You can have too much of a good thing!

A couple of entries ago (here, if you’d like to read), I posted about how to make your own baking soda, and apple cider vinegar hair washes/rinses. I wanted to post an update about this to explain how I’ve made it work best for me!

For those of us who’ve played around with custom moisturizers, cleansers, hair elixirs, and other DIY goodies, I’m sure we have all realized just how potent and powerful essential oils can be. The point of switching to a “no ‘poo” cleansing method is to cleanse and condition without all the excess product. The last thing we want to do is weigh our hair down!

my hair – drying, post-shower, sans product, and super shiny + purdy! All sans shampoo + conditioner. 🙂

Natural highlights, from all the lemon juice I used this past winter!

I no longer add essential oils to the baking soda / water mixture. I just use baking soda and water, and pour enough of the product over my scalp and hair, and gently rub my scalp with my fingers as I wash.

As for the apple cider vinegar rinse – essential oils are completely optional for this too. I used both mixtures sans essential oils for months, and my hair was quite fabulous. I find that the extra moisture does help, though. And I’m always looking for ways to help others make their hair extra awesome.

For myself, I’ve added 1-2 drops of ONE essential oil of my choice into the ACV mixture. I find this isn’t too much, and my hair feels much more weightless than if I’ve added multiple EOs. This is a great opportunity to experiment and see which oil you most prefer! The ACV will handle your hair’s cuticles, detangle, and ensure your hair is fabulously shiny.

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Guys and gals! Give your hair a break, with a hair detox treatment!

**Check out my update to this entry here, where I discuss using self-control when one has an essential oil obsession like I do!

Do you use a lot of product in your hair? Is your hair dry, frizzy, and starting to resemble hay? Even if it isn’t, it is important to consider what I’d call a hair detox. I alternate using this hair detox with shampoos and conditioners that are simple and are not harsh. This helps keep your hair looking its best in between haircuts; I noticed so much improvement in my hair’s texture. Not to mention, apple cider vinegar is an amazing detangler, because it helps seal and close the cuticle surrounding the hair shaft; making it shinier, and very easy to manage.

A hair detox, The Classy Anarchist style, is a way for you to keep your hair looking and feeling awesome, without all the shampoos, conditioners, and styling products you typically use. This gives your precious hair time to recover, and

What you will need:

  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV (I used Braggs)
  • Baking Soda (any brand will do)
  • 2 empty lemon juice bottles; labelled (ie the RealLemon bottles with the special caps)
  • an assortment of essential oils (I used tea tree, lavender, and sea buckthorn)

First, make sure the lemon juice bottles are all rinsed out. One will be used for your baking soda wash (and shampoo replacement), and the other will be used for your apple cider vinegar rinse (conditioner equivalent). Each of these lemon juice bottles holds 440ml. As for the ratio of water: baking soda, and water: acv, I suggest starting out with a ratio of 1 cup water: 1 tbsp baking soda, and the same ratio for water: acv. You can then experiment by adding more or less baking soda / acv to the mix.

Baking Soda Wash:

  • Pour 1 TBSP baking soda into bottle
  • Fill almost to the top with lukewarm or cold water (it will just become room temperature anyways, and this is better for your hair cuticle than hot water).
  • Add in 3-6 drops of your favourite essential oils (I added about 5 drops of tea tree oil to help cleanse my hair and scalp, without being overly drying).
  • Shake it up! And you’re good to go.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse:

  • Same as with the baking soda wash, except add 1 TBSP acv to the second empty lemon juice bottle.
  • Fill with cold water.
  • Top off with some essential oils. I used 5 drops of lavender oil, and 4 of seabuckthorn seed oil. These oils will help soften my hair, help prevent dandruff, and other possible damages. Essential oils don’t have to be expensive (try Vitacost, or Well.ca), so it can be simple and fun to switch it up.

To use your homemade hair detoxes, shower as you normally would. First, rinse with the baking soda mix, while focusing on your scalp. Use just enough to saturate and massage your scalp with (a full preparation of this stuff lasts me about 4-5 washes). Next, rinse with the acv mix, focus on scalp and ends. Once you’ve used enough to saturate your hair, do whatever other shower business you need to take care of, and rinse the acv out of your hair with cold water (this may take some getting used to, but it’s definitely a good refresher in the mornings).

For more information on what essential oils might be best for your hair, check this nifty list out. Go here for some science-y talk about the effectiveness of acv on your hair.

*For those extremely put off by the sent of acv (this scent does not linger in your hair, by the way), you may replace it with white vinegar, or lemon juice. Lemon juice can colour your hair over time (I’ve noticed this on my hair), but when you have dark hair like myself, you ought to use with caution because your hair could turn more orange than the blonde you hoped for.

And there you have it! Happy hair days, everyone!

Up and coming..

Product reviews, demos, rants, and raves – prepare for the Classy Anarchist’s thoughts on this delicious array of products!

Goodies (in some sort of messed up order): Baking soda; Essie nail enamel in Sew Psyched, Turquoise & Caicos, & Smokin' Hot; Essie Disappearing Trick & Smooth Trick; Desert Essence Therapeutic lip balm with Tea Tree Oil; Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liners in Stray Dog, & Zero; Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; OPI Nail Lacquer in Moon Over Mumbai, & Gargantuan Green Grape; Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Face Cloths; Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap; Val's Veggie Bar Pure Olive Oil Soap in Mint; Dr Andrew Weil for Origins' Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream; Sparitual Lacquer in Emerald City; Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Ocean Love Potion; Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal / Dry Skin in 180 Sand Beige; Revlon Photoready Makeup in 007 Cool Beige; Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup in 050 Medium Beige; Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar; L'Oreal EverSleek Frizz Taming Creme Serum; L'Oreal EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque; Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash in Black; Urban Decay Dew Me Setting Spray; Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel; Live Clean Apple Cider Shampoo; Sigma Mrs Bunny Essential Brush Kit; Lacoupe Orgnx Renourish Shampoo; Earth Science Chamomile Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover; Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash; GOSH Much More Moist Conditioner; Derma Hyaluronic Hydrating Mask; Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser; Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes; Sephora Hydrating Mineral Loose Powder Foundation, Annabelle blush in Blush On; Annabelle single eyeshadow in Suede; Raw Essentials Body Oil.

If there are any of these in particular that grab your fancy, let me know! And I’ll be sure to thoroughly review and write about it sooner rather than later!