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Rosemary Hair Rinse for no 'poo-ers!

I have started experimenting with the concept of no 'poo...

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!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 All natural non-planet hurting alternitive to toxic shampoo and conditioners!
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!


Evi said…
I wonder if I could tempt my 14 yo to use this instead of conditioner!!?? I'm going to try!
Kara, I noticed that you left me a few comments that didn't show up and for some reason I found them in my spam box! Not sure why but I've released them now and they are in the right spot! Thanks for popping by!
Practical Frog said…
Hey Evi, pop it in a conditioner bottle and see if that helps! Its as runny as water tho...
I did notice that the comments didnt go up - and I tried a couple of times. Just assumed my computer was playing up! Great to see you again! - Kara
knitgirl66 said…
Hi Kara,
Recently found your blog and love it!!
I have been no-pooing and using rosemary rinse since mid January and can't believe the difference - to think of all of the money wasted on shampoo and conditioner in the past, and all of the chemicals getting into my body:o
I also borrowed the green sewing book from my local library and have had fun making the lounge pant pattern to make the family PJ pants from old flannelette sheets. I love to reuse fabric.
Practical Frog said…
Hey KG66, Nice to 'meet' you! I'm not sure why I went so long before switching to no 'poo either! That green sewing book is great - all sorts of goodies to make and ideas to explore!! I made some bags out of our chook feed bags as well - great fun! - Kara
Barbara Good said…
Right, I'm trying this one tomorrow! I'm not yet 'no poo-ing' but I'm trying to space out my time between washed (my sister tells me you have to train your hair to not need washing as regularly), this might be just what I need between washes to give my hair a bit of a lift.
Practical Frog said…
Hi Barbara! I find that this is like a conditioner for me! I have waist length hair and it snarls and tangles when I try to brush it without n oil of soem sort. I also find that I have to rinse the rosemary out as it will leave the top half of my head 'greasy' if I dont! Good luck! - K xx
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