- your preference of essential oil such as lemon, rosemary, lavender, etc.
- spray bottle
- baking soda (optional: see below on how to use it)
1. Fill your spray bottle with water. Measure how much water you are using to determine how much oil you will need.
2. Add your oils to the water. You will need 5-10 drops of oil per 1 ounce of water. The amount of drops will depend on how strong you want your to smell to be.
3. (optional: see below on how to use it) Use a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per 1 ounce of water ratio and add it into your oil/water mixture.
4. Spray onto your dry hair and work through the length of your hair with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. How much of this you apply will also depend on how strong you want your smell to be.
Spraying this after your wash should last you through to the next one, if you're only doing your regularly scheduled washes with no variances in between. However, you can always add more as needed. For me though, I choose to wet my hair between washes in my daily shower. If you do this as well, you will probably need to spritz more frequently.
Using baking soda:
If you choose to add baking soda to your mix, how and when you use it alters a little bit. The baking soda can be an added boost because it will neutralize and deodorize your hair as well. Think: adding baking soda to your fridge to remove smells. It does the same thing. It can also double as a "dry" shampoo because the baking soda will absorb any excess oils. Because of this though, spraying it too frequently or on anywhere other than your roots, can potentially result in your hair drying out. Baking soda can be a great asset to this spray but you have to use it with caution. So that is something to think about when deciding if you want to add it in. Personally I don't so I can apply it as liberally as I like but it's entirely up to you.
Adding these oils will give your hair a lovely scent but choosing your oil could mean more than what smell you prefer. Each oil can give different added benefits to your hair. Here are a few top choices:
- Almond oil soothes and moisturizes the scalp.
- Cedarwood oil stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth
- Chamomile oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp
- Clary sage oil promotes hair growth and stimulates the scalp
- Geranium oil strengthens hair
- Jojoba oil moisturizes the hair, adds nutrients, and stimulates the scalp
- Lavender oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff
- Moroccan argan oil moisturizes, nourishes, and provides antioxidants to hair
- Rosemary oil stimulates the roots, improves hair growth, and increases circulation in the scalp
- Sandalwood oil helps with dry ends, and adds fragrance to the hair
I hope this was helpful and answered your questions about smells and No Poo. If it didn't and you still have some, leave me a comment below. I am always happy to help! :)
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