‘no poo’ hair care

no-poo

It’s ‘no poo’ for no shampoo. 🙂

I’m always amazed at the responses I get when I tell people I don’t use shampoo. Most people assume you need the chemical-filled shampoos to clean your hair. You really don’t.

Now, I will admit, not every method works for every person. I found that using the baking soda and apple cider vinegar alone wasn’t enough, I do still use conditioner on my hair. Some people use just conditioner and some people find that just rubbing their scalp and rinsing with water is enough for them, while others never feel like any of these options are enough for them. In such cases, finding shampoo and conditioner without sodium lauryl sulfatefragrance or parabens may be the solution. Trial and error is the only way to find out, and keep mind, there’s always the transition phase. You need to give it 3-6 weeks to know for sure whether this will work for you.

How to ‘no poo’:

Using a clarifying shampoo before switching is a big help. Your hair should to be stripped of the silicone build-up from the store-bought, chemical-filled shampoos and conditioners. If you don’t, you’ll probably get this weird, icky, globby, oily feeling hair after switching.

'No Poo' Washing
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp baking soda
  2. 1 cups of water (I double the recipe)
Instructions
  1. I have a bottle I use for this that stays in the shower (like shampoo and conditioner would). Put the water in a bottle and add the BS, then shake REALLY well. After wetting your hair in the shower, apply the mixture liberally and rub, focusing on the scalp. Rinse well with water.
Notes
  1. It's pretty important to stick to these ratios, too much baking soda is very drying.
dawnselene http://dawnselene.com/
'No Poo' Conditioning
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Prep Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
recipe 1
  1. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 cups of water (I double the recipe)
  3. recipe 2: (this is my preferred recipe)
  4. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 cups of water
  6. 1 Tbsp honey
  7. 4 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil (or 2 drop of each)
Instructions
  1. You can just rinse the ends of your hair, or you can rinse your entire head with it. I rinse my entire head and let it sit for a minute or three. Rinse well with water.
Notes
  1. I do this a few times a week and every other time, I use sulfate-free conditioner afterward.
  2. (I double the recipe, but I have really thick hair)
dawnselene http://dawnselene.com/
Deep Conditioning
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Ingredients
  1. You can use as little as 1 Tbsp or as much as 1/2 cup, depending on how much hair you have. It's going to vary for each person. I use as much coconut oil as it takes to get through all of my hair evenly.
Instructions
  1. Once a month I like to use EV coconut oil to deep condition my hair. It's amazing! It smells wonderful, feels wonderful and it makes my hair SO soft.
Notes
  1. You can still use hair product (hairspray, hair gel, leave-in conditioner, etc), I do and have no problems with it.
dawnselene http://dawnselene.com/

2 Comments

  1. Chelsea January 25, 2014 11:29 pm

    I was wondering should I be using the entire mixture every time i wash my hair or should i just be using a portion of it, similar to a store bought shampoo?

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    • dawnselene January 26, 2014 2:35 am

      It depends on the thickness and length of your hair. When I first started doing this, I was using the entire portion, but I cut my hair really short and no longer feel like I need all of it. I leave the rest in in my bottles and just use it later.

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