Going No-poo

I am done with shampoo and conditioner.  There is a teeny tiny bit in the bottom of the bottles I have left, but I am not going to buy any more.

So tonight, when I wash my hair I am going to start my no-poo journey.

Having read up on the internet about how to do this, I know I need to strip off any chemicals, silicones or waxes that my shampoo has left on my hair.

There seem to be several ways to do this

  1. use a clarifying shampoo (don’t have any)
  2. use castile soap then rinse with apple cider vinegar in water (I do have a bar of castile soap….)
  3. rub in a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and water, then rinse with apple cider vinegar

I think I might go with number 3…

Then they say to leave your hair for as long as possible (4, 5 even 6 days) before washing it again with a bicarbonate of soda solution and rinsing with ACV…  You just rinse it with plain water as you shower.

Fortunately I have short hair that doesn’t get very greasy – I can easily go 3 days between washing it, sometimes even longer.  And even using shampoo and conditioner, I got the frizzies if I washed it every day so I just used to rinse it between washes.

Hopefully the transition period won’t be too bad…

This is going to be quite a journey!


After washing it with the baking soda paste it certainly felt squeeky clean.  I used about 1/4 cup of baking soda to which I added enough water to give me a fairly sloppy paste.  I liberally applied this to my hair and rubbed it in well.  Ad then I rinsed it well.

After this, I applied a solution of 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water.  I added 2 tbsp of the ACV to 1 cup of water in a squirt bottle and then added 2 drops of rosemary essential oil.  Rosemary EO is supposed to be good for your hair – it makes it strong I believe.

I squirted this solution liberally over my scalp, rubbing and massaging it well into my hair.  Then I rinsed it.

My hair feels soft.  It does feel slightly oily – whether that is from the EO or something else I can’t say.  It is still wet though as I let my hair dry naturally – I can’t remember the last time that I used a hair-dryer.  Actually, I don’t even own a hair-dryer!

There were 2 things that I noted – I only used about 1/3 of the vinegar solution that I made up.  And I didn’t get any tangling (a lot of the sites I was reading were warning you to detangle your hair carefully with a wide toothed comb).  Both of these could be the result of my hair being very short.  A lot of the people advising on how to go no-poo had very long hair.

Meh – I am sure the ACV solution will be fine in the squirt bottle until I next wash my hair and I will use it then.

One thought on “Going No-poo

  1. I tried going down the no-poo route but didn’t have any success with it. First up I have long hair so when the greasy hair started showing up it was BAD! I did it for about 4 weeks and then finally gave up because it wasn’t coming together. I found out that it could have been the water in my shower that wasn’t the best, so yeh now I just stick to natural shampoos/conditioners without the nasties!

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