That’s the last time I washed my hair with shampoo and conditioner. I heard that “ewwww”; hang in there, it’s not as gross as you think. I first stumbled upon the concept of going “no poo” about 3 months ago. I tried it out, and was relatively impressed with the results, but I did wander back to shampoo for a while; more on that later.
So what does it mean to go “no poo”? It means that I wash my hair with baking soda and water, and I condition with apple cider vinegar and water. Still with me? ok, good. The recipe is one Tbsp baking soda per cup of water, same for the Apple cider vinegar. Depending on your hair type, you may need to try more or less of the ingredients to get your desired result. My hair is long and thick, so I end up using 2 Tbsp and 2 cups of water with each ingredient.
Why are you doing this?!
1. The cost. It seems like shampoo and conditioner continue to cost more and more each time I go to the store. I can get a big box of baking soda and a huge tub of vinegar for very little money. Considering I only use 2 Tbsp of each per wash, those things will last me an absurd amount of time.
2. It’s better for your hair. Ever notice how you wash your hair one day, and then you wake up the next day and it is a greasy mess? You hear that it is better for your hair to wash every OTHER day, but you cannot bring yourself to do it because of the second day grease slick. Here is why that happenes: shampoo strips your hair of build up and oils. The problem is, your hair and scalp are supposed to have natural oils, but the shampoo strips those too. Then your scalp starts producing copious amounts of oil to try to keep up with the shampoo constantly stripping them away; hence the oil problem. Going no poo will get your hair clean, while allowing your natural oils to remain, leaving your hair healthier, shinier, and ph balanced. Brutal honesty time here. (don’t think i am gross) I washed my hair friday, for our finalization. Then I dryed and curled it for the special day. Saturday I woke up and brushed out my hair; cute curls held and scalp looked awesome. No more day 2 grease. Enter Sunday; I woke up with every intention on washing my hair; two screaming babies and a time warp later it was time to get to church! Frustrated I went to get ready, thinking of how I could put my hair up so that nobody would be able to tell it was in need of a wash. I brushed it out while I thought over my options; and then I looked at it. curls STILL holding, looking wavy and pretty; still not oily looking. I parted my hair and peered in close to the roots; looked really clean! and Shiny. so I left it. If you saw me at church that day, I am hoping you could not tell it had been a couple days since my hair had a wash.
Ok, so what are the down sides?
1. Piggy backing off my previous point, because your hair has been trained to produce more oil, when you start a no poo regimen, it takes a while for your scalp to catch up to the fact that you are now loving your hair’s natural oil, not trying to get rid of it anymore. Eventually, after about a week or two, your scalp WILL get the memo, but until then you can expect a little extra oil. Hang tough and wait for it to pass.
2. Going no poo does not FEEL as satisfying as shampoo while you are washing. There is no rich lather, no yummy smelling bubbles. This is why I wandered back to shampoo for a while, but when it was time to buy more, and I looked at the prices, I remembered why I was doing this! Also, my hair was not staying as clean on day 2 anymore, which was not fun.
Alright, then how do you do it?
You can make up a large batch to keep in your shower, but as I learned from experience, that gets COLD when you leave it in there. This is an unpleasant feeling. I mix mine each time I wash. I keep my tools of the trade in the bathroom, on the sink by the shower.
First I pour the two Tbsp of baking soda in my measuring cup. I then mix it with water and pour that into my vinegar bottle (which, by the way holds almost exactly two cups of liquid!) Then i fill it up, shake it with my hand over the top, and there you go. use and rinse! Then I do the same with the vinegar. I line up the handles of the Tbsp and the measuring cup like this so that I don’t spill:
Then I put in the two cups of water, shake, and use. After you leave the vinegar on for a few minutes, rinse. I like to rinse with cool water; it closes the pours on your scalp and makes your hair even softer.
Doesn’t your hair stink like Vinegar?
No. Surprisingly! It just doesn’t. You will think it is going to as your are using it, but if you make sure you rinse well, it does not smell like vinegar at all. Next time you see me, feel free to smell my hair; all my friends have when I have told them I do this!
If you want more info on going no poo, one of my favorite sites is this one
What does your hair look like?
If you feel adventurous, give it a try! You might love it… and save yourself a boat load of money in the process! :)