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 tried baby powder as dry shampoo among other things, but nothing works.  I can’t even brush my hair because it’s very thin and fragile.  It just breaks and creates split ends. Ugh! This is why I tried using no shampoo or conditioner for a month.

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:

My hair looked pretty good and it was full of volume after no shampoo or conditioner, which normally isn’t the case.  However, my hair was still hard to brush and it 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). That was pretty scary, especially since I wanted my hair to be softer.  

I figured maybe I could try using more apple cider vinegar, but that didn’t work either.  Therefore, 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 because the apple cider vinegar really isn’t working for me.  I’m not giving up and 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!

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