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On Valentine's Day


Well, my first article about washing hair without shampoo spurned such a tizzy of interest, that I thought you all might enjoy an update.


I have been shampoo-free for over 5 months now. I LOVE it!


  • I’m finding I can use a decreasing amount of baking soda and still get the same results. Also, I can now go 4 days without washing or rinsing, if I put my hair up on the 4th day.

  • It’s CHEAP: I have been using the same bottle of vinegar since almost the beginning, and it’s still 1/2 full. I’ve used just 1 small package of baking soda.

  • I love the way it makes my hair look! It’s a deeper, more natural and luscious color.


But mostly, my hair is pretty similar to how it was before. It’s just that now I don’t have to think about buying shampoo and conditioner (baking soda and vinegar are things we always have around the house), I don’t have to worry about what’s going onto my head and into my body, and I’m saving money.


My Containers


There were several questions about containers, how I keep from getting it in my eyes, and other similar points. So I thought I’d share with you my containers:


My Baking Soda \


One is an old shampoo bottle, the other is an old salad dressing bottle. The trick is to be able to get the solution where you want it, which is why I use these bottles with long stems and small holes. It works really well, it has become totally natural for me. For me, this is just the way hair is washed now!


After using either Recipe #1 or Recipe #2 for a while, you might try using the following more diluted method.


Recipe #3: The Simple Method Diluted


1. Use an old shampoo bottle or a squeeze bottle of some variety (see photo above). Mix 1 part baking soda to 6 parts Water. Each time you use this solution, shake well to mix.


2. Squeeze the baking soda solution onto your dry scalp, then massage your scalp for several seconds. (You just need to saturate your scalp, not the rest of your hair.)


3. Leave in for 1-3 minutes, and rinse completely.


4. In an old shampoo bottle or a squeeze bottle (see photo above), mix 1 part Organic White Vinegar to 8 parts Water. You can add essential oils or herbs if you like – I add 1 cinnamon stick (which lasts through several bottles of mixture) and 1/2 t vanilla (or a vanilla stick seen in the photo above). This masks the vinegar smell, and leaves your hair with a faint scent of spices.


5. Leave on hair for several seconds, then rinse completely.


Questions? Thoughts? Ideas?


Have you tried this since I wrote about it? Do you use a different method? Have you tried to do this in the past?


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158 comments to No ‘Poo: New & Improved!

  • Rob

    I do a diferent method- I shave my head! The BORG Look is in!

  • I use a combination of baking soda and shampoo, partly because I’m not ready to switch completely and partly because I have a ton of shampoo left still. It’s awesome, I only take a shower every third day now. And I stopped washing my hair with shampoo a second time, which I did for years. Someday I’ll switch to just baking soda, but maybe I’ll wait until I’m back in the States, where baking soda is easier to find!

  • I have also been shampoo/conditioner free for several months – love my hair! Mine is fine, thin hair so sometimes I get the fly-aways. On those days I just put my hair up. =)
    I like the vanilla bean idea – thank you!

  • I’m still firmly in the shampoo and conditioner aisle, though I am working my way down. At least now I’m buying natural and NOT spending 60 bucks a bottle anymore!

    I’ll admit that I do cover my gray hair and am wondering if doing this will affect that at all? Anyone know?

  • I am completely shampoo free for 2 months now and totally love it! this has been such a great switch for me, my hair has amazing body and feels a different kind of clean, like more vibrant or something… i really like how simple and effective this method is…
    i have long hair so after i do the vinegar solution i also treat my ends with a protein rich conditioner. im still working my way through an old bottle i’d bought before this switch but i’d like to figure out a way to make my own…
    Thanks for your awesome blog!

  • I’ve been off shampoo as a regular thing since October. Through the months I’ve found that my hair is at it’s best when I baking soda it (does that translate like saying ‘I shampoo it…’?, Anyway…) every four days and I will use shampoo about every two to three weeks. For some reason, when I don’t use shampoo my hair starts to get a little weird, but when I ‘recharge’ it with shampoo every couple of weeks then it works out great.

    Considering that I used to shampoo everyday and now I do every two-three weeks or so, I barely use any shampoo at all. My hair definitely has a much better texture and feel than using shampoo every day. That left it feeling too limp and soft. Not I have more body to it.

  • just between us, I have been semi- shampoo free for about 8 months now. I might use shampoo once every other week or so if I have been up in the attic or under the deck or doing something really dusty. but otherwise I get along just fine with a good rinsing, and my head just kind of compensated and is no longer greasy.

  • YAY! Good for you! I have been poo free for 6 months and love it for all the same reasons! I just use baking soda and water though, no vinegar. And I find that if I did use shampoo, it makes my hair feel worst now! I need to get one of those bottles. The one I am currently using is to wide-mouthed.

  • Okay you’ve convinced me. I’m going to give it a go!

    Thanks for the update!

  • When I was a girl, back in the ’70′s, I used to rinse my hair after shampooing with vinegar and a tea made with rosemary. It was supposed to enhance the red highlights in my dark brown hair. I think I’ll try modifying your recipe so that I dilute the vinegar with rosemary tea again, and see what happens. (Now my “silver highlights” are more apparent than my red highlights, but I like the way it looks.)

  • I’ll have to try your dilute method again because I’m going through too much baking soda for my comfort. However, every time I’ve tried the dry scalp method, as opposed to wetting the head first with plain water, I’ve noticed I lose more hair afterwards. What’s up with that?!

    And, Melinda, I’m sorry but somebody has to say it. No poo in 5 months? You’ve got to add more fiber to your diet! ;-)

  • Nanette

    I’m up to about a month, and it’s been pretty easy. Previously I used organic shampoo and conditioner, maybe twice a week, then just rinsed with water under the shower in between.

    I was a bit worried the bicarb wash might not cut it in my hot humid climate, but it’s great. I had a bit of a wave in my hair, but now it’s gone positively curly, I wash it, comb it and leave it, it dries bouncy and curly, no lank bits flopping over my face, no fiddling and gelling and spraying…freedom.

    And I’ve been rinsing with chamomile ‘tea’……for fair hair, no vinegar.

    To Christy, who wondered about using this method with colour on your hair, I have blonde highlights (done with ammonia free colour) and thought I might have trouble with dry or tangled bits, but no, better than when I used shampoo and conditioner.

  • Maggie

    Since January of this year I’ve been shampooing only 2 or 3 times a week instead of every day. I haven’t gone completely shampoo/conditioner free but baby steps right? And sometimes I’ll completely forgo the shampoo and just a bit of conditioner.

    Because I rarely use hair products I don’t have an issue about my hair becoming greasy, I think it’s more a case of routine. I’ve just gotten use to reaching for the shampoo/conditioner every time I shower that it’s taking time to break away from that habit.

    I do, however, highlight my hair every few months or so. My one vice.

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  • I’ve been doing a 1:6 ratio with baking soda and water as well. I usually add a few squirts of castile soap to it (dr. bronner’s shikaki soap), I also dab a bit of conditioning rinse into my vinegar/water bottle (dr. bronner’s shikaki conditioning rinse) this is mostly because I have this left over from when I was using soap in my hair rather than necessity, but it does add a nice smell. I do use it everyday though out of habit mostly, but my hair for the most part is like it was when I used shampoo, except maybe a little lighter textured and definitely shiner.

  • I go back and forth between using Dr. Bronner’s diluted with an herbal tea (made with lavender and rosemary usually) and the baking soda. I wash my hair twice a week. It’s working pretty well. I love using vinegar for a rinse (no conditioner). It works beautifully!

  • young snowbird

    Instead of the vinegar, I’ve switched to using a citrus juice. Two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime juce, depending on what I recently ate.
    I use the citrus with 8oz water as a first rinse. If you juice and freeze using ice cubes, one cube is equal to 2 tablespoons. Warm water and plop one cube in, done!

    I’m still working out the best recipe for the actual ‘poo part, need to achieve a consistent response from my hair. I really like the citrus rinse though, and my hair gets super shiny with it.

  • I’ve been poo free for about two months now. I used your recipe. I’ve been using white vinegar instead of apple cider. I’ll give the latter a try.

    Right now for containers I’m using canning jars though I just finished a bottle of olive oil which I will use for the conditioner.

    Still I only wash my hair once a week. This has been the pattern for over a year even when I was using petroleum products. I haven’t found any major difference.

    I do notice my hair is a little more fly away than ever before but I think that’s because it’s not weighed down by the shampoo and conditioner. Wolf tells me my hair *looks* cleaner and it doesn’t smell.

  • Di

    I’ve been using Dr Bronner bar soaps for a while now, usually the lavendar, citrus or eucalyptus as the peppermint is too strong for my scalp. I still follow with a conditioning rinse though of watered down regular conditioner. Today though I did the ACV rinse and wow it works MUCH better! No tangles and no residue (the reasons I was using conditioner). I simply poured the ACV and water in an old shampoo bottle, added a cinnamon stick and then took it in the shower. I used maybe a 1/2 cup as a rinse (my hair is long mid-back). So far so good!

  • Bec

    Thanks for the update – I am going to set us up with a shampoo system too thanks to this post! My plan is to get it all organised and use it on the kids while we finish up the leftover products! It will be better for our waste water too! Loving the blog!

  • Just used this and it works, fantastic, i already use a lot of bicarb and white vinegar and am delighted to find i can use it for my hair. Do you have any green skin care tips?

  • Aliyah

    I started using your no poo recipe about 2 weeks ago and I have really curly hair so I was a little nervous that it would frizz out on me or something weird but my hair is healthier than I think it ever has been – I actually have less flyaways and less frizz. I do use LA Styling Lotion that is organic that I buy at Earth Fare – its great stuff and for $8 it lasts a good 3-4 months! Besides since I am not wasting my money on Petroleum hair care I think I can swing it. Maire I found a great book at my library with tons of organic skin care secrets that I love! It is called Easy Green living – the Sugar Salted Face Scrub is awesome – my face has never felt so smooth! What I would love to learn about next is how to make my own soap and lotions – does anyone have suggestions? Also, does anyone know what the vinegar actually does other than work???

  • Wow, you all have awesome variations on this – I’ll be back later this afternoon to answer questions some of you have (I have a day full of meetings and I’m running to get ready). So carry on – I’ll be back!

  • I’ve been doing water only since July with no complaints. Well, I did have some pretty wicked dandruff for a little while, but with some dietary changes that seems to have been fixed.

    My hair is shoulder length +6 inches and my hair seems the same now as it did in June. Some days it’s not as soft, some days it’s more. It depends, just like it always did.

  • this is awesome! I went no poo for almost a year but was mixing everything up as I needed it. one day I reached for a bottle of my daughter shampoo and it went down hill from there due to convenience.

    You’ve convinced me to go back. Now I know to keep some premixed and ready to go…doh!

  • A friend I hadn’t seen in a while told me that my hair looked beautiful today! Wahoo!

    I’m glad some of you have the plunge – it seems everyone is enjoying the results! And also glad that others have taken the first step, to wash less or to combine shampoo and baking soda. Redefining normal happens in time. : )

    And so interesting – I had no idea baking soda was more difficult to find in Europe. Is it called something else? I know in Australia it’s called bicarb…

    Also, love the tea variations you guys – I may have to give that a shot sometime down the line when I’m feeling adventurous. And citrus!

    CristyACB, Grey hair… Does anyone else know? I only have a few grey hairs thus far ; ) so I don’t think I have a large enough sample size! You might try posting a question on “the no ‘poo method” forum. It’s very active, and I’m sure someone there can help!

    Kendra, I’ve been struggling with a good verb for this, too!

    kory, LOL – does that mean your family doesn’t know?! Hilarious.

    Chile, Weird. I lose almost no hair when I wash it! And yeah, fiber – ok. : )

    Howling Hill, I’m glad it’s working for you! I did try the apple cider vinegar, but found it was too strong smelling for me. I prefer the white.

    Bec, : )

    Maire, fabulous! Green skin care… I have posted about what I use here, here, and here. Let me know if there’s anything else specifically and I’ll write about it! : )

    Aliyah, Making your own soap – Rhonda Jean has some great soap recipes for cold and hot processed soap. She may have some lotion recipes, too. What does vinegar actually do – from this website:

    “When used on your scalp, [vinegar] helps promote circulation, acts as a natural antiseptic, and dissolves excessive fatty deposits and reduces scaling or peeling of the skin. As for use on hair, it helps to clarify, detangle, balances hair’s pH level and seals the cuticles.”

    This is basically what I’ve read in other places as well.

    Go Jenni! Go Michelle! Go everyone else who is trying this! And kudos to Rob, for having the easiest solution of all…

  • Leticia

    Hi everyone! I think in europe is called bicarbonate de soude (in french), if it’s the white powder use for bakin. I’m going to try it, I have curly hair who’s becoming less curly over the years and more fragil, so i hope it wil work for me. Thank you for your advises and sorry for my bad english.

    Leticia

  • Leticia

    I confirm, in europe the Baking soda it’s called “bicarbonate de soude” (in french) and it’s very easy to find as in US.

  • I have been poo-free for over a month now. I have been using the paste method with the vinegar rinse. When I first tried it, it was just to see if it actually worked. Now I love it, and do not want to go back! My hair is softer, shinier, and has less tangles. I am not sure what I will do in summertime, as my hair changes so much with the heat and humidity. It will become curly, frizzy, and have lots of flyaways. I need to find a gel, and I am hoping the baking soda will remove it. I should have posted my experiences on my blog within the week. Maybe someone else will like this method too.

  • I’m intrigued by this idea! I’ve never heard of it before. Currently I wash EVERY DAY or else my scalp gets itchy and my hair totally greasy. So should I plunge in head first or start slow and change gradually?

  • Marisa, You may want to start with the methods I’ve outlined in my first article about this – they will be more suited to your needs, I think, given that you wash daily.

    Before using this method, I used to wash my hair daily because it got greasy, but gradually weaned myself to 2-3 times a week. Since you are still doing it once/day, I would use the baking soda/vinegar method once/day as well at first. Then see if you can’t get start putting a little more water into the baking soda solution. And down the line you may find you can go for 2 days between washings, and then maybe 3…

  • Leticia, thanks for looking that up!

    livesimplylovestrongly, I’m glad it’s working!

  • Rose

    Hi, so i tried the no ‘poo method a few weeks ago and at first it was great. My hair/scalp adjusted so well that I thought it was abnormal and I was right. After two weeks of doing it i developed really bad flakes. my scalp wasn’t itchy and i made sure to rinse well after baking soda application but when i ran my finger across my scalp large chunks of flakes would come off and the roots of my hair had a bit of a waxy feeling.

    help! :( any idea what went wrong? I freaked out for a couple of days and ended up shampooing with anti-dandruff but that definitely didn’t help so i still dont know if it was dandruff or not. also, after returning to shampooing my scalp had this unnaturally extremely dry feeling. after a week of no help anti-dandruff shampoo i started applying straight apple cider vinegar to my scalp and allowed it to stay for >10min and did this daily for 3 days. the flakes were mitigated but still find a few flakes now and my hair seems to be back to normal but i’ve been shampooing daily again.

  • Hi everyone! Thank you for all these wonderful information you give away! Is great!!!
    Three months ago, by accident, i found this site about no’poo! Since then, i wash my curly long hair with baking soda and then vinegar with 3 drops of rosemary essential oil. Although my hair felt much better than before, still were frizzy, so i use mousse everyday (the recipe with the gelatin and water). I make a jar of mouse, with 3 drops of rosemary essential oil and lasts for one week in the fridge. I started washing my hair with 3 tsp baking soda for every wash, and had to wash every 2 days. The last month i use 2 tsp soda and i wash every 3 days.
    These 3 months, my hair look great and i really enjoy it!
    But, the last one week, my scalp is itchy. I read again the instructions you provide and i didn’t find anything wrong in my process. Should i try the rosemary tea with honey rinse or should i change something i do?

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  • Rose & Mary, sorry for the delayed response. You’ve both stumped me. I would suggest posting at the great No Poo forum here, or looking at some of the troubleshooting tips here. Rose, I’m wondering if maybe you just didn’t get the baking soda completely rinsed out? And Mary, I’m wondering if maybe your scalp is reacting to the rosemary? Or the mousse is not being completely washed out of your hair? If it’s the latter, you may have to use soap every so often, just to make sure you’re removing all the mousse. You don’t have to use shampoo, you can use a pure liquid soap – either handmade or store bought, but without additives.

    Good luck you two!

  • Nanci

    I would love to know if anyone with curls has tried this? I am thinking of giving it a try, but I worry about the possible frizz factor. Also, how do those of you with already dry hair feel about it? Do you still condition, or does this reduce the drying effect of the shampoo?

    • Erin

      Hi-
      I don’t have curls, but I have fried frizzy hair. I read some posts that said to add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of honey to your vinegar rinse to control the crazies. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my shopping list. =)

  • Aliyah

    Nanci, I have super curly hair and have been using this method with great success since about February I guess. I wash my hair every other day and use Alba’s hair gel in place of the other crap they sell at the grocery stores. My hair dresser said my hair felt dry but I think it looks great, I prefer my hair to fall in ringlets (which it does unless humidity gets it) as I went through the Dilbert frizzy hair stage as a teen and hated it!!!! If all else fails just start using all organic shampoo but I found this is a great option and CHEAP!!!! I like putting Ylang Ylang oils in the vinegar but be careful it is a strong smell. My husband has tried this also but his scalp doesn’t do well so he has gone back :*(. Just remember that there is an adjustment period but in my opinion well worth it!! Good Luck!!

  • Angelica

    Well, i´ve been no ´poo for about 1 week, and my hair has not been to greasy. Before i washed my hair every other day because my hair went greasy in 24 hours.
    I liked the baking soda and then rinse with acv. My hair was not that tangeled as it was before, but it feels kind of strange not to have alot of foam to wash out of the hair, and the scent of the acv was so diferent from the shampoo smell. But i like it so far and i´m going to at least try it out for one month to se how ot goes :). And i´m not that bothered by the smell of the acv because the smell disapears when the hair is dry. But it smells really good with the vanilla stick :). Going to try with one of cinnamon next time :D.

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  • I have been no poo for a while now. I was using an apple cider vinegar rinse, mixed with rosemary and tea tree oils to try to help my scalp, which is seriously flaky and scabby (not helped by the picking that I do!). Anyway, it wasn’t working as well as I would have liked, so I tried doing the baking soda more often than I was and doing the rinse every now and then. I think that is working well.

    I use the baking soda when my hair starts to feel greasy, which at this point is maybe every 4 days, depending on how much physical work I am doing. :) I barely use the rinse, but am thinking of switching to either white vinegar or an organic ACV to see if that helps.

    I LOVE the idea of adding a stick of cinnamon to the vinegar rinse. I like how the essential oils change the scent a bit, but cinnamon sounds like a great idea. I will have to do that.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this for ages. But I run 3-4 times a week and have been scared b/c I sweat like crazy! However, I am out of school and home with my kids for the summer, so I’m giving this a shot for 6 weeks. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • valerie

    I have a friend who recently started this. I’d never heard of it before! I’ve always had a hard time finding a product that didn’t irritate my scalp. Today is my first no poo day! I got some rosemary oil to put in the white vinegar, hope it all works! I’m so excited!

  • deli

    Hi, i am using this method since 4 weeks now. my hair are ok, stronger, styler, a bit greasy tho, but i have them quite short so it’s ok. i used to have a itchy scalp, i was using shampoo, and after 3 days my scalp was scratching so bad… but now this problem is over… proof that shampoo isn’t so good for your scalp.

    i am wondering, because i have few white hair…. if i want to color or do some blond lock.. how should i do? i doubt that baking soda & vinegar will be able to wash that off…. did anyone try it already? any advices? thanks to all and thanks for this no poo idea!! i love it!

  • Hi everyone! I finally found a solution to my itchy scalp!
    I tryed a few suggestion that i found, like milk, honey, teas, and i used some liquid soap that i had made. None of these really worked, as i resisted to use any shampoo. So, i used olive oil to massage my scalp. Now, i am using the baking soda and vinegar and homemade mousse as i used to, but i added the olive oil. After finishing with washing, when my hair is still wet, i massage one tablespoon olive oil my scalp. After a while i put on the mousse and 3 since weeks now, everything is back to normal! So i guess it was just dry… I am very happy really that i managed to insist on the no’poo! I am excited that it still works! I hope for no more problems!haha!

  • Aruna

    Hi,

    I was wondering how this method would work on hard water..
    I live in Arizona – which is a desert – and the water here is very hard.

    I tried this method once and found my hair to be very greasy.. I know i need to give it a couple of weeks time before pronouncing a verdict..

    But still, I was curious to know if anyone else had tried this method in very hard-water conditions?

    thanks,
    Aruna.

  • Hi Aruna, there was a bit of discussion about hard water in the comments of my other No ‘Poo post – check it out here: http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=365

  • PS, the last comment there is from Chile, who also has hard water in AZ.

  • ng

    i’ve been travelling & using baking soda in various conditions of water. i’ve had no success w/ baking soda, & i know for fact that the baking soda was the cause of my dandruff-like symptoms, although i wished it was the bs….so after researching the web i’m using salt now & VERY VERY happy…
    u can try sea salt, epsom salt or lemon salt….
    basically bs w/ hard water does not mix & results in lots of white flakes

  • ng

    oops i meant “i wished it wasn’t the bs that caused my flakes”

  • misia.g

    The baking soda will remove dye over a period of time. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and my hair colour has faded. Also hairdressers use baking soda to get rid of build up.
    The vinegar rinse closes the shaft of the hair and this makes the hair shiny and smooth. Any type vinegar works because they are all acidic. Lemon juice is also good apparently. The acidity neutralises the baking sodas alkalinity so it is a good combo!
    After 3 weeks of no shampoo my scalp is not itchy at all. I do have some greasy build up at the back of the crown of my head after 3 or 4 days and then I just wash with baking soda again. I think it is important to brush your hair gently too so that oils are evenly distributed down the hair shaft.

  • Tree

    HELP! My DD and I have been trying no poo. I work in a professional office, so I keep breaking down and using shampoo every week or so. She has been shampoo free for 2 months. At first it was great, her hair was easier to brush and looked great. Now its thick and sticky and looks greasy.
    The background. Since everything I read on BS and Hard Water indicated BS was not a good alternative for us, we tried to go straight WO. I think we have a pressure issue. When we were traveling and the water pressure was good, our hair was good. While at home with poor pressure its not so good.

    I tried a ACV rinse on her last night to see if that would help cut the grease, but if it doesn’t (won’t know till I get home tonight) she is going to have to do a cleansing wash (with real shampoo) anyone have any suggestions.

    We both have straight (although a little wavey lately) hair, that is fine in texture but there is a lot of it. Its also long for both of us – middle of the back or so.

    Thanks

  • Aliyah

    Well guys I have been using the No Poo method now for almost 6 months and decided after getting out of the hospital to try regular shampoo again and let me tell you that lasted all of about 3 days. I have naturally curly hair and I found that my hair actually responds better to the No Poo method – regular shampoo made it frizz up. Just thought that was interesting since I have been reading that a lot of people with curly hair are nervous to try this method. Try it and commit to it for at least a month. :)

  • Steve

    I have been using ACV (apple cider vinegar) on my hair off and on for years to rinse out residue following “regular” shampooing. I just started doing the no poo thing ( 5 days so far) but had read somewhere to just use conditioner ( instead of shampoo) followed by the ACV because it is better for your hair to not use shampoo. My hair is short ( about 3 inches long on top) and today is the first day I decided to not use any conditioner ( it was making my hair too limp) I just put my head under the shower while massaging the scalp and then followed with the ACV. My hair looks good, perhaps a bit darker in color and I might be imagininig this part but the gray in my hair seems less gray. It does feel a bit itchy toward the end of the day but I will try the baking soda thing next to see if that makes a difference I do wash my hair everyday and probably still will with this new method. The other thing that I noticed however, was that, because I wash my hair in the shower, since I have stopped using shampoo the hair on the rest of my body ( chest, legs etc) is softer. I guess the shampoo was running down my body when I rinsed it out of my hair and stripping the natural oil out of my body hair as well. Who knew?

  • Deb J.

    I tried doing no-pooh in the past, making a sort of paste, but it was awful and my hair felt dry and greasy and disgusting.

    But several months later, I wanted to try again, and found your instructions. The solutions work perfectly and I never had one day of greasy hair like a lot of articles say is a necessary step until it starts working. I’ve told a lot of folks on a BB I visit daily and a lot of them are doing what you do and it’s working well for them.

    I’ve been doing no-pooh for three months and love it. I thought I’d use regular shampoo while camping (thought it’d be easier), but I washed my hair with a good brand (not a lot of chemicals) and my hair felt AWFUL! So dry and fly away, tangles all the time. So I just no-poohed while camping and my hair was back to good again.

    Thank you so much for posting your no-pooh info.

  • [...] I “wash” my hair with baking soda, and rinse it with vinegar.  That’s what I do now.  A few months ago, I traveled and forgot my baking soda, so I used [...]

  • Hi! I tried the baking soda for 3 months and i had itchy results! (I have posted 2 letters some months ago.) I tried to find solutions but they wouldn’t last long. So now i am washing my hair with green soap as we call it in Greece, which is olive oil soap bars, extremely cheap and good for clothes as well. I don’t need anything else, ’cause i can comp them easily! I have very curly hair! So, i am satisfied, although not sure if this is shampoo free…

  • greenvirgin

    I started looking at this today for my dog… poor thing seems to be having an allergic reaction to shampoo. He has a horrible case of flakes. Has anyone tried this for their pet?

    As I have been reading, I am intrigued and am considering it for myself.

  • Jay

    This will work on dogs just as well as people. Also, as a dry shampoo you can sprinkle corn starch in the animals coat and then brush it out (works wonderfully for Great Pyrenees). I use vinegar on my dog and her coat is always gorgeous afterwards. Less itching too.

  • Andrew

    Willa: I have used rosemary tea for years as a rinse. It does highlight any red hair, but moreso it is a great scalp conditioner.

    I’m going to try this poo-less method!

  • what an inspiring idea. I love the idea of home made toiletries but thought there was more fiddling and mixing to do than this. I am definitely going to try this and will link to you when I blog about it. I’m lucky that I don’t need to wash my hair too frequently and at the moment manage just a monday and friday after my swim. I can see that this is something that can still be used away from the home and the combination of baking soda and vinegar will leave the shower sparkling too :o)

  • Carmen

    I have been poo free for 7 months and love, love , love it. My hair is brutally thick, coarse and curly and after switching to baking soda/vinegar…is now finally healthy looking and manageable. I started out by weaning myself off shampoo (lathered up every 3 or 4 days with an ACV or plain water rinse on days in between). I have been plagued by chronic ‘flakies’ for years and now my scalp is the picture of health.
    In a time where it has become increasingly difficult or downright impossible to find body care products that don’t contain ingredients that you need a chemistry degree to decipher…baking soda and vinegar fit the bill.
    What you put on your body inevitably ends up in your body.

  • andrew

    when you say you mix 1 part baking soda, does that mean one cup or table spoon?

  • Fara

    Hi All,
    The issue for me is that I have a sulfa allergy. The doctor told me that sulphur is not the same as sulfa is not the same as sulfates BUT by eliminating sulfates & shampoo all together – my scalp is so much better. I have less dandruff & shedding & breakage. I have thick, curly hair & I don’t really care for how the hair feels right after the baking soda. But the scalp benefits outweigh the look of my curls in this case & I use grapeseed oil to rehydrate my hair after the wash. I enjoyed reading the experiences posted & will check back for new info :)

    Regards,
    Fara

  • Rebecca

    I tried this a year ago and gave up after 8 weeks. My scalp was the healthiest it has ever been but my hair was so greasy it looked several shades darker and had to be tied up all the time. I’ve been using a paraben and SLS free organic shampoo but the itchies are coming back so I’m having another go at no ‘poo as of tomorrow.

    Andrew, ’1 part’ refers to proportion, not an actual measurement. If you are using cups, 1 part bicarb to 6 parts water means 1 cup of bicarb to 6 cups of water; if using tablespoons, it would be 1 tbs bicarb to 6 tbs water. Hope that helps.

  • Sherri

    I color my hair and was wondering if there was anyone who can tell me how this recipe works on colored hair and if there are other alternatives.

  • [...] hair wouldn’t handle it.   After reading Melinda’s (of One Green Generation) articles on the no-’poo way I decided to brave a try.   I found I loved it!  After the first few [...]

  • [...] January 31, 2010 (“No ‘Poo” meaning going shampoo-less, for example see Melinda’s experience after nearly half a year sans shampoo over here.) [...]

  • I’ve tried this for a week and a half now (washing twice a week). My hair seems to be staying clean longer and looks healthier.

    I’m wondering does anyone else end up with burning, itching ears??? I don’t know if I need to reduce the amount of baking soda or what. I’ve been using 1 Tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of water. I thought it was the vinegar the first time I tried, but the next two times I didn’t use the vinegar rinse and still had the burning ears (and I’m pretty sure no one was talking about me at the time. lol).

    I haven’t read all the posts, but I did see a couple questions about hair products and frizzies. I thought I’d mention that I’ve been using 100% aloe vera gel. I get my hands wet, squirt some aloe vera gel on my hands and scrunch it through my hair (which is naturally wavy or frizzy depending).

    I also use aloe vera as a moisturizer on my face. The vapors of the aloe vera can sting the eyes for a moment after applying, but it dries quickly.

    • Chelsey, I haven’t had the itchy ears issue. But one thing you might make sure you do is really rinse your ears after you wash your hair. It could be that your skin is extra sensitive there, and you haven’t quite rinsed off all the baking soda… Just a thought.

      I love the aloe idea – it makes a lot of sense!

  • Sherry

    I have fine hair, and very oily scalp. Saw this site and couldn’t wait to try this. I made up a bottle of each and used it for the first time today. I am amazed at how clean my hair feels and full it looks. When I was rubbing the baking soda solution in I thought
    “what in the world have I done to my hair, I’ll never get this stuff out”. But it washed right out. I did add some lemon juice to the vinegar rinse. Now I can’t stop touching my hair it’s so soft and fluffy. Usually by the end of the day it feels limp, heavy and gross. I really hope that I feel the same way after I’ve used it for a while.
    Thanks so much for this site….Sherry

  • Sherry, I’m so glad it’s working so well. You’re welcome – thanks for stopping to leave a comment – it’s really great to hear.

  • Sandra

    Used the recipe for washing hair and the one for the rinse. I used lavendar & vanilla essential oil in the vinegar rinse. Smelled wonderful.
    OMG, cannot believe how much better my scalp felt.
    NOT going back to conventional shampoo. Now in the process of converting the household. Mahalo for the recipes.

  • Hi,

    Ethical Consumer magazine is covering shampoo and no poo in the next issue. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share with us, please post to our forum:

    http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/Forums/tabid/61/aff/7/aft/8/afv/topic/Default.aspx

    Hope to hear from no-pooers!
    Leonie

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