Losing the ‘Poo

UPDATE ::  Not all baking sodas are created equal. More info at the bottom.

That’s right, I am no longer shampooing my hair.  I am sure you have heard about this since it seems to be all the rage. And I’m not gonna lie, I am LOVING it.

I heard about this almost a year ago. I was intrigued, but never tried it.


I was with a group of friends back in April and we were talking hair. I was sharing my frustration because my hair had become so dull and lifeless. I had tried several shampoos, yet nothing seemed to make my hair shiny or make it feel like it had more body.

So I again Googled “no more shampoo”.  I then forwarded my info on to my friend and we both began the no shampoo.

For the first week I still had to use product in my hair after I “shampooed” with baking soda. My hair still was dry and fly away hair. By week 2 I didn’t have to use any product in my hair at all. I do have to straighten my hair when I wash it because it has an annoying ugly curl. I tried to let it go, but there is not enough curl in it.

My hair is shiny and it does have more body than before. I am now 5 months in and I will never go back to actual shampoo. There have been a few occasions where I ran out of my baking soda mixture and grabbed shampoo because I had worked out and I was sweaty and gross.  I regretted it each time. My hair instantly felt heavy and limp again.

This is great for traveling because you can just throw baking soda in a baggy and add it to water when you get to your destination.

Why You Should Consider This ::

Shampoos and conditioners are full of chemicals. They are made to strip your hair of product, but they also just strip your hair. Like I said before, I am no longer needing other products, so now there is nothing to strip anything.

It’s cheaper. Even if you can get shampoo for under $1, this is still cheaper. I have products that I purchased for 25¢ and I won’t even be using those.

What’s the harm? That was my thought. I would at least try it and if I liked it I would report in with all of you. Well, I am reporting in, just like hundreds of other bloggers. We all like it. We are all happy with the results and we like our hair even better.

How To “Wash” Your Hair Now ::

1-2 Tbls. of baking soda mixed with 8oz of water. This will be enough to last you for at least a week. Mess around with the amounts. I like mine with a little more baking soda.

For the conditioner use 1-2 tbls. apple cider vinegar also with 8oz of water. Use this just on your hair and not on your roots. It will make your hair greasy if you use it on your roots. The apple cider vinegar works a a detangler, so if you don’t need it for that you can even skip it as I have.

You need to give yourself at least 5-6 weeks to work through the greasy phase. Your hair is being striped daily when you put chemicals on it. So it’s producing extra oil to keep it healthy. Once you stop striping it, it does take awhile for your body to know to stop producing extra oil, but it will.

Not only is it good for your hair, but it’s also great for your budget. I bought a huge bag of baking soda from Costco for around $5.

Anyone else tried it?

Here are other uses for apple cider vinegar if you decide not to use it in your hair. Using it as deodorant or getting rid of cold sores.

UPDATE :: Not all baking sodas are created equal ::

  • If you are trying this and its just not working use less baking soda in your mix.
  • I have also found that only Arm and Hammer works for me.
  • And only the small boxes not the Costco container.
  • Trader Joe’s also does NOT work for me.
  • Your hair should feel light healthy, not heavy and thick. It will become greasy way too fast if it’s like that.

Want more information? Check out Simple Mom. I like the way she laid it out and even she even includes some extra tips.




  1. Not the baking soda, but vinegar is a great after wash conditioner. We even use it in the wash.

  2. 3wildboysmom says

    I tried this for two weeks. My hair is very thin and fine. It just felt gritty and dirty. I gave up after two weeks. It never got better and couldn’t stand it any longer.

  3. Yes, I have tried this. As with all things, no one solution fits all people – for those like me with very oily skin and scalp, no matter how long you wait for your body to stop producing extra oil, your scalp will still be greasy. Not only that, but the scent of the hair is awful. As in, “Dear, I simply can’t get close to you – the scent is too nasty!” I tried this method with my skin too, stopping the use of cleansers. It was fine at first, but soon the overproduction of oil caught up with my skin and the pores began to clog and break out.

    Vinegar should only be used as an occasional rinse. The reason it is used as a rinse is to clarify (remove) excess oils and products from the hair. I have used apple cider vinegar RINSES for my brunette hair and it does a great job of making my hair shiny and sparkly.

    I wish I could go shampoo free but for the way I was created, unfortunately I’m an oil machine. For my fellow oil maidens out there – don’t feel badly; oily skin ages very well. : )

  4. Well said Melissa. It’s true, it’s not for everyone, but good for you for trying.

  5. Well, I’ve been doing the no shampoo thing for over 3 years now and my hair has never looked better. But it did take me some time to come up with a system that worked for me. I actually use citric acid instead of vinegar because I can’t stand the vinegar smell. Plus, I need to use a fairly high concentration of acid. I think the amount of acidity required is somewhat dependent on both your hair and the ph of the water in your area. We have very hard water, so more acid is required.

    I’ve never had any problems with the acidic rinse making my hair greasy. In fact, I actually use a bit of jojoba oil after the rinse because otherwise my ends got too dry. I also have a system of combing my hair while it has the citric acid rinse on it. You’d be AMAZED at the amount of gunk that comes out in the comb! It really helps to keep my hair from getting build up and feeling weighted down.

    Anyhow, at this point I only have to wash it twice a week, there’s no frizz, the ends curl nicely all by themselves and I am one happy camper!

    Best of luck in your “no poo” travels!


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