A Natural Challenge: Going No Poo

by Chrystal Johnson on June 20, 2013

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Welcome to the June 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: A Natural Challenge.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members took 1-2 weeks to explore a natural practice that they had yet to try. Today, they’re going to tell you about their experience! Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration to try something new on one or more of the posts.


no-pooNo poo. The first time I heard it, I was like really, who would put “poo” in their hair to begin with? Isn’t everyone “no poo” when it comes to their hair? Then I quickly realized that no poo meant no shampoo.

I didn’t understand how someone could stop shampooing their hair – it would be a greasy mess, right? So I started looking around and found out that you didn’t stop cleansing your hair, you just stop using conventional shampoo.

With the no poo method, you cleanse your hair with 1 tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water and then rinse it with 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water. Some people use different proportions, but this is the basic recipe.

After a brief discussion about no poo-ing on my Facebook page, I decided to give it a try since I was out of shampoo anyhow and I had baking soda and vinegar in my cabinet.

The first time I no poo’d my hair, I was surprised by how clean it felt. I went 4 days before no poo-ing again. I did this four times in a row and, while it felt great the first few times, by the fourth try my hair was actually feeling pretty dry. I have dry skin and hair naturally, but I didn’t like the way the ends of my hair were feeling.

I was going to check out this no poo troubleshooting post over at The Pistachio Project to see if I could figure out what was going on. But that same day I got a shipment from Acure Organics that included shampoo and conditioner.

So, I wimped out and used the shampoo and conditioner and fell in love with it. Maybe after I run out of shampoo and conditioner again, I’ll give it another try.

Have you ever no poo’d your hair? What was your experience like?


Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!

Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

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