Madeleine Norman, who has “plastic dieted” her home (see article on Plastic Dieting), also avoids the use of unnecessary chemicals in her every day life. For example, she uses homemade shampoo. Tellus Think Tank is curious how and Madeleine shares some solid and practical tips.
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Here are some of Madeleine’s recipes for homemade hair products.
Honey hair wash – for frequent use
Instead of using shampoo, mix 1 tablespoon of honey with half a cup of lukewarm water in a glass jar and shake well. Massage the honey liquid into your hair for a long time then rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Add a little apple cider vinegar and let it dry into your hair.
Bicarbonate Wash for deeper cleansing of hair – once a month
The bicarbonate wash cleans the hair deeper and can be used once a month as a supplement to the Honey Hair Wash. Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate in half a cup of lukewarm water in a glass jar and shake well. Massage the bicarbonate liquid into your hair, then rinse your hair properly with lukewarm water.
Egg Conditioner when your hair needs extra love
According to Madeleine some people that have chosen to stop using shampoo use the the so-called Rye Flour Wash but as all hairs are different she has found that it doesn’t work for her. She finds the Egg Conditioner a good alternative when her hair needs “extra love”.
For this homemade shampoo conditioner: whisk an egg and pat it into your hair. Leave the egg in your hair for 10 minutes and then rinse it with plenty of lukewarm water.
On the Internet I find some more advice on the Egg Conditioner. People with dry hair are using only the yolk. People with oilier hair are using only egg whites for this conditioning. It also seems important to not use to hot water as the egg might coagulate and be difficult to rinse out of the hair.
The brushing of hair with a Bristle Brush
Another advice that Madeleine shares is the daily use of a “Bristle Brush”. The advantage of this brush kind of brush is that it helps spread the hairs own oil production, the sebum, and gives the hair natural shine and strength.
Madeleines last piece of advice for this time
-It takes a few weeks for your hair to re-balance, when converting from shampoo to homemade products. The hair becomes fatter over a short period of time. If you can hold out until the hair and the body’s sebum production has been re-balanced, a shampoo free life will give you stronger and healthier hair!
Tellus Think Tank thanks Madeleine Norman for sharing both her experience and advice on a life containing less harmful chemicals!
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