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I haven't washed my hair in a few months. *ETA* PHOTO and no poo technique
January 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Ask me anything! I'll post a photo later...

Okay, I am lazy as fuck so I am just going to C/P a few paragraphs I posted to a local "Beauty" FB group. About 2 months after I posted this, I weaned myself off the baking soda and vinegar completely and now I just rinse my hair really well when I shower. 


Let me preface this by saying I am about the least "crunchy" person you'll meet. I love plastic and convenience and don't believe "the man" is out to destroy our hair, or that shampoo is full of chemicals that are poisoning my children, etc, etc. A lot of the things I have to say with regards to no poo sound "alternative" or "hippie" and I just want to assure you all that I am no patchouli-waving barefooted guitar strummer trying to change your life. I just want to share what fixed my hair. Before/after photos to come. 

So here is the basic rundown on No-Poo. The idea is that our hair has a natural balance of oils to keep it healthy and protected. When we use shampoos that contain foaming agents (look for "sulfate" on the label) that give consumers that "clean" feeling, all of the natural oils are stripped from our hair. In order to be able to style our hair after being stripped, we use conditioners, cremes, serums, and other products in an attempt to recreate the natural oils. Meanwhile, our scalp senses the stripping of the oil, so it goes into overtime creating more in a failed attempt to compensate. THIS is why many women's hair is instantly oily if they go a day or more (or even LESS) without shampooing. Sometimes our scalps give up; which is why hair can get SO dry without the addition of commercial hair products. 

No Poo is a process by which regular shampoos and conditioners are replaced by natural alternatives; some advocate going totally "natural" and just "washing" with water (basically giving yourself a scalp massage) but I have been happy with a simple baking soda "wash" and a vinegar "conditioning". Most people use apple cider vinegar; I use white because it's what I had on hand when I started and I just haven't made the switch. 

A word to the wise: No Poo has a 1-3 week "break in" period when your hair will be super oily. This was less intense for me because I'd already switched to Wen; I only had about 3 days of oily hair. But if you are going to do No Poo and want the full benefits, you just have to suffer through a week or so of wearing hats and scarves on your head! The reason for the "break in" period is because your poor scalp is so used to extruding ridiculous amounts of oil to compensate for the sulfates. The best thing you can do for yourself and your hair is to commit to ONE MONTH of No Poo NO MATTER WHAT. If you stick with it, you will be SO happy with the results!

The routine:
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup water. The water should be cloudy; NOT gritty. Slowly pour this mixture on your scalp, rubbing it in and lifting hair to get it all over the scalp. Massage the hair around your scalp until it "feels" clean (you'll know it when you feel it). Rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse. Rinse till you think it's all gone, then rinse one more time. 

Mix tablespoon vinegar with 1 cup water. You can also add a drop or two of lemon juice or essential oil for scent, if you want. Repeat the same process you did with the baking soda, concentrating mostly on the ends of hair. 

I use red plastic Solo cups and estimate my amounts. Theoretically you should be able to gradually reduce the amounts of baking soda and vinegar, but like I say, I haven't done so and am still happy. Your hair will smell strongly of vinegar while it's wet, but as soon as it dries the smell disappears COMPLETELY. I haven't added any scents to my vinegar rinse but I have read that when the vinegar scent fades the essential oil scent will remain. 


  • TJFBGMommy
    January 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Shipping anything here costs waaaaay too much. If I can't find it in town, I'm sure I'll be flying to the city sometime next month. The Natural food store there has a huge selection of shampoos, I bet they have it there. :)

    Quoting britishmummy:

    If you can't find any, order from Amazon, I find Amazon is around $4 cheaper for the body wash by Jason, and it's the only place I found the shampoo.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    I've tried Jason tea tree and dandruff shampoos. They used to have a coal tar shampoo too. I've never tried the aloe vera because my hair has never been dry. I'm going to have to see if I can find it some where in town. Thanks :)

    Quoting britishmummy:

    I have scalp psorasis aswell as my hands and feet! Have you tried Jason products? They work wonders. Within the first few days of using Jason Aloe Vera shampoo, my scalp psorasis vanished, haven't had a break out since April 2012!

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Do you think it would it help with scalp psoriasis? I get huge scabs on my head where chunks of skin come off (gross I know) and it looks like I have the worst dandruff ever, but it's not. I've been using different kinds of coal tar and tea tree oil for almost 20 years and nothing has worked. I'm getting desperate!

    BTW your pic looks awesome!

  • laineysmum
    February 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    bump for no-poo anon

  • Anonymous 30
    by Anonymous 30
    February 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The no-poo anon (hehe) says thanks and that you look fantastic! :) :)

    Quoting laineysmum:

    bump for no-poo anon

  • Anonymous 31
    by Anonymous 31
    February 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Going from the pic that you posted, your hair looks very oily and stringy. But, to each their own.

  • laineysmum
    May 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM


  • Anonymous 12
    by Anonymous 12
    May 24, 2013 at 3:09 AM
    Agreed I think ill stick to my shampoo and conditioner.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Going from the pic that you posted, your hair looks very oily and stringy. But, to each their own.

  • leota29
    by leota29
    May 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM

     I just switched to sulfate free shampoo, and I am having bad issues with my hair feeling yucky soon after I wash it. I also feel a major difference in this shampoo and the old stuff I  was using, do you happen to know if there is a transition phase for the sulfate free stuff like there is for the going no poo? I just keep switching back and forth between the new and my old stuff because I never thought about this before!

  • missmamaof4
    May 24, 2013 at 7:04 AM
    Your the cutest thing ever!!

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