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.

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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?

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

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 miranda leigh June 20, 2013 at 5:57 am

when researching homemade shampoos i came across no poo. its a little extreme for me, but i did find a natural recipe with honey that i compromised with!
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2 Kassie @ Going Green with the Grizls June 20, 2013 at 6:00 am

I love that you found that your challenge wasn’t for you. That’s how I felt about swishing cloth diapers.
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3 Brittany Brines June 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

I haven’t tried it with baking soda and vinegar, but I have researched not shampooing as often as it actually dries your hair out and makes it more oily (trying to compensate for being dry), so I will go a week or a tad longer without washing. It may seem gross, but it’s not. I will rinse it, but I don’t wash it. Though I still do use shampoo and conditioner when I do wash it. since my hair is very curly, it helps control the frizz a bit to do this as well.
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4 Amanda
Twitter: AmandaWJenkins
June 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

Pistachio Project is the poster girl for no-poo since she has SUCH cute hair! These days, I no-poo – actually no-wash – a LOT – but it’s not intentional, just the bi-product of a VERY busy life, working from home most days and two small children! I have found my hair is a lot healthier since I put it through so much less nowadays. I’ve been intrigued by this method of cleansing my hair, especially since I’ve stopped highlighting it (very drying) and started using a lot of the “beach girl” salt spray stuff instead of blowdrying. Sounds like you have to make a commitment to a “detox” period to really see results – is this one of those “whole-hog or not at all” type natural living changes?
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5 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
Twitter: PistachioProjec
June 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

Aw, Thanks Amanda.
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6 Jessica Dunn June 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

I’ve thought about trying no poo but my hair is color treated right now and my ends are naturally dry. I’m afraid it would be a mess. I only wash my hair 3 times a week anyway so that helps.

Have you tried un-conditioner? I use avocado as a hair treatment once a month. I also use coconut oil as a conditioning treatment every week.
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7 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
Twitter: PistachioProjec
June 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

Sorry you ended up not liking no ‘poo…at least to the point where you needed to troubleshoot. Hopefully when/if you give it another try you’ll love it. Feel free to ask me any no ‘poo questions. I love getting those emails. :)
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8 Chrystal Johnson June 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

Definitely! Since I’m planning on donating my hair in the next few weeks, I don’t want to risk messing it up. After I cut it off, I may give it another try.

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9 Amber June 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

I was kinda scared of what this post was going to be about! haha! Good one! We’ve tried homemade shampoo so I guess that was “no poo” because of my hubby’s Celiac. It was similar recipe to yours, and he liked it.
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10 Mandi
Twitter: stblessings
June 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I would probably end up stopping too. I’m not good at keeping up with “homemade” recipes for cleansing and cleaning. I’d rather stick to a brand I trust and have them do the work for me, haha!
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11 Green Grandma
Twitter: TheGreenGrandma
June 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

My whole family started no pooing a few years ago and love it. I actually have an entire chapter of my book, Vinegar Fridays, dedicated to no pooing. It takes awhile for your scalp to adjust, but once it does, your hair looks and feels amazing.

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12 Chic Mummy June 21, 2013 at 6:42 am

I keep seeing amazing results for no pooing, but I just keep chickening out! I am still on the hunt for a good organic shampoo and conditioner – I love lemongrass, too, so I’m going to give the Acure Organics one a try.
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13 Marla Russo June 24, 2013 at 1:29 am

So, it’s great that this week long trial is now part of our routine and we loved it so much – but you might be asking yourself – as I did when I first heard of it – why would you want to go Shampoo Free anyways? Well, as with most ‘main-stream’ cosmetics and personal care products shampoos and other hair products are usually chock-full of chemicals that are very dangerous. It’s important to remember that there is no strict regulation around this and even when something is labeled “Natural” or “Organic” sadly sometimes that’s the farthest thing from the truth.
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