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Day 3 – The “No Poo” Method

One quick point that I want to make before I forget:
I have also been trying to switch to washing my hair and body with cool water rather than steamy hot water (which is really hard right now because its a chilly winter!) but I’ve heard its much better for our hair and skin to wash in cool water, and it just makes sense.

So today was another good day, with hair once again looking and feeling quite clean.  It is still feeling a bit fluffy and frizzy, but getting softer by the day.  In addition, after the baking soda today, it was beginning to feel a bit waxy when wet and after the vinegar I could tell that I needed to brush it right away to avoid tangles.  I brought a plastic travel hairbrush into he shower with me and combed it through as I rinsed out the vinegar solution which seemed to work quite well.

Another quick point that I wanted to make since the beginning is that people might be concerned about what happens if you get any of this stuff in the mouth or eyes during the process.  So far I think I’ve gotten both solutions in both places, though just a little bit, and I just try to keep eyes closed throughout and then rinse before I open them.  As for the mouth, if you’ve ever washed your mouth with Baking Soda (like they did in the old days) you will know that it tastes a little salty and is not the worst thing in the world –in fact it will be good for your teeth if you get some in there anyhow!!   Obviously the vinegar tastes much like vinegar but because it is Apple Cider Vinegar (and its also watered down quite a bit) its really not as offensive as we might have imagined, so you don’t have to worry too much about that part.



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Day 2 – The “No-Poo” Method

This is Day 2 of my process.

So far today has been a lot like yesterday except that I used 1 full Tbsp of Baking soda (plus 1 cup warm water) and 1 Tbsp of Cider Vinegar (plus one cup of water) rather than a little less than that each time.  So far so good!

My hair was quite literally “squeaky clean” after the baking soda got rinsed out! Then the vinegar definitely softened things up after that but I immediately came to realize that I will need to find my wide-toothed comb ASAP because my hair is clearly not going to get that strange doll-like silky smoothness when wet anymore the way it did with regular conditioner.  –which is fine, because that always felt pretty unnatural to me, like i was incapable of rinsing all of the product out no matter how long i stayed there..

I stopped brushing my hair a long time ago for two reasons:
1. Because it was such a torturous experience from my childhood
2. Because when i did stop, i realized i really just didnt need to brush it at all and it still wouldn’t ever get tangled (perhaps a gift from God for all of the suffering that i had previously endured…)

But alas!  I shall start again!

Now that it’s dry my hair feels a bit less dry than it did yesterday but still soft and fluffy and it is definitely more shiny and happy looking.  I also took more time to rinse after each application and now it doesn’t smell like vinegar anymore!  (Thank God!)
In fact!  A friend who I ate dinner with said that it smelled really nice, like a good shampoo!   Wahoo!!


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Day 1 — The “No-Poo” Method

Today is Day 1 of my process, although I suppose I technically started preparations as of yesterday.
I went to the store and bought a large bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and a box of Baking Soda.  I also found a glass jar that my step-dad had so fortuitously saved and set aside for me for some reason just a few days before.
(This was my “sign” that the time had come!)

Last night I also cut some aloe from my plant, named Grandma, and used it as a conditioning mask for my hair before I began this whole process (if you don’t have an aloe plant, i would highly recommend that you get one, but more on that later).

Today I took my glass jar to the shower with me and before I got in, I placed a little less than 1Tbsp of Baking soda in it (because I have fairly short hair).  When I got in the shower I filled the jar with a little less than 1cup of warm water and then closed the jar and shook it up.  I poured the liquid over my head in small portions across all different areas and massaged it into my hair and scalp for a few moments before letting it sit.  I counted about a minute, rinsed and then completed the same process with the vinegar only focusing more on the tips of my hair when rubbing it in.

I was a little worried because it felt pretty oily after the baking soda part, but I wondered if maybe I just didn’t use enough.  It felt much silkier after the vinegar though and now that it is dry it feels quite clean, fluffy, and not weighed down with grease at all.  It does smell a little bit like vinegar (not attractive!) but they mentioned that you can add some essential oil to help with that and I’m also wondering if perhaps I did not rinse it entirely well enough.  It does feel a little bit frizzy and dry right now, but still very soft to the touch.


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Trading Baking Soda and Vinegar for Shampoo and Conditioner

Preparations for — The “No-Poo” Method

For a long time now I have been hearing about how many terrible chemicals there are in the shampoos and conditioners that we buy in the store.  Even “Natural” products can be harmful to us as well as to the earth, and I’ve always wanted to see what it would be like to try and give them up.

I am not a vegan, nor a total hippie, but i found a post on the internet entitled “how to give up shampoo without becoming completely disgusting” and this title really sparked my interest, so I’ve decided to give it a whirl.  Not to mention the title “No-Poo Method” definitely gave me a giggle as well…

The basic time-line of this process is as follows:

– Mix 1-2 Tbsp of Baking Soda with 1-2 cups of warm water  (depending on length of hair) and pour over your head, massaging into the hair but focusing on the scalp.  Leave for one minute or so and then rinse.
-Mix 1-2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1-2 cups of warm water and pour over you head, massaging into the hair but focusing on the tips of the hair.  Leave for one minute or so and then rinse.

-Switch to massaging hair and scalp with just water in order for your natural oils to find their own balance without the constant help from Baking Soda and Vinegar.  At this stage you can either just go cold turkey or wean yourself off of the previous regimen and then wash with just water until the desired balance is achieved.
-Throughout this process and especially during this stage, it is highly recommended that you brush the hair regularly in order to remove excess grease.  Baking soda can be added to dry hair occasionally to deal with extra greasy days, but its mostly just a waiting game.

-You may move to a new regimen of using Baking Soda and Vinegar once or twice a week to suit your personal needs.

This all seems very simple to me so I thought I might as well take this opportunity to document the process, for any other “regular people” who are curious, and it was also a good chance for me to get into the habit of blogging.