problems with no-‘poo or low-‘poo? here’s the holy grail of natural shampoos…

crunchies. i think i’ve done it… i think i’ve created the magic hippie shampoo for all hair types. i don’t wanna get ahead of myself, but get excited.

i’m always trying to learn more and more about the crunchy lifestyle. i want to find 928374 ways to wash hair, wash dishes, clean bathtubs, etc. i want people to become educated in natural alternatives and empowered…and still  be able to make choices! this blog has taken a turn to be focused on all-natural hair care (as per my lovely readers), so anything hair-related especially peaks my interest.

aside from the comments of gratitude and support for the crunchy community, i still get a lot of comments saying that certain hair care routines didn’t work, and asking what to do next. those are the hardest comments to answer because it’s SO different for everyone. i’ve been wanting SO badly to find something that everyone can start with, no matter their hair type or current hair care routine.

and guys, i think i’ve done it!

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pros:

–       all natural

–       not stripping

–       all hair types*

cons:

–       mix keeps a week at a time

–       can be tricky to travel with

jeez! okay alexraye, what’s in it?!

  • bentonite clay
  • apple cider vinegar
  • raw honey
  • filtered water
  • essential oils of your choice (optional)

yea, yea, so some of us have seen the honey shampoo… or the benny clay hair mask… or using the acv rinses… but it’s not always for everyone! honey can leave some people’s hair heavy; benny clay can be too drying; acv can either leave an oily feeling scalp or nothing at all. BUT, all of these together are pure CRUNCHY HAIR MAGIC!!!

i’ve always adored clay hair masks, as well as raw honey for a conditioner. i thought “why not combine them?!”

why those ingredients?

  • bentonite clay – benny clay draws out serious toxins; clarifies hair (stay tuned for more on this); defines curls (if you have them); cleans away extra hair grease without stripping it all away
  • apple cider vinegar – helps rebalance your scalp & hair’s pH; soothes dry scalp/dandruff; smoothes hair cuticle for less tangly and shinier hair
  • raw honey – acts as a humectant and locks in some serious moisture; soothes dry scalp and dandruff; antibacterial properties; leaves hair soft and shiny
  • filtered water – it needs to be filtered so your benny clay isn’t binding to any toxins in tap water. the water allows the mix to be runny enough to run over your hair without much effort. it also prevents the benny clay from being too drying.
  • *oils – feel free to add any of your favorite nourishing oils to the mix. argan oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil would be great!

how do i switch?

if you’re already no-poo/low-poo/’poo alternative, just switch over for your next wash. no steps needed to ease into it! if you’re currently using traditional store shampoos and will be using this to go all-natural, you’ll need to clarify first.

here’s where the cool part comes in… benny clay can act as a hair clarifier, without stripping hair or throwing off hair’s pH! just mix equal parts benny clay and water, and apply the paste, gently massaging, to hair from root to tip as a hair mask. leave on for up to 5 minutes and rinse with cool water. done!

how to:

  1. in a small glass cup (and using a non-metal spoon and in this exact order), mix 1 spoonful of benny clay, 1 1/2 spoonfuls of ACV, 1 1/2 spoonfuls of raw honey, and 5 spoonfuls of filtered water. it will bubble a bit from the acv, but that’s okay! it won’t burn you or harm you in any way! feel free to dilute the mix into more than 5 spoonfuls of water, too, but don’t go below 5. if you’re adding in oils, add 1/2 teaspoon and mix well.
  2. on dry hair, pour small amounts straight from the cup onto sections of  your scalp, rubbing in the mix as you go. it won’t hurt if it runs down the length of your hair.
  3. leave on for 5 minutes (do NOT let the mix dry on your scalp!! benny clay can be very drying to hair when left on longer than a few mins, but the honey will help prevent any extreme drying, as well as not letting it dry), and rinse thoroughly in the shower with cool/lukewarm water. read again: rinse thoroughly!
  4. done! seriously. if you find your hair needs some extra lovins in the conditioning dept, use some raw honey on your hair after you rinse the clay mix out. leave that on for a few minutes and rinse out well with cool water.

it was very runny, so don’t think you’re doing anything wrong! instead of trying to spoon it out or use my hands, i found it was easy to mix it in a small glass cup and just pour small amounts on different parts of my scalp and gently rub it. i only had a little bit run down my neck and shoulders that way.

and no, your hair won’t smell like vinegar after! i know some people are wary of that :)

after your wash, your hair should feel soft and clean, but not stripped. if your hair is feeling a little dry, use less benny clay next time and/or increase the amount of honey. also, you won’t necessarily need to condition after. if your hair does need it, you can use plain ol raw honey! score!

>> by the way, this same exact mix can be used as a detox-ing face mask! if you have any leftover from your “shampoo”, rub onto clean facial skin and let sit until dry (only takes a few minutes!). then wipe away gently with a warm washcloth. mmm happy skin!

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where to get these ingredients:

  • bentonite clay – this one is also edible; this one is for external use only (you can find this clay in most organic stores. i’ve heard it’s at walmart, too!)
  • raw apple cider vinegar (with the “mother”) – any grocery store
  • RAW honey – just about any grocery store/health food store/organic store
  • filtered water – any grocery store

are y’all as excited as me?!

go try it and let everyone know how it goes!!

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212 comments

  1. I was really excited to try this. I normally use Acure products.. But have wanted to go a more natural route. I tried this for the first time today and it brought my curls out but my hair feels disgusting.. Like there’s a layer of scum on it.. Plus its so difficult to comb (wide tooth) through.. My daughters was the same way.. Anyone else have this problem

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    1. I started using a commercial clay shampoo a few months ago and had the same problem for about 2 weeks. My hair felt like it had a tacky coating on it. Supposedly it is the hair “detoxing” – all the chemicals from commercial shampoos (even natural ones) are coming out. Here is a link for more information https://www.morroccomethod.com/faqs/detox. I found that after about 2 weeks, my hair was done with the detox and responded really well to being cleaned with clay, so now I am making my own.

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  2. Just wanted to say I tried this “shampoo” for the first time 3 weeks ago, after going no poo for several months starting with some Dr. Bronners here and there but mostly using baking soda/acv. I guess I could never get the right ratios. The Dr. Bronners seemed to have left a build up on my hair, and with the bs/acv my hair was always tangled and I hardly ever got the “silky soft” results I was hoping for. I stuck with it, hoping that eventually my hair would transition until I stumbled upon your website. The results of the first wash with this shampoo of yours was incredible and I have used it every week since! My hair is very soft and I can run my fingers through my hair with ease for the first time since starting no poo. The results last all week long. I don’t HAVE to use a brush anymore, my fingers are all I need. Thanks so much for posting this! First the first time I am proud of the results of my no pooing experience :) Now if I can just tackle my itchy scalp issues, we’ll be in business haha

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  3. I was wondering if you have and could give an opinion on Living Libations? Based on reviews, an investment in their Seabuckthorn Shampoo & Conditioner seems wise, but my wallet cries at the thought. Thank you and love your blog!

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  4. Hi! I’ve been baking soda no-poo for 2 years now and have been trying to find an alternative to baking soda because I want to avoid long term damage from the ph levels. It always washed my hair and got it very clean. I’ve tried your no-poo mix now twice. It gets the front/ top layers of my hair clean but the back and lower layers are kind of sticky and greasy. I’m pouring it on different parts of my scalp, not just pour in the front and letting it drain back. Is there a method to apply this shampoo so that it cleans my whole scalp and not just the front/ am I doing it wrong?

    Thanks!

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