No-poo is a slang term for washing your hair without shampoo. You may choose to do it because the ingredients in shampoo can be toxic to you or the environment or just because it leaves your hair more natural and healthy.
To begin, assemble your ingredients. The first few times it is helpful to put everything together out of the shower and bring it in with you. Once you have a routine you can just bring the ingredients and put it together as you bathe.
First timers should start with about a tablespoon of baking soda and enough water to make a watery mixture. Pour it into a small cup or container. Next put about 1 oz of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz cup and fill it up(white vinegar works fine also). When you get in the shower, wet your hair well. Stir the baking soda and water again and apply the baking soda solution to your scalp and massage it in with the tips of your fingers, not the nails (if you have very long nails you might need to scrub with the pads of your fingers, where your fingerprint is). It should not feel gritty. Your hair will soon become slippery and clean feeling. Now rinse well.
Next, carefully pour the vinegar and water over your hair, but not your scalp. I usually tip the cup over my hair just below the hairline on my neck, or just below my ears. I let it stay on my hair for at least a minute – often I use a wide toothed comb during this time. Rinse well and towel dry.
- Water only – massage your hair and rinse without adding a thing
- Vinegar only or conditioner only – choose a good conditioner and check the label for “unknowns”
- Add a teaspoon on conditioner to the baking soda and water mix
- Use lavender essential oil and water in a spray bottle to tame frizzy hair
- Lemon and honey rinse – mix 2 tsp honey and ¼ cup lemon juice in a container with4 cups of water. Apply after washing and leave in
- No poo balls – by MaryLang on mothering.com
- No-poo balls are a lot easier than mixing everything together in the shower. Just mix together baking soda, water, honey, and your essential oils, roll it into about 1/2″- 1″ balls and let them dry for a few days. When ready, bring one into the shower and cup it in your hand, let some water mist over it and work it into your hair.
- Olive Oil hot oil treatment – heat ¼ to ½ cup of olive oil. Apply to your hair but not scalp. Leave it in for up to an hour – cover with a shower cap or bag. When done, wash out with baking soda.
- To counteract dry hair, try a tiny bit of oil (olive, coconut, or jojoba) smoothed on bottom of your hair.
- Frizzy often means dry hair. Try using less baking soda, shorting your washing routine, or washing with baking soda less often. You can try to add honey to the baking soda.
- Greasy hair can be helped by switching to lemon or lime juice. Do not use honey! You might still be adjusting to the no-poo (it often takes 2-3 months). Cornstarch can be added to your roots if they are greasy – massage in a and brush out
- An itchy scalp can be helped by adding tea tree, lavender, or rosemary essential oils to your baking soda mixture. You may also want to add some brown sugar during your wash to help scrub – it shouldn’t dissolve as readily as white sugar.
- For chlorine exposure, try to get your hair really wet before you enter the pool and rinse after with vinegar. A recipe to limit damage after exposure calls for 1 egg, 1 eggshell’s worth of olive oil, and 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber. Blend the ingredients and spread over hair. After leaving it on for about 10 minutes, rinse well.Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse.
Finally, experiment! Each person’s hair will react a bit differently. I find I only have to wash my hair at most once a week, but others might want to wash every 2- 3 days. Try to use less baking soda one day, or add honey, or try lemon juice instead of vinegar. Find what works for you and then spread the word!