Favourite Shampoo and Conditioner (good for babies too!)

By Mikhaila

I went on vacation and didn’t fill up little travel containers with shampoo and conditioner and I really regretted it. The place I was staying had this horrible strawberry smelly stuff and I couldn’t get it out of my hair. I don’t use anything with perfumes because they bother me a bit (normal allergies). I LOVE this shampoo and conditioner.

I think it’s helped with my hairs oil (I have naturally pretty oily hair). (Although what’s made the biggest difference to my hair health is going all meat). But here are the shampoo and conditioner I use (I don’t use conditioner on my scalp). I also use this for the baby!

Carina Organics Shampoo Unscented

Carina Organics Conditioner Unscented

UPDATE: 2023 I use Viori unscented now! 

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  1. Good news: babies don’t need shampoo at all. My kids don’t have their hair washed at all for the first 10 years of their lives and no one can tell (obvious exceptions if they’re filled with goo for a ballet recital or in a color war, etc., but even then water gets most of the job done, and water washes if there’s a bit of outdoor stank).

    Adults don’t need shampoo, either, but it’s a little more involved to manage hair oils so that you don’t. We started (me with long thick hair, husband with short thick hair) a decade ago and have no thoughts of going back to stripping our hair’s natural oils out with shampoo every day only to have to fake-replace them with conditioner, perpetuating a cycle of over-production that creates ever-greater needs to shampoo!

    1. I do love that as long as I keep my boys’ hair trimmed short with a buzzer, all it needs is a quick scrub with water and a washcloth. They both had horrific dandruff since infancy, but keeping the hair short enough for the sun to shine a bit on their scalps seems to solve that problem. They’re still little, so their hair doesn’t get stinky. Not sure if that will remain the case after puberty.

  2. Be wary of products with Isothiazolinone, which is used as an antibacterial preservative. IT IS A BIOCIDE (kills life, and it causes huge distress to the skin). This preservative is found in many shampoos, creams, lotions, and other skin care products. Other aliases:
    Acticide MBS / MBR 
    Algucid CH50
    Amerstat 250
    Euxyl K 100
    Fennosan IT 21
    Grotan K / TK2
    Kathon CG / LX / WT
    Mergal K7
    Metatin GT
    Mitco CC 31/32 L
    Neolone CapG / 950 / MxP
    Parmetol A / DF / K
    Piror P109
    Promex Alpha / BM
    Proxel AQ / PL / XL2
    Special Mx 323

    Incidentally, it is banned in the UK.

  3. I’ve been using baking soda to wash and diluted apple cider vinegar as conditioner and it works better than anything for my dry frizz ball!

  4. I started making my own soap, shampoo and solid lotion a while ago. Not only have I found a solution to my sensitivity to commercial body wash/ soap problem, I’ve gained an education that requires me to question the ingredients posted for the products you linked to. Lye/water turns oils into soap, and emulsifying wax turns oil/water into lotion, also, commercial products that contain water require a preservative. Carina products appear to contain beneficial ingredients, and are very likely great products. However, it concerns me that they only list water, oils, extracts, and vinegar, yet the product does not separate or require refrigeration.

  5. Several years ago I began making a seaweed (shampoo) that I use as a conditioner for daily use and then use a mild shampoo 2-3 days a week. I found this recipe from Inner Peace Outer Beauty by Michelle Leigh, a Japanese beauty guide .
    1 teaspoon. powdered Kombu, Funori and Hijiki each. I started adding 4 teaspoons, Chamomile flowers to the mixture and add 3/4 cup hot water and make a tea with it, strain thru muslin cloth. I add 8-10 Jo Joba oil. Refridgerate what you don’t use.
    this lasts me about 5 days, women might use the whole mix in one use.
    when I use this conditioner I no longer need any gels etc to keep my hair in place, it has so much body it finds its own way

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