Shampoo free that is! Anthony is telling me I’ve been embracing my “inner hippie” more and more these days, so why not try to give up shampoo??
If you haven’t head (which would seriously surprise me), the no-poo hair washing method is about giving up traditional shampoos and conditioners completely. Most people use the baking soda followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse method, but I’ve also learned there is a water only method and natural bar shampoos that can be used as well.
Don’t mind the no makeup selfie… This picture was taken 12/20, my first “no poo” shower. I rubbed baking soda into a paste and massaged it into my scalp, then rinsed with water. I filled a mason jar with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, some lavender essential oil (acv stinks, yo!), and filled the rest of the jar with water. This was my “conditioner rinse”. I used a bit of coconut oil in my hair after the shower since I typically use some sort of oil product in my hair post-shower.
My hair doesn’t look too bad, but it’s not as squeaky clean as the bottled shampoo gets it.
12/22- I used the same method mentioned above.
12/25- I’m visiting Anthony’s family in Michigan this day. Crap, no baking soda… Time to test out the water only method!
At this point I am now experiencing the “adjustment period” I have read about. My hair is greasy. It looks gross. Ponytails, braids, and buns are my only hope right now.
12/27- baking soda paste and acv rinse again. Looks much better than after the water only rinse!
I have now discovered that baking soda can be extremely drying and shouldn’t be used on such a regular basis… Oops. So I bought a shampoo bar.
This is me pre shower. The roots are still transitioning/greasy, but the ends feel super soft. HOWEVER, my scalp itches and I’m flaky… 🙁 I decided to do a water rinse today.
I’m told this transition/grease ball period can take anywhere from several weeks to months. Months?!?!?
But I’m also told that the payout at the end is super worth it in the form of beyond soft, low maintenance, fast growing, not greasy hair. Until then you’ll find me with my hair in a bun, braid, or pony tail…
Stay tuned, my friends.