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I haven't washed my hair in a few months. *ETA* PHOTO and no poo technique

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Ask me anything! I'll post a photo later...

Okay, I am lazy as fuck so I am just going to C/P a few paragraphs I posted to a local "Beauty" FB group. About 2 months after I posted this, I weaned myself off the baking soda and vinegar completely and now I just rinse my hair really well when I shower. 


Let me preface this by saying I am about the least "crunchy" person you'll meet. I love plastic and convenience and don't believe "the man" is out to destroy our hair, or that shampoo is full of chemicals that are poisoning my children, etc, etc. A lot of the things I have to say with regards to no poo sound "alternative" or "hippie" and I just want to assure you all that I am no patchouli-waving barefooted guitar strummer trying to change your life. I just want to share what fixed my hair. Before/after photos to come. 

So here is the basic rundown on No-Poo. The idea is that our hair has a natural balance of oils to keep it healthy and protected. When we use shampoos that contain foaming agents (look for "sulfate" on the label) that give consumers that "clean" feeling, all of the natural oils are stripped from our hair. In order to be able to style our hair after being stripped, we use conditioners, cremes, serums, and other products in an attempt to recreate the natural oils. Meanwhile, our scalp senses the stripping of the oil, so it goes into overtime creating more in a failed attempt to compensate. THIS is why many women's hair is instantly oily if they go a day or more (or even LESS) without shampooing. Sometimes our scalps give up; which is why hair can get SO dry without the addition of commercial hair products. 

No Poo is a process by which regular shampoos and conditioners are replaced by natural alternatives; some advocate going totally "natural" and just "washing" with water (basically giving yourself a scalp massage) but I have been happy with a simple baking soda "wash" and a vinegar "conditioning". Most people use apple cider vinegar; I use white because it's what I had on hand when I started and I just haven't made the switch. 

A word to the wise: No Poo has a 1-3 week "break in" period when your hair will be super oily. This was less intense for me because I'd already switched to Wen; I only had about 3 days of oily hair. But if you are going to do No Poo and want the full benefits, you just have to suffer through a week or so of wearing hats and scarves on your head! The reason for the "break in" period is because your poor scalp is so used to extruding ridiculous amounts of oil to compensate for the sulfates. The best thing you can do for yourself and your hair is to commit to ONE MONTH of No Poo NO MATTER WHAT. If you stick with it, you will be SO happy with the results!

The routine:
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup water. The water should be cloudy; NOT gritty. Slowly pour this mixture on your scalp, rubbing it in and lifting hair to get it all over the scalp. Massage the hair around your scalp until it "feels" clean (you'll know it when you feel it). Rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse. Rinse till you think it's all gone, then rinse one more time. 

Mix tablespoon vinegar with 1 cup water. You can also add a drop or two of lemon juice or essential oil for scent, if you want. Repeat the same process you did with the baking soda, concentrating mostly on the ends of hair. 

I use red plastic Solo cups and estimate my amounts. Theoretically you should be able to gradually reduce the amounts of baking soda and vinegar, but like I say, I haven't done so and am still happy. Your hair will smell strongly of vinegar while it's wet, but as soon as it dries the smell disappears COMPLETELY. I haven't added any scents to my vinegar rinse but I have read that when the vinegar scent fades the essential oil scent will remain. 

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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Now that you mention it, I have heard this before, and would love to wash my hair less because it takes awhile to blow it out and everything, but not washing it for 2 months??? I don't think I could do that.

Quoting Anonymous:

I can go over a week before my hair starts to look or feel oily.

The less you wash the less oil is produced, the less you need to wash.

Quoting Leobaby2007:

Even with some of that spray on dry shampoo, I still have to wash my hair every other day, if not every day. I love the way it feels and looks when it's clean. How can you stand going so long without? 

by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I'm trying to post a photo but my phone is being a fucktard and not letting me email it to myself.. let me try to post it from mobile..

by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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 I have been no poo for 6-9 months and love it! I did the apple cider vinegar all the time at first and it was ok...then I saw a mom say she just rinsed her hair with water some of the time and only used the vinegar and baking soda sometimes,so I started doing that and it is so much better. My hair is thicker,softer,holds a style better and overall looks better. I also have eczema on my scalp that was driving me crazy and now it is finally under control.My hair does not smell bad either, as some have questioned Op about. Another thing I have noticed is my hair is growing faster.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM
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 Me too. The first week was HELL. I need to get a trim the ends are a mess. After my first bs acv wash I saw my mom and the first thing she asked what what I was doing to my hair. She said it has never looked better and has started no poo also.

by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Yeah. Just no for me. Couldn't do it.
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

waiting fot pic

by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM

What are you using instead??? That Wen stuff???

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