The No 'Poo Method: How to Wash Your Hair WithOUT Shampoo!

No, I'm not talking about your bowels. In fact, if there was "no poo" you'd have real problems and you should probably get that checked out. What I'm talking about is shamPOO, or a lack thereof. It's a real thing, I promise. There is an entire website about it and a Facebook Group dedicated to it. I'm giving you some real info that will change your life. Change your life, I say!!

No Poo Method

I know you're thinking "Ew! You don't wash your hair?!" But I do wash my hair, just not with shampoo. There's a lot of logic to this, I promise you. I didn't just decide one day that I was going to quit bathing. After one time of trying No Poo, I never looked back. It is SO much better for your hair and SO much more cost effective.


Most of you are thinking "My hair is way too greasy to stop using shampoo" but it is actually because of your shampoo that you have oily hair. No really, hear me out on this. Your hair produces natural oils. Your hair needs these natural oils to be healthy. If you're washing your hair with shampoo, that shampoo is stripping your hair of those natural oils. Your hair then produces those oils in double time to replace what you keep stripping. The more you strip, the more it produces. So basically, the more you wash your hair (with shampoo), the more you need to. Does that make sense?


And take a guess at why we all use conditioner. That shampoo is robbing your hair of it's natural oils and the moisture it needs so we all use conditioner to try to put some of it back into our hair. I imagine your hair washing cycle is something like mine was. You wash and condition your hair and when it dries it's a giant frizzy mess. That's because no amount of conditioner can make up for what you're taking out. Your hair frizzes because it's reaching up to find moisture in the air. Bet you didn't know that did you? Then in less than 24 hours, it's oily as can be and is just dying to be washed again. We go back and forth between the 2 extremes. The No Poo Method regulates those extremes and keeps your hair looking healthy the way it was meant to be. And did I mention I'm only washing my hair every 3-4 days? Just envision that!
With the No Poo method you are still removing product build up and all of the elements that might find their way into your hair like smoke, dust etc. Your hair is as clean as a shampoo wash but without the damage.  Coming out of the shower my hair looks healthy and conditioned with no frizz and it stays this way for days. I said DAYS! Are you sold yet? Good.
All you need is baking soda, vinegar and water. That's it. No funny concoctions.

No Poo Method

 I use the baking soda straight up but I like to transfer it from that cardboard box to a water tight container so I can store it in the bathroom and it's not getting wet and clumping before I'm ready to use it. With the apple cider vinegar, I mix 2 tbsp per cup of water in a spray bottle.

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly.
  2. Put a tbsp of baking soda in your hand. (just eyeball it, it's not science) Your hand should already be wet and the baking soda should start to dissolve.
  3. Push the baking soda toward your fingertips and massage it into your scalp. Thoroughly work the baking soda into your roots. I have a lot of hair so I have to periodically get more baking soda. Make sure you keep the mixture at the roots.
  4. Let this set in your hair for a minute or so. I like to wash my face or body while it sets. 
  5. The mixture should no longer feel gritty. If it is not "slippery" feeling, try working it through with your fingertips a little more or letting it set for just a little longer. Once you get that "slippery" feeling, rinse. Thoroughly. Ever made a volcano? You do NOT want to mix the baking soda with the vinegar.
  6. After it is rinsed, spray in your apple cider vinegar. Focus on the length of your hair, you don't need this on your roots. (It will smell like you're dying Easter eggs while it's in your hair but there will be no smell at all once you rinse.)
  7. Rinse! Again, thoroughly.


There is a little trial and error in the beginning with this method. Everyone's hair is different and you will learn whether you need more or less baking soda/vinegar. If your hair feels a little dry, use less baking soda and more vinegar and vise versa. Just as your hair has become trained to produce more oils while washing with shampoo, it will have to become trained to producing less with this method. There is a transition period. For me, it was just 2 washes (6 days) but that's something to take into account when making the switch. 
I think it would also be good to let you know that I frequently dye my hair. We're talking every 4 weeks on the nose because I have some awful greys up in here, girl. But this has not caused my hair color to fade any quicker. In fact, my hair is shinier and my color appears more vibrant. So fear not if you're also a hair dyer, this method will not hurt your gorgeous color.

I still have plenty of split ends but that's because I haven't had my hair cut in 3 years (yeah, you read that right). That's a whole other post for another day. But it looks worlds better than it did, I just didn't have the foresight to take a 'before' picture. It also cut out my need for any mousse/gel/hairspray or frizz serum. Those curls have no product in them whatsoever. Another way to save money.. Ch-ching!

I know this seems so contrary to everything you've been told your entire life and there is always lots of questions to be asked before diving into something like this. Please, please ask away. I will be happy to help you through your shampoo withdrawals. I'll be like your shampoo's anonymous sponsor. Happy (no) pooing!

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