A No Poo Update!

Okay, for all of you asking, and there were a quite a few emails wondering how the “No Poo” was going.  Here is a “No Poo” update.

If you remember, 10 days ago I followed my daughter into a “No Poo” hair care regimen.  No Poo means no more shampoo.  And, even with all the free shampoo I can get my hands on, I thought this might be a solution for me since I have very fine, thin hair.  I was looking for more body since, for the first time in, hmm, in, well, since I was in high school, I wanted to grow my hair out.  I have never been able to do that because once my hair gets to a certain length, I give up because it’s so flyaway.  Well, here is what has happened in the last 10 days.

  • Day 1:  Used only the baking soda and water to wash my hair.
    Result: Cleaned my hair well but left it very dry
  • Day 4: Used only the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
    Result: Not as dry but I honestly didn’t feel like it was clean
  • Day 6: Used the baking soda wash & then the vinegar rinse.
    Result: Loved it and I noticed that my hair had more body to it.
  • Day 9: Same as Day 6
    Result: Just as great as Day 6. Plus the next day, today, my hair was full of body.

I have not had any problems with excess oil.  I’m at the stage right now that I would be scheduling a haircut and I’m not.  So, another benefit to this may just be spending less money on haircuts.

My hair feels great, I have so much more body and I just may get my hair to shoulder length for the first time in 28 years.  Oh, how I hate admitting how many years it’s been since i was 18.

Okay, enough about me.  How have you “No Poo” guys been doing?  Good, bad?

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  • Patti Persia

    I tried this for a few days, but while my hair felt clean my scalp didnt. I am not sure why but it felt very itchy and dry. Then after a few days very oily. I finally had to break down and shampoo.

  • LATANGEE HART

    WITH THE THE NO POO PROCESS I USE OLIVE OIL OR COCONUT OIL WITH THE BAKING SODA AND CONDITIONER. IT HAS WORKED REALLY WELL FOR ME. NOW I AM ALSO DOING CO-WASHINGS, THE BAKING SODA WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR DRY BUT IT LEFT MY HAIR SOOOOO SOFT. WITH WASHING YOUR HAIR WITH BAKING SODA I THINK THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE DONE AS FREQUENTLY AS YOU WOULD WASH WITH A REGULAR SHAMPOO. IT IS LIKE A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO IT HELPS WITH EXCESS BUILD UP.

  • Stacey

    Interesting. I do not shampoo my hair, if I can help it. They contain sulfates and for African American hair it’s drying and upsets the pH. I use washing conditioners to cleanse my hair once or twice a week. I also belong to a hair care forum online and many women there do the baking soda wash and some have moved onto a totally Indian hair regimen, which includes special herbs and coconut oil.

  • Jennifer

    Just curious, do you folks use any styling products on your hair, and if so, does the baking soda seem to wash them out?

  • Brandy

    Where can I find more detailed information about what you are doing? I have fine hair and HAVE to wash it every day or it’s oily too. I’d like to give this a try.

    • Cindy

      It’s pretty simple. If you click on the link in the post there is basic information there.

  • Yesenia

    Yay Cindy! Im glad to hear the no poo routine is going well. 🙂

    I noticed that on the days you just used baking soda or vinegar alone your hair was dry, but on the days you used them together your hair looked great and had body. In the beginning I did one or the other and wasn’t getting many results, but then when I used the baking soda and ACV after the other my hair really looked great. Baking soda really does leave your hair dry. ACV, even as acidic as it is, makes a GREAT deep conditioner.

    Like I mentioned in an earlier comment, I’ve been no-poo for 7 yrs now. You really do save money on haircuts because you don’t get as many split ends. I haven’t cut my hair in 2 years! I chopped it off 2 yrs ago because I wanted a change. It was up to my chin then…now it’s almost up to my waist.

    Thanks for the updating us on the no-poo progress 🙂

  • Yesenia

    @Jennifer – I used styling products on my hair almost every day (gel or styling clay usually) and I find that the baking soda really clarifies your hair…so yes, it does wash out the product. I only do the baking soda and apple cider vinegar routine 1x a week though. About every other day I just wash my hair with conditioner.

    • Hi Yesenia,
      When you say you wash with conditioner do you mean just regular conditioner (suave or something)?

  • Joey

    Hi, I’m new to your site but I LOVE IT. I have a question, a friend of my says she uses her shampoo for laundry. I don’t know how far this is true, but she said she as never have any problem in using it. I just want to find out if that is possible and have u ever try that? Thanks so much.

    • Cindy

      Wow, what an idea. So, I’ve never tried it but it doesn’t seem like a bad idea. I think I’m going to post that question on facebook and see if anyone has tried it. I love using things for something other then what they were intended for. Your friend could be onto something. Let’s see what the response is.

  • ticia

    First two weeks went great. I’m using the DevaCurl No-Poo once a week and washing with CO twice a week. This week….well….doesn’t feel so good. Hopefully this is still just the detox faze and will pass. Really difficult to not reach for the shampoo bottle, but I’m trying to stay strong. 😉

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