Recently I’ve been averaging two or three messages every week from readers of this blog who want to know what I think of the “No Poo” movement. I have to admit that when the first of these inquiries came in several months ago, I didn’t even know what they were talking about. Since then I have had a lot of e-mail conversations with many people who are very enthusiastically endorsing this idea. They have told me the reasons they want to eliminate shampoo and how they are doing it… and about their successes or failures. Personally, I can understand the reasoning, but this may be one of those areas where I will continue to appreciate the idea without actually doing this myself.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the “No Poo” movement, it comes from the idea that by eliminating shampoo, you are putting fewer chemicals on your skin, and giving the hair and scalp an opportunity to return to their natural state. The eventual goal is to wash hair with nothing but water.

So how is this done? Some people stop using shampoo abruptly and substitute a baking soda wash (approximately one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in water or made into a paste) and an occasional cider vinegar rinse (one or two tablespoons of vinegar in one cup of water) during the transition period. An alternative method some people prefer is to just use less shampoo and to let more time elapse between each hair washing until nothing is being used to “wash” the hair except water.

Some people have told me that they found the transition practically painless. Others described their hair and scalp as a greasy mess. I am probably not as skeptical as some people might be because I have seen this actually “work”… and seen how hair that has not been shampooed actually does eventually stop being oily and looks and feels “clean” even though it has only been rinsed with water.

But since so many people keep asking what I think, my answer has to be that I have mixed opinions. I completely support the idea of eliminating chemicals and preservatives from all aspects of my life, and I usually prefer the more natural alternatives. BUT… I don’t think I personally will be giving up the shampoo any time soon. I do use as natural a shampoo as I can find (or a shampoo bar soap that I make myself), and I do not use any other chemical products on my skin, so I feel my exposure to these types of chemicals is already minimal.

Having said that… keeping hair clean without shampoo is an interesting concept, though, isn’t it? Have you (or someone you know) tried this? What are YOUR thoughts?

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Marcie

I heard about not using shampoo and I tried it. Then I gave up. My hair is short and fine and it has never been oily but you wouldn’t believe how disgusting it got when I started using the baking soda. I won’t be trying this again. Viva la shampoo!

Sara

I had a bad injury to my head and I couldn’t get my head or hair wet for over 2 months while it was healing. My hair is oily anyway and for the first few weeks my hair was *awful*. What is really wierd is that at the end of 7 weeks all the oil was gone and my hair looked great. I hadn’t done a thing to it practically not even combed it. I don’t want to give up shampoo but you said you know this works and I do too. Great post and great blog. I love it.

LizBeth

I like the baking soda/vinegar rinse routine. New to me, but it works well and saves money. But what I don’t understand about the no-poo routine is, do these people also give up washing their bodies? The rest of you needs to stay clean. I certainly wouldn’t give up washing my hands or my face. Seems like there is more to the story.

Wretha

LizBeth, I don’t believe anyone who is doing the NoPoo method are giving up bathing… they are just changing what they USE on their skin and hair, the point is to stop using chemical laden, hair stripping shampoos, this isn’t an anti-cleanliness movement, just a movement in a more natural cleaning method.

It takes both a change in what you are using on your body and a mindset change, you do not need to wash your hair every day to be clean, this is coming from a former hairdresser too! :)

LizBeth

I know about the chemical problem. That’s the other reason I’m eliminating many commercial products myself, especially deodorant — I went to baking soda/cornstarch and it works very well. I know that many people bathe too often and actually irritate their skin actually forcing it to make too much oil. But I raised boys. They hated baths and hair washing. With a passion!! And sneaking past mom without washing their hair resulted in scale on their scalps. Is there a natural way to deal with it? All the nurse would say is, use hydro-cortisone. The doctor gave me Nizoral. I would LOVE to use water- only, but is this really for all people or just for some? For now, I have to wash mine twice a week. I had very oily hair as a child – if that indicates anything. Thanks. Liz

Jill

I went No ‘Poo about a year ago. I scrub my scalp about once or twice a week with baking soda, rinse well, do a cider vinegar rinse, and then finally a cold rinse. It takes a total of about 2 gallons of water if I use the sink rather than the shower (I have hair down to the middle of my back). My hair is shinier, easier to comb, wavier, and has acquired new length (I gave up cutting and trimming my hair 2 decades ago…nothing bad happened).

Yes, I bathe! Everyday. With soap. Organic gentle oatmeal soap.

I am not planning on quitting the baking soda and vinegar routine as it seems to work well for me.

Karen

I’ve cut back on using shampoo for the past few months. I’m wearing my hair curly now, and I read and was told by the stylist that it’s best not to use shampoo every time. I use it maybe 3 times per week and then just rinse the other times. The style never holds up overnight so that I need some form of washing each day. I’m going to try the no shampoo method, using the baking soda paste, and see what happens. I have to go to work each day, so I really can’t go through a prolonged greasy period, but I’ll see what happens. Won’t tell my husband though – he showers and shampoos at least twice a day and would be creeped out if he even heard of this. :-)

Becky

Last year I went to Namibia to volunteer. I wasn’t sure what the shower facilities would be like so I decided to do a bit of a preemptive strike and get my hair and scalp used to fewer washes. I stopped using shampoo and conditioner completely and started rinsing my hair with baking soda and water, followed by a vinegar or lemon juice rinse, once a week. It was gross at first but after a few weeks it was completely fine. I didn’t use shampoo for over 10 months. I now use a mild, organic, chemical free shampoo once a week and my hair is healthier and easier to manage than it’s ever been.

Liz

I have been using a natural soap shampoo bar. It is very gentle and I find my hair is much more managable. It also stays clean longer.

Alexandra

I’ve never been a big bather. When I was little, my mom warned me, “when you get to be a teenager, you’ll need to bathe every day.” It didn’t happen. On average, I bathe twice a week. Unless it’s extremely hot and sticky out (like it is currently), the trigger for me to wash is usually when my hair gets oily. I recently switched to an SLS and paraben free shampoo. Jill, that’s interesting that your hair got longer after you changed your hair washing regimen. I go years between haircuts but my hair never grows longer than the bottom of my shoulder blades. I wonder if I could coax it longer with your techniques.

Frances

My concern about shampoo actually started after my gyno suggested I was sensitive to it. Then I learned about the chemicals in shampoo and found people talking about “self-cleaning” hair. I tried just rinsing for about a week but my hair was so greasy I felt very unprofessional at work. When I started washing my hair again my scalp got flaky and it took a month for it to go away. Maybe I will try again later with baking soda or something but a friend introduced me to fragrance free shampoo and that’s been working great. Like you said, I feel like my exposure is minimal now.

Teri

I’ve always had curly/frizzy, dry hair and I’ve always fought the curl. After trashing my hair’s condition with some harsh shampoo (Trader Joe’s Citrus Shampoo), I conditioned it with olive oil and egg, which worked great, and checked out the no-poo websites. I began using baking soda and apple cider vinegar water to rinse but found that it left my hair very dry and I smelled like salad dressing. Then I just started rinsing my hair thoroughly with very warm water and found that it left my hair clean and encouraged curl in a good, non-frizzy way. It’s been about 3 months and I love what mere rinsing has done for my hair! It’s curly, has lots more body and is in great condition. And it passed hubby’s sniff test too. Last week we went camping and it didn’t get greasy at all, although I was happy to get a hot shower after that. I don’t think I’ll ever use shampoo or conditioner again, and I’ve converted to Dr. Bronner’s castile soap for bathing too, just to be even more chemical-free.

CH

And I thought I was the only wierdo in the country that washed my hair with bar soap. Several years ago I was having problems with dandruff and dry flakey skin on my forehead, so I sent off for some bar shampoo. It looked just like a bar of soap so when I used it up I started washing my hair with (cheaper) bar Ivory. Most bar “soap” and (as far as I know) ALL liquid “soap” is actually detergent (sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate). It cuts grease nicely, but it is hard on skin and I don’t believe that it is as good at killing germs as soap. Real soap is better at stopping underarm odor. My skin improved, esp. when I started taking vitamin E, but that’s another story. Vinegar (half white vinegar and half water, in a washed out ketchup squeeze bottle) washes out the soap scum caused by our hard water and makes my long hair easy to brush. I wash it in the sink once or twice a week, oftener if my allergies kick up, less often if I am real busy.

Allison

I went no ‘poo for eight months starting last year in December… just baking soda and vinegar about twice a week. It was fantastic, until I moved to a place with really hard water, which pretty much ruins the baking soda’s ability to clean your hair. Whenever I went to visit my parents, I washed my hair (with baking soda) and it was incredible again, even though it failed when I was at home. I used a flaxseed wash for a while, but then in preparation for my wedding last September, started using paraben/sls free shampoo & conditioner.

Now that my giant bottles of that shampoo and conditioner are finally running out and I’ve moved into a new place with hubby, I’m starting no ‘poo again. It’s been a relatively smooth transition so far… my only issue is that I have a short haircut now that I straighten. Hopefully my natural oils will protect my hair from the flat-iron…. I didn’t use any extra products while I was using shampoo and conditioner and it was fine, so we’ll see.

As far as no ‘poo-ers not bathing, I do bathe less than I used to… probably every other day on average. But I use deodorant (homemade stuff, :) ) and use a natural astringent on my face and neck daily. Finally, some corn starch and a kabuki makeup brush do a great job absorbing grease if my hair gets a little bit over greasy between washes.

Oh, finally, (sorry this is such a long post!) if you’re concerned about smelling like a salad, do not fret! Especially if you use raw apple cider vinegar, the smell is gone once your hair is dry (sometimes with Heinz or something it sticks around for a couple of hours). You can also add essential oils (I like lavender!) if you want your hair to have a smell. :)

Rebecca

I went ‘no poo’ with the baking soda method 3 months ago. I was impressed with the results from day 1 – baking soda really does a great job of getting rid of the grease. I used to wash my hair every 48 hours, now it’s every 4 days with the baking soda, or 5 if I can stand a little grease. Perhaps if I had gone cold turkey I would be completely sebum-free now! For me the transition lasted about 2 weeks, and now I am in some other phase where my locks look better for longer. I’m not completely oil free yet but getting there… My partner is using baking soda once a week and has been pretty much since we started this experiment. Men can get away with so much having short hair! To the blog author, I say: go for it!

Tuffy

My daughter started this and I’m going to give this a try. I am just wondering what will happen though as my hair is very dry, and most people complain of their hair getting greasy,so I am curious to see what will happen. I make soap, both bars and liquid. Commercial soaps and shampoos are just detergent and lathering agents. People who say they can’t use soap or are sensitive to soap may have never used real soap, just detergent bars. I wanted to note to the person who said all liquid soap is made with SLS. Not so. Dr. Bonners isn’t and I have made liquid soap with just coconut and sunflower oil — it needs to samponify with potassium hydroxide (pot ash)rather than sodium hyroxide (lye or caustic soda), though.

SS

A well made handmade soap made specifically for hair is a great way to “shampoo” your hair and keep it healthy. Plus, please remember to use an apple cider vinegar rinse about once or twice a month to keep your hair really shiney. Please never use a commercial bar soap or liquid soap on your hair as those are mainly detergents.

JY

This is the first I have heard of the movement, but it makes sense to me. I have 2 small children, and there are times when I either forget to wash their hair, or I let them bathe with me, but I don’t actually bathe them. I have noticed that even if their hair was looking a little oily, and I wash their hair with water only, it looks about the same as with shampoo. And my little girl has sensitive skin and hair, and when I use shampoo, it is harder to brush. Her hair feels so much softer if I only use water. And here I was wondering if I was a bad mommy for only using shampoo every 2-3 days. (Though, honestly, I was worried that bathing with shampoo every day would do more damage than good. I have heard that newborns only need a bath every few days, because they aren’t moving around and getting dirty!)

Channah

In reply to the comment about hard water: I have heard that if you add baking soda to boiling water, and use that as your baking soda wash, it will work. I tried it, and I think it worked for me, but I am unconfident about my ability to judge these things.

JoAnna

I stopped using traditional shampoos about 2 years ago and switched to water and vinegar. I am very happy with how healthy my hair feels compared to using styling products with chemicals. I also bathe with a locally homemade bar soap that is made from olive oil and use an abrasive wash clothe I bought at walmart which cleans well and leaves my skin heavenly. After I bathe I put olive oil all over my damp skin (including my face) and my skin stays soft for up to 2 days without needing any lotion. It doesn’t leave your skin oily, it takes some time to soak in but you don’t have to apply a lot. I also use natural deodorant, the rock salt kind. After I started this natural method all over, people compliment me all the time on how great my skin looks and how soft my skin and hair is. If my hair gets dry feeling in the winter I will make a mask from avocados, egg, and olive oil, leave in for 15 minutes and wash. Stylists have told me my hair is very healthy. I think this is the correct way to go. I have done a lot of reading about this stuff online and a lot of older women (80 yrs +) have healthy skin and hair from using these methods their entire lives. I also save loads of money every year because olive oil, rock salt, baking soda, and vinegar can last a very long time. I don’t waste my money on any chemical based stuff. I recommend this to everyone.

Victoria

Four months ago,I started using baking soda and water to wash my hair and body. I use a plastic cup like what you’d get soup-to-go in from a Chinese restaurant. lol. I put one cup of baking soda in and put enough water to make it like a silt consistency. Then I scoop a handful out and start massaging my scalp with it. Once I’ve scrubbed my scalp,I flip my head over and rub the length of my hair between my hands. Then I also scrub my body with the baking soda “silt.” Next,I rinse with clear vinegar. I use a quart mason jar, fill with vinegar about 1/4 of the way and then fill the jar with warm water. After rinsing the baking soda out of my hair, I pour the vinegar water over my scalp and hair.

I’m very pleased with the results. I no longer have to wash my hair every other day. It’s been four days since I last washed it and it feels and looks fine. It is also a lot more manageable and I’ve noticed I that I haven’t been plagued with static electricity hair this winter. I don’t notice a vinegar smell unless I’m working out and my head starts sweating.

Another interesting development occurred about two months after switching to baking soda and vinegar to wash body and hair. I have a mole under by left arm just along my bra strap that was brown and raised and about the size of a pencil eraser. It started to itch and scale up and bleed a little. I think the bleeding was due to the bra-strap. Well, it is mostly gone!! I searched online and discovered that both baking soda and vinegar are used to remove moles and warts!!

Every morning, I drink 8 oz. of warm water with a tsp of raw, unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp of raw honey, so that might be contributing to the detox as well.

@JoAnna: I too use a conditioning mask on my hair that consists of avocado, mayonnaise and a slice of aloe vera. My hair is very long, down the middle of my back, and my hair stylist also raves about my hair being so healthy for my age (52) and how I lose so little when she combs it out. I put coconut oil on my skin per my Naturopathic Doctor’s suggestion. Works for me. =)

Anyway, all this to say, I LOVE how much money I’m saving using the baking soda and vinegar, and especially pleased with the results.

P.S. I LOVE THIS BLOG!! Been reading through it for the last several hours. What a blessing you are, Shirley. Keep up the good work!

Gill

I’ve just started this whole ‘No Poo’ thing, and I’m started on a bit of a whim. My boyfriend stumbled a page that showed a girl who had done this, she never used shampoo anymore and now her hair is beautiful! I’ve always had flat, limp hair that will occasionally flip up at random parts and generally isn’t all that great. I used to wash and condition every other day, and now I’ve gone cold turkey. So far: my hair is becoming very greasy! Mind you, I’ve only been rinsing with water, which is why I’m online looking for the ‘proper’ way to do this. I may try the baking soda, since my hair is naturally more greasy and I may need a weaning period before I go completely ‘poo-less’. However, I can honestly say that my hair feels a little thicker, it’s not getting as tangled as it used to when it was so fine which is a miracle! I didn’t even blow it dry today and my fingers are running easily through it. It’s not quite that heavy greasy feeling I used to get, it’s more of a feeling that my hair is gaining ‘body’ so it’s not as fragile and temperamental. I’m very excited about it! I’m going to try the baking soda to try and keep myself presentable (although I am a student, so I only have to be presentable to my profs, and they generally don’t care that much).

Lel

Baking soda can be hard on scalp and skin, and being alkaline, it mixes with the scalp’s natural oils to form a very organic “soap”. So it’s still stripping oils. A milder wash, which gives beautiful results, is to rub a raw egg yolk into the oily parts of your hair/scalp. The egg yolk acts as an emulsifier, and clears away excess oils by breaking then into tiny bubbles and encapsulating them. Warm water washes it all away, and your hair will be REALLY shiny, and feel marvelous. Shampoo and conditioner have never made my hair look as good as raw egg yolk has. And don’t forget to brush 100 strokes with a natural bristle brush, every night. This stimulates the scalp, removes dust and distributes the natural oils. I’ve been shampoo-free for only a couple of months but have not used baking powder. A really good massage under the shower every day, and an egg yolk every couple of weeks has been good enough (with some serious brushing at night).

(The egg yolk doesn’t leave any smell behind. Be careful to remove as much egg white as possible when you separate the egg because the white is stringy and might not rinse out as easily, and don’t rinse in very hot water in case you cook the egg.)

Lel

Oops. Correction of previous post. I said I hadn’t used baking powder – well, I haven’t, but I haven’t used baking SODA either, which is more to the point.

Here’s a tip for a nice body scrub – a good cold pressed oil – olive or macadamia, say, mixed with enough brown sugar to make a wet sort of paste. You can use it all over. As you scrub it in, water disolves the sugar crystals so it’s not too rough, and the oil cleanses and leaves your skin soft.

Do try the egg wash. You’ll love the results. Just rub it through wet hair, leave for 15 seconds, rinse out.

Mairead

I’m in my fist week of the “no-shampoo” method, and I’m pretty happy. I started this method on a whim because I swam one day and, since I had shampooed my hair only the night before, I didn’t want to dry my hair out by washing it again. I simply rinsed with water and conditioned (with my normal conditioner–I have to buy some apple cider vinegar).
My naturally wavy hair stayed lovely for almost a week; I decided to rinse it with water again yesterday. I’m noticing a little grease, but it’s not weighing my hair down. Next time I rinse, I suppose I’ll use the baking soda concoction.

One question, though–if I stick with the “no-shampoo” method, what do I do when I next go to the hairdresser? She usually shampoos and conditions my hair–and then practically saturates it with products. Would one day of shampooing and product…ing…upset the “natural balance” my non-shampooed hair has achieved? Or should I kindly let my hairdresser know that I’ve gone au naturel?

CH

If there is a question about shampoo, I think looking back in history provides some great answers to shampooing in general. Look at how women were advertised to in the 1940′s about shampooing more often (every 2weeks) and look at us now. I don’t recall there being a big scare about cleanliness and health in the 1940′s due to us not washing our hair enough. Think about how older women (like my grandma) get their hair done once a week. Ever wonder why? I thought it was because as we age we don’t need to shampoo as much, but I think now, that perhaps our grandparents are doing what they have always done in the past.

Petalla

I’ve been “no-poo” (I put it in quotes because it truly is an awful name for the process) for quite some time now. I’m mostly water only, but once a month (or sometimes longer) I do a baking soda rinse, followed by an apple cider rinse (I use less than a teaspoon for each, mixed with filtered water). I do have hard water, but I have a filter in one of my sinks. I also use that for rinsing my hair after the treatments (which are less than thirty seconds each). I use a spray bottle for each of the mixes.

It truly is fantastic, and for those of you just starting, hang in there! Yes, for some of you, your hair may be a grease pit for a bit (different times for different people), and for some, you may find you have some dandruff (try using cool/cold water in final rinse instead of hot/warm!). Hot and warm water will dry out your hair.
As some people have mentioned, there are other alternatives as well (eggs, coconut oil, jojoba oil, herbal infusion rinses, water only, conditioner only…). Good luck, and stick with it!

Petalla

Apple cider vinegar rinse–not apple cider rinse. I also forgot to say that there was also someone who commented about lemon juice–it is also one of the many alternatives. And, the vinegar does not smell after it is dry. However, if do re-wet your hair, or it gets damp in the rain, or go swimming…(you get the picture) it will “reactivate” the vinegar, and it will smell once again.

Aida

Hi,

I actually rarely use shampoo to wash my hair. In fact, I wash my hair once every two weeks (with shampoo and conditioner) and if I go to the pool or beach. I rarely wash it after the gym or dance lessons either. In fact my hair takes weeks (and I mean close to a month) to get relatively oily (what some people get after 3 days without washing). And I think in part its because, I use shampoo so sporadically.

susan

I went ‘no-poo’ 2 1/2 years ago and totally love it. I had a 10 day adjustment period but no problems since. If the soda is too drying, try adding an equal amount of brown sugar or a little honey. I use Dr bronners for bodywash. And I use the vinegar and water rinse all over! Awesome way to take care of your hair and skin! Also – try using coconut or olive oil on your skin ….

beckaflo

I haven’t used shampoo going on eleven weeks now, hair smells,feels, and looks better than ever before. Nice to see others doing the same.

Dee

I gave up shampoo over six years ago as part of the curly girl routine. It’s a book put out by Lorraine Massey. In it, the exact routine is spelled out. I wash my hair using only a light conditioner every couple of days. Every two weeks or so I do a baking soda or brown sugar scrub. And about once a week I do an intensive conditioning. I never brush my hair, though sometimes I may comb through the conditioner with a very wide tooth comb. Once I use my product (I use about one teaspoon of gel in my hair) I don’t touch my hair again. I wrap it in a t-shirt to get the water out, then I let it dry naturally but I never touch it after the gel. I may shake my head to get any crunchiness out, but nothing more. My hair is beautiful. It took me many months to finally give up the shampoos. I love chemicals. They smell so good. But once I made the commitment, and saw the results, it was worth the sacrifice of fragrance.

TG

Well, I feel I can join the comment section on this subject now that I have been “no poo” for 6 months now! I will be honest, it is not an easy transition, at least it wasn’t for me. It’s not convenient and it does take longer on the days I wash (no poo) my hair. I have long, thick red hair. It was, yes was, very frizzy and dull. I used to use so many chemicals on my hair just to get it to tame down; shampoo, conditioner, mosse, serim, hot oil, hair spray… whatever I could get my hands on that I thought would help. I came accross the “no poo” method online. It sounded gross!! No Shampoo????? Well, I can tell you my hair and scalp has never felt so clean. I do my “no poo” wash about every 4 days. I used to wash my hair daily, it was so dry and frizzy. However, I only really started to love my hair in the past few weeks. It took my hair 6 months to adjust! But now my hair is shiny again! I still use a curling iron though. I want soft smoothe curls and heat is the only way to get them. I did learn a trick for the smell. I do a final rinse on my hair with tea, rasberry, lemon, whatever fragrance I like, after the apple cider, I can’t stand the smell of that stuff in my hair! But the tea works great! Good luck!!

Rina

After reading so much about people who have gone without using shampoo I decided to give the baking soda and vinegar water rinse a try. I just came back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February and realized that I went 8 days without doing anything to my hair at all except brush and go. I am now on day 27 of no poo and I think I would have to say I am done with commercial shampoo and conditioners. Although my hair was slightly greasy the first 2 weeks, it seems to be becoming less and less greasy. I’ve been doing the baking soda twice a week with the vinegar rinse every other day…..Works great and I don’t see myself turning back now!!

Dee

I think that the biggest problem with folks who decide to go “no poo” is that they think it means you simply stop washing your hair. While that may work for some, it doesn’t work for many. Research is needed as to the best approach for your hair type. I’m a naturally curly girl, and I follow the curly girl method by Lorraine Massey, too. I use a silicone free conditioner to clean my hair every three days. I also use it as a leave in. And I use the baking soda and vinegar once every two weeks to get rid of any product buildup. I use a silicone free curling gel daily and some coconut oil every other day, before bed every other night. The baking soda it can be very harsh so you don’t want to use it too often. With the curly girl method, you will go through a few weeks where your hair may actually look worse than it ever has (and at this point many folks give up) but if you stick it out, your hair will calm down. I’ve been poo-less now for over 10 years and I am stopped almost every day by someone who admires the beauty of my curls. The last time I had my hair cut very short, the stylist insisted on keeping my old ponytail to show other customers what the no-poo routine can do for curly hair. But it takes reading up on the matter. If you simply read one thing and try that and only that routine, you may find it isn’t the thing for you. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something that does work for you. You just have to figure out what that something is.

coley

I just started ‘no poo’ on Sunday by using a baking soda shampoo and ACV rinse.. its now Tuesday and my hair is quite greasy BUT my natural curl has already been enhanced and I’m not losing as much hair in the shower. Reading your lady’s comments has me so excited to see the end results.. THANKS so MUCH for your help :)

magan

Close to 10 years no shampoo. My hair was always very limp and streight, for years I thought I couldn’t live without the Perm. About 10 years ago my hairdresser pointed out that I should change my hairstyle and try natural well cut short hair. I did, but used a ton of hairspray to keep it decent. At around same time I read on Australian website many many women discussing their experience with not using shampoo, they washed their hair about once a week with only hot water. Result was that after a while, hair returned to their natural (without the chemicals) state and improved greatly. I stopped using shampoo and my hair stopped being limp and even had some body like never before. I could just wash it, scrunch it when drying in room temperature and it turned healthy and great looking (good quality haircut is needed, of course). Due to cultural outlooks of many people, I do not discuss this with anyone, except my spouse, who would tell me if there would be any problem with it. All is well. There are a few important points for success. Soft water is very important. We have a water softener in the house. I use reasonably hot water through hand held shower head. I do not use anything else. Another very imporant point is what do you dry your hair with. I have a few small microfiber cloths and they work the best, no towel can compare.
I have a second residence on different continent, I don’t have a water softener there and water is definitely harder. Good results are not lasting “for ever” like in first residence and after few weeks I have to start washing my hair with water softened with baking soda. I use same microfiber cloths to dry my hair with. It is still doable with hard water, but you have to soften it (rain water would probably work too). So, please note that water and what you dry your hair with really makes a difference. That is probably why some people find change to no shampoo so great and others more difficult. Those who do, can try again with soft water and microfiber cloth. Those women, who think that they have to wash their hair every day and with shampoo are brainwashed by the companies who make hair products. More you use it, more you need it. That is trick of their marketing. Good luck in giving your hair new health.

Sally

My sister sent me a link about the no poo movement. Sounded nutty to me but I’m an enthusiast about using fewer/no chemicals since battling cancer 8 years ago. I started while on a business trip: just rinsed my hair well with warm water. It’s short and looked/felt fine. When I returned home, I transitioned to baking soda paste (with a drop of tea tree oil) about once a week with the ACV rinse. AWESOME hair! I still rinse with warm water if it needs it in between. I will never go back to shampoo: EVER (52 years old and always willing to learn).

I started using baking soda to clean my face, too. I’ve never used makeup and always battled oily T-zone: GONE! No issue. I use the baking soda paste on my body as well. So far, all is well. I use a mineral salt stick in place of deodorant. I’m almost chemical free on the outside now – and loving it. I still use moisturizer but have beeswax recipes I’ll try next.