Six months ago, I stopped shampooing and conditioning my hair.
Yes, I am a gross-kid, but it’s not what you think.
Six months ago, I started washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Let me back up.
When I was a vegetarian my health was really suffering.
In addition to the digestion problems, acne and moodiness, I was also losing my hair.
Everyone loses hair when they shower, but to me it seemed like I was losing more than the average bear.
I was losing enough that it scared me and I remember crying about it on more than one occasion.
When I started following a Paleo lifestyle, things got much better, but when I started No ‘Pooing, everything changed.
Conventional shampoo basically strips your hair and scalp of their natural oils, and conditioners attempt to replace those stripped oils with man-made substances and other oils. In the Skintervention Guide, Liz Wolfe tells us that these conventional shampoos and conditioners can lead to excessive oil production, and/or overly dry hair and that conventional conditioners also use silicones to make your hair shiny like those movie stars in Pantene commercials.
No ‘Pooing means not using conventional shampoos or conditioners.
Baking soda = Shampoo
Apple cider vinegar= Conditioner
Baking soda naturally removes residue, while apple cider vinegar balances your hairs’ pH and leaves it soft and shiny.
I have fairly curly hair, that’s fine and tends be be a little dry. Because my hair is curly, I can get away with No ‘Pooing once a week (my stylist told me curly hair needed to be washed less).
- Before hopping in the shower, I put 1 Tbsp of baking soda into a little mason jar and fill the jar with water.
- Once my hair is wet, I pour the baking soda mixture over my head and gently massage through my hair.
- Then, I rinse out the jar and add 2 Tbsp ACV and warm water, pour this over my head, massage through and leave on for a bit.
My house guests must think I’m some kind of bathtub scientist.
My shower is filled with jars for mixing, jars of baking soda and a giant bottle of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
When it’s not a No ‘Poo day, I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar, water and a few drops of lavender essential oil just to soften and shine it up a little.
I used to use lots of curl creams and gels, but now I just rub some pure Argan oil on the ends and let it air dry, or blow dry and straighten it.
Every now and then, I’ll give myself a scalp massage with some argan or coconut oil before I got to bed– usually the night before No ‘Poo day, otherwise I’d look like a greasy mess.
My hair has never been softer, thicker or stronger than since I started No ‘Pooing.
Now I can run my fingers through my hair without worrying about a ponytail’s worth of hair falling out…
The best information on No ‘Poo and other natural hair care options I’ve been able to find is in The Skintervention Guide. Liz goes into great detail on the how, the what and the why of No ‘Poo, using shampoo bars and even how to brush and color your hair.