One of the frugal newsletters that finds it's way into my inbox had an intriguing tip to save money and be greener. From the Dollar Stretcher Tips, 7/18/08:
Natural Hair Care
I'm saving money on hair care. You can save a lot of money by not buying shampoo and conditioner. Instead, make your own. It's cheaper and healthier.
To clean your hair and scalp, put 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda in a recycled water bottle. Add warm water and shake to dissolve. Closing your eyes, pour a bit over a section of your wet hair, working it through hair to scalp. Repeat on other sections. I do this with the shower turned off, so I'm not wasting water as I'm massaging it through. Then, rinse it out.
To make a hair rinse, pour 2 to 2.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a recycled water bottle. Add water. Close your eyes and pour some over your hair to help with the tangles (you may not need this every time).
The results are great! I wash my hair half as often as I used to, because my scalp isn't over-producing oils. The detergents and solvents in shampoo are very harsh, causing your scalp to continually replace the oils you keep shampooing/stripping out. That's why you get the overly "greasy" look if you don't shampoo daily. Instead, clean your hair every two to three days with your homemade solution, and let your scalp readjust to its normal, healthy self. You're also preventing all those chemicals from going into the water system, so it's easier on the environment, too.
Would you try this? I'll be doing this today, and will let you know the results....