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Shampoo Free, No 'Poo Update

30 May 2013

The basic idea behind going traditional shampoo & conditioner-free is that instead you use simple baking soda and apple cider vinegar in their place. Think of the cost effective difference!! A box of baking soda is under $1 and a half gallon of apple cider vinegar from Kroger is less than $3. Since I'm only using 1-2 tablespoons of each in my mix, that is a HUGE SAVINGS!! Especially when you compare receipts after purchasing sulfate-free shampoos or more natural options at health food stores. 

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How I went 'poo free.

Well, it all started with my last shampoo and conditioner. I had trained my hair to deal with washing every other day and so by day 3, I had my first water-only wash. I don't think that most no 'poo methods encourage you to just rinse with water but I did that for the first two washes. Afterwards, my hair felt super greasy and just plain icky. I was actually in South Carolina for a wedding this weekend and had to curl that mess. On the plus side, I had no little fly-aways but I was craving relief with the baking soda wash I had on day 6. 

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Day 6 of my no 'poo journey (had one baking soda/avc wash)

The baking soda wash is super simple and takes the place of conventional shampoo. I take one tablespoon of baking soda and put in it two cups of cold water before I head to the shower. Make sure it dissolves!  I am currently pouring out of plastic cups but I am planning on investing in spray bottles or using recycled plastic water bottles instead because of ease. For conditioner, I use one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water (about two cups total). This ratio is working well for me so far. I think that part of this no 'poo journey is trial and error. If you hair is more oily, you up the baking soda but if it is more dry you up the apple cider vinegar. 

In the shower I pour the baking soda "shampoo" over my roots (avoiding the eyes) and gently massage it into my scalp. I also get some on the ends but the real business in on the roots and scalp. Be careful not to scratch your scalp either. After about a minute, I rinse the baking soda out and then do the same general procedure with the apple cider vinegar but focus more attention on my ends. I take a claw clip and pin my hair up with the apple cider vinegar to mellow while I finish up the rest of my shower. I rinse and enjoy how soft my hair feels. It really feels just like conditioner. 

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Two days post first baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash. 

I have been letting my hair air dry overnight after washing and have noticed several things:

1. My hair is super soft and it is easy to comb through immediately out of the shower, i.e. less tangles. I was simply amazed because after not brushing for 24 hours one cycle, I was a nervous wreck that I would have to cut my tangles out! 

2. My natural waves are killer and look like beach waves in the morning.

3. My scalp is less itchy and dry. Probably the most important reason! One of the reasons that I tried the no 'poo method was because my scalp was frankly irritated and dry with shampoo and conditioner. Even the more natural tea tree oil stuff which promotes soothing of the scalp. Phony bologna! 

4. My hair is also super soft when dry a day and half after washing as I'm writing this post! 

What other things do you want to know about my no 'poo journey? What are you thoughts on no 'poo. Would you do it? I'd love to write up a Q&A post! Either comment below or submit on Twitter here. Use the hashtag #nopoo. 


  1. Yeah! I really want to try this!!! Thanks for sharing girl:) love Katie

  2. How awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is really interesting.. I color my hair so do you know if this would work also on dyed hair?

  4. Wow...this is great. I currently spend crazy amounts of money on products and have to wash my hair every day. This would be so much easier! Hmm....

    Classy with a Kick