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
- use a clarifying shampoo (don’t have any)
- use castile soap then rinse with apple cider vinegar in water (I do have a bar of castile soap….)
- 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.