|Kombucha in little pitcher. I will post kombucha hair rinse when my camera comes home from 4-H Congress: )|
Anyway, for me, it was a difficult first 5 or 6 days. My hair was soft and shiny, but never felt clean. It was also very tangly. The skin of my face and neck was also extra oily and felt as if I hadn't showered yet. My skin was otherwise soft and pliable, even my feet seemed to soften up some. I have never needed much in the way of deodorant, and without the chemicals I seemed to need a little less deodorizing. (Anna, how is the air quality over your way?) I asked Anna, who lives a couple hours West of me to let me know if she smelled anything during the experiment.
Toward the end of the first week I was about ready to give up because of my gunky, waxy feeling hair. It was at this point that I began using a kombucha rinse on it. What a difference! I put some of my vinegarry kombucha that I keep as a household acid, fabric softener etc. in a squeeze bottle and kept it in the shower. After washing my hair and scalp well with Debbie's peppermint soap, I saturated my hair and scalp with kombucha and massaged it well. I could feel the waxiness being dissolved and my hair startng to feel a little slippery between my fingers. Voila! That was the answer. I remember my great aunt, Clara who had waist length hair into her 80's using a vinegar rinse on her hair. I didn't know why, but now I probably do. She was probably washng that beautiful silver hair with soap!
The only difficulty I had with the kombucha rinse is that it was thin and had a tendency to run down into my eyes. I tried vinegar and it did the same thing. Also, I could smell it a little when my hair was dry. So...mad scientist that I am, I began experimenting with a Kombucha Jelly of sorts. I cooked kombucha with Certa pectin (the only one my store had without sugar) and a few blueberries, as a litmus-like indicator. I had to work on the ratios but I have come up with a thicker than syrup and not as thick as jelly, rinse that I can keep in a squeeze bottle in the shower. It is quite acidic (cranberry juice colored) but when it encounters the very alkaline soap, it is neutralized to a dull blueberry gray-blue.
I am done with shampoo and commercial conditioners. My hair is soft and tangle free. My skin is much softer and I need emollients only on my hands and feet. For this I use my Meadow Magic salve, I can spell and could eat everything I put on my body now, so I don't worry so much about absorbing phyto estrogens and other toxins through my skin. I still LOVE fragrance. My compromise there is to spray the fragrance on my hair and or clothing. That way, it is not absorbed directly into my skin. I know I still get some through my respiratory system, but that I can live with.
I also used my little daughter with waist length curly hair as a guinea pig. Her hair is lustrous and soft. The curl isn't changed, though it was a little limp before I figured out the acid rinse issue. Next guinea pig, one of my guys who is experiencing scalp and skin issues. I will report in about 2 weeks!
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