Post # 1
My hairdresser has told me that grocery store bought shampoo and conditioner is ruining my hair, so I’ve been doing some researcher on hair products and came across “poo free” ladies. Basically instead of using shampoo and conditioner they use a baking soda and water mix to replace shampoo and an apple cider vinegar mixture to replace conditioner. Do any of you lovely Bees do this?
Heres a blog a came across in my search if anyone is interested in reading up on it:
Post # 3
Nope. Seems a bother when switching to a shampoo formula that better suits my hair gives the same results.
I don’t know anyone personally who stuck with no ‘poo for longer than a month.
Post # 4
I have tried this method and it was really awful, like seriously. My hair did not look or feel clean and I smelled like a salad dressing. Those natural oils that “shampoo strips away” were sticking around on my hair in disgusting amounts. Shampoo isn’t even close to my worst hair habit, it’s heat styling!
Post # 5
I did baking soda wash and (DILUTED) apple cider vinegar rinse for about a year and it was great, hair got super clean, vinegar made it really strong and shiny, never smelled like vinegar as long as you rinse well, just smelled like nothing at all. I got more time between washes before it got oily, and it was CHEAP. It was awesome for my dyed hair too, kept the dye a lot longer.
Problem is, my lifestyle is somewhat peripatetic, and you’d be surprised how hard it is to get those two items in some places, and it’s inconvenient to pack when you can just use the crap in the hotel or whatever your friend’s got in their house if they offer it to you. On top of that, you have to constantly mix your formulas before you get in the shower if you don’t want to store them in the fridge (and have them be freezing, ew.) So I went back to shampoo/conditioner when it was more convenient because I’m essentially pretty lazy.
Oh, and you really do need to give yourself like 2-4 weeks of it before your head adjusts. Your natural oil production scales to how much of it you remove. If you shampoo every day, you’re removing a LOT, so your head will compensate by producing more, so if you suddenly STOP removing it, obviously it gets really really oily and disgusting.
I didn’t experience this but I had only been shampooing twice a week and had really short hair anyway, but most people I know that tried it said that it took 2-4 weeks before they were satisfied, but it was good after that.
If you really want to do it, dry shampoo does help with the adjustment period.
Post # 6
I would recommend just finding some more natural, sulfate free products because that’s so much easier but still better for your hair and health. Whole foods has a great selection and the products I use now (brand name is acure and I love them!) are cheaper than a lot of the redken, matrix, etc stuff I used to use.
Post # 7
I’ve used apple cider vinegar on my hair but only as a light rinse, for a few seconds.
I like my organic shampoo. No sulfates or other dangerous chemicals, easy to use and a nice, neutral smell.
Post # 8
I’ve thought about this but haven’t taken the plunge. Tagging to see other responses.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I haven’t gone no poo, but I have switched to much more gentle products from the DeVa line. I shampoo once a week with an “-ate” free shampoo and condition daily with an “-one” free conditioner. I also use an “-one” free hair gel daily that is water soluble so it rinses right out of my hair in the shower.
Post # 10
@krayzay87: that baking soda deal will dry your hair out like CRAZY. There are lots of no-poo products on the market now.
Post # 11
I went ‘poo free for a bit and my fine, dense hair stayed greasy. I had tried for two months, a few different ways, and it really didn’t agree with me. I was so bummed out!
I use Aubrey Organics shamoo now… they have the least amount of ingredients, and I recognize all of them. It’s fairly gentle on my hair.
I shampoo about 2 – 3 times a week though – my hair is much happier for it.
I also try to put coconut oil in my hair as a mask once a month now. The only warning I have on that one is rinsing it off makes for a slippery tub – clean the tub when you’re done!
I still keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower to rinse with – it really does add shine!
My hair did not agree with the baking soda, made it very knotted and didn’t rinse out easily (but my face loves it as a scrub/ face wash).
The spray bottle did not agree with apple cider vinegar (I use it with the “mother,” that stuff grew and clogged the nozzle) so I used white vinegar in there for now.
Post # 12
I did the curly girl method one summer when I was wearing my hair curly full time. I only used conditioner, no shampoo. My curls looks incredible. I highly recommend it for those who wear their curls full-time. Get the book, Curly Girl.
Post # 13
No, and I refuse to. I can’t even do next day dirty hair. I use Pureology and have amazing hair that I get tons of compliments on.
Post # 14
@krayzay87: I do it occasionally. One thing is I don’t wash my hair every day, which helps keep it healthy. When it starts feeling weighed down /9maybe once or twice a month), or on the rare occasions I’ve used products like hair spray or gel in my hair, then I do a baking-soda cleanse: Mix baking soda and water in a water bottle or other container you can take in the shower to make a thin paste. Instead of washing your hair, pour the baking soda mixture on it, scrubbing it in and making sure you get all of your hair. Then, rinse (this is the part that seems to take forever, but do it, or you’ll have baking soda crust in your hair!).
My hair feels shiny and weightless after doing this, but I don’t reccomend doing it every day, as it can dry your scalp and hair out. Normally, though, I use my regular shampoo and conditioner. The baking soda helps to remove the gunk left behind by shampoo/conditioner (especially Pantene!) and makes my hair feel softer. It’s like giving yourself a clean slate.
Post # 15
Why on earth is this practice called “poo free”?
Post # 16
@krayzay87: I use only sulfate-free shampoos, and I would recommend anyone and everyone to do the same. I wish more people knew how bad the average shampoo is for you!
You know there’s a NWR board, right?