Most of you know that I started using the “no poo” method on my hair about two months ago. If you don’t know, here’s a little insider scoop (if you do know about the no poo method skip to the next paragraph). The no poo method means you give up shampoo. I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash my hair. I bought two travel sized bottles. In one I will add about 1/2 tbsp baking soda (use a funnel to get the B.S. in the bottle) and fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. I’ve heard using a spray bottle makes it easier to distribute the B.S. onto your scalp. For the ACV, I add about 4 capfuls (I have A LOT of hair, change accordingly), 4 drops lavender oil, 3 drops peppermint oil, and fill the bottle with water. Use a comb in the shower to distribute both effectively throughout hair. I only use the B.S. once a week and ACV twice a week. It really depends on your hair type so find what works for you. For super dry hair you want to reduce the B.S. amount and increase the ACV. Also, do coconut oil masks once a week. I will talk about this more in a second…
The past two months I have loved what the no poo method has done for my hair. It’s super inexpensive. My hair doesn’t feel weighed down by chemicals and dirt, as the B.S. does an incredible job cleaning the hair. But it REALLY cleans your hair, leaving it completely stripped and the cuticles open, so the vinegar is important in closing the cuticle back up to protect your hair. It’s also a great conditioner and provides shine. But it STINKS.
So I’ve adapted.
1. Now I add essential oils into the ACV and the smell is totally fine. I add about 4 drops lavender and 3 drops peppermint oil.
2. I learned that with drier hair you can reduce the B.S. amount or even eliminate using it sometimes. I only use the B.S. once a week on my hair or if it’s not dirty, I won’t use it. Remember: my hair is completely stripped of chemicals and I don’t use products on my hair, so when I water wash every other day the dirt that does build up washes out almost perfectly fine with just water.
3. Another thing I’ve noticed is that if I’m being lazy with washing out my hair my scalp will get a bit irritated from the B.S., so make sure you are washing it out REALLY well.
4. DEEP CONDITIONING IS IMPORTANT. I always tell myself that I’ll do a coconut oil mask once a week but I never get around to it. Even though the health of my hair has improved it is still a bit dry. But my hair has always been super dry, it’s THICK THICK THICK and curly. So I’ll be doing a coconut oil mask the night before I clean my hair with the B.S. I’ll let ya know how that helps!
5. Get a funnel to add the baking soda into the travel size bottle or it will go everywhere. Use a comb when distributing the B.S. and ACV in your hair. And consider purchasing a small spray bottle as this may be an easier way to get the B.S. all over the scalp.
So this is what I’ve learned so far from the past two months with the no poo method! It takes trial and error to configure this method for your specific hair type. Don’t give up! Oily hair? Use more B.S. Dry hair? Use less. You have to keep experimenting! Also, keep in mind that not everything works for everyone. It may not be right for you, but give it a few weeks before you give up. Some people need time to “transition”, as your hair may be in shock by this method. I never used a lot of products or store brand shampoos (always been allergic to sulfates) so my hair did not have this transition. There are a ton of different sources on the internet to learn about no poo, so do your research!
As always, feel free to comment or email me with any questions. 🙂