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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Since I had started washing my hair with Kefir Whey and Kombucha my hair has become noticeably thicker and shinier. I am almost 50 years old now, and prior to using the kefir and kombucha my hair had been starting to turn grey. My hair is now coming in healthy, shiny and back to it's original blonde color for the most part.

When I noticed that my hair was going back to my original color I was a bit embarrassed to tell anyone what I had noticed; because I was sure that people would think I was imagining things, so I said nothing. Ironically, within a day or so of my noticing this, someone in my kombucha group had noticed the same thing. Their experience was more evident than mine, because that person and their spouse's hair had changed from grey back to brown. I replied and shared my experience and so did others. So, I am not the only 'crazy' that says my hair has gone back to it's original color. Since that time, which has been at least a year ago now. Several people have commented on my hair. The ones who knew that my hair had been thin my whole life ... and that my hair had become dry, brittle and dull as I had become older have been even more shocked.

So, now are you wondering what I do to wash my hair? First of all, I haven't been able to go totally soapless on the hair yet. Though, I use so very little shampoo, that one large bottle of shampoo with essential oils lasts me forever ... I mean, FOREVER! I tried the "no poo" method with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It was too drying for my hair. Though, I must mention that it does work very well for others.

Here is what I do: I soak my hair in the kombucha at least once a week. I also soak my hair in kefir at least once a week. When my hair needs washing between those times I use a pinch a good quality herbal shampoo with essential oils ONLY on my roots. As I rinse the shampoo out (rinsing it out very well!) the shampoo water runs down the remainder of my hair, though I don't intentionally 'wash' the rest of my hair or ends.

I used to pretty much just take a handful of shampoo and slap it on my wet hair/head and sort of scrub my hair around until it looked like a nest (which is the common practice of most), then rinse it out; followed by conditioner. My poor hair certainly needed the conditioner after that horrible abuse!

I no longer use conditioners or hair sprays. Thankfully, I don't need them anymore. Being that my hair used to be so thin, it used to quickly become oily. This is no longer the case. Now, I use a little bit of pure coconut oil in my hair after washing. It works great! Every once in a while I mix up some coconut oil and lanolin and use it on the tips of my hair.

Let me warn you! If you wash your hair too often in kombucha, your head will smell like vinegar when you sweat. That happened to me once. Not good! Which also reminds me, if you are a person who likes your hair to smell good you can do what I do. When you add the coconut oil to your hair add a drop of geranium oil, or any other essential oil that is safe for your skin. Your hair will smell great and look shiny. It also holds up well to humidity. I live in New Orleans, the capital of humidity, and my hair holds up great.


Dorothy said...

Hi Barbara,
I'm making and drinking kombucha too! And I'm 50, and have been putting it on my scalp and hair for the last 2 months. My daughter, just today, mentioned how incredibly blonde my hair is again. It was grey in January - I have the pictures.
I hope it's not just summer sun. We
ll see!
Do you mind if I put your article on my blog - taichibozeman/rawfoodblog?

Elena said...

I have been eating/drinking kefir for about 4 years and just recently learned that you can use whey for washing hair, although I personally haven't tried it. I am a teacher who has one student, a 7th grader who has muscular dystrophy. She has dandruff and no type of shampoo helps. I would like to give her my extra whey but, logistically, how would I instruct her mom to wash her hair with it? The child is completely disabled. Please advise.

Lara said...

I found your blog when I was searching for how to use kombucha to combat gray hair. I'm very interested in how much kombucha you use on your hair and how long you let it stay on it as well as the calculations of how much you use for Kefir.

Dorothy said...

Hi Barbara, I'm using a 1/2 c. kombucha in my henna every 8 weeks or so. And I use it as a rinse, just pour some over my hair after I shampoo.
I don't use kombucha in kefir. I actually only make seed/nut yogurt, and I use one Tablespoon of Rejuvelac to make that!
Have fun!