Background: Not too long ago I ran across an article talking about natural body care. Stuff like going 'poo free. And it interested me. Not just because I think it would be funny to say 'poo free all the time. I mean, that would be fun, but that's not the point. In my actual research I learned all sorts of things about how bad most cleaning agents are for your hair or your skin or the earth.
I also have this tiny idea that God probably gave us everything we need way back in the garden of Eden, and again, I guess, after the great flood. So I don't think we need a bunch of weird stuff we can't pronounce or spell to keep us clean or healthy or happy. (I am still enjoying the occasional Starbucks beverage or packaged and processed sweet, but I'm trying more and more to stick with natural stuff. )
Enter my adorable son. Oh wait, what? You need a picture? Ok. Here.
You see, he has adorable hair. It's soft and has the tightest curls I've ever seen. Which makes it a beast when wet and when it needs to be combed out. You know, because there's dirt or frosting or any other random assortment of yuck in it. And we spend a lot of time cuddling, so I want it to smell good. We'd been using all the Aveeno products as recommended, but his hair felt dry and crunchy sometimes. And in between washings it was nearly impossible to work with it at all. I'm talking big-giant-sad-face-tears here people. The kind you can't ignore.
So I started researching for alternatives. You can do that too, if you want, and you'll never want to shampoo or soap yourself or your children again. I can tell you some yucky things. Instead, I'll skip that and get to the good stuff. You can make your own natural stuff for your kid. And it will work better than anything else and be good for him and not cost you a fortune. Sound good? Of course it does.
Are you ready for the recipe? You are? Ok.
One cup of water and one tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
Put it in a spray bottle from the dollar store. Shake it up.
I use lemon juice because we were out of the APV the first time I made it, and lemon just says clean to me somehow (but I have used the APV, too and it works just as well). I also add some lavender essential oil because I love it and I have it and since we cuddle all the time, I thought it couldn't hurt. I spray this in his hair until it's damp/wetish and just comb through. It is so easy that many times my child does not even realize I am combing his hair. Did you read that? You other APs know what I'm talking about. Some of you sheared your children's heads because their hair was so much work. And they are so cute bald, but if you want to try this, it is awesome. I also use this in between baths when his hair just needs a little "reworking" from where someone has rubbed all over it because it's so darn adorable.
My husband is hooked on it, too. I also use it, just in a little different way.
Walk yourself into your kitchen, make some up and try it out. You will not regret it. I already convinced two other APs to try it and here's what they said: