I tried not using shampoo or conditioner for a month.
It’s no longer 2012 and The Barefoot Aya is growing, so please note that most posts contain affiliate links. Please read the full disclosure at the end.
So, I’ve always had problems with my hair. I’ve needed to wash it every day for as long as I can remember because otherwise it gets too greasy. I’ve tried baby powder as dry shampoo and whatever else, but nothing works. I can’t seem to be able to brush my hair because it’s very thin and fragile. It just breaks and creates split ends.
I recently learned about something called the “no poo method.” It sounds like something involving bowel movements, but it’s not. The method consists of substituting baking soda for shampoo and apple cider vinegar for conditioner.
Step 1: Take about a tablespoon of baking soda, mix it with a bit of water, and rub it into your hair/scalp just like you would with shampoo.
Step 2: Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes. Then, rinse it out.
Step 3: Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and rub that into your hair.
Voila! You’re done.
I tried this method about 3 or 4 days ago and started seeing results on the first day. Instead of the usual greasy hair 12 hours after I shampooed it, my hair was fine until the next day. I wasn’t even sure I really needed the baking soda the next day, but I used it anyway, just in case. This was my hair on Day 2:
It looked pretty good and it was full of volume, which normally isn’t the case. However, it was hard to brush and my hair wasn’t nearly as soft as it used to be.
On Day 3, I noticed that my hair started to dread (for those of you who are trying to do dreadlocks, use baking soda,* Seriously.) so that freaked me out. I figured maybe I could try using more apple cider vinegar, but that didn’t work either. So, on Day 4, I gave in and used…real conditioner. I’m sorry! I still didn’t put it on the roots (I used apple cider vinegar there), so that counts, right?
I think I’m going to try using coconut oil or find a natural conditioner at Lush because the apple cider vinegar really isn’t working for me. I won’t go back to regular shampoo and conditioner just yet! I really do like the baking soda as shampoo, but I have yet to find a good natural conditioner.
Read Part 2 of my “no poo” experiment here.
*The apple cider vinegar was dreading my hair. I use white vinegar now. I basically use the same process!
Some of the links in this post are affiliated links and The Barefoot Aya may receive a percentage of the item purchased. This does not mean that any company supports The Barefoot Aya nor does it mean that I do not fully recommend these products. I would never link to a product unless I fully recommend it.
Have any personal questions related to the content on this blog? Contribute to ‘Ask Aya,’ our new advice column! Here, we will post responses for every reader to benefit and it is totally anonymous!