Making the No ‘Poo Resolution

1245824_happy_new_yearWhat is it about the whole no ‘poo movement that makes people so enthusiastic?  It’s a strange concept, I’m the first to admit:  Stop using shampoo and instead wash your hair with either baking soda and cider vinegar, or simply use water.  For some it’s a hair-raising idea, but for those of you who have heard of the results many no ‘poo people are experiencing, it sounds like one heck of an adventure; one perfect for the New Year, in fact.

That’s where I was a little over 6 months ago.  I was skeptical I’ll admit, but hopeful.  My hair had reached an impasse.  It was flat in some spots, frizzy in others, overworked and filled with static even on the humid days.  I’d heard of going no ‘poo, so I gave it a shot.  Long story short, I have no desire to ever again crack open a bottle of shampoo!  The last time shampoo hit my tresses, it straightened my hair (took it back to the old days in short order, it did) and I was stuck with a mess of tangles and unmanageable static for weeks.  Which I realized was exactly how my hair had always been; not because of bad genes, but because of the products I dumped on my head, natural or not, on a daily basis.

Is there a transition when switching to a no ‘poo regimen?  You bet!  Your hair may go into a bit of a shock.  After all, the way your scalp was meant to work has been shut down possibly for decades.  The scalp will produce more oil, but it will eventually calm down and produce less than when you shampooed it.  The chemicals in shampoos that straighten your hair will go down the drain, and if you’ve been blessed with any curl at all, it will surface.  Like me, you may find that hairspray is no longer necessary (not to mention mousse, gels, etc.)  If your hair is thick, it’ll feel even thicker but with no tangles and knots.  (Since ditching shampoo, I’ve not once needed to comb my wet hair after a shower.  Fingers through it are enough!) 

Yes, it sounds like I’m selling something, but I’m not.  If you use baking soda and cider vinegar, it’s very cheap.  And it’s easy.  I scrub my scalp under the shower water for a minute or so, then I take a small amount of baking soda (a couple of tablespoons for me, but it’s different for everyone so experiment here).  I scrub it into my scalp and don’t bother with scrubbing my hair at all, since it all works through anyway.  Then I rinse it out very well.  When I’m done with my shower, I dump a mug of water with about 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar in it.  I give it a very quick scrub to make sure it gets through my hair, then I squeeze it out.  After that, I wrap my head in a towel for awhile.  When the weather is conducive, I let it air dry, but otherwise I gently dry it with a hair dryer on a cooler setting.  Many days I use a 100% natural, plant-derived leave-in conditioner or a few drops of natural hair oil.  For “fancy” days, I may use a few squirts of homemade hairspray, but honestly I don’t really need it anymore.  It’s still just an old habit.

I’ll be pulling together a few before-and-after photos soon, although it’ll be hard to make a decent comparison.  Before going no ‘poo, I tended to straighten my hair rather than fight the unpredictable waves.  I also relied on hairsprays and other products, and so for me some of the greatest differences have been in the actual feel of my hair as well as the ease of styling, two things that don’t translate through photos.  

If you choose to go no ‘poo for your New Year’s Resolution, send me an email at themommyspot (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’d love to hear your progress!  I already hear from so many of you, and it’s been fantastic hearing your success stories with going no ‘poo.  Even one mother/daughter team who have decided to go no ‘poo together!  The enthusiasm is contagious.  So let me know how it’s going for you.  Soon I’ll put together a special post that will share your successes with our readers, so get typing!  I’d love to hear all about it.

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  2. I’d love to see your photos! I actually just recently read through your posts on your journey & thought I’d give it a try. I only lasted 2 days, lol. On the third day, I tried baking soda. I couldn’t stand the feeling & used a tiny drop of shampoo. My hair just felt so greasy & I have a brown colored hair that just has that dirty look to it. Today would have been day 4 & again, I only used a dot of shampoo. I still would like to try this out, but I guess I’m not quite ready yet.

    Can’t wait to see your photos though, maybe they will be the aided oomph I need, lol.
    .-= Ginny´s last blog ..No-Snow Snuggler ~ A must for your kids in the Winter! =-.

  3. I’ve started trying the “no poo” as well. Today was day 3. I have fine, medium length, blonde hair. I wash my hair for a few minutes under the water, then add some baking soda and scrub and rinse, then have been dumping maybe 1/3c cider vinegar into my hair, let it sit, then rinse it out. I just learned today that I should be using less ACV and adding it to a mug of water so I’ll be trying that out tomorrow.

    I was using a plant based, organic shampoo before. Since switching to the ACV I feel like my hair is definitely more oily but I am just putting it in a ponytail and trying to be patient. Also I do feel like I smell like salad dressing. I have been using an organic ACV that you have to shake first because it separates a little on the bottom. I’m hoping that if I switch to a “cheaper” brand and dilute it first the smell will clear up? How long until you started enjoying the results?
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Ultrasound =-.

  4. Hi! One of my readers linked me here to your blog since I’ve decided to try no-poo. I’m only on day 2 and doing good but I know it’s super early! I can’t wait to see some before and after pictures. All my family is making fun of me and telling me I’m going to have dreadlocks. LOL

    Do you know about how coloring effects your hair on a no-poo regimen? I color my hair (and am in desperate need right now) but can’t find any good advice on if it will work or not.

    thanks. :)
    .-= Rhea´s last blog ..I Heart Faces Week 2 Challenge =-.

  5. Hello to Ginny, Steph, and Rhea! Congrats on trying no poo! Ginny, that gross feeling you’re getting after baking soda is because it needs to be rinsed with about 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in a mug of water. Without that rinse, the baking soda feels absolutely disgusting – I know because I went w/o the vinegar once in a pinch. Couldn’t believe how it felt! But as long as I use the cider vinegar I’m fine.

    Steph, your hair could be feeling more oily because of the amount of vinegar you’re using. The 1/4 cup of vinegar in a mug of water will definitely cut back on that sensation. If it still feels oily, use a little less vinegar. Too dry, add a little more vinegar. And since you’ll be watering down the vinegar, you won’t smell like salad dressing. I just dump it on at the end, rub it in and ring it out. I don’t even rinse and there’s no smell. Oh, and your hair will still feel pretty weird as it adjusts. But have no fears! That will go away and you’ll have very clean feeling hair.

    Rhea, so glad you found my blog! Yes, dreadlocks. I’ve heard that one too! But alas, no dreads on this chick. Coloring definitely affects the no poo process, as in it sets you way back. Your hair will feel like it went back to square one. I colored my hair several months ago – with a more natural colorant – and it totally straightened my hair and flattened it. I started shedding again too, and it took about 3 weeks for it to come around again. I’m working very hard to find a more natural solution other than henna (which is rather fussy and only red) because my hair is now half dark brown and half light red! Egads, I hate the color but I just can’t do that to my hair again. The trickiest part of the no poo thing so far!

    Thanks for following along! So great to hear from you all!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Special Edition: Tips for Transitioning Your Kids to Vegetarianism =-.

  6. I can’t wait to start this program. I have been using Wen with excellent results sadly it is just too costly for me and i have been in the market for cheaper alternatives, i have yet to find one that i am really happy with because my hair is fine and somewhat frizzy. Thanks for sharing this tip! i will keep you posted on my hair’s progress.

  7. I’ve been reading this stuff from you and others, so I’m trying it. Figure I might as well while my hair is going to look rough as it grows out anyway! Tomorrow will mark one week without shampoo. Sunday the 24th I gave it a baking soda/acv treatment, and tonight I dusted it with a bit of corn starch cause it felt (but not looked) a tad greasy.

    My hair already is lighter and has a lot of curl to my amazement.

    I don’t know how long I will make it but I figure why not at least give it a shot?

    Thanks for blogging about this..
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..The Great No Poo Experiment =-.

  8. Just came across your blog and loving it! Decided to try the no ‘poo. Today was day 1 and my hair doesn’t look too bad! Do you wash with the bs and acv every day?

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