A little while ago, my sister in law told me that she started “no-pooing.” I pretty much had no idea what she was talking about, but it sounded gross and probably not good for you. Whoever came up with the term “no-poo” was just asking for people to be turned off right away. Seriously. So after a few questions, I figured out what it was she was talking about.
No-poo is the term people use when they decide not to use conventional shampoo. Don’t worry, this does not mean that I don’t wash my hair anymore. I just don’t use the expensive store bought shampoos or conditioners.
So what do I do instead?
It’s simple. I use a baking soda/water mixture to wash my hair and a vinegar solution to condition it. And I love it. I’ve been doing it for two months now and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
Why is it so great?
- It’s cheaper (lots cheaper)
- No dangerous chemicals
- I don’t have to wash my hair every day (only about every 2-3 days)
- My hair has more body
- My hair lays better
- It dries faster (I’m not sure if this is a proven fact, but it feels like it dries faster to me)
Great, so how do I get started with this no-poo stuff?
I’m glad you asked! Tossing your shampoo bottle will be the best thing you’ve ever done for your hair. I’m not even kidding. Here is what you need to do:
- Make a mixture of baking soda and warm water. I use two tablespoons of baking soda and about a cup of cold water. I use a Tupperware dish for this mixture. My hair is pretty long, and a cup is enough for me. If you have shorter hair, you might use less.
- I make a solution of half water and half vinegar. Apple cider vinegar works better on my hair, but some people like white vinegar better. And you might have to mess with the vinegar mixture a little bit. I know my sister in law uses 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a cup of water. Depending on the length of your hair, you might not use the whole solution. I mix up enough for three showers and save it in a water bottle in the bathroom.
- Get in the shower. Wet your hair. Pour the baking soda solution in your hair. Massage your hair well and then rinse it out. Make sure you rinse it well. It will feel kind of grimy if you don’t rinse it all the way.
- Put the vinegar in your hair. Some people just put it over the ends. I put it from the crown of my head down. Then I do everything else I’m going to do in the shower and let the vinegar sit in my hair for a little while.
- Rinse the vinegar out. If you rinse it well, the smell should pretty much be gone. Any lingering smell will be gone by the time your hair dries. If it’s super strong, you’re using too much vinegar or not washing it out well enough.
- Only wash your hair every two to three days or so.
- Some people go through a “greasy” period. This is because your hair is adjusting to not having all the chemicals from the shampoo in it. I never really went through that period much, so I don’t have many tips, but I do know that it gets better! If you give it a month or two, you will notice a huge difference in your hair
- Dry your hair all the way. The vinegar smell will be gone by the time it’s dry.
- Make up enough wash for a few showers. It’ll save a little bit of time.