No Poo for You!

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, but nothing works.  I also can’t 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 really awkward, 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.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment below!

7 thoughts on “No Poo for You!

  1. Don’t panic! Your hair is transitioning! It’s used to the harsh shampoo treatment and things will probably get worse before they get better… But it’s worth it! I only have to wash my hair like once a week…

    That facebook group has a ton of active members who can anwser questions!
    DON’T GIVE UP! It’s worth it. For the next week, rock a messy bun. 🙂

  2. I’ve never used a conditioner, but when I read about using apple cider vinegar and water I thought I’d give it a try. As yet I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes. I’ve also just started massaging in water-soluble rosemary essential oil from VIZ. I don’t think I will personally notice anything. I’m not that particular and I don’t style my hair. When I see my sister-in-law who has been in the hair style industry for years I will ask her what she thinks of my hair.

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  4. Try using a slightly weaker baking soda mixture for starters. It’s very alkaline and can strip the hair if you aren’t careful. Also, use only enough solution to wet your scalp. You don’t have to use the entire cup every time! A cup can last me a week or so! I add a little raw honey to my “wash” mixture. Honey is a humectant (moisturizer) but isn’t oily. Keep experimenting! Good luck!

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