week I precondition my hair with coconut oil. I find this gives it an extra shine. And thats it -no more expensive bottles of complicated chemicals for me!
For a good summary of what is in our “beauty products” see Story of Cosmetics[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfq000AF1i8]
For other great ideas on environmentally friendly and cheap alternatives to commercial personal hygiene products see Stories of Creative Ecology.