Sunday, October 11, 2009

No "poo" experiment, Day 1

Over the past couple of years I have used baking soda and apple cider vinegar in replace of my regular shampoo to 'deep clean' my hair and remove hair styling products and hard water build up. However, after reading more and more about using it full time I decided to take the plunge! Last week when I spoke at the Battle Ground Ladies fall retreat one of the other speakers also shared about her going 'no poo'. Hey, maybe it isn't so weird after all!! One of my fellow Bible study gals is also giving up traditional shampoo by using an all natrual shampoo followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse. She says that her hair has never been softer....

Today is Day 1... I washed my hair with baking soda (baking soda mixed with water to make a paste) and gave it a conditioning rinse of 2 tbl apple cider vinegar mixed into 1.5 cups of water. It will take me a while for this to feel 'right'. I am so used to the sudsing bubbles created by commercial shampoo. I have heard that it takes a while for hair to balance out and find the non-poo normal. Everything I have read says that there is often a period of wackiness followed by wonderful hair.

My hair today: I did use my normal hair styling products after my 'no poo' hair wash. I have THICK and CURLEY hair that gets FRIZZY very easily. Today my hair has been VERY soft, but a bit more frizzy. My hair seems clean and does not smell like apple cider vinegar. I have never washed my hair every day.... it just isn't oily enough to need it. I have been concerned about not using conditioner... my hair gets dry. However, I am going to try using a LITTLE bit of coconut oil on the ends if I find it getting dry.

I will keep posting updates... I am going to give this experiement a month and then re-evaluate.

Anyone else 'no poo'??

Some do this to save money, others to avoid chemicals... Me?? I just love the idea of being FREE from another commercially produced product. Ok, I do BUY baking soda and the Apple cider vinegar, but I just love being able to make this at home... using BASIC ingredients!!



Anonymous said...

Hmmm, sounds good, think I will try this on my holidays, thanks for the tip:)

Samantha said...

Will look forward to seeing how it goes.
My mother rinsed our hair when we were children each time she washed it.
Thanks for the reminder.

Sondra said...

Do you really think that is cheaper then Suave shampoo? When you add out the baking soda and vinegar - vs $1 for shampoo and $1 for conditioner that last a long time. In fact, I can go through 3 bottles of shampoo before I finish 1 conditioner bottle. You can also find it on sale for $.79 and there are $.25 coupons - making it $.54. I'm just surprised you are doing this.

I'm all for living frugally (single mom forever).... but this doesn't sound like a good value.

More than Survival said...

Sondra... you make a great point... the 'no poo' method might not be much cheaper than suave.... I have not priced it down. However, I can NOT use suave... my hair does not do well with it. I have THICK, curly hair that just doesn't behave at all unless I use GOOD (not cheap) shampoo. I will be saving money since I normally purchase much more expensive shampoos and conditioners. However, for me I enjoying MAKING things.... taking simple, natural, ingredients and making things that we need. I always have baking soda on hand for cooking and cleaning and vinegar is also a staple in this house... it is neat knowing that if we HAD to we could all go NO POO!

Abbi said...

I have tried the method you described for a couple of months last year. It worked just fine (after the adjustment period) until I went on a trip and had majorly different water. At that point my hair had some sort of reaction and got gummy. I got nervous and went back to normal stuff.

I tried it again this fall but my scalp seemed very sensitive to the baking soda (it was hurting) and so I have been using regular shampoo but vinager instead of conditioner. But personally I would like to get rid of the chemicals, SLS and all the other stuff in the comercial shampoos and conditioners. Lindsey on Passionate Homemaking posted a recipe for shampoo using castile soap that I hope to try soon.
I think baking soda could be cheaper than sauve but I am not sure that this other would be but to me it is worth it. Also I like you like the idea of making something myself out of simple stuff.

Montserrat said...

I've been "no poo" for a year and a half now. It's wonderful! It took a good two weeks for my hair to adjust but since then I've never looked back. I had really oily hair - so much that I'd wash it in the morning with shampoo and by the end of the day my hair was a greasy mess! It's hasn't been greasy once after that two week period.

You don't use baking soda and vinegar every day. That's overkill for your hair and scalp. When you start try using it every other day. When your hair gets used to it you end up using it only twice a week. Now I only use it once a week and just rinse my hair with water the other days. I live in a very dry desert region so I do use an essential oil once a week also to keep the ends of my hair from becoming dry (total opposite of when I had greasy hair!). It is DEFINITELY cheaper than any kind of cheap shampoo as you only use 1 tablespoon of baking soda and vinegar a week.

This site is a good place to start for information.