I no-poo! Do you? Why you should and how to get started!

Posted on Jul 19 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

nopooA 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?

  1. It’s cheaper (lots cheaper)
  2. No dangerous chemicals
  3. I don’t have to wash my hair every day (only about every 2-3 days)
  4. My hair has more body
  5. My hair lays better
  6. 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
That’s it. Pretty simple. Here are a few tips to help you be a successful “no-pooer”
  • 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. 
Good luck! Leave a comment and let me know if you try it and how you like it!

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Savannah July 20, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Yes I do and I love it! I started back in February and I haven't looked back. I've been getting my 3 year old used to the smell of the vinegar so I can use it in her hair. LOVE IT!

    I'm your newest follower! Found you at the Tatertots & Jello weekend link up!

  2. krista July 24, 2013 at 5:02 am - Reply

    I've been considering this for a long time… just haven't made the leap yet, but I'm almost out of my favorite shampoo, maybe it's time. Do you use any other products in your hair? I always use a leave in conditioner/smoother, I wonder if I'd still need it?
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    • amouseinmykitchen July 24, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

      I don't use anything else in my hair at all. Just the baking soda and vinegar. I feel like it feels healthier and looks better. I think it depends on your hair type tho!

  3. Kay August 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I've been doing this. It really is great. I quit using the conditioner. My hair just doesn't seem to need it any more. My hair seems to have a lot more body than it used to. I didn't have a transition period, like some people have. I've even quit using mousse and hair spray (except when I need to go somewhere special). My hair still has body at the end of the day — even with the Florida humidity.

    When I was using the vinegar conditioner, I added a little lavender essential oil to mask the smell. Lemon would work great, too.

    • amouseinmykitchen August 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Using the essential oils is a good idea! I'll have to try it.

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