I have been “no-pooing” for nearly 5 months now. That means I’ve been forgoing shampoo and cleaning my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (AVC).
I was fascinated by the concept of never having to use shampoo again. You’re probably thinking, “how can someone possibly live without shampoo? Won’t their hair look like an oily mess?”
Actually, the opposite will happen.
When you shampoo your hair, you are essentially stripping the natural oils away. As a result, you are creating a demand and dependence on shampoo, because of all the oils that are being produced. If you choose to give “no-pooing” a try, the oils will keep producing until they naturally find a balance.
The reasons I decided to give the “no-poo” a try
- Baking soda and AVC are cheaper than shampoo, so I would definitely be saving some money.
- It is a great non-toxic way to clean my hair because I know exactly what the ingredients are.
- Less impact on the environment because no potentially harmful ingredients are getting washed down the drain, polluting our waters.
- Apple cider vinegar de-tangles the hair follicles, seals the cuticles, and balances the hair’s pH levels.
- Baking soda is gentle, and it clarifies your hair from harmful chemicals.
How to “no-poo”
- The recipe I originally found says to mix either one tablespoon of baking soda with approximately 1 cup of water or directly apply the baking soda waterless to your hair. I personally do the latter. Not everyone’s hair is the same, so tweak the recipe to your needs. You can mix the baking soda and water in a squeeze bottle, which might make this process more manageable.
- Add the baking soda and water or just baking soda to the ends of your hair as well as your scalp. Massage your scalp to incorporate the baking soda.
- Let the baking soda sit in your hair for about a minute. Rinse your hair thoroughly.
- Mix a small amount of AVC with a cup of water. Apply the diluted vinegar to your roots and scalp. Massage into your scalp. Rinse after a minute.
Your hair might smell a little vinegary, but adding some essential oils such as tea tree, lavender or rosemary will help with the odor. I found once I dried my hair the smell disappeared
If your hair is too dry, adding some oil such as coconut oil will help.
If your hair is becoming too greasy, using less ACV or replacing the ACV with lemon or lime juice will help.
Keep in mind that there will be an adjustment period which can last a few weeks to a few months. Your hair will be reacting to the surplus in oils, due to the lack of shampoo.
It took me four washes for my hair not to look like it belonged on the head of a gross, greasy participant on Survivor. I would say after a week and a half, my hair looked great seeing as I only wash my hair every second day.
So, who’s up for no-pooing?