I’m sure you’ve heard of the “no poo” (shampoo, not poop…get your mind out of the gutter people!) method for washing hair. It has become quite the controversial topic as of late with some people vehemently against it and others who love it. I’m not here to tell you that you should or should not try this. I am just here to share my experience with the no poo method.
So what is it? Basically, you “wash” your hair with a mixture of baking soda and water and then rinse it out with apple cider vinegar diluted in water.
Why would I do this? Conventional shampoo, besides being full of all sorts of stuff I can’t even pronounce, strips your scalp of its natural oils. This may sound like a good thing because it will make your hair less oily, but in actuality your scalp responds by producing extra oil to compensate for what the shampoo washes away, resulting in the need to wash your hair more often. The oil produced by your scalp is the best “treatment” for your hair. Using the no poo method, you’ll likely need to wash your hair less often, allowing your natural oils to nourish your hair without the need for any fancy and expensive conditioning treatments. This method is also very inexpensive. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and water are the only ingredients required and can be picked up at your local grocery store for next to nothing, saving you tons of money on fancy schmancy salon level shampoos and conditioners. And, if you’re a dirty hippie like me, you will love the simplicity of this method and the fact that it requires such natural ingredients.
My experience. I am not going to lie to you, there will be a transition period when switching to the no poo method and it may or may not be pretty. For me, this transition period lasted almost three months and during this time braids, buns, and pony tails were my very best friend. My scalp felt oily even immediately after washing it, while the rest of my hair was dry and straw-like. The texture of my hair was just off and it just felt funky, hence the need for buns and braids. But then, all of a sudden the funkiness went away and I was left with soft, shiny hair, virtually free of frizz. I could wash my hair, let it air dry, and then just leave it and it would look better than it ever did when I spent tons of time styling it. I only had to watch my hair twice a week and it never got greasy or oily (except my bangs because I touch them a lot). Basically, I got the healthy, low maintenance hair I always wanted. That’s not to say my hair is perfect. I’ve got incredibly thick course hair and so it still gets frizzy from time to time, but I just brush out my hair with my boar bristle brush and the frizz is drastically reduced.
What I do. I keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar and a jar of baking soda in my bathroom. I also keep two empty pint sized jars in my shower. On hair washing days, I add 2 tbs of baking soda to one of the pint size jars and 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar to the other pint size jar. I get in the shower and thoroughly wet my hair. Then I fill the jar with the baking soda almost to the top with water (should be about 2 cups of water), shake to combine, and then pour on my head. I massage the baking soda into my scalp and then rinse out. Next, I fill the jar with the apple cider vinegar with water (again about 2 cups), pour it onto my head and then rinse immediately. And that’s it! When I get out of the shower I comb out my hair with a wide tooth comb (brushing wet hair can cause damage) and then once it dries I brush it out with my boar bristle brush whenever necessary to distribute the natural oils from my scalp.
Not everyone has this same experience. Some people’s transition period only lasts a few weeks, others never really get out of the transition period. As with basically everything else, everyone’s hair is different and will respond to this differently. I have really long, thick hair so if you have short or thin hair you may need less baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Just experiment until you find what works for you.
If you want to learn more about why you should use the no poo method or how it works (or if you’re looking for other natural alternatives) check out The Skintervention Guide by Liz Wolfe (see link in sidebar). It is full of all the information you need to completely transform your hair, skin, and body care routine from the inside out with all natural ingredients.
If you have any questions about this feel free to contact me! Have you tried this method? If you haven’t, would you?
In vibrant health,