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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. 


NO POO! 

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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bustybee
by Buzz Lightyear on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

oddly enough that doesn't bother me

Gwynyth
by Bronze Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Can you tell me what the mix/ recipe is?

Quoting cjsix:

 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.


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I'd be willing to try it

I know that if I go more than 2 days without washing my hair my scalp starts to get sore...does this happen with the no-poo routine?

addyangel
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM
I'd like to know exactly what you are doing...
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Peanut0110
by Bronze Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

I want to see the pics!! 

Gwynyth
by Bronze Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

How do you mix it? What's the recipe???

Quoting mama_2_jasper:

I'm starting that too. I'm Down to once a week vinegar and baking soda rinse. I love the way my hair is feeling though! And my head isn't full if knots.


laineysmum
by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:06 AM
It smells like clean hair :)

I shower daily and vigorously scrub my scalp and rinse it well. My hair is cleaned, but I don't use anything but water to do so.


Quoting 428pm:

i couldnt do it, my scalp hurts if I go longer than 3 days.  Does your hair smell?

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NollynsMommy14
by Bronze Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM

I have my license in cosmetology and went o a pretty kick butt school for aveda. I am sorry but this has no credibility, yes I used to go one week without washing because my hair was lightened..  the pours on my hair strand were fried and soaked in that much needed oil my scalp was producing.I have been Brunette for several years now and my hair is extremely healthy, I have to wash mine every two days. I used to go three with highlights. Again because your hair becomes poures when lightened (or some people have naturally poures hair) But it really depends on the person. The thickness of the hair, how much oil that particular person produces on their scalp etc. sounds like an old wives tail. Just like that incredibly hilarious lie that if you cut your hair it grows faster. Negative. 


(I am in no way shape or form backing my text up with attitude, I just want to inform with hair structure facts, what happens with one persons scalp/hair is different from anothers)

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? 


cjsix
by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

 There isn't really one,at least for me.

I have a 32oz water bottle with a pop top on it and put maybe 2-3 inches of apple cider vinegar in it and fill the rest with warm water from the shower and then once my hair is thoroughly wet pour(squirt) it throughout my hair and message the same as if I was using shampoo,then rinse well.

For the baking soda I put about 2-3 inches in the bottom of a narrow 24 oz glass and fill with water,swirl,pour over hair(wet first with the shower) and keep adding water and pouring over scalp in various area until it is all gone. Then message into scalp same as if shampooing and then rinse well.

Other times I just rinse well with the shower and make sure I get underneath the layers well and message as I rinse.

My hair is not all slippery and smooth when I am done like when using shampoo and conditioner but,I run a widetooth comb through it and once dry it is so soft and feels better. It also stays how I want it better than it use to.

Quoting Gwynyth:

Can you tell me what the mix/ recipe is?

Quoting cjsix:

 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.

 

 

laineysmum
by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:17 AM
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Sorry sorry ladies, hubs got home from his second job an hour early and needs food and deserves attention before his bedtime. I WILL post a photo I took tonight and my no poo journey/recipes in about 45 min, when hubs is in bed. Ill put them in the OP.

Until then, my hair is not dreadlocked but its about 2.5 feet long and curly. It is still soft and smells great and though I do miss that slippery-clean scalp feeling from shampoo, I don't miss the ridiculous triangle shaped white girl Afro it gave me!

Also, to PP who learned in cosmetology school that this is untrue? Why in Gods name would you be trained to teach people to NOT use products?! That's your lifeblood. It's like Catholic schools teaching students that males have fewer ribs than females. What's a little fudging of human anatomy if it helps the bottom line? ;)
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