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DIY is all the rage these days, but if you’re on your feet all day, sometimes the last thing that you want to do is put extra effort into things that you could simply buy at the store. Luckily, there are some incredibly simple DIY solutions that are easy to add to your arsenal — and shampoo is one of them.

This might surprise you, because mainstream shampoo isn’t so easy to DIY. But there are lots of ways to cleanse your scalp beyond traditional shampoo.

Most store-bought shampoos contain both a cleansing and a foaming agent. They’re chock-full of complicated, unpronounceable ingredients. These types of products didn’t exist until the 20th century, which means that prior to modern shampoo, people used all sorts of substances to clean their hair — and many people still do!

All you really need to cleanse your scalp is a product that will remove dirt, oil and buildup from your scalp and strands. You can use everything from a simple oil-based soap to baking soda to more exotic ingredients like beer.

The DIY Shampoo All-Star Ingredient

One of my favorite ingredients for natural shampoo is clay. Two types are commonly used: bentonite clay and rhassoul clay. Both have been used for hundreds of years to detoxify the skin and hair. They’re also known for reducing frizz, which is an added bonus!

You can buy either type of clay in a large jar in powdered form. This makes it easy to use a couple spoonfuls at a time to make your very own shampoos. You can even make a large batch at a time and store it in containers. You’ll find that one jar of clay lasts for a long time.

Making Your Own Shampoo

To make your own clay-based shampoo, simply combine a portion of the clay with apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, or water. I prefer to use vinegar since it provides some extra moisture.

Find a plastic or wooden spoon and container to mix your shampoo in — not metal. Metal will reduce the beneficial properties of the clay.

Mix the two ingredients until you arrive at a pasty consistency. If you use vinegar, you’ll notice the clay bubbling a bit — that’s normal. You may have to play around with the portions to find the amount that works for your hair length. I use a heaping spoonful of clay for my scalp.

Then apply the paste to your scalp; you can also apply it to the length of your strands. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse it out, carefully removing all of the clay from your hair.

You’ll find that your hair feels clean, clarified, and super-defined.

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Add Side Lunges To Your Workout Routine

If you haven’t already, you really need to add side lunges to your workout as what is probably the best way to strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes. This lateral lunge targets the inner and outer thighs further toning and shaping your legs. Sneak this one into a really good core routine and you have a workout that will give you farmgirl power!

Instructions

Lunge to one side with the first leg.
Land on the heel, then forefoot.
Lower your body by flexing the knee and hip.
Return to original standing position and repeat by alternating sides.

Tip: Keep your knee pointed in the same direction as your foot.

Don’t forget to stretch and cool down after the workout, this will help you
with soreness and muscle recovery.


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