I finally went ‘No Poo’

About two years ago, I tried ‘No Poo’ for the first time and failed miserably. ‘No Poo’ is the term coined for nixing sham’poo’ (and conditioner) and washing, instead, with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. If you’re crazy hardcore (I like to think I am, but in actuality I’m not) – you skip shampoo and conditioner altogether and just use water.

 

 

So back to what I was saying. About two years ago, I attempted this feat with high hopes, only to have them completely crushed. Half of my hair was left feeling greasy, while the other half was dry. But, I chalk this up to a few reasons:

+ I was just about to start working and didn’t really want to risk nasty hair at a brand new job – I think I’d scare all of my new co-workers – so I only gave it a few days

+ My hair was super long then and I don’t think I spent enough time scrubbing in the shower

+ We lived in a different rental house that had extremely hard water

This time; however, I am absolutely loving the results. My hair feels so much lighter and seems to dry way faster than it did before. Plus – it looks healthy!

I know what you might be wondering…why skip the shampoo and conditioner in the first place? Isn’t it fine to use a natural, biodegradable variety? Where’s the harm?

Well, if you’re using a great product then technically there is no harm per-se, but you’re actually not doing what’s best for your hair and scalp. You see – even if you use a product free of nasty chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment, you’re still stripping your scalp of it’s natural oils. I mean, it makes sense – the job of shampoo is to clean your hair…but what you might not realize is that at the same time, it’s washing away all of the beneficial oils your scalp creates naturally.

But, how come hair gets oily so fast when going a day or two without shampoo? This is me exactly. I have crazy fine hair and by the end of the day the roots look nasty. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, I can stretch it out to washing every other day – but that’s pushing it. You see, shampooing your hair creates a vicious cycle:

 

 

By allowing your scalp to go into overproduction when it comes to oil, you are (unintentionally) making the problem worse. There’s a reason why your head produces oil, or sebum as it’s technically referred to, in the first place — it makes the skin balanced and moisturized while keeping the hair sleek and shiny. When you continuously wash it away with shampoo, you’re causing the skin to get dry and flaky which results in an overproduction of oil. See the pattern here?

 

 

Cutting out the use of shampoo will help to regulate this cycle so that your hair doesn’t become overly dry or greasy. But, you don’t want your hair to be dirty…so you need something to keep it clean. The answer is a baking soda and water mixture. Baking soda absorbs oil without stripping the scalp completely. It’s also mildly abrasive so it’s great at scrubbing away dirt and grime.

 

 

If you wash with only baking soda, your hair will eventually start to dry out a bit, so you need to add something to keep those ends conditioned. For this, the solution is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar applied to the ends of your hair works as a great conditioner without causing excess oil build-up.  I’ve also been using the vinegar over my entire head of hair once every 4-5 washes so that my scalp doesn’t have a chance to get too dry.

Another way to to help prevent oil build up is to use a hairbrush with natural bristles, and then brush at least twice a day for 5-10 minutes at a time. The natural bristles help to distribute the oil throughout your hair so that it’s not concentrated at the roots giving it that greasy look.

 

 

I do miss the smell of my shampoo and conditioner, but I’m starting to get used to the idea of just smelling clean. If you can’t get over the pungent smell of apple cider vinegar, you can add a cinnamon stick, essential oils, or herbs to cover it up. I promise, though, as strong as the vinegar smells while you’re in the shower – you won’t smell it anymore once your hair is dry.

If you google ‘no poo’ you’ll come up with a ton of results and various ways to mix your baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse. For me, I found that the following ratio to work well — 1:8 (baking soda to water) and 1:4 (apple cider vinegar to water.) The other key to this recipe is finding containers that allow you to apply to solution exactly where you want it. The first time I did this, I mixed the solutions in cups and not only was it hard to get good coverage, I wound up wasting product because I was using way more than I needed.  I’m currently using an old Dr. Bronner’s bottle for the baking soda wash and an old peri bottle for the apple cider vinegar rinse. They both seem to last me about 4 washes.

 

 

As far as routine, I’ve found that it works best to apply the baking soda mix to dry hair. I squirt it all along the hairline and on the routes. Then, I let the warm water run over my hair for literally half a second, take my head back out of the water, and then massage it in thoroughly. Since the mixture won’t foam up, you need to really scrub those roots. After that, I go about the rest of my shower and save washing it out for last. Once the baking soda is rinsed out, I grab the apple cider vinegar mixture and squirt it on the ends of my hair. Some say to rinse it off with cold water, but I can’t bring myself to do that, and I find rinsing with warm water works just fine.

Right now I’m washing every other day. On the second day, my hair is starting to look greasy, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was when I was using shampoo (and I’ve only been doing this 2 weeks!) I’ve read that a lot of people have to go through a transitioning period in which their hair looks greasy all of the time because it’s so used to producing all of that extra oil. Luckily, I haven’t experienced that (yet.) But, I have also read that if you want to extend the time between washes, you might need to deal with some greasiness at first. A lot of people have such success using this method that they’re able to wash only once or twice a week. I’m hoping to get to this point eventually, but for now I’m happy with my every-other-day routine.

After failing at my first attempt with ‘no poo’, I was hesitant to try it again…I actually waited two whole years! Now, I’m sold and have a feeling this will be my regular wash routine for a long time. I’m excited to see how it holds up. In the last couple of weeks, here are all of the ‘no poo’ benefits that I’ve discovered:

+ Great on the budget

+ Good for the environment (ingredients are non-toxic and I’m not regularly purchasing shampoo/conditioner which reduces waste from both product and packaging)

+ My hair feels lighter (maybe because all of the product build up is finally gone?)

+ My hair dries much faster

+ It seems that the extra scrubbing in the shower helps to get out all of those loose hairs that I’m losing post-pregnancy (seriously…sometimes it seems like fistfuls) – so it comes out in the shower rather than all over my house

Now…while this post seems very upbeat and it sounds like I’ve found the perfect method for washing my hair, I’m still not 100% convinced. I keep thinking that one of these days I’ll get out of the shower and that my hair will feel a mess.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens. I’ll be sure to update as the weeks go on.

My hair before attempting ‘No Poo’:

 

My hair the day after washing with an all natural, organic shampoo and conditioner (told ya it gets greasy fast):

 

Immediately following my first wash/rinse with baking soda and apple cider vinegar:

 

Two weeks of washing every other day (so 7 washes total) using baking soda and apple cider vinegar:

 

 

Are you an avid ‘no poo’er? Did you have a transition period? Am I being overly excited too soon? Should I expect things to go sour? Any tips for extending length between washings? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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222 Responses to I finally went ‘No Poo’

  1. amak says:

    Wow, your hair looks great. I am impressed. Maybe I will give it a try although my hair is quite long right now.

  2. Pat says:

    I have been a poo free girl (and forced my family into it as well) for almost 10 months. I wash every other day — i am trying to get it down to 3 times a week, as i do still have some oil build up. (gotta get me a natural brush, i think that will help) my 5.5 year old is also poo free as is my husband.

    I have long curly hair, and i was hesitant… but i found if i just switched it up to wash every day, then as my hair was comfortable with that, to wash every second day… and such. My hairdresser LOVES the health of my hair. it is way more manageable, and if i miss a day because life takes over, it isn’t the end of the world.

    keep going. it only gets easier! and travelling with poo free shampoo is a breeze. you can get lemon juice and use that on the ends as well, and easier to get when travelling.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      So awesome to hear a success story! Thanks for sharing — and good idea about using lemon juice. I’ll have to use that during travel, for sure. Good luck stretching out your days between washes!

      Also – that’s awesome that you’re family is poo-free too! I haven’t convinced my husband quite yet, but I’m working on him. For Monkey, we’re still using our Earth Mama Angel Baby shampoo – but as he gets older, maybe we’ll try it out with him as well! He only gets his hair washed once a week right now anyway, though.

  3. Erin says:

    My hairdresser was actually the one who suggested I do this! Since I run, my hair gets oily AND sweaty, so I’m still washing every day with baking soda & vinegar…but I do a traditional “deep conditioner” 102 times per week because my hair gets pretty dry. Other than that? I think I’m liking it! But I’ve only been doing it for about a month.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      That’s awesome that your hairdresser suggested it! I’ve always been so scared to ask about it when I get my hair cut because I feel like they’ll look at me like I’m crazy…and then I have to sit in the chair for an hour feeling awkward ;) If you’re hair is getting dry – maybe cut back on your ratio of baking soda to water? I know just a slight alteration can make a huge difference!

  4. Green Gal says:

    I tried this a few years ago during the summer with just water for a couple months, and it worked fine until I went back to school. I didn’t want greasy hair at school, so I went back to shampoo. But this is making me want to try it again, this time with the baking soda and vinegar. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      You should definitely try it with baking soda and vinegar! I’m willing to try new things, but using nothing but water was just too much for me – kudos to you for making it a couple of months! Good luck if you do try out the baking soda/vinegar routine!

  5. Sarah says:

    I’ve tried this before, but I have so much hair it’s a huge pain to wash it more than once a week. And without shampoo + dry shampoo my hair gets pretty gnarly. Maybe I’ll give it a shot again and just have gross hair for a while haha

    • thecrunchywife says:

      I’m surprised that you are able to get away with washing only once a week with shampoo – that’s awesome! You could always try the dry shampoo during the week with the baking soda/ACV combo if you wanted to. I’m not sure if it strips color out of hair though, so be careful if you do try it! Good luck!

  6. Robyn says:

    I have been on this for almost 6 weeks and love it so far. I boil the water and then add the baking soda since my water is hard otherwise the bs would not dissolve.

    I added tea tree oil to my apple cider vinegar rinse and that has helped as well.

    Since I have really fine, wavy hair, trying to get a natural bristle brush is nearly impossible and seems to frizz my hair.

    My hair seems less frizzy but still on the dry end so I had used a tiny amount of coconut oil and that helps a lot

    I am going to try and attach a picture of my hair on the no poo.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      That’s so great that you have been doing this for 6 weeks! I’m glad to hear that it is working for you. Regarding the frizziness: Try adding a teaspoon of honey to your baking soda wash. It really helps the static/frizz. I’ve been doing that since mine was getting a bit of static and it helps. And I promise it doesn’t leave it sticky :)

  7. Robyn says:

    Okay, the picture did not work…

  8. Mary says:

    I have recently, 2 weeks ago, gone to no poo…My grandfather died from Alzheimer and the way he went got me thinking about the things we use…he used Seljuk blue every other day, and seems like the aluminum is so bad for you, so the kids and I have switched to baking soda and vinegar. I must say that my hair has done the greasy transition period, and I am stressed that others can see the grease..but I am still going strong, and excited that my split ends are gone already and my hair is growing more than it ever has. I wash it every other day with the baking soda, then do a little vinegar on the ends, and its pretty good except the grease at the roots which I know will go away. I am going to try the brushing 2 times a day and see if that helps. My kids hair looks amazing as they are mixed and can use the extra oil. I haven’t had to put any extra oils on my daughters for the first time ever. I am so excited about the no poo…we even use homemade face and body wash, a little tea tree oil, lemon oil, water, baking soda…amazing! Really excited about this! Will post back in a month and let you know about the transition period.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi Mary! Thank you so much for your comment. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Alzheimer’s is such a terrible disease.

      I would love to hear how the transition period goes, so please – do post back in a month! If you are worried about the grease, try sprinkling some cornstarch on your hair (or on your hands, then apply to your hair) and rub around until some of the grease is soaked up. It doesn’t work wonders, but it definitely helps! Good luck, and thanks again for your comment! I’m so glad to hear that no poo is working for you! I plan to try it on my son once he gets older. Right now, we use Earth Mama Angel Baby on him (which we love), but honestly, I don’t even use it on his hair since he’s so young. He gets maybe a bit of whatever ends up in the bath water. So glad to hear it works on your kids!

  9. Mary says:

    That last post should say SELSUN BLUE…auto correct!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I’ve seen recipes for making your own shampoos and conditioners at home using natural ingredients, but this is the first I’ve heard of just using baking soda and vinegar. I’m starting to think that baking soda and vinegar are the ONLY things I need to run a household! They’re dead useful in everything!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Seriously. I totally agree! They have become staples in our home. I’m pretty much lost if I run out of either!

  11. Rachel says:

    I went ‘no poo’ about 3 months ago. I had an unfortunate encounter in an airplane and ended up with lice :S

    I had to use one of those special combs to remove them all and I was totally shocked but the amount of dead skin and dirt that I found in my hair. That day, I did the lice treatment and haven’t touched my shampoo since.

    I also wanted to change because like you, I’ve been losing hundreds (yeah, hundreds, I counted them!) of hair every day for a few months (post pregnancy side effect…). I felt that a more natural approach might be beneficial for my hair and scalp.

    My hair reacted to it very well actually. It didn’t get all greasy but even before I was only washing my hair every other day. Now, I wash my hair twice a week and it’s going very well. I might have to do it more regularly in the summer if my scalp gets sweaty but we’ll see. I definitely don’t see myself going back to shampoo.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Gross! Sorry, had to cringe at the lice thing. Airplanes are so nasty though – I hate that stale air! Anyway, that’s awesome that you’ve had success with no ‘poo. Totally not awesome that you got lice, but great that you went no ‘poo!

  12. jennifer laur says:

    i’ve been doing this for about 8 months and i LOVE it!

  13. Breeze says:

    I went no poo a week ago using an everyday baking soda and apple cider vinegar washes after reading a book called ‘hair gone wild’….. um im begining to think the author oversimplified the transition period! my hair responded well at first, but now cant decide if it wants to be dry or oily! i use honey as a conditioner when its too dry, but everything i do to it seems to make it worse! i have read about hard water causing build up, but am not sure if country well water would be hard water or not… help?

    • thecrunchywife says:

      So sorry to hear that you are struggling. The transition period can be tough…for some people it can take a month or more for your head to get used to producing oil normally again. Are you washing every day? If so, try going a day or two between washes…that can help.

      I have soft water, so I don’t have the hard water issue. After a quick google search, I found that one woman had good luck adding baking soda to boiling water first…maybe try that out? http://silverempiress.hubpages.com/hub/My-no-poo-experiment

      • Breeze says:

        Thank you for the advice! I had to take a month off of no poo because I started a new job, and my hair was really bad… but I am only 4 days into my restart, and have had much better results! I’ve been boiling the water before mixing with BS, and using cornstarch for the greasiness, along with a boar bristle brush. My hair hasn’t rebelled yet, so fingers crossed! Thank you!

        • thecrunchywife says:

          That’s so good to hear – I’m glad you are having success! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that it keeps up :)

  14. Jayna says:

    Okay, so I’m glad that I’m not the only one who DIDN’T really notice a “transition period”. I have been “no poo” for about a week now, so maybe it is a too soon to make such bold statements, but my hair has reacted exactly the same with bs/acv as it did with Tresemme. It looks like you and I have a very similar hair type/texture. But I tend to err on the dry side. I literally haven’t changed anything. When I washed with shampoo, it was once every 3-4 days. Washing with bs/acv is the same for me. The only thing I notice that is different is that my hair seems ultra lusterous and my fly aways seem to be taming down. Oh- and my scalp isn’t itchy like it was with regular sls shampoo. I do 1 tbs bs to 1 cup water and 1 tbs of acv to 1 cup water. To each acv rinse cup, I add 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 drop of rosemary oil. It leaves my hair smelling like the $45 bottle of Pureology I used to use. All in all, I’m kicking myself for not trying this sooner. It just sounded so….weird. I’ll let you know if my hair takes a turn for the worse but so far so good.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience! My hair really never went through the transition period, and I’m definitely not complaining about that! My hair did go through a bit of a dry phase, but I started adding honey to my baking soda mixture and that problem seems to be solved. I love that you are adding essential oil to your acv mixture..I totally hadn’t thought of that. I hope you continue to have success with ‘no-poo’!

  15. Abi says:

    Hello,
    I started the no poo method 4 days ago and I’m not actually sure if I’m doing it right…
    I’ve resolved I will wash my hair with baking soda and vinegar every 4 days which I have done so far, but every morning I get up and have a shower and wash my hair with normal water. Is doing this completely pointless as going poo free is concerned? Will this mean I never actually go through a transition period and my hair will be greasy anyway? You see I can’t not wash it with something every morning because my hair becomes a tangled frizzy mess if it doesn’t get wet. Plus it’s becoming dry without conditioner. Thoughts? Please help super confused!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi Abi! Totally not pointless. Many people who rinse/scrub with water daily when they use this method for washing their hair. The point of no poo is to get away from using true shampoos because they contain products that remove the natural [healthy] oils from the scalp.

      If it’s getting dry, try adding honey to your baking soda wash! That’s what I do and it works great. Just add a little squirt to your mixture. Good luck, let me know how it goes!

    • I’ve only been no ‘poo for about two weeks so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I’ve read that getting your hair wet actually contributes to breakage as well. I guess you’ll have to gauge your own hair because everyone’s is different :)

      I use a dime-sized amount of coconut oil on the ends and undersides of my hair when it feels tangly and that’s been working for me. I guess experimenting is the fun part!

      • GardenGal says:

        Be careful when using coconut oil on hair in cold climates as it will solidify and clog your drain. I found this out the hard way by being left with a hefty plumber bill. Coconut oil will also harden on the hair in cold climates, but once the hair warms up in room temperatures, the hair will be soft again.

  16. Emily says:

    Hey! So I have been doing the no poo thing for about 3 weeks now. I have been having a bit of a longer transition period since I went the more “hard core” method and just rinsed my hair with water everyday and then once a week did the baking soda rinse. If it got dry, I added a little bit of honey into the rinse and it did just fine! Its still adjusting, but I really miss the lavender/jasmine scent of my old shampoos. Is there anything I could add to my rinse to replicate that at all? And also sometimes If I scratch my scalp there is a tiny bit of white residue…is that the baking soda? (im not using it a ton) or just excess oils? and is that a bad thing or just natural? thanks!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Kudos to you trying to use just water everyday! I haven’t ventured out that far just yet…I would suggest adding some essential oils to your apple cider vinegar rinse, actually. I like to add a few drops of rosemary and a few of peppermint! But, you could add your favorite scents. If you aren’t using an ACV rinse, then try adding it to the baking soda wash.

      I would think the white residue is the baking soda. How much are you using? I use about 1:10 ratio of baking soda to water. Maybe try reducing the amount a smidge and see if that helps..good luck! Definitely not a bad thing though :) I’ve found that this whole ‘no poo’ method is a lot of trial and error to find the best routine that works for you and your hair.

  17. Hannah says:

    I tried doing no poo for about a month. I have thin, long blonde hair and after a month of feeling gross, I gave up slightly. I went through the purging process of washing it with acv and bs once a week with my friend and we both edured it. After the washes, her hair was great (thick wavy brown hair) and as for me, my roots were great, no longer oily, but about 2 inches down from the roots i had a 2 inch thick patch of oily stringy hair. I figured it would go away eventually and after a month, I gave up, it wasn’t changing! So now I use shampoo (as little as possible) every other wash while still using acv as conditioner and using bs and acv to wash my hair the rest of the time. This seems to be working for now and I plan on continuing this for the rest of the summer, but as soon as it becomes winter, I’m going to try to go back to 100% no poo! I hope I can stick it out this time!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi! You sound like you have the exact same type of hair as me :) Anyway…first – what type of water do you have? Greasy hair can come from a hard water issue. If that’s the case, you’ll want to try boiling the water beforehand that you use on your hair (a pain, I know…but it works.) Secondly, you might actually be using too much ACV! I’ve found that I don’t need to use ACV with every wash. I’ve been doing my baking soda wash 5-7 days a week (since I’m working out more regularly, I’ve been needing to wash my hair more often due to the sweat..yuck) and only use the ACV rinse 2-3 times/week….sometimes even less. Try using it less often and see if that helps. Good luck!

  18. Teresa LeBlanc says:

    HELP!!! I used conditioning cleanser for a few months, and then I tried to go no poo. I have been doing no poo for about 6-7 weeks. I never had oily hair, but I have had very DRY hair. I have used water only some days, used less BS, more ACV, and some days used only ACV. My hair feels “clean” but so dry, it’s impossible to run your fingers through it when it’s wet. My hair has been colored. I am really struggling because I want to find a natural method, and it makes sense to me, but this dry hair is difficult. I actually use a deep conditioner yesterday after the no poo method, and for the first time in 6-7 weeks my hair felt silky and nice. If anyone has any advice, or other recipes let me know. I am a vegan, so no honey or other animal products. Thank you for your help!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      I’m sorry that you are having difficulties :( Don’t give up! What type of water do you have? You could try using boiled or distilled water for washing your hair – that might help. And I know you cut back on the BS, but how much are you using? Maybe try cutting WAY back. Honey does work great for me, and I was going to suggest using mayo as a deep conditioner, but that’s got eggs. I would try using boiled or distilled water with your wash and see if that helps – could also try adding some tea tree oil (a few drops) to the rinse.

      Also – how often are you washing your hair? Try less often. Sometimes even every few days can be too much washing!

      Lastly, if you’re still having dry hair, I honestly don’t see anything wrong with using a vegan, high quality (low-rated on the EWG cosmetic database) conditioner every once in a while!

      • Sylvia Brower says:

        Mayo sounds great for my dry hair, I just started trying the ‘no poo’ method and found the top of my hair is greasy, but the rest is very dry!

        How do you use the mayo? Do you put it on wet hair? How long do you leave it on?

        Thank you so much for the informative post, your hair looks great without shampoo!

        • thecrunchywife says:

          I actually just tried this out and will be posting about it later this week or early next week. I created a video that turned out pretty crappy, but I’ll post anyway. I use the mayo on dry hair! I mixed it with some raw eggs and honey, too. Left it on for about 30 minutes, then rinsed off in the shower. After rinsing, I did my usual baking soda wash and ACV rinse – turned out great!

          You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

          Oh! And for the greasiness on top, you may need to try focusing your baking soda wash at the roots. I really just focus it on the roots and don’t pour any on the rest of the hair. It sort of cleans the rest as I rinse it out – I feel like this helps keep everything else from drying out. Keep it up!

      • veganhippiechic says:

        I cut back on the BS and upped the ratio for the ACV 1:1… after I used the ACV today it felt pretty silky, so I think that I was not using enough for my hair. I think I just need to be patient and tweak the ratios until it works. It does seem better today. Thank you for your response, I’m definitely not ready to give up yet :)

        • thecrunchywife says:

          Awesome, keep me updated! Glad to hear you are having better luck.

        • Ileana says:

          If your hair is not too oily, you can also use instead of the BS, a mix of raw yolks, ACV, honey and lemon juice. You leave it on a few minutes. Must rinse with cold water or you will have scrambled eggs in your hair. It leaves your hair super silky!

  19. Lynn H. says:

    So just did the 1st bs wash/acv rinse this afternoon – gotta try this since my bro and sis-in-law like it lots. One concern so far is that I used to comb conditioner through my hair to detangle (in the shower) so that when it dried, my hair’s waves would stay intact. Now I feel like I’ve got a bit of a rat’s nest in parts and fear combing would cause breakage/frizz (pretty long hair). Any suggestions on how to squeeze a comb-through into this routine? I will probably add honey to my next bs wash. I added some lemon and lavender essential oils to the acv rinse to make it smell nicer. I know I need to give this plenty of time, but the combing is one I’m not sure how to fit in! Thanks!

    • Nancy says:

      I like to use a comb too. I use it after putting the ACV mix in my hair. I let it sit for a minute of two, then comb through my hair. By then the ACV has done it’s thing and there shouldn’t be too many knots (I also have fairly long hair and started using the comb in this way because I found it hard to brush my hair AFTER the shower). But. I don’t rinse out the ACV…I prefer leaving it in (I SWEAR your hair doesn’t smell like vinegar when it dries!) and that seems to make it easier to have un-knotted hair when it dries :)

  20. Paulinha says:

    I am now just over week without using commercial shampoo, it left my hair disgustinly grease ( i alwasy bought good quality like redken, joico) and still, always flat greasy, had to wash it every single day to look decent… I mus say, I will NEVER go back to commercial shampoo… I now wash my hair with one spoon baking soda, 5 drops tea tree oil, and bit water to forma a paste… scrub on my scalp for 1 minute, rinse, then condition with 1/4 cup organic apple vinegar, leave on for a minute then rinse… now i can wash my hair every 3 days, has lots volume… but i will do a deep condition 2x a month, with this awesome mascara i have… but definetely no shampoo, never ever again… :)

    • thecrunchywife says:

      So great to hear! I haven’t tried no poo by making a paste…could be a good option for traveling :) Thanks! I hope it keeps working well for you!

  21. Anna says:

    I am now two weeks without using shampoo. My hair is still very greasy. I wash it every other day. Most of the time with a mixture of baking soda and water. Sometimes only warm water. The baking soda helps a little bit, but it’s been greasy since the day I started! Now I am in the mood for using shampoo! But first I’ve been reading about the no-poo and learnt it’s best to try it for at least 3-4 weeks. Now I’m less prone to use shampoo now. I’ll probably try it out 1 or 2 weeks longer. I hope to see some results soon!

    How is this method working for you now?

    • Stephanie says:

      I am 2 weeks into no ‘poo and I am SUPER greasy too. I use baking soda and sometimes it gets my hair “cleaner” than others but there is always a greasiness to it. I have hair that had to be washed every single day or I would look like a scuzball :)

      My friend has been ‘poo free for months and keeps telling me to hang in there and I am but it is getting difficult because I hate feeling like I am dirty!!!

      • PT says:

        I had the same exact problem during my first week- after struggling with a weird waxy greasiness my hair even smelled dirty right after a wash. So what I did- I used shampoo and conditioner. I was able to go back onto the no ‘poo method immediately afterwards and have not had any trouble since. Yes, it’s oily and I push my washes to 3 days with the cornstarch method, but I’ve not had a greasiness that doesn’t wash out ever since. Going no ‘poo does not have to be cold turkey.

        • thecrunchywife says:

          I agree! I have heard of others doing this as well…take it slowly – if you want to use shampoo every now and then from the beginning..do it! There’s no ‘hard rules’ when it comes to no-poo. In the end, it will be worth it!

      • thecrunchywife says:

        It’s definitely tough. And like another poster said, if you feel like you absolutely HAVE to use shampoo to keep your sanity..then do it. Then, go back to ‘no-poo’ – I’ve heard success with this. Although be careful, I’ve heard of some that say this makes you start all over again.

  22. Cindy says:

    This is my 4th wk no poo and my hair is extremely dry. It says to use the ACV rinse only on the ends, but my hair is layered and the layers at the top of my head are very dry. So I used it all over my head and it made my hair to oily except the ends are still very dry. When I use the bs to wash my scalp it gets on some of the top layers and makes it so dry I am unable to get a comb through it and feels horrible. Looking for some answers to this issue. Thank you.

  23. Tracy says:

    So I started going no poo back in April. I was so tired of buying shampoos & conditioners that only worked for a week then I was back to my dry ends & flat unruly hair. I have thick coarse hair & have tried everything!!! Til one day I was so fed up I was on the internet trying to find a solution I stumbled onto this no poo concept. It started off great! But then it got very hot & dry here & my hair started breaking off & my ends were like straw & the top was a grease slick, so I went to shampooing every few days. I now HATE how my hair feels after I shampoo, so a few days ago I tried the baking soda but this time without the vinegar rinse… My hair is so soft.. But its only been a week. I did use a little conditioner this morning on my ends so we will see.

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  27. I’ve been “No ‘Poo” for one week today. After my first Baking Soda, ACV wash I had the best hair day ever… Full of Volume and so soft! Since then, it’s been ‘Eh… I Workout everyday so I have to wash every day. My hair doesn’t look too greasy, but it’s definitely feeling heavy. My hair has always been very dry. I’ve been adding Tea Tree Oil to my ACV Rinse and just using that on my ends. I think I might add it to my Baking Soda along with some honey as suggested in the comments above, because my scalp is starting to get a little itchy. 1/2 way into the 1st week, I was not happy- My hair was so tangled and dry, but today (1 full week) it brushed out nicely and feels soft. Hopefully I’m on my way to permanent “no ‘poo”. Also, I sprinkle baby powder on my roots if they look too greasy. I’ve been doing that for years!

  28. I’ not nopoo, but my girls are! They are 5 and 3 and neither has ever used shampoo or conditioner to my knowledge (no telling what goes on at Grandma’s!). One is super curly and one’s straight and both have hair that looks great!

  29. Megan S. says:

    I have been “no poo” for about a month now, and am loving it so far. When I first started, I just made my “shampoo” and “conditioner” in the shower using a cup. Now, to save time, I just make everything ahead of time, like you, so it’s always on hand.
    I am so glad to hear it is going so well for you, too! :-)

  30. kmcG says:

    I just stumbled upon this excellent post. I’ve been no ‘poo for about 2 1/2 months but didn’t really see the advantages till a couple of a weeks ago. This is because I was swimming in chlorine at least 4 times a week. Now that I’m swimming less my scalp has stabilized, my hair is shiny, so so soft but not fine or weak. It’s strong and has great volume (but not too much). I can go 3-4 days without needing to wash my hair. If it is a little oily I just throw some cornstarch in and brush it out (you’re right, regular brushing is key!). Then it’s awesome again. I’m officially impressed. When I was swimming regularly baking soda was drying my scalp out way too much. I just rinsed with ACV (infused w/ lavender + rosemary). Now I do mixes with my baking soda+water like adding old beer or honey. Today I did a molasses hair mask for the 1st time. Highly recommended! I often put aloe vera in my hair for moisture too. Good luck to those starting out. Dig around online, there are many with great experiences and advice!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and advice! I really appreciate the tips – molasses hair mask you say? I may have to try that out!

  31. Jeaniebabie says:

    HEY!:) this sounds awesome! when I run out of shampoo and conditioner I am going no poo!:) however I was wondering where you get those bottles you use to apply the baking soda and apple cider vinegar ? Like do you think they would be available at walmart, because if so I can pick up baking soda and apple cider vinegar while I’m there!:) let me know please!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi Jeaniebabie – thanks for stopping by. I get mine from Amazon.com I use peri bottles – it’s the bottles they give you after having a baby to aid in cleansing. I looked EVERYWHERE for them, even a medical supply store, and couldn’t find them, so I had to go with amazon. Here’s the link: Peri Bottle

      • Cyndie says:

        Sally’s Beauty supply also carries a similar plastic bottle used to mix hair color. It works great for my vinegar solution.

  32. Melissa says:

    I am sure you are very happy, considering your hair looks so good! Are you still doing this method? I have tried, with failure, in the past and am at it once again. I am hoping to get better results. I think I will try different ratios. I have read everything from a high water content ratio, to making a baking soda paste. This may seem like a silly question, but on the in-between days that you are not using baking soda and acv, do you still wet your hair in the shower?

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi! I’m sorry that you haven’t had the best luck with this method. I do still use it, although I’ll admit there’s been a few times where I’m in the shower and forgot that I was out of my mixture and had to use DH’s shampoo/conditioner (he won’t ‘no poo’….yet!) – Anyway, I’ve always regretted it. My hair immediately feels/smells nice with the shampoo, but literally by the end of the day my roots are a grease pit. Then, it always takes a while for my hair to get back on track. Anyway, so yes I do still use it and love it. I find that a HIGH water content works well for me. I do maybe a 1:8 or even 1:10 ratio of water to baking soda. I also add a squirt of honey each time. With the bottle I use, my mix usually lasts for four washes.

      Not a silly question at all! I have experimented with wetting my hair in between washes, but I find it to work best just to pull it up and keep it dry. I add some cornstarch if it’s looking extra greasy, or I play around with a fun hairstyle to try and hide the oily look. (Twists, braids, etc) – Good luck!

  33. Victoria says:

    I’ve been Poo-Free for about 6 months now..
    When I started, I washed with baking soda religiously every Monday. After about 4.5 months of this, I noticed that my hair wasn’t really ‘adjusting’ like it was supposed to. Now, whenever it starts to look greasy, I just wash it. Still using BS and ACV for the ends, but my ends are SO dry!
    Today, for the first time in 6 months, I used a small bit of conditioner because I couldn’t bare to lose any more hair! I lose a lot more hair now than I ever did before… Don’t get me wrong, after it dries, it is SO soft up top! I can go 2-3 days before it gets too greasy to wear down, and then sometimes I’ll put it up instead, since I was trying to get it to adjust and only wash weekly. I’m not really sure what to do about it anymore. I definitely don’t want to use shampoo (by my count I was using about $400 a year on shampoo and conditioner!!) and the chemicals freak me out… I feel like after 6 months I should have noticed and end to the adjustment period, and gotten the fabulous results everyone else who went poo-free rave about. Are there any other ways I can help my dry, split ends and hair loss?

    • GardenGal says:

      I had the same problems as you did and was almost ready to give up. Then I read on another web-site to buy a wooden bristle brush and wide tooth wooden comb and skip the baking soda and vinegar washes and use only water. (Note: I was losing more hair with that combo than during a salon visit). I brush my hair through (which is a chin length bob) while dry and then wash my scalp vigorously with my finger tips under hot water in the shower. Then I comb and brush through my hair one direction and then the other direction. I rinse with cold water and it’s done. After towel drying, my hair felt waxy, which is good. It’s the sebum created by your body and acts as a styling gel. I just finger style my hair into place and leave it to air dry. I now have curls I never had before. Also, some of the sebum that washed out of my hair ran down my face and which eliminates the need for a moisturizer. Besides it’s naturally created by you own body, so it’s a healthy moisturizer.

      I haven’t used soap for years either. Instead I wash my face before bed with a hot wash cloth and in the morning I rinse with tepid water. It sure eliminates possible allergic reactions to lotions, is healthier for the body and environment, and makes for lighter travelling.

      Hope this helps your hair loss — it sure helped mine. I think the baking soda was just too harsh for my hair.

  34. Ann says:

    Your hair looks great:)
    I haven’t used shampoo in 4 years myself. ALso use apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Easy peasy

  35. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been no poo since March . . . sort of. I add a little Dr. Bronner’s to the baking soda mixture because I like lather and mix the vinegar with herbal tea and a little aloe gel instead of straight water. Never going back!

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  37. Erin says:

    I have been without shampoo for one year. At first I started with the baking soda/ACV routine. I loved it for a few months, but after awhile my hair was too dry and flyaway. I have since been using only commercial conditioner to wash my hair. I know this is not very natural, but my hair has never been nicer. It is also just one step which makes it easy. I only need to wash my hair every 4-5 days.

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  39. Roxanne says:

    I always find it interesting that most of the people that comment on any post about no poo are new to it. I rarely see people that have done it for several years, which might make it seem like most people give it up after a while. I think this is just not true because when the topic comes up in a holistic forum, lots of people admit to using this method for years.
    Anyway, I just wanted to add a comment to let you know that there ARE actually people out there that have done this for years. I went no poo either while I was pregnant with my youngest or shortly after he was born – I don’t remember, lol – and he is now turning 6 in December. I have super fine hair. ALL of my hair bunched together and twisted once or twice has the same diameter as a dime. It’s always been like this, so this isn’t an effect of the no poo :-) Also, my hair is long; it goes down to the bottom of my bra, aka the middle of my back.
    I’ve had all of the benefits of no poo. My hair is less oily and can go longer without getting oily. It was super soft and fluffy at first, but now it is “normal.” You know, not greasy, not fly-away, not soft. I don’t need to wash it very often, and can go a good 3-4 days before it gets greasy. Actually, for whatever reason, the more I brush it, the more/sooner it gets greasy, so I also try not to brush it much either.
    I do have days – when I forget the ACV – that it does get unmanageable and fly away. I actually switched to using Kombucha in place of ACV because I make it myself and save a ton of money on raw organic ACV by using Kombucha. HOWEVER, I think that there is something in the raw organic ACV that works wonders on my hair. When I did use the ACV, it was always soft :-)
    Last bit of info, I’ve also heard that letting your hair keep as much of its own oil as possible builds healthier hair and minimizes split ends, so I tend to let my hair get pretty greasy before washing it again. I don’t seem to have many split ends, and I used to have more split ends that a labyrinthine maze! So, some part of what I do seems to be working :-D
    My hubby refuses to give up his shampoo and conditioner, but he also gets frustrated by it, and he has seen how well no poo works for me. Around the time I went no poo, I realized that using any chemicals on my boys was bad in that it would lead them down the path of bad skin and greasy hair. SO I don’t use anything on their hair at all. They don’t ever get greasy hair! When they do, most often it’s because they – at 8 and going on 6 – STILL tend to rub their hands over their head after they eat something. This is not really on purpose, but more like a habit. Like scratching one’s head in confusion or running a hand through your hair in frustration. When they have something in their hair that needs washing out, water has always worked on them, which amazes me because if I try to use just water on my hair, it always turns out BAD!
    The point to all of this is that even if it takes a bit of effort to find out what works best, it is SO worth it in the long run, so – to all the frustrated newbies – don’t give up!
    Have a happy day,
    Roxanne

    • Judy Winterer says:

      I have been poo and soap free for 6 years after I was forced to give them up due to radiation therapy. Once during the 6 year period I shampooed because I was wondering what I was missing. I realized my mistake immediately as my hair was flat, lissless and flyaway — simply put more than awful! Anyway, I washed the shampoo away with BS and rinsed with ACV once and since then have stuck to my water only routine. I will never wash my hair any other way.

  40. Raia says:

    I’ve been poo free for almost 2 years now. I wouldn’t do it any other way. I have long hair like Roxanne above, and in these past years, I’ve gone from having to wash my hair every other day with shampoo to only having to wash it 1x per week with bs & acv. Sometimes I go 2 weeks between washes. My hubby and kids usually just use water. I’m not there yet, though. :)

    I’ve found that since going poo free I don’t need soap and rarely need deodorant. I’m guessing that my b/o was just caused by a reaction to all the chemicals I was putting on my body.

    I’m glad to see that tip about dissolving the bs in boiling water first, my water is hard and I was having trouble with that. Thanks!

  41. Mari says:

    Do you guys use aluminum-free baking soda?

  42. Isla says:

    I just started doing the no poo this week after reading your blog. I was just looking for a deep conditioner, which I did and loved. I have done the no poo twice and my hair seems to be good, healthier and not as frizzy. But the problem I’m having is that my scalp is very itchy now. My scalp tends to be dry anyway and I’m wondering if this may be too drying for me?

    • Judy Winterer says:

      Once your hair adjusts your scalp won’t be dry and itchy. My stylist says my hair and scalp have never been in better condition. I did try the BS wash and ACV rinse but was losing more hair in the drain than at the salon, so now I wash with water only. It’s the best thing one can do for their hair and scalp.

  43. Leah says:

    I have been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar for about a week now. My hair is very long and very thick and it looks terrible. The first day I started it, I read that it can make your hair dry from removing all the product, so I decided to deep condition my hair with coconut oil. It took about 4 days to get all the coconut oil out of my hair. The baking soda was not getting into my thick hair, so I decided to add Dr. Brommers to the baking soda rinse. Now my hair is very stringy and looks like grass. Could it be the Dr. Brommers? Could it still be the coconut oil? Could it be the lavender essential oil I added to the ACV? Any thoughts are welcome because I do not want to give up yet!

    • kMcG says:

      It IS difficult to get oil masks out of your hair using the no ‘poo method. Try molasses or a good quality maple syrup hair mask for moisturizing. Everyone’s hair has different needs. Baking soda dries out my hair too much. I diluted it 1 tsp to 2 cups water and add honey when I use it. Most of the time I use Dr. Bronners with coconut milk and honey. I infuse my ACV with lavender, add 1 tbsp of aloe and a few drops of jojoba oil for a conditioner.

  44. Silvia says:

    I am SO sold on no-poo. I had tried it last year, but did not pay attention to ratios so you can imagine what my hair looked like.

    I have coarse curly hair and all I have to say is: why didn’t I discover this amazing system at 13? I’m almost 42 and have been doing this for a couple of months. Hair related esteem and trauma issues (and oh, boy, there are many) would have been non existent. What a thought.

    Anyway. I do 1 tablespoon vinegar (any works) in one cup of warm water. I do that 1 or twice a week and only do a baking soda version every 10 days or so. I think 1 tablespoon baking soda in one cup water is great when you have really, really cruddy hair, otherwise half a tablespoon is fine for medium cleanse.

    A key to these washes, especially the baking soda version:

    Use a ketchup or mustard type of bottle so that the nozzle delivers directly to the scalp.

    To be sure, I precondition with a low/no sulfate conditioner and, if doing a deeper conditioning (best for a baking soda day), I soak my hair in warm olive oil.

    It’s amazing how easy it is to detangle hair.

    Anyhow, I’m rambling but I’ll sum it up:

    a) precondition w/low sulfate conditioners (I like the l’oreal eversleek no sulfate/sillicone or the alaffia everyday shea conditioner at whole foods. Check the latter out: water is NOT the first ingredient. Pretty special, I’d say). Fear not in pouring your hair with olive oil for a deep condition. It comes out, don’t worry. Detangle hair, run a comb through to distribute both natural hair oil and the added olive oil. I can actually detangle and brush hair when preconditioned now, I couldn’t when I used shampoo.

    Sometimes I just wash with conditioner and leave it at that (depending on how grungy I feel my scalp is. I generally only wash with conditioner if it’s been a day or two since I last used a vinegar rinse and have not exercised, i.e. built up a sweat that justifies bugging your scalp with anything other than a massage).

    b) When I do a vinegar rinse or baking soda (I sometimes follow the baking soda rinse with a vinegar rinse, sometimes not). I always wash out the vinegar rinse although I know many people do not. A vinegar rinse I’ll do once or twice a week and a baking soda treatment once a week or every ten days (if I did strenous exercise every day I’d use a half tablespoon baking soda in one cup of water twice a week). Just trying to give you a sense of how you can play with formulas according to your needs.

    c) I put in alaffia leave in conditioner at the end or a little bit of olive oil in hair. Sometimes I don’t.

    Play around, you’ll find the formulas that best work for you and your needs (when you want to refresh as opposed to really clean cruddy, sweaty build-up.

    My hair really is healthier, more manageable, it smells fresh and I look forward to letting it grow out shoulder length (which I couldn’t before because it simply got too dry and unmanageable).

    It’s never too late to start and for young readers out there, let me say: embrace your curls. This hair care system will allow you to have a peaceful life w/hair so that you can focus your attention and energies on other stuff. Take if from me, seriously.

    Anyhow, thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far and thanks for allowing me a space where to share my experience and give back advice. Great stuff out there.
    Silvia

  45. anya says:

    I haven’t tried this method yet but I want to, I have a couple of questions though.

    I have short hair (pixie cut small) and have been suffering from a bad case of dandruff, which in this cold weather has become worse. The AVC is supposed to be applied on the ‘ends’ of your hair but as I have short hair, that won’t be possible. What is the solution in that case? Should I rinse out my hair and not get bothered that the AVC is coming in contact with my scalp as well?

    Will it make the dandruff problem worse? Also, will this dry, itchy scalp situation bother me for long after i start the poo free method?

    • Judy Winterer says:

      It won’t matter if the ACV reaches your scalp, in fact it might help with the dandruff. However, since you do have dry scalf and dandruff, I would suggest not washing your hair with baking soda at all, which means you could also eliminate the ACV.

      I washed my hair with the above method for 6 weeks and noticed too much hair loss. I talked with my hair stylist about the problem and she strongly recommended water washing only. Your hair is perfect for that since it’s short like mine is. You simply scrub your scalp with the tips of your fingers — not fingernails. Use a wooden bristle brush or wide tooth comb to comb in out under the shower, then since again under the shower. You can do a final rinse withe cool water if desired. Once you get out of the shower just towel dry your hair (I don’t touch mine at all to preserve my natural curls). Note: after your hair goes through a couple weeks of adjustment of not using shampoo, it will have a slightly sticky feel to it whenever you wash it, but that’s a good thing as it’s your bodies natural sebum coating/conditioning your hair. Your hair will take longer to dry because of the natural condition, but with this method, you’ll only have to water wash your hair once every 2 or 3 days and your dandruff will clear up. I guarantee your hair will be in better condition, be dandruff free, look and feel beautiful. When you do go to the salon for haircuts do not let your hair be shampooed. If the stylist won’t agree, tell her you’ll go elsewhere. I’ve been water washing now for 6 years and my stylist says my hair has never been healthier. Also, if you have the slightest natural wave, your hair will turn out with a beautiful deep wave as if you curled it. If you do want to grow it out longer and desire a curlier look, do not use a curling iron as you’ll be back to dry damaged hair and scalf. Instead, twist sections of hair and secure with a Goodie Octopus clip, let dry and wholla you have curl the healthier way.

      Good luck and please let me you how it turns out. Feel free to contact me with questions.

    • Judy Winterer says:

      Anya,

      I ment to tell you in my earlier comment that the only thing I use baking soda for is as a deodorant. I dilute 1 tsp. in a spray bottle and fill it with 8 oz (1 cup) warm water, shake to dissolve, spray 3 to 5 squirts in the palm of my hand and then apply to my underarms. I’ve been doing that for ~ 6 years as well. I have no BO and no allergic reaction to it.

      When I shower or bathe, I use no soap at all – just a wash cloth. Once again, no BO and no worry about allergic reactions.

      Give it a try to be completely chemical free.

      Please let me know how it goes as I’d love to hear your progress.

      • anya says:

        Hi Judy,

        Thanks for your advise! As much as I would like to go ALL natural, I’m afraid I haven’t reached a stage where I am half as brave as you are!

        What if I reduce the consistency of the baking soda say, 1 part baking soda in ten parts water? I’d like to clean my scalp since, yes, it does get oily and I also live in a place which ranks pretty high on humidity. Not mention that the itching is quite irritating especially after three days of not washing my hair. I am trying to wean my hair off of shampoo. It’s winter now but come summer and things will go really humid really fast, which means more mess on the hair. I will reduce the amount of AVC as well. It’s worth a try right?

        Also, good news is, I have been using baking soda as a deodorant for well over two years now! It is very effective and the best thing is that it isn’t an antiperspirant, so you can feel yourself sweat (which is good!) but you don’t stink. It works for a pretty much the whole day but the next day I have to take a shower.

        I’ve got to use ‘something’ to clean myself because like I said, I live in a very humid place and with just water, it doesn’t feel like you’ve taken bath. I don’t use harsh products though, mild ones with lots of natural ingredients. I follow Ayurveda so I get soaps which haven’t been chemically made. I also use a shower gel which is made of natural products. It’s a farce, I know but I am trying to wean off of it as well.

        Thanks again and I will keep you posted on the developments from my side.

        Peace

        • Judy Winterer says:

          I lived for 3 months in Melbourne, Australia where it was humid, too, and the humidity did wonders for my “natural” washed and worm hair.

          The shower or bath water I use is no where near scalding hot, but it needs to be hot enough to dissolve the hairs natural oils. Once the oils are combed through and rinsed away, then you can use more tepid water.

          I don’t use soap in the bath or shower as it reacts horribly to radiation treatment I’m undergoing. So, I’m sure if you have no medical need to omit soap from your routine, then don’t. Ayurvedic is always the best and it sounds like you’re on the right track anyway.

    • kmcG says:

      I have short hair and I put the ACV mix over my entire head. If you give it try, make sure to rinse with cold water. It helps with dry hair and scalp. A couple drops of tea tree essential oil in either your bk soda mix or ACV mix will help with the dandruff and itching. It has disinfecting properties so you could also add it to your soaps, dish cleaner, laundry detergent, mouth wash, etc. A few drops go a long way.

      • anya says:

        Hi KmcG,

        Thanks for your advise!

        Okay, I think I forgot to mention one big reason for my problem to Judy and in my earlier post as well but I have read that taking bath with hot water, one bordering scalding increases dandruff. Well I do that pretty often. I have started lowering the temperature of the water now though to wash my hair but hot water feels oh just so good in this weather!

        Like I have mentioned in my previous post, I will go with this combination with really frugal quantities of baking soda and ACV. And yes use colder or lukewarm water to rinse it out. Once I succeed in finding tea tree oil where I live, I will include that in my regime as well.

        I just realized I have written ‘AVC’ for ACV everywhere!! Sorry, I’ve been reading up on extra virgin olive oil, EVC; that abbreviation kind of got stuck in my head :P

        Peace

        • kmcG says:

          I hear ya. I love hot hot showers and still take em but I make sure to end it with a cold rinse just on my head (makes my face feel better too).
          If you have oilier hair its usually better to go with a higher BS to water ratio. I have dry hair so I don’t use much BS at all and always add honey.
          You can always order tea tree essential oil online. Mountain Rose Herbs is trustworthy and has fair prices. They are not the fastest ever but they’re still good. Best to you and your hair endeavors.

        • GardenGal says:

          Anya – do you have a problem with Judy or her suggestion?

  46. Jenn says:

    I have just started no poo and have washed my hair twice with bs/acv, three days apart. I used to wash with shampoo twice a week, so this is what I am still aiming for. The ends of my hair still feel fine, but I find the hair near my scalp feels bad, hard to run my fingers through for at the least the first day. Could it be that I am not getting all of the bs out? I find it difficult, without the suds, to know exactly where the baking soda is, if it’s where I’m scrubbing, and if it is all out at the end of my shower. Is there any other reason my hair would feel this…funny afterwards? Does anyone else have this problem?

    • GardenGal says:

      You’re actually going through the “transition period”. If you still to washing as you are, your hair will feel better in 4 – 6 wks time. Don’t give up. Just make sure you scrub your scalp well with your fingertips and rinse well, too. Brush you hair with a wooden bristle brush every night to spread the natural oils. You’re definitely on the right track. Good luck!

      • Jenn says:

        Thanks so much for the reply. I’ll stick with it – love the idea! I’ll be picking up a wooden brush this week.

        • GardenGal says:

          You’ll find a wooden bristle brush at Whole Foods, Sprouts or other natural food shop. Stay away from the boars bristle brush as it won’t get through thick hair and cause a lot of static. Keep me posted. Good luck!

          • Jenn says:

            Ok. I got the wooden brush, and have been brushing way more than feels right. The brush definitely removes some of the “gunk”, but my hair has never looked or felt worse. It has been two and a half weeks now, and it can basically stay in any position on it’s own. It’s so greasy that when I dried it tonight I thought it was still wet – but no, just greasy. My scalp feels ok, it’s just the rest of the hair. I’ve even switched to a citric acid rinse instead of ACV,as I read that might be better for hard water. Going to work with this hair has been really hard – and I find myself staring at the girls I teach, jealous of their gorgeous shampooed locks. I’m wondering how this will change at some point. What will make the oil coating my hair lessen and leave me with the light beautiful hair I used to have? I’d love to have this work, but worried it’s mot going to change.

            • GardenGal says:

              Some people’s hair (like mine) took six weeks to get through the transition stage. Please don’t give up. It sounds as if you’re doing all the right things, but it takes patience and time.

              If you don’t like the ACV, you might try white vinegar or lemon juice. If you smell vinegar when your hair is dry, then you’ve used too much. A tsp full mixed with 8 oz water is plenty and should work just fine.

              • thecrunchywife says:

                I’m sorry that you are having such a hard time, Jenn! I agree with GardenGal – sometimes the transition phase can take a LONG time. I do think that it has something to do with your hard water. I’ve heard that some people end up using shampoo once every now and then – maybe once every few weeks or every month? It just depends on your ultimate goal. If you’re okay with using a small amount of shampoo every now and then (a non-toxic, sulfate free one of course), then it might be just what you need. You may also being using too much ACV. I find that I don’t have to use ACV every single time I wash my hair – sometimes I just use the baking soda and it’s fine. Good luck and please don’t give up!

                • Jenn says:

                  Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. I don’t have a problem with the shampoo, as you said, but I also didn’t want it to set me back with the process. I didn’t know if it would be like starting over again. Hate to go through this again. :) I’ll keep it going and maybe forego the ACV and see how it feels afterwards. I’m hoping for the results you ladies are getting. Thanks again!

                  • GardenGal says:

                    Washing your hair with the slightest bit of shampoo will set you back. I tried that once as well and regretted it. Just keep brushing to spread the natural oils down to the ends of your hair. Please, don’t get discouraged and give up. That was my mistake the first time I tried this many years ago.

                    • Jenn says:

                      Ok, no shampoo. I brush and I brush and always there is sebum collecting on the brush. My head is raw but at least it’s interesting. I spend longer in the shower than ever before (water off, of course). I’ve never spent so much time on my hair, because I’d rather not, but I’m hoping once it works out that it will be quicker. :)

                    • GardenGal says:

                      Jenn, Patience will definitely pay off. You may be spending more time on your hair, but it’s worth it. Once your hair stabilizes, you won’t have to brush it but once a day and before you get into the shower. If you have the slightest wavy or curl to your hair and like that look, just set your hair in the style you want and leave it without combing once out of the shower. Just let it air dry. It sounds to mee like you’re on the right track — hang in there — your rewards will be plenty. Just as you’re ready to give up, one day soon it will almost miraculously, be just perfect.

                    • Jenn says:

                      That does sound good. I will keep it going and hope for the best. I do have wavy hair that I usually blow dry but would love to be able to leave it and have it look nice as is. I wash at night and in the morning it never still looks good if I let it air dry (even if it’s completely dry when I go to sleep). Maybe that will change – we can only hope. Thanks so much for helping out with this. :)

                    • GardenGal says:

                      You’re very welcome. I have another thought with regards to your long wavy hair. Since you wash it at night, you might consider wrapping sections into strips of cloth (rag curlers), tying the ends and going to bed like that. Your hair will be dry, curlier and possibly more managable (definitely soft) by morning. And you’ll have a nice look to boot.

                      Good luck and please keep me posted on your progress. The important thing is to have patience and stick with it – you’ll love yourself for doing so.

                    • Jenn says:

                      I’ve heard of rag curlers but never looked into it. I’ll see what I can find. It sounds interesting and it would be great to wake up with pretty hair.

                      My hair is also dyed and seems to be losing color at the roots easier, but I’ve read that this is the baking soda. So far it’s ok for me. I’m not ok with gray hair yet (even though my genes are) so I’m still going to dye it for now. Henna may be a possibility, but I don’t think I can use it with other dye in my hair and I’m unlikely to go without any dye long enough to make that transition.

                      I’ll keep you posted. :)

                    • GardenGal says:

                      Rag curlers are fun, easy and you can sleep in them.

                      I don’t know anything about henna – sorry. I’ve been white since I turned 40 years of age and that was 16 years ago. I get nothing by compliments on my hair color and natural curls. While I was transitioning from colored hair to my gray hair, my stylist did low lights instead of highlights, which made the growing out period painless and more natural looking.

              • Jenn says:

                Thanks for the encouragement. I don’t have a problem with the ACV itself, I’m just trying to find a way to cut the grease in my hair. I thought the acid would help with that, but so far no. I’ll try to keep it going and hope it all works out. :)

                • Katze says:

                  Hi Jenn. I just saw your post and wondered if you’ve had success yet? I’ve been doing the no poo thing for the last few months and I feel like it’s finally starting to work for me. I tend to have an oily scalp and hard water so I think that’s why I struggled so much at first. I initially used white vinegar but recently switched to citric acid because I just don’t like the smell of vinegar. After I wash with baking soda, I use about a tablespoon of citric acid powder dissolved in about 8 ounces of water and I just pour it over my head (this is about the same as full strength vinegar), making sure to cover as much hair as possible (including the roots). I let it sit for a few minutes and then I massage it through. Then I rinse thoroughly. Using a pretty strong acid rinse was critical for me as sebum can get stuck to the hair with hard water. The acid breaks it down and helps to wash it away. If I go too long between washings and have a heavy buildup of sebum, I use a small amount of Dr. Bronner’s soap to wash my hair (in addition to baking soda) and rinse with the citric acid as usual. The Dr. Bronner’s is a little stronger than BS alone, but it isn’t shampoo and doesn’t set me back on the process. Hope this is helpful!

                  • Jenn says:

                    Hi Katze,

                    Thanks for the message. I have just finished 7 weeks and am still not very happy with my results. I switched over to citric acid about a month ago as well, hoping it would be stronger and dissolve the sebum as well. But I find that my hair is still heavy and limp and just isn’t looking nice. I brush my hair a lot lately and am always surprised at how much sebum accumulates on the wooden brush, but it never seems to make it feel better. I am thinking about switching to water only, as the baking soda doesn’t seem to help, but honestly, I’m not sure how that would be any better. I’m not sure if I can get Dr. Bronner’s here, but it is nice to know that it does not set you back. I have a friend in the states this week – maybe she can pick some up for me.

                    I am still dying my hair, and the only time it feels really clean (ironically) is for a couple days after I dye it, before I wash with BS again. I feel like this may be setting me back, but I so look forward to the feeling of light and clean hair. I wonder if it is impossible to have dyed hair and clean hair with no poo, if it does set me back? I’m just not ready for gray hair yet. :)

    • kmcG says:

      I had that problem and looked on crunchy forums. Most people who had the ‘gunky’ feeling roots solved the problem by adding more water to the ACV mix. If not it probably is your hair transitioning. Brushing with a bristle brush definitely helps!

      • Jenn says:

        Thanks for the advice. I haven’t used the ACV mix on my roots at all yet, because I read it can make the transitioning worse, but maybe that’s what my head needs instead. I’ll give it a try next time. I’m going to look for the brush this weekend. I don’t live in the states anymore and will have a look at a nearby health food store – hoping they have one. If not, I’m sure Amazon will. :)

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  48. Tammie says:

    I tried this for the first time today. I read about it this summer when I was searching for a both gluten-free and corn-free shampoo after being diagnosed with a wheat allergy and a corn allergy after being so sick I was on medical leave for several months.

    It possibly explained why I was losing so much hair. I also have the static problem. My hair tends to be oily. It has quite a bit of a body wave too. It is also very fine.

    For years I’ve used salon shampoos, like Biolage. I switched back to Nioxin due to the hair loss, which didn’t help. I finally found very small, expensive bottles gluten free, corn free shampoo and conditioner, which greatly reduced the hair loss but caused my skin to itch intensely.

    So after my first day on this no poo thing my hair felt very light afterward, it has more of a wave, almost like a curl actually. My hair had almost no tangle at all, usually it is always very tangled. It was not oily at all. In fact, the ends feel dry. My scalp is very itchy though. I don’t care for the apple cider vinegar odor, so I was considering adding mint oil and read in the comments someone did that with success. So I think I will try that and add honey as you do and see how all of that works.

  49. Karla says:

    I have been doing this for a week but i do two days bs and acv then the third day i use shea moisture retention shampoo because i have alot of very thick long hair i cant go a day without atleast running it through water not because it gets oily but since its so thick and long i wear my hair down after i let it air dry to avoid using heat since it is wavy also, will this still be an ok method?

  50. Ashlee says:

    I think I’m gonna give this shot! There’s more success stories than failures so lets hope this works for me!

  51. Courtney says:

    I have very long curly hair and looked up a few recipes online and decided to try my own…I mixed baking soda, tea tree oil, honey, and water. I was using shampoo and 2 handfuls of conditioner before and now I don’t need any! It seems what I made works as a detangeler..has anyone else tried this combo?

    • Jenn says:

      I haven’t tried that combo but might give it a shot. I’ve been doing the baking soda and apple cider vinegar for four weeks and it’s getting better, but not great. Can you share the recipe you used, with the quantities? Are you using the apple cider vinegar rinse too, or was the wash enough? Thanks and good luck! :)

      • Courtney says:

        7 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tbs of baking soda, 1tbs honey and about 12 oz of water. I also added some cinnamon because I read it brings out the natural colors of your hair. I’m not using the vinegar rinse but I am only a few days in so I may use it. I hope this works for you! :)

        • Jenn says:

          Thanks, that’s great. And so prompt. :) I’ll give it a try this weekend.

        • Jenn says:

          Courtney, you are a lucky girl. I tried your formula yesterday and it didn’t really work for me. My hair feels both oily and crispy, if you can believe it. Maybe I need to pair it with the ACV to have a better combination. I’ve been trying this for four weeks now, and haven’t had any great success. (Except for a couple days this week after I dyed my hair, but maybe that was the chemicals in the dye?) I’ll stick it out a bit longer and see what I can do with it. I’m glad you’re having success right from the beginning. My hair rebelled from day one. :)

          • GardenGal says:

            Jenn – not everyone’s hair is so conforming to change. It took me over 2 months for just plain water to work. BS and vinegar left my hair crisp and gritty (no matter how little BS I used). Then one day, it was like a miracle, all of a sudden my hair felt clean, soft and manageable – right as I was about to give up, too. Are you using a wooden bristle brush in the shower to help loosen the oils? Consider that along with a good brushing before you get into the shower.

            Hope these tips help make your transition period go a little better.

            • Jenn says:

              Thanks again for the tips. I use a wooden bristle brush in the morning and before I shower in the evening, but have been using a comb in the shower. I tried boiling the water and that was better, but it’s not quite there yet. Oh – last weekend I also tried the rag rollers. I think I need practice – I came out looking like a hideous rendition of Annie. Not quite the look I was going for. :) I’ll try it again next weekend. I’ll keep you posted.

    • GardenGal says:

      Since you many of you are having trouble with the baking soda and/or vinegar, have you thought of using water only? I guaratee your hair will be soft, manageable and exceptionally moist. I gave up on BS and vinegar because it seemed to dry my hair out and kept me in the shower a lot longer than I intended to be, but not since I wash with water only. I’d never wash my hair any other way. For those of you with hard water, just boil some water, let it cool and use it for washing your hair. I guarantee you this method is fool proof!

      Also, don’t use clear aloe vera gel as a styling aid as it has formeldahyde in it.

      • Jenn says:

        After four weeks, I am still not loving the BS/ACV method, but am willing to try it a little longer. Using just water makes me a little nervous, only because my hair still feels bad even with these simple ingredients. It’s hard to imagine that just water would make more of a difference. But if it’s not working in a couple more weeks, I’ll give it a try with just water. I haven’t tried boiling my hard water because I can’t imagine how to wash my hair with it, since the BS has to be rinsed clean and that seems to take a while. Just dumping on the water doesn’t seem like there would be enough…

        • thecrunchywife says:

          Oh oh!!! You need to try boiling your water ASAP! It will work wonders, seriously. I’ve read so much about those with hard water and needing to boil water in order to affectively wash with baking soda. Here’s what you do….boil some water (however much you think will fit in your squirt bottle or whatever bottle you normally use in the shower). Let it cool just a bit. Add your usual amount of baking soda to the water – it will probably fizz a bit since the water is warm. Pour the baking soda water into your bottle and then use in the shower. Rinse off with your regular shower-water….the rinse water does not need to be made with boiled water. Then follow with your ACV and rinse. Again, the ACV mixture does not need to be made with boiled water – I have found that the boiled water is only essential for the baking soda mixture. Good luck! And seriously kudos to you for trying for so long, I know how rough it can be!

          • Jenn says:

            Aha! I didn’t realize that the rinse water didn’t need to be boiled as well. That seemed completely impossible. This is well within reason. :) I should wait until Tuesday to try again, but might go ahead today and see how it feels. Thanks again!

            • Jenn says:

              It does feel better after showering with the boiled water and ACV again. Not perfect, but better. Thanks for the advice. I’ll keep going. :)

              • thecrunchywife says:

                Glad to hear it feels better after the boiled water – I bet if you keep doing that, it will make a huge difference – there’s probably lots of build up in your hair right now from the hard water. I know it’s not all that convenient, but I think it will help. Also – I find rag curlers nice, but they take a LONG time and sometimes make your hair into super tight ringlets. I’m not sure just how long your hair is, but I posted a tutorial with the technique I use – it doesn’t give PERFECT curls, but I feel like it gives you a nice messy, wavy look! And it’s super quick and easy: http://thecrunchywife.com/2012/11/twisted-hair-wavy-hair-overnight-tutorial.html

                • Jenn says:

                  Oh, I did see this wavy hair link before but haven’t seen the tutorial yet. I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the reminder. :

          • GardenGal says:

            Just plain water (hot – not scalding) and scrubbing your scalp with your fingertips will loosen the hairs naturals and will eventually wash out. After months of washing my hair with water only, I don’t even feel the oils on my hair or scalp. It will work – give it a try and be patient.

  52. Shelly says:

    Can anyone help with the problem of hair still being greasy and unclean, at the same time as there appearing to be either buildup or dandruff? I’ve gotten much better about making sure I get the roots clean, but my hair is long, thick, and coarse and I can’t seem to get the back to be nongreasy.

    Help?

    • GardenGal says:

      My question to you is how long have you been shampoo free? If it’s less than 8 weeks, all I can say is brush frequently when your hair is dry as well as comb it while in the shower and don’t give up. Also, try less baking soda, which could be causing the buildup. Your hair will naturally produce its own sebum giving it the greasy feel, but that’s actually healthy. Keep brushing it through. It might also help to wash your hair with hot (not scalding) water and then rinsing with cooler/tepid water. When washing your hair, are you rubbing your scalp with your fingertips (not fingernails)? That should help loosen the sebum/buildup. Perhaps someone else might have some helpful comments as well.

      • Shelly says:

        I’ve been at it for a bit less than 8 weeks, so I’m trying to stick with it. I’ve cut back on the baking soda, which might be helping with the buildup. I’ve done a few tries of the cooler water to rinse.

        I sometimes use my fingernails, other times fingertips. I’ll try avoiding the nails (probably just scraping up the buildup). I tried adding a bit of sweet almond oil to my BS mix, and it seemed to help a bit with the extent of buildup. I’ve also gotten a humidifer for my apartment, as I suspect it’s too dry and not helping my hair.

        Additionally, I’ve found that I’m still losing quite a few hairs (then again, my hair is below my shoulderblades) in the shower. I’m also suspecting that my lack of protein in my diet is part of that. :)

        Thanks for the suggestions! Any others would be welcome as well. I’ll try a few different things here.

      • Shelly says:

        I will add, however, that my acne has been much better since I’ve switched, so I’m really trying to get the perfect BS/ACV mix. I don’t think I can do the just water method – my mother has already commented that she can smell my hair, as it doesn’t have any fragrance and she can smell that hair and/or dirty hair smell. :( I guess I need to add some essential oils.

  53. Shaina Warman says:

    I have been using the no poo method for a little over a month now, with some success. I don’t need to wash my hair as often (every 2-3 days) but some days after washing my hair is still greasy at the scalp and very dry at the ends. I have read about the transition period but it has been over a month and I’m about to give up. I don’t know what I am doing wrong, any suggestions?

    • GardenGal says:

      Please don’t give up. I almost did after 8 wks of transition. The day I made up my mind to give up, my hair miraculously felt wonderful. Then again, I don’t know if you’re washing with water only or baking soda and vinegar (which did not work for my hair at all). Once I switched to water only, my hair transitioned much quicker.

      Your hair may feel greasy when it dries; however, if you comb, brush or run your fingers through it once dry, it will feel soft and manageable.

      Please give it a few more weeks as I know you won’t regret it in the longrun.

      • Shaina Warman says:

        I have been using the bs/acv method every 2-3 days and water the days in between (my hair is unmanageable if I don’t at least wet it down everyday) I just hope the process speeds up, my hair feels waxy after it drys, dry shampoo makes it look better at least but I can’t stand to wear it down because of the waxy heavy feeling. I’m going to give it another month before I give up, thanks for encouraging me to keep going!

        • GardenGal says:

          The waxyness you feel on your hair is it’s natural oils (sebum), which is healthy. Once your hair adjusts completely, you won’t feel the waxyness. Actually, you will feel it when it first dries, but once you comb, brush or run your fingers through your hair, the bit of waxyness will get spread throughout your hair and it will be soft as if you’d conditioned it with a commercial conditioner.

          Have you tried using less BS/ACV? In fact, using gradually less and less to completely ween yourself off to just water is what I did and would recommend to you if you’re brave enough to go that route.

          I currently live in a semi-arid climate and my hair curls naturally while drying. It was actually a bit curlier while I lived in Australia, but never frizzy and the reason for that is the natural oils (sebum) my hair produced. It always feels soft and conditioned, which is what the sebum is supposed to do (according to my hair stylist). So bear with it if you absolutely can.

          • Jenn says:

            It’s been almost six weeks and this week I am really unhappy with the way my hair looks and feels. I was so excited to wash it tonight since it’s been not so nice the last few days and it feels just as bad afterwards. It’s such a bummer. The best my hair has felt was week 3, when I dyed it. Tons of chemicals (no doubt) and my hair felt amazing. I’m a little concerned that dying it resets the transition phase, and I’ll always be in limbo. But like I said, not ready to quit the dye yet. Hopefully it gets better soon…for Shaina and I, at least. :)

            • Lyu says:

              Jenn, you can try coloring your hair with whatever mix of henna, indigo, and/or cassia suits your color preference instead (you can get reds, browns, blacks, blondes..). These are just simple plants and do not require any crazy chemicals, and the color will last just as long if not longer. I’ve used henna before, and it made my hair feel pretty neat.

              I’m now trying to switch to water only washing, I’m only 6 days in, but I became tired of having to wash my hair more and more often with BS/ACV which I had been using for around 5 years. While the BS/ACV was superior to my shampoo/conditioner, worsening water quality made it more and more of a hassle. I found that boiling the water and keeping my hair out of my shower water as long as possible, made my hair come out fantastic, usually, but sometimes I couldn’t even pinpoint why it wouldn’t work… and eventually it just started getting dirty too fast. My hair problems sounded similar to yours. I should also note, that I have trichotillomania, and as such my hair has taken significant damage from constantly touching my hair (no, I can’t “just stop”, though I do still believe I can eventually since I have been free of it for a few years before, trich is VERY powerful).

              So here I am, trying to convert to water-only washing despite having awful hard water coming from old pipes. My hair is greasy, but it feels interestingly soft since this switch, almost like it’s not even there, this feeling is entirely new for me. My scalp looks pretty good, but the roots and quite a ways down look hideous… for now? I don’t know if I can effectively wash it using just filtered or boiled water, I’m trying to grow it long, but I’m also afraid of what will happen if I try using only the unfiltered shower water (would get a filter for it if I could afford). One thing I really hated about my hair before was that as soon as it got dirty, it felt like it was “open”, not sure how to explain this, but like it was “dusty”… water-only has removed that feeling, but it’s certainly not clean and pretty yet. I also only comb with a horn comb, no brush since I feel my BBB is too hard. I pull out TONS of fuzzies and lint from my hair, much seems to be from my bedding, but this also bothers me a lot and I hope I’ll be able to tackle it.

              • Jenn says:

                Lyu – thanks for the message. Sorry for the delay in replying. I’m on a vacation and it’s been busy.

                I thought about using henna but wasn’t sure if I could use it on hair that has been dyed before. Not sure if that will work or not. And I’d like to grow mine out a bit more, so don’t want to cut it short and start over.

                I’ ve thought about water only, but haven’t felt like it did anything on the days when I’ve tried it. Maybe it takes longer to work out? I gave up BS/ACV a few weeks ago and have been using egg yolk/ACV instead, but I’m still not super happy about the way my hair looks and feels. Or smells, actually. I might try a different ratio of BS/ACV when I get home again, but not sure. It never seemed to feel clean when I used it before. Never had a problem with shampoo making my hair feel bad…ironic. Considering buying some Dr. Bronner’s to try out if I can find it again on this trip – but feel like that would be more like shampoo and hence “cheating.” Just not sure.

                My water is hard also, and I’m sure that is contributing to my problems. Good luck with your water only venture – let me know how it turns out.

                • Shaina warman says:

                  Have you tried boiling your water before making the BS/ACV mixtures? That made all the difference for me, hard water can make or break this system. I cheat just a tad and add a teaspoon of Dr. Bonners to my BS mixture just for smell (that’s what I miss most about shampoo) I only wash with this every third day. Water and a washcloth to really scrub the other days. Hope this helps!

                  • Jenn says:

                    Hi Shaina. Sorry for the delay – still traveling. I tried boiling the water once, but at that point my hair was such a mess that it didn’t seem to make much difference. That’s when I tried washing with egg yolks. But I think I will try again with the boiling BS/ACV when I get home as the egg smell is starting to annoy. Do you add the BS after the water has boiled? Does it matter how long it boil for?

                    I’m going to have a search for some Dr. Bronner’s here tomorrow before flying home and give that a try as well.

                    And the washcloth – how do you use it so that your hair doesn’t get tangled?

                    Thanks!

                    • Shaina says:

                      Jenn,

                      It doesn’t seem to matter how long you boil it, and I mix the solutions after boiling. You can get Dr. Bonners at any whole foods store. And there is no trick to your hair not getting tangled, just comb the tangles out.

                    • Jenn says:

                      Thanks Shaina. Was hoping for a magic fix with the tangles. :) I’m living in Switzerland, and Dr. Bronner’s doesn’t really exist there, but I did see some here in Hong Kong the other day and am going to try to find it again tomorrow before I fly out. Looking forward to trying something new and promising with my hair.

                • Lyu says:

                  Henna can be used over dyed hair as long as it is pure, no additives like the presumably-cheaper brands contain. You can get pure henna super cheap if you’ve got an Indian grocer or such nearby (I don’t though, I ordered online).

                  I agree that it doesn’t matter how long you boil the water, I tried multiple ways, and as long as the BS mixes in and disappears, it’s fine!

                  As for my water only trials, I confirmed that the hard water makes it IMPOSSIBLE to truly clean. I’m sick and took a shower two days in a row with just faucet water, and it made my hair a hard, greasy, disgusting mess. There was more grease and lint than beforehand. I was so upset, combing out all of the lint and grossness was impossible, I had to constantly clean out the comb. Then, I decided to try washing my hair only in filtered water out of desperation. I didn’t get to finish washing because of the sinus pressure hurting me, and yet still it made my hair look and feel a thousand times better! Two days later there’s still no greasy mass in my hair, despite what I went through.

                  So from now on (or until I get a shower filter), my technique is going to be to water only wash my hair w/filtered water, and shower separately. When I shower I will have dry hair so I can twist/twirl bun it into a shower cap and not get it wet at all. I’m feeling really hopeful about this :]

                  • Jenn says:

                    Ok, I’ll have to check into henna some more. Thanks.

                    Good luck with the filtered water washing scenario. It sounds promising. And I admit it would make life so much easier. Ridiculous question, but did you mean you are sink washing your hair with water that you’ve either filtered yourself or purchased filtered? I’m trying to picture it, but it sounds difficult. I really dislike the way my hair feels though, in the hard water, so I’d like to give it a try. Even if I boil the water first (with BS), I’m still rinsing it with the hard water. Unappealing. I’ve just looked into shower filters on amazon.com and it seems you can get them quite cheaply. Here, though, there are not many choices that I could find on the local amazon, so I’ll have to ask in the hardware stores. The showers here are also the type with a handheld possibility, so I’m not sure if that limits my options for a filter. But it sounds like a great solution. I’d like to give it a try. Most of the time I shower with my hair up since I only wash it twice a week, so it would be normal for me this way.

                    Hope you feel better soon.

                    • Lyu says:

                      It’s really not fun haha, I have a sink filter attachment (technically, it is more expensive upkeep than a basic shower filter, but I didn’t buy it :/) so I just fill this giant bowl with enough water and put it in the sink or wherever, and bend to wash my hair. I do one side of the roots first then start working down.

                      Come to think of it, my shower also has the handheld type, I’m not sure how it will work either. I’m going to check locally, but I remember Aquasana being one of the really good sounding ones (I missed a sale before on it too, aww). Can’t remember any other names.

                      Thanks (:

  54. nicole says:

    omgosh!! I.am.beyond excited to try this out on my hair!! As i read this and.you said you had fine hair i thought ya but no way as fine as mine!! Then as I scrolled down and saw your pictures I was so excited we have the exact same hair!!! Ya thanks for a great blog!!

    • GardenGal says:

      Nicole – my hair is gray, course and naturally curly and shoulder length. Washing my hair with commercial products always left my hair just wavy, limp, flyaway and seemed to absorb a tint of whatever colour my shampoo was. Now that I water wash only, my curls are curls, they stay in place all day and is completely gray. It’s wonderful.

      Enjoy your new discovery and good luck.

  55. Krysta says:

    Hey! I’ve been no ‘poo for about a week, and I mean COMPLETELY no poo. I wash it every other day with water, and every other 2 days with a rose water dilute. It’s still greasy, but not as bad as it was at first. My question for you is: is there anything I can use instead of baking soda? Will aluminum-free baking powder work? I just want that clean feeling on my scalp, and to remove the residue left behind by my years of hair struggles… But I’m diggin’ the no poo!

    • GardenGal says:

      While I’m no expert, I do know what works for me and baking soda did not. I’ve been water “washing” for months now with great success. I wash every day in the shower and neither my hair nor my scalp are oily or with residue – just clean and healthy.

      As for aluminum vs aluminum free, read the link below. It seems to imply our bodies need small amounts of alumimum to function properly. In my opinion, aluminum is as vital a mineral as copper or magnesium, etc. By that’s just my opinion. This is a lot of info on the internet with regard to questions such as yours. Happy reading.

      http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=1958

  56. Louis says:

    I had no idea there was a name for this.

    Been doing this for years… got into this practice when I had dreadlocks… when I cut them off I continue the practice.

  57. Lynette says:

    I started no-pooing about a month ago and it has been such a rough ride! My hair would dry super waxy and heavy. I didn’t know if it was from product I was using (to make my hair soft and shiny) or if I had the ratios wrong. This last week I decided I would try it once more and if it didn’t work I would just give up. I had already mixed my baking soda and water, so I decided that I would boil it this time. I think that I had put way too much baking soda in it the first time. I was excited! LOL. In the shower I ended up dumping the whole pots worth on my head, really scrubbed and let it sit for the rest of my shower. I rinsed it out not telling a difference. I then used my conditioner that I get from a salon and finished up with an all over vinegar rinse. My hair dried super fast and very soft. I think that I will try adding less baking soda and let it sit longer from now on. I also think that I didn’t rinse well enough either. When boiling water and baking soda you can see a white film that is left when it dries, so same thing on your hair if you don’t rinse well enough. So rinse until you feel you can’t rinse anymore…and then rinse some more! :) I hope this helps some of you who are having troubles with it. I was sure ready to give up. But once you find the spot that needs adjusting it is well worth it!

    • Shaina Warman says:

      I have the heavy waxy feeling too! How much baking soda did you use? Maybe I am using too much as well, because my hair is really dry at the ends.

  58. Jess says:

    Hello! I have have been no-pooing for about 4 weeks- my hair gets so nasty oily that I cut the acv to a few mists from a dilated solution in a spray bottle, my my crown gets so nasty looking where the bs is applied. Tonight I cut it from 1 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp and it looks gross as soon as I blow dryed it, I mean you can’t tell I washed it and this happens everytime I wash it. The ends look great it’s just the top part and I don’t know what to do:(

    • GardenGal says:

      Jenn – have you been brushing your hair before washing it? That should help spread the sebum from root to ends. Also, give your head a finger massage before going to bed as that will also help spread the oil/sebum. Keep in mind that what may look like oily hair may actually only be well conditioned looking, healthy hair. That’s my advice based on what worked for me. Perhaps other people might have helpful information to contribute as well.

      • Jess says:

        It’s more waxy looking than oily I guess but I will apply your suggestions to my routine. Thank you for your quick response.

        • GardenGal says:

          Jenn – That waxyness is definitely more sebum than oil. Massaging your scalp and brush it through will definitely help. Once the sebum is brushed through, washed and dried (I suggest hair drying rather than with a blow dryer) your hair will look and feel evenly coated giving the appearance of a hot oil treatment. Please let me know how things progress as it’s definitely worth your patience.

          • Jenn says:

            Will keep doing it and hope for the best. I’m hoping that after a while less sebum gets produced and it all evens out. :)

      • Jenn says:

        GardenGal,

        I saw your reply to Jess, and I am still having the same problem 8 weeks in. I brush all the time, which is also a problem because it means I have to blow dry my hair more, so I can brush more, rather than let it be wavy and not brush as much. I’m beginning to wonder if the waxy heavy feeling is what you consider normal? When my hair is wavy, I think it does look better, because I can’t tell as much. But I really don’t like the overall effect of having heavy limp hair. It doesn’t move like clean hair should and just looks like I’m not washing it. The worst is that I’m not sure how it can ever change. How will the sebum stop being so prevalent if I’m already doing everything to distribute it?

        • Shaina Warman says:

          Ladies, I have been doing the no poo for almost 2 months now and I believe I have it down to a science. My first problem was too much bs, if you have the waxy feeling cut the bs down because I believe it is bs build up. I also use a wash cloth in the shower and really scrub my head to make sure it is all rinsed. A 100% boar brisle brush does wonders for distributing the oils, I brush my hair before and after the shower as well as once at night. I have also noticed that when I blow dry my hair, opposed to air drying it, the waxy heavy feeling is worse. Hope this helps!

          • Jenn says:

            Shaina,

            Thanks for the reply. How much BS are you using? I’m using 2 T for 500 ml of water. And how exactly are you using the washcloth? On your hair itself, or rubbing it directly on the scalp? I would think my hair would get tangled. How often are you washing it? I would love to get this under control and have it all work out. Thanks again for the help.

            • Shaina Warman says:

              I use a half tbsp to one cup water, and I use the wash cloth on both my scalp and hair itself, it does get a little tangly but the 100% boar brush helps to get the tangles out and then I use a wide tooth comb to finish. I air dry and if it seems a tad oily still I use baby powder (I’m blonde, use cocoa powder if you are brunette) on my roots and brush it one more time with the boar brush. If the ends are dry use a pea size drop of coconut oil on just on the ends. It took my hair almost two months to really adjust, I know it’s a long time but so worth it, my hair is finally growing long and strong which I have been trying to accomplish for three years now. Let me know if you have more questions!

            • Shaina Warman says:

              I wash every 3 days with the bs/acv solution, the days in between I wash with water an scrub with the washcloth to get rid of the oils. I also have bought Dr. Bonners Tea tree shampoo (you can get at a Whole Foods or any organic market) I mix a half tbsp with my bs solution and I think this has helped a lot too. I mix a half tsp of vanilla extract with my acv solution to kill the vinegar smell (:

              • Jenn says:

                I have heard some people use Dr. Bronner’s but I had been hoping to stay away from any type of “soap”. And to get it, I’d have to order it online and it’s really expensive here. Thanks for your how-to. I appreciate the time. I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. :)

    • Jenn says:

      Jess,

      After 8 weeks I am still having exactly the same problem. My hair was horrible this week and I had a nice function to attend last night. I came home and just water washed hoping that would work, but no. I had to put my hair in a bun. I don’t know what I’m going to do at this point. My hair is so full of sebum no matter how much I brush that it just looks and feels waxy. It doesn’t move like it should and stays in any position I put it in – pretty gross. I’m beginning to think that shampoo is better than this…

    • Jenn says:

      Success! Jess, I saw that the new amount of BS worked well for you, but also wanted to let you know that I just tried an egg shampoo, and my hair feels amazing – clean and light, like it should. I washed with two egg yolks mixed with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, and then let it sit a minute or two before rinsing. Fantastic! We can continue. :)

  59. Jess says:

    Actually, I think it’s bs build up!

  60. Jess says:

    How do you get the bs build up out?

  61. Jess says:

    Ok I cut the bs amount down to 1/2 tbsp in 1 cup of water and boiled it. Then I took a shower and sprayed acv in my hair rinsed it and poured the bs in my hair rinsed it then sprayed acv on my ends – so far it looks great maybe too much acv on my ends but I can live with that- hopefully this method works, I think the water here is harsh – thanks for the help! I can touch the back of my head and it feels good!

  62. Amanda says:

    Just decided to try this a week ago. Washed Monday evening (after not shampooing/conditioning since the previous Wednesday – due to dying my hair), did a (homemade) condition on my ends only on Wednesday morning (they were pretty dry). Tonight (Sunday) was my 2nd wash. I was actually worried that I did it too soon. I really hope my hair keeps this pattern- only having to wash once a week (maybe even every 8 or 9 days) would be awesome. I’m not sure if I’m just getting lucky transitioning, or if it had to do with the fact that I was rarely washing as it was to begin with.

    • GardenGal says:

      Congratulations on your success. You are probably one of the lucky few who didn’t have to go through the transition period. It took me over 2 months and my hair still didn’t feel good while washing with BS/ACV and I was only washing my hair once a week. That’s when I gave up on the BS / ACV and switched to water washing only. Now that I water wash only, I can wash it in the shower every day by finger massaging scalp and combing through with a wide tooth comb. My hair has gotten softer, in better condition and curlier than it ever was. When I step out of the shower I do not towel dry my hair; instead, I just sqeeze the ends out, position my curls as desired and let it air dry. It’s easier (and possibly healthier) than BS and ACV, definitely less time consuming and I love the curly look. I strongly believe air drying is key as if it were blow dried, it would become frizzy, but instead I have nice curls.

      • Amanda says:

        My towel drying is generally wrapping my head in a towel, scampering off to my room, then just sort of squeezing it with the towel, not a lot of rubbing. I rarely use a blow dryer (setting my hair dye, and rare occasions where I need to wash my hair *and* dry it in a hurry).

  63. Carmen says:

    Help!! On day 13 poo free and the static is killing me. I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • GardenGal says:

      I didn’t have that problem so I’m sorry I can’t help you with the static issue. Perhaps someone else might have some suggestions???

      • Jenn says:

        Are you using a wooden brush? That works for many people.

        • GardenGal says:

          Jenn – you’re right! The natural bristle brush did cause some static for me too versus the wooden bristle brush. Carmen should definitely give that a try. Thanks for reminding me!

          • Carmen says:

            I just use the regular brush with the plastic type bristles. I guess I could try the natural brush. It surely couldn’t hurt. Had a rough hair today between the oil feeling and the static. I am determined to stick it out. I know I am still in the transition period. Thanks for the advise. More advise welcome at any time.

            • Shaina says:

              If there is a day your hair is overly staticky, rub a dryer sheet over your hair to eliminate the cling!

              • GardenGal says:

                I believe a plastic bristle brush would have the similar affect that a natural boar bristle brush would have. I would recommend a wooden bristle brush (available at Whole Foods & Sprouts, Natural Grocery, Sunflower Martket, etc.).

  64. Nicole says:

    I am SO thankful I came across this blog and the tons of comments yesterday. I have been no-poo for about 4 months (and used “clean” soap as shampoo before that). However, I was at the end of my rope because my hair has been so dull and lifeless looking. I have very fine hair and it just looked like wavy, clumpy straw.

    I decided to try the suggestion to boil the water and BS mix. (Lesson learned, prep the mix way in advance of the shower otherwise, it’s too hot to use.) I am incredibly happy to say that it was a life saver! I made an appointment for a haircut before this and was planning on chopping off several inches to try to make my hair look healthy. Now, I am going in intending for a trim, nothing drastic.

    I believed in this method, but couldn’t understand what made me different from the tons of other women who had success. I’m grateful I stuck it out! My hair is shiny and light! Something it hasn’t been for…too long to even remember.

    Much gratitude :-)

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Hi Nicole! I’m so glad you came across the post too and I’m so glad that boiling the water has helped for you. It’s crazy how some of us with very soft water never have the problem you experienced…I feel bad for those with hard or even semi-hard water! But, I’m glad boiling water works for you – and thank you so much for posting as I’m sure your comment will be an inspiration for others!

  65. slywlf says:

    I am on round 2 of the no poo routine. One thing I hadn’t counted on is the way different water can affect the system. As long as I was at home, using my well water, the no poo system worked like a champ. After a week long adjustment my scalp decided it liked this new method and stopped pumping out the excess oils. My hair, which at the time was hip length, had never looked better! Then last December I went on vacation in Florida, and found that the city water made a huge and negative impact. Suddenly my hair was not coming clean no matter how much or little baking soda I used. Discouraged I borrowed shampoo from my fellow vacationer and was clean. Once I got home I held off a while from trying again, but after only one no pooing my hair was happy again! I discovered that my water is soft, but Tampa’s city water was hard and apparently that can make all the difference. Just a thought for those who might have been unsuccessful making the no poo transition. My hair is now a short pixie cut, and has never looked better using the no poo method!

  66. westcoaster says:

    how do you deal with the smell? I’m not talking about the vinegar; I want to know how you dealt with the smell emitting from your scalp. I get a tad funky and it gets embarrassing. Does it go away or will I perpetually have a funky smelling scalp?

    • GardenGal says:

      I’ve been water washing only for a couple of years now and my hair/scalp has no odor whatsoever. Then again, I’m a vegan and I know diet has a lot to do with body odors.

  67. Jess says:

    I have the same concern- as well as stringy hair when I use acv extremely diluted or lime juice :( if I don’t use it my hair dries out and if I do use it on the tips it looks mangled after brushing

  68. Tammie says:

    Has anyone had a problem with the baking soda crystallizing at the bottom of the bottle after about a day or two? That is what keeps happening to me.

  69. Tree says:

    It’s been two weeks since I tried this. I have long thick hair and I remember it was amazing when I was a kid and people used to compliment me. But then came puberty and all the greasiness, acne, split ends just didn’t look that amazing. I’m 24 now and finally finding the way to getting my childhood hair back.
    I was scared to try it, my hair is greasy, I also have acne on my head as well as atheromas (anyone knows a remedy for those?). I was shocked when after washing it it felt so soft and was not tangled at all! However, it took too much time to dry and looked a bit greasy. So next time I tried boiling the water and it did work better. But still not that good. I’ll try again tomorrow, I guess I need more soda and less water (my hair is greasy and very thick and long so maybe I need a bit more aggressive cleaning). I have two questions. Do you apply the soda mixture only in your roots or to your whole hair? I only applied it in the roots and it looks to me the other part of the hair is not clean. Also, do you only apply the vinegar at the ends and why? I thought you need vinegar on your scalp as well to restore the pH after the soda. What do you guys do?
    For everyone struggling with transition period – if your hair looks greasy use rice flour! It makes wonders to your hair. I like it more than corn starch. Rice flour makes my hair soft and helps detangling. It adds volume too so you can use it if you want to style your hair even if it’s not greasy. Actually yesterday I met someone I hadn’t seen for a while and one of the first things he said was that my hair looks so much better now than before! It was tempting to tell him I hadn’t shampooed for 2 weeks but I decided to keep it to myself.
    So use your rice powder whenever your hair feels dirty but you don’t want to wash it. Maybe other powders work as well, I tried cinnamon but it makes hair too dry, not soft and also tangles it.
    I will also try adding honey, do you think it will work for me? Is it better to add honey to the soda or to the vinegar?

    • Anne says:

      Hi Tree… if you have access to an aloe vera plant, try peeling the thick, green skin and retrieve the aloe vera gel. Then take half a cucumber (peel it, remove the seeds). Put the aloe vera gel and the cucumber flesh in a blender and blend for a minute or two. Use a clean make-up brush (one that you would only use for this purpose so that it doesn’t get contaminated with other cosmetics) and brush on the liquid onto your face (as a face mask). If you do this before bed, just leave it on all night, while you sleep. This blend is full of natural vitamins, anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizer without dryness… etc. You might find it helps with your acne and atheromas. Also, this same ‘potion’ can be applied to your hair… it will condition it and give great shine without making it oily. (You can even drink it… great for digestion). There’s all kinds of information on the internet about aloe vera qualities… check it out. Good luck!

      • Tree says:

        Update:
        After doing no poo for 9 months I had to use a shampoo and conditioner because I was visiting a friend and to be honest, my hair and scalp feel much better this way. I stopped the no poo routine after that and now my hair is finally soft and easy to brush and comb. I was fooling myself vthat no poo works for me. Shampoo and conditioner plus hair oils is just perfect, leaves my hair shiny and beautiful, it’s easy, fast and cheap so no, I’m not going back to no poo, sorry. Plus real science doesn’t support the fact that shampoo or conditioners are harmful in any way so I’m not buying this anymore. My life is so much easier now.
        Take care

  70. Lisa says:

    I have been trying this no poo for about 1 week now… and my hair def gets geasy fast, but it also feels thick? and straw like? I cant run my fingers through my hair! what am I doing wrong! help! I want this to work!!

    • Shaina says:

      It takes a month or almost two for your hair to adjust to this method. Stick with it !

    • thecrunchywife says:

      This can be from transition, but it could also be from the type of water you have – do you have hard water? If so, try using distilled bottled water for your wash and rinse solutions OR boil your water before mixing solutions. Sometimes even slightly hard water can cause this. You may also be using too much baking soda, so play around with the proportions. Good luck!

  71. Sarah says:

    ok Im taking advantage of a disaster! My hot water line busted, and I havent been able to take a shower in about a week. Interesting that I find this site now. I actually had found the info about ACV rinse on a different site, along with a listing of herbs that accomplish different things, to boil in the water before adding the ACV. I have EXTREMELY oily hair (it literally starts getting and showing oily about an hour after it dries) at the same time having very dry itchy and flaky scalp(it even scabs at times), so I have tried everything up till now to fix this. So like I said I have been using ACV with lemongrass, chamomile, rosehips, and hibiscus flowers in it. At first it worked wonders along with making my hair very soft and detangled right out of the shower. but then it gradually stopped controlling the oil over the course of about a month. So im now poo free for 3 days been brushing it every day, its literally dripping oil, yuck! but im gonna stick with it, try doing a bs wash every three days and see what happens!

  72. Anne says:

    Hi. I have mid-length, curly, thick hair. I finally found a hairstylist who cuts curly hair (she cuts when it’s dry, not wet). The first true haircut I loved. Usually, I opt for ultra short (think Annie Lennox) but now that my husband and I live in Costa Rica in the rural mountains, I decided before we moved 9 months ago that I’d let it grow (not like this is the most fashion forward place to be). I found this new hairstylist in Ontario, Canada. She not only gave me the best cut ever that allowed me not to kill myself during the growing out process… she suggested going the ‘no poo’ route. I do not suffer from oily scalp… at all. I’m lucky that way. I only wet my hair once a week… and never ever use shampoo anymore. Because of the curls, I do use fresh aloe vera get (from my garden), which conditions beautifully, gives my hair shine and keeps the ‘frizzies’ at bay. And my hair has never been so soft. My week does have a progression from wearing my hair down where the curls are tight and bouncy… to clipped back by Day 3… to pulled into a ponytail by Day 6 and 7. I can’t wait for my hair to be long enough to wear a side braid…. as that may stretch my cycle another few days. We also have lemon trees on our property, so now and then I squeeze some lemon juice just to change it up from the aloe vera. Diet plays a part as well… healthy body = healthy hair. What you put inside your body is equally important. And we live at 7,000 ft in elevation, so our air is very clean… no doubt that helps my cause, too. Try the aloe vera… incredible plant… I mix it with cucumber and use it as a face mask… going green and keeping to fresh, simple ingredients is truly the way to go. Wishing you all the best! And Happy Mother’s Day, too :)

  73. c.j. says:

    Help please!
    I’ve been looking on forums for hours and can’t figure this out.

    Backstory:
    I’ve been doing no ‘poo for 2-3 months now. I have thick, curly/wavy hair with TONS of split ends..
    Now I absolutely LOVE no poo, and since starting, have noticed healthier, thicker hair with less split ends, YAY!!

    However..
    Im kind of crazy OCD with my hands in hair, and can’t stop picking what split endsbi still do have.
    That being said, I notice a grime on my fingers after playing with my hair, which leads me to believe my hair isn’t getting clean.
    I do the paste method with bs and spray bottle with acv and definately scrub the hell outta my hair, but am wondering how my hair still has grime?

    Is the grime natural? Am I not getting the ratio correct?

    I’ve never been a hair brush kind of girl, it creates so many split ends and seems to decurl my locks. Maybe this is the reason?

    HELP!

    • thecrunchywife says:

      My guess is the grime is basking soda residue. Try using less baking soda in your paste. Honestly, I don’t use a paste at all – I mix about 8:1 water to baking soda ratio and shake it up. It doesn’t take much to get your roots clean (Which is really what you’re going for) – just scrub scrub scrub. I would suggest less baking soda and maybe try going longer between washes. Also rinse REALLY well. Scrub like crazy while you’re rinsing the baking soda out! Good luck!

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  75. Annette says:

    Maybe i have missed this earlier on the blog, but i am just on day 2 of no-poo and really want it to work! I work out hard (insanity) 6 days a week, so not washing is not an option. And water only (so far) does not seem to be stinky or anything (woohoo!!)..

    My issue is that it is almost impossible to comb out my hair after water only or baking soda/ ACV… I had to use some detangler to get it to comb out today.. I don’t know what to do! Possibly my water is too hard, but i don’t know how to fix that… Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you and this was a great blog post!!

  76. Kat says:

    I’m a wussy no-poo-er. I do about half and half washing with shampoo/conditioner and baking soda/conditioner. I haven’t traded conditioner for vinegar yet because the vinegar seems to dry my hair out, too >.< . But the way I do it, I dissolve the baking soda in my bath (about half a cup) and just soak my whole body and head for about half an hour. Dunking my head, etc. Then, I rinse it out in the shower and condition. It definitely cuts down on my need to wash my hair. It stays cleaner longer and feels softer! I'm trying to work my way up to completely no 'poo. But it's difficult because my hair is super thick and very long. So it's hard to get the BS/vinegar to permeate.

    • thecrunchywife says:

      Thanks for sharing! That’s a great way to try ‘no poo’ – I hadn’t thought about just doing it in the bath. Added bonus – it forces you to relax for a bit :)

  77. Kelly says:

    I hope this blog is still active. I am considering going “no poo” but have some questions. My hair is very thick and course, and without blow drying and straightening (I know, I know, so damaging!) my hair is gross and frizzy! When you go no poo, does everyone completely stop styling their hair with these things? I am so scared what my hair will look like if I do that.
    And also, what happens when you need a hair cut? Do you go in with wet hair and ask the hair dresser to not style your hair afterwards?

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  83. Lyu says:

    I still get email updates when there are comments on this page but it took me a while to figure out which name I had used here!!

    In the time since i posted last, I have tried rye flour washing (worked GREAT… for a few weeks) and now I’m doing water only again, but with some twists (AND I have a shower filter, a cheap Sprite one that I can’t really recommend, better than nothing).

    I’ve finally stopped my hair from over producing oil (or taught it to move down, not sure which ;)) AND found something that helps get fuzzies and lint out (though that’s still not perfect). I carefully run a very soft microfiber towel from the roots to the tips of my hair right when I get out of the shower (20-50 times), I bought a better, softer BBB, and I stopped using soap on my body too HA! I think not using soap on my face has actually helped my scalp pores to stop freaking out too – bonus, my eye circles are less apparent for the first time in EVER and I’ve never seen my pores this unclogged! Whoah. I just use a wash cloth and water and rinse.

    For the lint/fuzzies, I use catnip tea. I think my hair is sick of vinegar so I rarely use that anymore.
    Depending on how I brewed the tea, sometimes my cats try to enjoy my hair, it’s hilarious!

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