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No ‘Poo: New & Improved!

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!

  • lisbet

    Well! In addition to wondering if this is okay to do with my henna, I am wondering if this just might be the solution to my hair’s turning to a greasy limp mush since I moved somewhere with super-hard water/humid climate. My hair only feels clean for around 8 hours after I wash it, and I used to have drydrydry hair and scalp. My hair is super straight like yours, and now it gets greasy so I know what you meant in the ‘before’ stage of doing this. I think I MAY start off trying this 1x a week because I have a lot of shampoo left in the house- my sis bought me a few bars from for Christmas.

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  • Jane

    I just posted in your previous blog/page! I should’ve posted here… I am hoping you can still answer my questions, though :-) It’d be very helpful!

    And I am going to add one there a significant difference between using Apple Cider Vinegar and white vinegar?

  • How about rosemary as a herb to use? It is supposedly great for the hair.

  • Jane

    Hi Melinda- I posted on your previous blog page…and I’m still hoping maybe you could give me some advice!

    I am now on week 5 of no shampoo…but I am finding that my hair is kind of dull, not really shiny, and doesn’t look at nice as it did maybe in week 2. I really don’t want to go back to using shampoo, but I miss that shine and softness, and I am frustrated. I’ve been doing the BS, sometimes with the vinegar rinse, but very sparingly.

    Sometimes the bottom half of my hair seems a bit dry (despite trying to move the oil downward, despite vinegar rinse which made my hair greasy)… week 2, my hair was so much more manageable. (would hold a curl!) I;m not sure why it’s dry and a bit frizzy, which is very unusual for my hair… any advice?

    • andrea

      only use bs on scalp(it dries the hair)only use vinegar rinse on hair(not scalp-makes it greasy)In winter when hair seems extra dry I also use Dr Bronners (1oz soap/8oz h2o) about 1tsp before u rinse out bs on hair not scalp(makes it greasy) I have been doing this since dec 07 and would never go back to chemicals. Baking soda also makes a great facial exfoliant. Wet face,dip 2 fingers in soda and massage face-monthly or bi-monthly!

    • Marthe

      I had the same experience. It seemed as though I got the greasy detox period after a couple of months of using the BS and sometimes the ACV rinse. However, it changed and now, after one year, my hair is very well adjusted and I wash it only twice a week. Sometimes I even forget when I washed it last because I haven’t noticed that I need to do it. I have dead straight, thin Nordic hair that goes to my shoulders. My advice is to hang in there and experiment with the amount of BS to water. Also, consider trying lemon juice instead of ACV. LJ works better for me. :)

    • Jane… I have kind of dry hair because while I am using more green methods I still Bleach my hair because I haven’t had luck with natural lighteners to get it the color I need it. I say need because I dye my hair Pink. When I use the ACV rinse in the 1:8 ratio I add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of honey to my rinse and it helps control the FRIZZ and I’ve found that I don’t have to uses styling products to keep shape and it’s super soft and has a lovely shine after blow drying. You can leave the ACV w/honey in or rinse it out (I’ve done both, but I leave it in when I’m trying to keep a style). I hope this helps. :)

  • Kimberly

    so does this work as a conditioner as well? or did you not use conditioner before?

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  • Melissa

    Is there a suitable substitute for baking soda? There’s NONE to be found in China. Alternatives that are available include baking POWDER, corn starch, yeast… I’d continue to list baking ingredients, but at this point they just seem absurd.
    Thanks in advance!

    • is there no baking soda to be bought in China? that seems unusual…

    • Krissy

      Have you tried cocoa powder? The regular, non-alkalinzed kind. It works well for me, and it smells wonderful!

    • Jessie

      Baking powder is just baking soda with a an acid added in (in cooking baking soda won’t react until an acid is added adn baking powder is substituted in recipes without acids). I would assume that you could use the baking powder instead of baking soda but use less of it because it will cause your scalp to be more greasy the way lemon juice or vinegar would if you were putting it on your scalp.

    • Komadori

      I’m sure there’s baking soda in China. I’ve found it in Japan. I just did a quick google for ‘baking soda in china’ and the first link is to a forum discussing on where to find it!

      For myself, I found the Japanese term and asked a store clerk. I’m not sure where you are in China, but if you have a dictionary for the dialect, you should be able to do the same, in a pinch.

      Good luck!

    • Bob

      I am in Thailand and there is Baking soda available (imported), but expensive. There is the generic baking soda which is called “sodium bicarbonate” (in the cooking section) and is one tenth the price of the name brand baking soda.

    • Tati

      Hi, you might find baking soda in Ecuador in pharmacies – it’s called Bicarbonato de Sodio (check out this post:

      perhaps in China you can also find it in pharmacies? I wonder what they substitute it with?

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  • sophie

    I having just started the “no poo” method and i’m very excited to see if it works out for me like it did for you! I just have one problem, I naturally have very dry hair that gets damaged easily and have been using olive oil as a conditioner which takes a couple of shampoos to get out. With the no poo method I am not sure what I could use as an alternative for washing it out, would baking soda do the trick? :S Thanks!!

    • The baking soda would dry your hair more… That is why you only use it on the roots. I would try mixing your Olive oil (I’ve heard that avacado oil works well too) with a bit of water to dilute it. Have you tried the ACV rinse I suggest it with a small amount of honey added.

    • Komadori

      I’ve been no poo for about a month. My ends were already dry and brittle before… so I do the ACV rinse, but I’ve found if I use just a dime’s worth of olive oil and rub it into my hands, I can work it into the ends of my hair and just use a hot rinse before a cold rinse and the hair soaks up what it needs only. It’s left the ends super soft. There was only a slight oily feel while it was wet, but that was gone after my hair was dry.

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  • This is fantastic! I’ll have to try this. We stopped using regular shampoo a year ago because of the ingredients in it. I switched to Burt’s Bees, while my husband and three children use Dr. Bronner’s. The Bronner’s doesn’t really work for me, and although I like the Burt’s Bees, it’s expensive and I’m not that crazy about the quality of their products any more. I purchase a new brand from Whole Foods that I am going to try, but I like the idea of making my own. I’ve been on the homemade kick recently, and even started making our own toothpaste over the weekend. Thanks for sharing! Peace. :)

    Love your blog by the way, and am definitely going to link to it from mine. :)

  • Kag

    Be sure to use the aluminum free baking soda.

    • Saz

      Your comment made me curious, so I looked online to see if the most common brand, Arm & Hammer, was aluminum free and I couldn’t find any information on it.

      So I gave them a call and they said Arm & Hammer baking soda is aluminum free – and if it weren’t they would have to list it as an ingredient because it’s taken internally.

    • Elizabeth

      Some baking powders have aluminum in them, but not baking soda.

    • Lia

      Odd how this misconception keeps recurring… Baking SODA is a naturally occurring mineral: Sodium Bicarbonate, NaHCO3. NO aluminum (Al) there.

      Baking POWDER is a mixture of ingredients that react together in the presence of heat and/or moisture to cause rising. Baking POWDER does sometimes contain aluminum compounds, and since aluminum is a toxic mineral, it’s certainly best to avoid these.

      No worries with baking soda, though.

  • I’ve been “no poo” for about 2 years now and find it works great. My hair is shiny and wavier than it used to be and the new growth (post ‘no poo’) seems fine. I wash once a week in winter and about twice a week in summer. I can get by with just a rinse midweek if I am in a hurry. I do find that a COLD rinse at the end of the washing/rinsing session is key to keeping my hair manageable. Without it I get more tangles and more breakage.

    I do use henna sometimes and it works fine. You can use vinegar to set henna so that won’t be a problem. I did find that henna bled out of my hair for about a week and could have stained things if I hadn’t been aware of it. That may have just been inadequate rinsing the first day.

  • I tried this today and I loved it, is it ok for colored hair? Thank you.

  • Christy

    I just tried no poo on Thursday night using your recipes. I couldn’t believe how my hair felt on Friday and it’s Saturday and no itching and my hair feels great! I have shoulder length hair.

    Do you know if this would work on dogs? I have two dogs – German Shephard (Lots of hair) and a catahoula leopard (short hair). I would think that if shampoo hurts my skin and hair, it would do the same for the dogs.

    Thank you!

  • Angel Hawkins

    hey Melinda..I did use this method for 2 months and then strayed back unfortunely.. But now i am going to give a full effort of returning to my green roots and sticking to it. I have a condition called Contact Dermantitis and have had it all my life.. but I just found out the technichal term as it was dubbed `sensitive skin`when I was young. That`s how I found your site last year and it rang true to me because you have had simlilar issues. i have always had to watch laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, makeup, hair products..etc.
    then I had a severe allergic reaction to hair dye ( although I was dying my hair for over 15 yr.s) And it has reopened my eyes!!
    So I am going green..and I am sticking to it. startin with no more dying my hair. I have been a vegetarian for 6 months.. and I am with you 100% on changing normal!! thanks so much for all your effort in getting the word out!

    • Sarah

      Angel I have the same exact issue – contact dermatitis. My dermatologist did a patch test on me and found about 5 different chemicals that I’m allergic to, several of which are found in just about every commercial shampoo. I think I’m going to try no-poo, or some version of it. Excited to hear that it’s working for you!

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  • on my 9th day.. my hair looks great :D thanks for the tips.

    i blogged my no ‘poo update

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  • Christine

    Hi there! I really want to try this out, however I don’t want to put the vinegar in my hair. Its known to take out your color (mine has a very hard time by itself, I don’t want any extra lift.) Is there anything I can use as a substitute?

    • Hi Christine, I just found your comment in the spam folder. Apologies! I’d suggest using castille soap or homemade soap instead. Otherwise, you can use a SLS-free shampoo – there should be a few available in your local health food store (you might have to look at the ingredients list and/or ask for help to find one).

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  • Isabella

    How often should someone just starting the no-poo routine do the baking soda and vinegar rinses?

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  • Abe

    Every time there is a mention of No Poo somewhere, there are tons of questions and comments from experience. So, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a question and answer site to help beginners, and kind of let everyone discuss the No Shampoo/Soap lifestyle, and all the different experiences and experiments we are doing.

    I would like to invite you to come post on our forum to provide info and experiences.

    So, if you are interested, go check it out:

    I’m not selling anything, and I would appreciate people participating in honest, good discussions.

  • Hannah

    I make my baking soda/water more of a paste and really rub in into my scalp; I do it fresh, so to speak, rather than keep it in a bottle.

    I did this for a couple months (once every 4 or so days like you) and then reintroduced conditioner (my hair is long and curly). I’m loving this method.

  • Leonie

    There is one thing I don’t understand about the no-poo-movement: if you decide to stop using shampoo because it seems to mess up the natural condition of hair and skin, then why would you keep using unnatural alternatives? In the end, every product but mere water is unnatural.

    It somehow seems to contradict the theory of hair/skin taking care of itself. I mean, how big is the chance that vinegar and soda dehydrate your sculp, maybe not as much as shampoo, but it still messes up the natural balance.

    Why not go for water only?

    I feel like using any alternative will cloud the results of the no poo experiment.
    What if your hair becomes dry or the contrary, very oily. How can you tell whether its caused by no poo or the no poo alternative?

    I’m going no poo with water only to see what happens when you leave out the chemicals.

    Besides, my dad is the living proof that no poo works absolutely fine (at least for a man of his age) because his hair is NEVER oily and in a great condition although grey whereas many men of his age struggle with baldness).

  • Leonie

    Besides, I used to wash my hair every single day. But now that I haven’t done this for 4 days, I’m already loving it. The first and second day were absolutely horrible… Very oily hair, almost glued upon my face… The third day however, I kind of liked the volume of my hair, though still a bit oily. The fourth day was amazing. The volume of my hair…!

    I cleansed with warm-hot shower water (which in itself dehydrates the skin) every day and nothing else. I noticed a another change: when brushing my hair, I didnt seem to loose ANY hair. No hair in the towels!!

    I think I’ll keep on posting here. It would help your experiment as well.

  • I went ‘no poo’ using baking soda for MONTHS, and I loved the way my natural waves held as if I had product in my. HOWEVER, DH didn’t like the smell of the apple cider vinegar. So I broke down and washed my hair with shampoo. As I bent over the tub and shampooed, was I SHOCKED to see the water turn BROWN with all of the dirt that was in my hair!! I’m not sure if it’s because I live in Kenya, Africa where it is very dusty , or if I did something wrong, but I’m scared to have hair that dirty. I LOVED it when I didn’t use shampoo. Really! I think I may try it again but add essential oils (Someone sent some in a care package– yay!).

  • Gill

    Oh boy! I’ve been doing the no poo thing for about two months now and my ends are great but the roots are still greasy. I think I know why – I’ve been using baking soda PASTE instead of solution! I’d dump a bit onto my palm and then put a bit of water, mix it in until it was a thick-ish paste and rub that all over my scalp. What a silly thing… I’ll try this new way tomorrow!! I scratched my head this morning and found that I was getting a white film built up, and my hairbrush looked like it was dusted in powder… yuck. thank you so much for this!! Clears everything up!

  • Gretchen

    After doing some basic research on the no-poo method, I decided that I liked your formula the best, and have been using recipe #3 about 2-3 x per week over the last two weeks. My hair looks so much better than it did before! I’m not a particularly “green” person, but the results alone are enough for me to recommend this. My hair is curly, and therefore requires a lot of moisture, and I think that is why it’s worked out so well for me. Shampoo really seems to dry my hair, no matter how much conditioner I use. Previously, I gave myself a home hot-oil treatment once a week, but the results only seemed to last till my next shampoo. Now, I use no conditioner at all, even the extra leave-in conditioner I was using before. I just use a little bit of Aveda curl booster and a tiny bit of gel, and air dry. My hair looks and feels so great (so lightweight, soft and bouncy, with very little frizz), and it’s soooo low-maintenance now! Thanks for the advice.

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  • Noliah

    This combination works great for me! I don’t bother mixing the BS, but just put about 1/8 cup in my hand, add enough water to make a paste, then wipe it through my hair and rinse. I repeat the process, and then do a final rinse with the ACV solution. Simple, fast, and my hair is shiny and clean! I haven’t had a problem with my hair becoming too dry, but maybe that’s because I have very short hair and have it trimmed regularly.

    I’ve also started using BS as a deodorant, just by dabbing and spreading a small amount of BS paste on each armpit. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, especially if you’ve had a strong odor problem or wear a lot of dark sleeveless tops. I’ve never had a strong underarm odor problem, so it’s working great for me.

    • Kaylen

      Careful, as in another post she made about deodorant says, it can be very drying. I was using it as a paste for months then noticed that I had really dry skin. I’ve been patting a 50/50 cornstarch/baking soda mix onto damp skin and it is working well.

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  • Fleur


    My husband and I love your recipes for washing hair and deodorising with BS, but unfortunately it has not been a total succes for us. We used BS as deodorant but our skins seem to be to sensitive; we ended up having red and aching armpits… Such a shame ’cause it worked like a charm! My husband still ‘washes’ his hair with BS and rinses with vinegar and he loves it. I had to quit using it because my scalp reacted the same way as my armpits… I am really disappointed because I loved the way my air felt and looked. Normally it’s very dry and a bit liveless, but with BS it was wonderfull!

    Do you know how I can solve this problem? I turned back to shampoo because my scalp just was a mess, all red and dry, but shampoo is just no good for my hair! Does anyone have suggestions?

    Thanks a lot from Holland, Fleur

    • Michelle

      Hi Fleur,

      I was having a similar issue and did some research (in addition to my background in cosmetology…). Shampoo can act as a superficial suppressant of any underlying scalp issues. I was getting irritated, flaky scalp on and off while using shampoo and using the 1TBSP baking soda seemed to aggravate it as well. I found a recommendation on Earth Clinic- a rinse of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water. I used this a few times after doing the baking soda wash, which I reduced to 1 TSP and avoided getting any on the scalp. The reduction in baking soda seemed to get it just as clean without the irritation; I just made sure to brush my hair thoroughly before showering. After 3-4 times of using the rinse, all scalp issues cleared up. Now I just use the reduced baking soda mixture with either an ACV or chamomile tea rinse. I tend to use that combo every other time I wash my hair- the other times are just water. I have one hair client with gorgeous long blond hair who has used only water for about 20 years, so it’s nice to see that some people can be very long term with this. Not sure if you are dealing with the same issues but hopefully the information is useful to someone.

  • Brittany P

    I have a question about the vanilla that you use in your recipe. Is that vanilla extract? I would like to avoid having to buy the pricey vanilla beans if I can help it.
    Also, is there anything else that I can add to the mixture to leave my hair with a pleasant smell? I’ve been using the BS/ACV mixture for a little while now, and I miss the smell of shampoo. Any suggestions would be great!

  • Kate

    Hi my name is Kate and i really want to try this, but i have been looking into it and i cant find enough detail as to how to do it. I understand how to use the baking soda and vinegar, but not on how many times you use it or when you dont use it do you simply rinse? Once i figure these few question i really want to try this. I have moved to a new place and we have horribly hard water and i have medium length very thick hair. My scalp is always itchy, greasy, and i tend to have dandruff a day after of not washing. Please help :)

  • Val

    Thank you for this post!
    I tweaked the recipe a bit and added a bit (really a lot) more vanilla and two cinnamon sticks to the vinegar and baking soda both.
    I also started off with oily hair, not sure if this helped, but my hair looks fantastic on day one! And it doesn’t itch nor does it smell like vinegar.

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  • Miana

    I love your cat… So fat and fluffy… So cute… :D

  • I just started going shampoo and conditioner free a little over a month ago, and have only used baking soda. I use the paste method, but leave it in for 5-7 minutes while I get my clothes ready, pack my lunch, etc. (my room-mate thinks I’m crazy), and then just rinse it out afterwards. I have struggled my entire life with the blessing of both grease and dry scalp dandruff (I’m not really sure how my previous scalp managed this). Within 2 days my dandruff was completely gone, and after 2 weeks I was only using the paste every 3 days (although I still showered every day, and rinsed it still then). This was such a success I have started making my own deodorant, tooth powder, and mouth wash too!!!

  • Patricia

    I have extremely oily and must shampoo my hair every day. My face is also oily (especially when my hair touches it).

    I have not used shampoo since Sunday. Today was my first BS treatment (both scalp and face). I did not use ACV this time.

    Question: How often do I use this treatment on my hair?

    Thank you. I’m sure this will be a learning experience.

  • lexy

    so I’ve been doing this recipe since September 10th, after my husband left for his deployment. I have to say, my hair is wonderful. I do 3T to a big gulp from 7-11. yeah, that much. I mix it in the shower, let it sit there, rub my scalp, rinse & do my other routines. it has cut my shower from a 30 min time frame to a 10 min one. saves time, water, & money! I don’t use vinegar that often but my roommate has the WEN product line from her mom. that stuff is awesome also but I’d only use that once a month for an extra conditioner if its been really dry out. other than that, I haven’t used shampoo since & am very glad of it. having to move to another country means I don’t have to worry about using that space for shampoo bottles or other unnecessary items that comes along with it. I don’t use any hair products unless its for an important event. I love that I found this no poo treatment & have been passing it along to anyone else who will listen!

  • Alyssa

    I’ve been doing this for about a month now. I have pretty long hair and bangs. I’ve found that my hair close to my scalp, especially my bangs, gets really thick/heavy/oily the day after I wash it. The length is wonderful and isn’t frizzy anymore! I’m thinking maybe it’s because I’m not getting all the baking soda out, but I’m not sure. Has anyone else come across these issues? Any suggestions? Should I try the paste method instead of the two bottles?

  • Patricia

    I am looking forward to trying this, as even the organic shampoo I bought at the health food store has noxious chemicals in it that are not good for skin, or fish. I was, however, curious about the aluminum free baking soda. I had never heard that there was aluminum in it, so I did some research. Here is a website that explains how the misconception got started, as there is no aluminum in baking soda.

  • viv

    I have been “no poo” for over three and a half years. My hair is healthier and shinier than it ever was. It is also culier which is Ok but I would perfer it straighter. The color is a bit darker and richer especially at the ends. I use a hot/cold water rinse several times a week. Then once a month I will use a baking soda/ACV wash and rinse. I will often lightly rub the ends with s tiny amount of coconut oil or jojoba oil. There was a weaning off process that I had to go through. I just started using less and less shampoo and then started using hot water rinses in between and then finlly stopped the shampoo entirely and switched to weekly BS/ACV treatments which I slowly reduced to once a month. I will never go back.

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  • Aiu

    I’m on my 4th day of no poo (I prepared my hair by not washing on the first day; I used BS + Vinegar rinse on the 2nd day) and I have faith that it will work for me. I was a little bit nervous because on my third day I felt super itchy on my scalp but I just rinsed with water today, soaped the little grease off my hands and massaged my hair again with clean hands while my shower is on. Now my locks are looking super lustrous. I may not go back to regualr poo. I am having so much fun with this experiment.

  • Melissa P.

    I have been shampoo free for one week. I am a 50 year old woman with waist length, wavy, hennaed hair. My skin and hair tends to be dry in the winter although we run a humidifier.

    I bought a boar bristle brush and have been brushing my 100 strokes, morning and night. I used BS and ACV the first morning and yesterday morning. I used very dilute solutions of BS and water and ACV and water. I have used the tiniest amount of pure coconut oil on the ends of my hair. So far, I only had one “greasy” day and I think could have been the result of coconut oil over-use.

    Unwashed hair has a different feel (especially wet) but it looks fantastic. I have only had one bad hair day thus far, so I will continue on my quest to be soap and ‘poo free.

    I am also working on soap & lotion free. I have been using pure coconut oil to moisturize with (even my face) and I have not used soap except for the parts I have to shave. I have been using castille soap for those. I cannot shave without some kind of soap or lubricant – my razor either gives me razor burn, or skips across my skin nicking me with each skip. Tomorrow I will try using the coconut oil.

    My very dry, flaky skin just loves it! The coconut oil has no smell, I am still using deoderant, but no one has told me I stink. My husband (who knows nothing of this experiment) has commented about my soft skin, but not said a word about body odor. Spent the evening with my sisters at a family emergency (lots of hugging) and no one said a thing about me smelling bad.

    I’m going to continue no soap and no ‘poo. It will be interesting to see how this works in the summer as we have an in-ground, chlorine pool.

  • Melissa P

    *Update to previous post*

    I melted my coconut oil and made two “bars” out of it – I didn’t add anything to it, just pure coconut oil. This made it much easier to handle.

    I used the coconut oil for shaving in the shower and it worked beautifully. I also used it as you would bar soap – with a wash cloth – to wash my face and body. WOW, heavenly! The only downside to this is that the bottom of your tub/shower is going to be slippery.

    I had a weird, greasy, waxy hair day on Tuesday so Wednesday I mixed up two whole raw eggs and washed my roots with that and ACV only on the ends. Things were much better.

    And so, the experiment continues….

  • Meg

    I’ve been no-poo for 16 years… love it! If only I had hair like this when I was young.. much more wave, bounce, shine, body… wash and go. I did the borax and water with vinegar rinse thing for a couple years, and then switched to coco-ban coconut oil soap. Just liked lathering better, and my hair felt a little cleaner and nicer and it was cheap. Then I started making my own soap and love it even more. We offer it here .., and will soon have the best shampoo/conditioner I’ve ever used for sale, Myshroom Soap. Not just trying to sell something, I genuinely love seeing people become free of toxins in their lives and less dependent on buying from big business.. make it at home or buy it homemade and support those who care.


  • Alissa

    When you say ‘parts’ in the recipe do you mean cups, tablespoons, etc? Thanks!!

    • Alissa, whatever measure you’re using. So if you’re making a big batch, it would be 1 cup baking soda to 6 cups water. If you’re making a small batch, 1 tablespoon baking soda to 6 tablespoons water. And anything in between: whatever you’re using as a measuring device, multiply x1 for the baking soda and x6 for the water.

  • [...] but I know there’s said to be a transition period. The recipe that I decided to go with is at 1greengeneration. It’s the basic baking soda recipe, but mixed with water and put in a shower friendly bottle. [...]

  • I started to look for natural alternative after experiencing hair loss. After doing researches, then I realized how toxic those commercial shampoos are. I’m using 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 or 1 ½ cup of distilled water. Sometime, I will add a drop of tea tree oil in the ACV solution (1 tablespoon ACV to 1 cup of distilled water). However I use this method on bi-weekly or monthly basis because I will experience dry hair for frequent use. It is definitely a good way to ditch the chemicals for hair wash.

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