Before you click away in fright, I'm not about to discuss my toileting habits but my shampooing techniques or no 'poo to those in the know.
I'm not too keen on putting all those chemicals on my head and since I have quite long hair, I used quite a lot of 'poo to get it clean. I have been cruising around the net (as one does) and found these sites that might be useful if no 'poo-ing is something you are interested in looking at further.
Instructables - how to go no 'poo
Uniquely Normal Mom - 2 years of no 'poo
Nature moms - No shampoo alternitive
One of the things I found was that even though I used my own home-made hand-made pure olive oil soap, my hair was drying out. Christine over at Slow Living Essentials has a recipe for a Rosemary Hair rinse that I thought I would try - and the results are lovely! I'm really pleased!
Here is the link direct to her recipe
And here's what I did...
First I went and gave my rosemary bush a bit of a hair cut and stuffed as many stalks of rosemary into a wide mouthed bottle as I could.
Then I filled it up with boiling water and left it for 2 days on the kitchen bench while I went away for the weekend (going away is optional, but a really good part of the recipe!)
Then I pulled out the rosemary and added a couple of inches of vinegar. Christine said apple cider but I only had red wine vinegar so I used that and it seemed to work ok.
Then I decanted into a plastic drink bottle with a squirty lid as I was a bit worried about using glass in the shower in case it got knocked and smashed.
And then on the days I wash my hair (actually I usually just do my fringe as its the part the gets yucky first) I give my hair a decent squirt of the Rosemary rinse, massage it around a bit, leave it for a minute or so and then rinse it out.
I can now actually get a brush through my hair after washing it, it smells great, isn't going to hurt me, is good for the rosemary bush to get a bit of a pruning and my hair has a has a lovely shine!
Thanks Christine! I'm impressed and very happy!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 Can't get more frugal than out of the garden!
Time cost: 10 minutes + overnight steeping time.
Skill level: Even easier than boiling an egg!
Fun -ness: Great fun to make something that most people end up buying!