NO SHAMPOO? NO 'POO GIVEAWAY TOO

Sometime in 2007, I starting using  no shampoo after reading an article online about ladies who had quit using  their ‘poo and were  having wonderful results.  Since then, I have had many people comment about my hair and asking,  ” What do you use on your hair?”   The astonished  look on their faces when I tell them, “I don’t use shampoo” is priceless.

For the longest time, it was a mystery to me and my family about how people in the old days did  such and such, especially washing their hair without modern shampoos. We had watched the PBS series the 1900 House which put a modern day British family into a 19th century setting. The family had to live according to the Victorian amenities of the day.  The teenage daughter especially had great difficulty adjusting to the no  shampoo rule.  If I remember correctly,  I believe there was a scene where she had someone smuggle her some modern day shampoo so she could cope!

This question always bothered me: How did the people in the olden days ever survive without shampoo?  My prior internet searches found soapwort  which had been used as shampoo in times past as well as yucca and castile .    However, one thing that always seemed to make our family’s hair look  so good was swimming in our natural swimming hole up in the mountains.  After a day of swimming there, our hair was manageable and incredibly clean sans any ‘pooing.

Another thing I noticed is that, when traveling, one always took a risk with having one’s hair look good because of the need to adjust to the difference in the water in every location.  And there were the lovely Mississippi girls whose skin and hair were always so beautiful.  Yet, when, as an outsider, trying to achieve the same results with Mississippi’s amazingly naturally soft water which bubbled up so readily, it required a special touch when shampooing which one seldom mastered in a short stay.

So, I continually had to question: What was the age old secret of washing hair in the olden days?  It is well known that people often collected rainwater as it was considered to be the best hair washing water, something  our family learned  while homesteading in New Zealand.  Our water supply was collected from rainwater from our roof. It was great for hair and left it shiny and smooth.

I found out that the type of water you wash your hair in has a major effect on the end result.  When I had started my no ‘poo experiment , I  had immediate success  but Jordanne did not.  Why was this so?  Some research lead me to see that, since I had thick curly hair, rinsing any shampoo residue off was not so easy but using just vinegar worked so well for cleaning my hair. The no ‘poo method did not work for Jordanne so well because she has finer hair than I and she is still not sure the complete no ‘poo method will work for her.   So, she occasionally washes her hair with baking soda and vinegar but still uses a natural  shampoo for the most part & salt (see post).

I found this link that  I think would help explain why the no ‘poo method may work for some but not for others.  The secret may be in the water you use.

Here is an excerpt:

 Rainwater is soft and mineral free.  But, when it falls to the ground it seeps through the soil and rocks and dissolves minerals which give it its character.  If the rainwater water passes through hard rock, it remains soft.  However, if the ground water seeps through softer rocks, like the limestone very common in the Great Lakes Basin, it dissolves lots of minerals, principally calcium and magnesium, along the way.  The degree of hardness becomes greater as the calcium and magnesium content increases.  The term “hard water” was originally coined to refer to water that was difficult or hard to work with.  Hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water; and the minerals in hard water can decrease soap’s lathering capabilities.

What does this have to do with hair?

You need water to shampoo your hair and hard water makes it harder to wash your hair.  Each hair shaft is made up of little scales, like shingles on a roof.  Hard water tends to make the scales stand up, which makes your hair feel rough and tangly.  Since your hair is tangled and rough, it is more difficult to rinse out all of the soap.  Soap is less effective in very hard water because its reacts with the excess minerals to form calcium or magnesium salts.  These are not easily soluble in water and can result in soap film.  Washing hair in soft water will have a different result because it leaves fewer insoluble deposits on the hair.

In commercial shampoos, natural soap has been replaced by synthetic surfactants.

What’s the difference between a synthetic surfactant and natural soap?

Soaps are biodegradable products produced from natural, renewable resources like olive, palm, or coconut oils. Synthetic surfactants, like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS), and others, are made from petrochemicals and created in a chemical factory.  Although these synthetic surfactants do not react with hard water minerals as much, they do not produce the lather that consumers like.  The lather comes from the addition of synthetic lather or foam boosters–like cocamide monoethanolamine.  So, these detergent shampoos lather well in all types of water and rinse off easily and completely .

Hardwater

But why on earth would you put something on your head you can’t rightly pronounce?  The article explains that most modern shampoos are detergents and very harsh on the hair, stripping the natural oils from the hair shaft.  As a result, hair conditioners are needed – more stuff to buy!

Furthermore, by looking at the chart it would explain why our visits to New Orleans always left our hair a mess. The water was much harder than California’s water.  And I believe Pasadena’s water would be naturally softer (not shown on the map) because our water supply is from the snows from the mountain that also fed our swimming hole. However,  Pasadena city water is  treated and, thus, made harder than our swimming hole water but remains softer than water in other parts of California.  I think this would explain why some have success with no ‘poo and others don’t.  Not only is your hair type an issue but whether your water is hard or soft is also a determining factor.

I think that, in the long run, one has to experiment with the agent of choice for cleansing the hair, the type of hair (fine  or thick) that one has  and the water, whether hard or soft, to be successful at the no ‘poo method.

Are you ready to take the NO ‘POO plunge?

If so, we are giving away a wonderful ebook No Shampoo Method by the gals at Feelin’ Feminine who graciously offered up a copy.   Their collaborate book is an absolutely fabulous “How To” and resource guide, offering a wealth of information about caring for hair, naturally.

For me, my NO POO methods is quite simple.  I just rinse my hair with water – that’s it!  If I do need a good cleaning I’ll put a wee bit of apple cider vinegar and for conditioning nothing beats coconut oil (see post) or henna.  I am sure the cosmetic industry hates me.  LOL

Now, here’s how to enter.

Comment below about your natural hair care journey.   Winner will be picked by Random.org.

Contest closes Tuesday February 6th Midnight PST

Good luck!

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Comments(166)

  1. Joy says:

    Since my current shampoo feels like it’s just not working, I think it’s a perfect time for a change.

  2. Tanya says:

    I was using the no poo shampoo from “Curly Girls” and I loved my hair. I’ve run out and now my hair is so frizzy and yuck. The shampoo and conditioner is too expensive for my budget. I’m going to try the apple cider vinegar and coconut oil method. I’m also going to get a filter for my shower. I’m sure the chlorine isn’t doing my hair or skin any favors.

  3. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    I am just out of the shower, and I kid you not: I was thinking of the no ‘poo movement as I lathered up, and all the shiny results I hear tell of… so, yes! Yes, I am ready and willing to give this a whirl, please.

  4. Krista says:

    I have been considering this a long long time…. would love some guidance!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have always kept my hair short because it is really thick and when it grows out it just hangs there…lifeless and heavy. I wonder if the no ‘poo method would help me grow it out long? I would so love to be able to throw it up in a ponytail!

    • Helen says:

      I don’t know how long you have ever grown your hair, but I have always had fine textured hair that is thick as far as quantity of hair. I keep mine at waist length. You probably need to grow it as long as you can and monitor how it looks at the different lengths until you find the one that looks and works properly. If it is too short it will look bushier than if you go longer. This sometimes works with curlier hair as well. The longer you go, the weight of the hair can sometimes turn it into wave instead curl. You could always opt for having very, very long layers added. If you don’t want to style it constantly, have it cut while dry so that the effect of this is easily monitored. When it is cut wet, you don’t know what you will end up many times. Remember, the longer you wear your hair, the more likely you will become an enemy of the beauty industry.

      • Jacquelyn D says:

        Thank you for this post! Our family has been working on self-sufficiency over the last year. My SO & I were just talking about making our own soaps& disinfectants. Can’t wait to try the no ‘poo! Would LOVE to win the book! Thanks for the chance!

  6. Danyel says:

    I am always trying to move towards a healthier and more chemical free life. I have often thought about trying no poo, but just never put the time to it. And on a semi related note, I wish I lived near your homestead. 🙂

    Danyel

  7. Avaylee says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this. Would love to have more knowledge and give it a try! Anyone know how this works for kiddos? Mine would LOVE skipping the shampoo portion of bathtime. 🙂

  8. Helen says:

    I have extremely long hair that I keep at waist length or longer. As my hair tends towards oilyness at certain times of the year, I wash twice a week. I vary between water only, Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar, or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Aubrey organic conditioner. I don’t use any heat appliances on my hair, which does make it necessary to time when you are going to shampoo as drying time needs to be factored in. I also do not color my hair. The beauty industry doesn’t like me either. Fine with me!!!

  9. Raven says:

    I use natural henna to color my hair, and I want to try no ‘poo. It seems like you’d need something more than only water. p.s. Burt’s Bees is now owned by Clorox :/

  10. gina says:

    I would love to win this book! I have tried so many natural shampoos, some good, some not so good! All the while I’ve tossed the no ‘poo idea around… This book would surely help me get started!

  11. Erinn says:

    We started down the natural path when I began cutting all chemicals & wheat from my daughter’s life- It just blows my mind the amount of crap they put into shampoos/soaps/lotions etc.!
    Been using real soap for 4 years now- for washing hair & body. Dr. Bronner’s works great or I make my own. Use ACV once & a while and coconut oil to condition. I get compliments on my hair all the time!
    I add essential oils too, sometimes I feel like lavender, other days maybe rose or even cinnamon on cold winter days 🙂
    By the way, since using natural methods to wash my hair- I only have to wash it 1x-2x/week depending on the weather

  12. CityFarmin says:

    I am excited to research more about this and impliment this as one of our next phases in becoming self reliant as we have 3 girls in our family. Thank you so much for all of the information and hard work!

  13. atalie says:

    In 2005 I started cleansing my life of all chemicals . My first experience was trying all natural shampoos but, not only did they leave my naturally oily hair even worse but at $8 a bottle I couldn’t continue using them.I stumbled across women on youtube using baking soda! To my surprise , this super affordable method worked!! I’ve been doing this for about a year now and will never go back to using shampoo!Keep up your great work! You guys are an inspiration to me!

  14. Stevi says:

    My hair is a little longer than waist length and the majority of products I buy is to care for it: shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and hair slick. I wash it every 3 days or so. I do notice that my hair is AMAZING when we’re on vacation and I’ve always figured it had to do with the water, now I know I’m right. Our lake there is actually two lakes which are now joined, one is a glacial lake, the other spring fed (between the spring & the beavers… the 2 side by side are now 1). And I LOVE my hair when I’m on vacation. So much so that I put off washing it as long as possible once we get home! I’ve been using Coconut Oil for eating, cooking, toothpaste, oil pulling, “lotion”, and salve so I have no idea why I never thought of using it on my hair. My “Duh!” moment of the week. And I often do an apple cider vinegar rinse before I get out of the shower so this all makes perfect sense. Thank you for the tips, I’ll be trying them today as it’s Day #3!

  15. Katrina says:

    I would love to try this method. I have dandruff that has started since we moved a year ago. I think it is a combo of our water and product that gets left behind on my hair. I am currently using an all natural shampoo and conditioner this help to keep the flakes @ bay. I think going completely all natural would work with my hair

  16. Lisa says:

    I have long hair and am am continually frustrated that it is so dry and hard to keep in great shape. I would love to win a copy-sounds like what I’ve been looking for!

  17. Mary Stephens says:

    Some years ago my brother switched to Fructis shampoo and really liked the results. I asked if I could try it and he said, “Sure!” I found that my scalp sores greatly reduced! Consequently, I knew it was better than the old cheap stuff I was using. More recently, having already made the switch to more natural cleaning products in several other areas (including olive oil based, French milled soap) I am now thinking of switching to a the no ‘poo method or something more natural (and preferably cheaper). This especially since the brand I’ve been using recently “improved” their formula and added some things I’m not that happy with. :-/ This was a very timely post for me. 🙂

  18. Isa says:

    Never really thought about it! But am happy to change my lifestyle and get back to basic basics! Receiving this book would certainly help launch me on this journey. Thanks for making it available.

  19. Laura H says:

    I started back on no poo about a month ago and am still struggling with the right recipe for my hair. I live in an area with horribly bad water, and right now a water softener is just not in the budget. Some tips would help!

  20. Brandy Summerlin says:

    I used Dr. Bronner’s for a while, and then went back to regular shampoo. I’m definitely ready to use no ‘poo.

  21. Debbie Crincoli says:

    I have fine, oily in summer, dry in winter long hair . . . In the winter, I use Olive Oil as an intensive conditioner. In the summer I actually use the red clay that is abundant here. Water works fine and I have a natural bristle boar brush!

  22. Michelle says:

    I have never considered not using a shampoo, but it makes perfect sense. We have been trying to cut the chemicals from our lives, and this is another logical step! I will give e baking soda and ACV a whirl, and maybe it will cease the scalp itching that I’ve been dealing with for years and can’t pinpoint the cause.

  23. Melanie Scriptunas says:

    Ready to take the plunge! I have my apple cider vinegar and coconut oil in hand.

  24. Sarah says:

    I’m ready to take the challenge! I love the idea of not using shampoo! I only wash my hair 1 or 2 times a week anyway, so when I do glob on the chemicals, there is always a wince involved. I’m in Portland OR so gathering rain water for hair washing should not be an issue 😉 I’ve been using vinegar for washing my clothes with good results so I’ll try a little of that with baking soda (my hair tends to get a little greasy after several days). I would love a reference book for the journey! Thanks!

  25. Laurie says:

    When my hubby was in college, one class did an experiment where two volunteers stopped using shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. for one month. After a week or so of adjustment, they found their hair was just as clean as before and they didn’t smell bad either. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

  26. Adrienne says:

    I have been off and on with no ‘pooing for a few years now. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I feel discouraged, but what I need is something consistent and good. Tips!!

  27. Stacy H. says:

    I would LOVE to get rid of my shampoo…but I’ve been told we have the hardest water in the state of Illinois. Any suggestions for really hard water?

  28. CeAnne says:

    I’ve just been thinking about switching to ACV for hair wash for frugal and health care reasons. I have THICK hair and it’s hard to get clean then it ends up all frizzy.. just a mess! Would love to read this book!

  29. Susan says:

    I’m a week and a half into going no poo. I’m using baking soda and making a paste with water, rinsing with water and then following that by vinegar and water. I’ve done this 3 times now in a week and a half and right now my hair feels like it has a waxy build up on it, but the ends look and feel dry. We have hard water with a lot of iron in it and I’m wondering if the water is going to prevent this from working correctly. I’ve read that it can take a few weeks to balance out while the hair and scalp adjusts, so I’m hanging in there and hopefully within a few weeks I’ll have wavy, non-frizzy, healthy looking hair.

  30. Molly says:

    Last month I switched from Trader Joe’s shampoo to watered down apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. I still think I am using too much vinegar and haven’t dared try oil as conditioner because my curly hair gets oily on its own after 4-5 days with no vinegar rinse. I will try your conditioner suggestion though- just to experiment. I’d love to read more about no-poo options. I am moving across the country next month and wonder what the water will be like on Cape Cod.

  31. Jessica says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying this as well! I read about people using egg to wash their hair, but I didn’t see how that would make hair clean. I’d like to learn more about going shampoo free. I have found that washing my hair less often than before leaves it in better condition, and I can grow it longer without so many split ends.

  32. dawn bailey says:

    i have fine wavy hair. I seldom washed my hair as a child, and always loved the body I got after swimming in the ocean, I grew up on the beach. as an avid camper and outdoors person I often go for days (sometimes up to 14 days) without shampoo. I have found my hair at its best when I have access to a mountain stream in these cases. well, when it comes to going pooless in the city,yikes, that’s a whole other can of worms. can we say hard water? and my scalp gets quite oily and malodorous. I attempted baking soda and vinegar for over three months with the aforementioned results and was disheartened. I am curre
    y muddling along using a little shampoo here and there, but I dislike buying shampoo because I so seldom use it. perhaps I really do need to try a filter as I live in west Los Angeles. anyhow, would love a chance to problem solve with the book. love your familiy’s dedication to a more sustainable future.

  33. Carolyn says:

    I made some castile based shampoo a couple of weeks ago -it was a failure. We couldn’t rinse it out of our hair and left our hair very greasy. I’d love better suggestions on how to leave the chemical store-bought shampoos behind!

  34. Elise says:

    I have naturally curly hair, and only wash my hair once or twice a week, usually once a week. I was advised to use conditioner as a shampoo and found it worked very well. It is not a natural solution, but I use a minimum of product as possible to attain results. We have *very* hard water. It tastes great and is very healthy, but it is not so great for washing.

    My daughter was able to use just baking soda and vinegar with decent results. I could not.

    Both my paternal grandmother (b. 1892), and my mother (b.1925), used rain water to wash their hair. Both had curly hair, my mother’s was *very* curly/kinky. I have my grandmother’s type. They only washed their hair once a week. When I was young, it was very common for women to wash and pin set their hair on Saturday night for church the next day. Washing hair more frequently was promoted by the soap companies.

  35. Antonietta Gauci says:

    Well, I started this “natural” journey for a while now….and the last thing I researched and experimented with was my hair (I have been concocting natural lip glosses, balms and ointments, toothpowder, deodorant for a few years)..The first thing I tried with my hair, which is full of body,curly, frizzy and rebellious – like me I guess 😉 – was to use coconut milk and oil (which I used for scrubs and lotion for skin). That worked! But as far as shampoo, I am still experimenting after trying (in order of appearance) nothing, just water, Dr. Bronner Castile soaps, soap nuts and apple cider vinegar and essentinal oils, green clay alone, and finally green clay with the soap nuts acv and essential oils. I have to say, that the hair feels heavy and looks even puffier….and I alternate organic shampoos with the above concoctions…..I also have to say, that my hair looks great when I go more than 4 days without washing it, as the natural oils seem to condition it and tame it…the only problem: IT STINKS!!!! But, Anais, I am with you, I think that the cosmetic industry would hate more people like us! But I am not giving up! P.S. I just started making my own coconut butter and using that on my hair…..

  36. Laurel Meskimen says:

    I have fine, thin, straight hair. I tried using no ‘poo but discovered what hard water we had. I then tried using Dr Bronner’s Castile soap. It left my hair feeling squeaky and crunchy, and oh-so tangled. I know not to put anything petroleum-based on my skin/hair, but good luck finding any such products, especially in typical shops like markets. I would love to use wholesome, whole foods or plants to clean my hair, and I would love to use just water! I’m going to try that, but it seems pretty greasy and gross just thinking about it! I have experimented with vinegar, and discovered it to be a WONDERFUL conditioner, but my sister said I smelled like a salad. 🙂 That’s ok. I love salad! (:

    • Trish says:

      Hi Laurel! I add a little vanilla extract to my vinegar rinse and it gets rid of that salad-y aroma. 🙂 Have a great day!

  37. Grace says:

    What an awesome point — and plan! I have definitely thought about this before. I’ve had issues when I try to cut back on hair-washing, because my hair gets so oily — but I’ve also read that certain shampoos can dry out your scalp, which in turns makes it produce more oil (just like what happens with your skin). I’ve been using great organic soaps from Soaptopia, for body washing, but I was at a loss for how to wash my hair naturally. This book would be a HUGE help! 🙂

  38. Alexander Ojeda says:

    I’ve been going without any product, natural or not. I just use water. We have a water treatment plant that’s a filter and a softener and my hair is just fine. It’s just like it was when I was using shampoo. I don’t wash my hair every day and it’s working out great for me so far.

    My wife says that its just that I’m a guy. I know women who are doing this and it’s awesome! We use Dr. Bronners as soap for our hands. I don’t use soap on my body at all. Over a month now and no complaints 😉

  39. rebecca huff says:

    I would love to win this book! I have 6 daughters with long hair! Thanks for offering it and sharing so much great info on your site! Rebecca

  40. Michelle says:

    I’ve tried many times to go no ‘poo. I’ve used my own homemade soap with an ACV rinse, baking soda with and without an ACV rince, and a concoction involving food grade aloe vera gel, ACV, and TTO. Nothing has worked for me so far, and I REALLY want to get away from chemical shampoos!

  41. Sally Sims says:

    I have been playing with no ‘poo for a few months. I usually give in once in awhile and use shampoo but am trying to get over the “hump”. Rainwater may be the answer although we had little rain last year!

  42. Colleen says:

    I stopped using shampoo last week and I’m disappointed in my hair. The first day it was soft, full of body and light. Now, I keep it in a pony tail because it’s no different from the shampoo results. I have baby-fine hair. I’m going to keep going on the no shampoo method and see what happens. I’ve been going through YouTube “How tos” looking for answers.

  43. Paula E. says:

    Howdy all!
    2 yrs ago I decided to go poo free because the natural shampoos I used were so expensive. So I did some research and decided to do it cold turkey. I found a “recipe” in one of our locally published back to earth type mags for deodorant and shampoo and conditioner. It is funny because all the shampoo needs is 1 Tbls baking soda to 1 cup water(it doesn’t matter the source. I use tap but purified may be better). The ratio for conditioner is the same except you use raw apple cider vinegar. I do have to adjust to more or less BS or ACV depending on where I am. I had to use more when I spent 2 months in a small village in England because their water was so hard.I scrub the BS through my hair like I would shampoo(it does not lather)then rinse and comb through the ACV and rinse. My hair is healthy just the same as when I used shampoo and conditioner from the store. I also use the deodorant recipe too. More ingredients and a bit more steps to put together but is so awesome I wouldn’t use anything else!

  44. Anna says:

    My hair is very fine, but lots and lots of it and very curly. Oh, and its starting to go grey as well, and I think this changes the texture of your hair somewhat. Lately I have been unhappy with the condition of my hair and was actually thinking of trying to make my own shampoo, but hey no poo would be even better and more cost effective.

    I love your website and if I lived closer would definately be attending some of your seminars. In the future, any chance of doing web seminars????

  45. Victoria says:

    I have tried different combinations of just water, baking soda and vinegar with ‘not good enough for me’ results. I am currently using Amway’s Bamboo Green Tea Shampoo but it is expensive. I continue to search for a no ‘poo solution that works for me. The best no ‘poo experience was a water fall in Hawaii.

  46. Melinda says:

    I’ve experimented with no poo and generally liked it. My hair is super thick and curly. Going no poo actually seemed to make it finer and even more curly! It was weird…. I’d love to read more about it. My daughters both have very long, beautiful hair. My 5 year old is poo free (to combat dandruff issues) and has been for almost a year. Her hair looks so much better without using shampoo! My 9 year old isn’t so sure about the no poo thing, so she’s still using regular shampoo and conditioner. We also have super hard well water, which I’m positive affects how our hair behaves.

  47. Trish Short Lewis says:

    I live in the far northwest of Minnesota, in a remote rural setting. I need a practical alternative and this would be perfect. Our water comes from a well, and it’s definitely ‘hard’. I need all the advice I can get, and would greatly appreciate the information your ebook sounds like it contains!

  48. Rachel says:

    My hair gets frizzy too, so instead of using any of the gels or hairspray they sell, I just use Aloe Vera Gel. That and combined without washing my hair and people have been giving me comments, “Love your hair” “What do you do?” I tell them the truth, “Nothing” they are always shocked. I just add a little aloe vera gel (The kind that you drink is what I have been using which does not have alcohol or additives like some of the burn gels). Thought I would share that so other people can give it a try too.

  49. kathy says:

    I’m going to test this method this weekend. We have hard water where I live so I’m not sure how this will work out, but I hope it does because I’m willing to do anything to save money. My problem is I have curly hair that can get oily at the roots but is always dry on the ends. I need more than water for the roots, and baking soda drys my ends out too much, so I’m just going to try and keep the baking soda on the roots and just use the friction from my hands to break up the dirt and hair products from the rest of the hair before doing a acv rinse all over for shine. Wish me luck!

  50. Trish says:

    I just started no-‘pooing last week (baking soda/water in a squeeze bottle, with a 1 part white vinegar/teaspoon vanilla extract to 8 parts water rinse), and I am just now in the throes of the dreaded “oil balancing” time period in which my scalp is adjusting. Hopefully this will pass quickly; though my scalp is getting happier by the day, the oil production is like revisiting puberty! 😀 Prior to this I was using Burt’s Bees Grapefruit & Sugar Beet shampoo (my hair is fine like Jordanne’s, and I recalled reading that this worked well for her…I loved it, but it’s mighty $$!), and I still have some around should this no-‘poo fail me. 🙂 I am so grateful for all of these wonderful tips!

  51. Christine Neuhardt says:

    I am so interested in trying this, but so nervous as I have very oily hair. 1 Day without shampoo and you could call me “slick”. Crossing fingers!

  52. Terry says:

    Americans are obsessed with cleanliness to the point of ridiculousness. My hair is long and fine and normal. I will try the no-poo thing the next time I shower (I only shower once or twice a week, at the most, unless I get really dirty). Trying to get away from all chemicals which we have been brainwashed into thinking we need.

  53. Tina Moore Blessitt says:

    Ready to take the no poo plunge! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  54. Jacquelyn D says:

    Thank you for this post! Our family has been working on self-sufficiency over the last year. My SO & I were just talking about making our own soaps& disinfectants. Can’t wait to try the no ‘poo! Would LOVE to win the book! Thanks for the chance!

    **Sorry I accidently replied to a comment originally***

  55. Katie says:

    I have waist length hair, but haven’t yet been brave enough to try going without shampoo. I keep hearing about how women in other parts of the world don’t use shampoo though and that their hair is actually preferred by wigmakers (not that I’m looking to sell mine) because it has more natural oil and is easier to maintain. I’m certainly intrigued enough to give this a try!

  56. Aimee C says:

    In 2003, I got a book as a present. It’s called “Curly Girl,” by Lorraine Massey. In this book, she talks about taking care of curls by ditching shampoo and just using conditioner to wash and condition. Since then, I have been shampoo free. My cleaning routine has changed many times, but it still never includes shampoo and never will. My sweet daughter has also never had shampoo on her hair, and I love that! Who needs crazy synthetic chemicals??

  57. Alice says:

    I would love to try the no poo for my hair. I have long hair that is corse. I also have grand kids around all the time. They all have different types of hair. One 4 year old gets tangles so bad. I wonder if the no poo would help with that. We get tears and screams just combing her hair. Would help with lowering the shampoo bill, not getting for each hair type.

    • Alice says:

      I did try to no poo and I was able to comb though it right away not but a tangle or two and I had not combed it before washing. It is more manable today. Washed yesterday after I posted. Want to learn more. I have hard water here in NW MT.

  58. Stephanie says:

    I have tried the baking soda and vinegar for washing and conditioning but my hair is oily and fine so it didn’t work well. Instead, I make sure to use biodegradable shampoos like Accure and use coconut oil or argan oil for conditioning.

  59. Susan says:

    Growing up I used Herbal Essence to shampoo and rinsed with witch hazel. I’m ready to take the “no-poo plunge” for a natural, more beautiful head of hair again!

  60. Margaret Gruesbeck says:

    I would love to reduce my use of poo!

  61. Carole Pearce says:

    I have always used just a dime full of shampoo and conditioner at the same time, then, just rinsed longer, and more ‘thoroughly’ with ‘cooler’ water, everyone (including my hair stylist, that I seldom see) says my hair is very shiny and the healthiest they’ve ever seen, so taking the ‘no poo’ plunge ‘is’ my next step! Can’t wait to try it! Also once I went to the more thorough rinse and cooler rinse method, I only have to wash my hair every three days, and it stays in tact when I style it also. I also only get a perm once every ten years! Thanks for finding all this grand information out for us!

  62. Aoife says:

    They say a picture says a thousand words…

    I’ve been shampoo free since 2009 and my hair has thrived 🙂

  63. Sue says:

    I have tried the no poo way before using baking soda and vinegar. I have found that vinegar works better for me or just plain water.But that was before I colored my hair.Will be going to henna next time.I have been a fan for many years.

  64. Chava Hall says:

    My no-shampoo story is kind of amusing. I heard about the method, but hadn’t decided to try it (yet…), since I had heard it had a transition time during which your hair looked greasy. Then, one night at a summer camp I work at, I forgot to grab my shampoo bottle when I showered. So, it began because I forgot the shampoo, not because I was actually going to do it. I decided to go all in since I’d already skipped one night. It’s been two and a half years now, and from the very start (no transition time necessary) my hair has improved drastically.

  65. Mary says:

    Even natural shampoos are drying to my hair. I’d love to try a No Poo ‘do!

    Thanks for all you share with us!!

  66. Dianna @ Aspiring to be says:

    This really intrigues me. I would love to try it and see how it goes. I have wavy hair but its thin. I’m really interested in this technique. Something to research more.

  67. shinetiger says:

    I’ve been using baking soda with an apple cider vinegar rinse for over a year now. My hair has acquired a bit of natural curl that I like a lot and more body than it had before. It’s softer too, although it never has been really harsh.

  68. Sarah says:

    I have been dabbling in no-poo methods for years, but have yet to come up with something I can keep up long-term. I am currently washing with baking soda and vinegar daily, because I hate shampoo but I hate being greasy even more. Ugh. So I’d love to learn more about what I can do to make this work for me!

  69. Jen says:

    I make an olive oil based simple castile soap and then grate it with a cheese grated. I then just cover the soap with water overnight. By morning it has melted, I stir it a bit and maybe add more water for better consistency. You got shampoo. you can add essential oils then if you like and mix em up.

    Squeaky clean. I can go about 3 days with only rinsing with water. I usually need to clean my scalp with a soap. I have hard water in my city.

  70. Terry says:

    While I haven’t tried the no shampoo method, my teenaged son has. It didn’t work so well for his oily hair. Since I’m older (much!), I’d love to give this a try.

  71. heather birt says:

    greetings! i only wash my hair every 5 days or so, but i would love to go pooless. hehe. i started using coconut oil on my hair instead of purchasing “smoothing” products. i LOVE it! i’ve also weaned myself off of wearing foundation makeup. my husband and i are selling all of our belongings, doing a US volunteerism tour, moving into a van (with our 3 cats) and trying to ditch capitalism!

    we will surely come by and visit all of you!

    much love – heather

  72. Mabel Brandenburg says:

    This is so perfect! Just when I was wondering what to do to get rid of all those different hair products, I find your blog on No ‘Poo! Wonderful! I will try, but I wonder if my long hair will stay soft and with no tangles whiteout the use of conditioner or a hair mask. Thank you for offering us the change to win the e-book!! Let’s go for nice healthy hair, which is healthy for our planet too!!

  73. Katherine says:

    I’ve been wanting to read up on the no ‘poo method. I’ve heard about it, read a few things, but I’m still a little confused on how it works. Right not I don’t use shampoo at all but every few days I’ll wash with castile soap or baking soda and water. That’s as far as my journey has taken me!

  74. Jackie says:

    I developed awful skin allergies when I was in college to the products I was using everyday. That led me to research the chemicals in those products, and I’ve been going natural ever since! My skincare regime consists of natural, handmade soap from the farmers markets and jojoba oil as a moisturizer. I tried no-poo, but I didn’t stick with it and use organic, sulfate free shampoo instead. I’d still like to go completely natural, though! I think I’ll give it another shot!

  75. David Lambert says:

    As a guy who’s worn long hair most of his life, I am always interested in natural cleaning methods. I’m a soapmaker, and I do make a shampoo bar that works well. However it’s expensive to make, and I to have always been interested in how people cleaned their hair in the old days. Specifically I always wondered how the Native Americans took care of their hair – both men and women always seem to have long, beautiful hair. Fascinating topic. You guys have a great website! I always learn something when I visit.

  76. Joanne says:

    I travel in a camper van around the country. Would love to know how to “no poo” with different types of water!

  77. Melissa says:

    I have a son with autism, and have been washing his hair with baking soda for months now. Sometimes I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap, too. A few months ago I decided I should quit using the toxic shampoo on myself, too. I used baking soda for about a week, but I felt so dirty. I imagine I’m having the same sort of trouble you mentioned your sister has. I have since found a shampoo that is much more natural, but I would love to get rid of it if I can find a way to feel clean without it.

  78. Holland says:

    I am currently using the most natural I can find of the natural shampoos, and still not happy with how my hair is, so I’d be thrilled with an easy improvement. My hair did improve noticeably when I started using structured water to shower in, so I’ve managed to clean up the water, but not what I’m adding in. This information sounds exciting! Thank you.

  79. Mindy Stiles says:

    How very interesting. A year ago you posted on the no poo method and since then, I have been shampoo free. I use baking soda and vinegar about twice a week and only have to wash my hair twice a week. Haven’t had any shampoo for a year. My daughter (16) got started off good but has since switched back to shampoo, it’s just easier for her she says.

  80. fabiola Miranda says:

    Wow! what an unusual idea. I have straight hair that gets oily quickly and I’ve always felt a bit of a slave to the shampoo industry. My sister and mother have different hair to me and wash once a week, while I was every two days. I am very curious about finding a new way, in the hopes that it might be a much better way for me.
    Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  81. Regina says:

    Id love to try this- never really thought about using NOTHING- although I have considered making my own in the quest for frugal living. I never win these things- is there a way to just buy the book?

  82. AD-Montalvo says:

    A while back ago the best thing that I started using was from the Indian grocery store.
    It was a mixture of Aritha powder (soapnuts) and Shikakai powder. After coloring my hair with real henna I used both of these to wash every other day with great results. Much fuller and shiny and less hair falling out. The red color didn’t suit my skin tone however, and as it grew out I got lazy about mixing batches of powder for each shower as well.
    This article came at a good time for me to reevaluate taking time to care for myself. I hate seeing a lot of hair fall out in the shower and this always happens with regular shampoo. I would also love to learn a bit more about the no ‘poo method especially of it’s easy. I’ve seen the sisters in person and the exude radiant health! Thanks for sharing your secrets with us.

  83. Tabitha says:

    I am ready to take the no-poo challenge, can’t wait!

  84. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the great post! I haven’t shampooed since 1/2/2012 – my hair looks GREAT, but it feels oilier than I like. I have tried only the water – no vinegar as yet. I wanted to go through a full month before making any other changes to the test.

  85. Jackie D. says:

    I would love to try this out! I have super super oily hair, and I do believe it is because of all the harsh chemicals that I’m using in shampoos and conditioners. It would be great to “break the cycle” and have naturally beautiful hair!

  86. Cares (Australia) says:

    I have only very rarely used shampoo over the last few years but will at times rinse my hair with black tea with rosemary in it and the good old bicarb. It is left silky smooth after that treatment.
    Occassionally my hair would get almost sticky and would need to be washed with shampoo though and I hadn’t figured out why, but the hard and soft water seems like a likely reason as sometimes we pump up water to our tanks and sometimes they are filled with rain water…so I might put a barrel out to collect water just for my hair and never use the ground water again.

    On a side note a few times my son (17) has been working on a property further up the valley and has become very sweaty and dirty so has jumped in the river fully dressed after work and the straight river water has cleaned his clothes beautifully, better than if I had washed them!

  87. margaret says:

    Very interested in this. My hair is curly and fine. It tends to get oily if I dont wash it every day. Have never tried not using shampoo and conditioner.

  88. Susan says:

    I have never tried to “no shampoo method” before. Right now, I use shampoos that are sulfate-free but there are not many of them and they are expensive so I would like to try it to see if it could help with the frizzies in my hair. Thank-you!

  89. butterandoil says:

    I have used cornstarch and arrowroot as natural “dry shampoos”, but this is my 1st time coming across this method. I’m willing to give it a go! thx-

  90. Jacqueline Easter says:

    I use rain water I collect but, I need more sources on other ingredients. I will be experimenting with soap making this summer.

  91. Steeves says:

    I’ve heard of this before but never really did anything about it. Now my family is working on a more natural way off living, it’s more work, but much less expensive and most of all, allot more fulfilling!

  92. Vivica says:

    I am ready to take the challenge!!!!!
    V

  93. Sue says:

    I think the type of hair you have also effects whether or not this will work for you. I tried it, but I have fine, oily hair and it did not work well. The next thing I tried was using my homemade soap. Bar soap worked ok but I prefer the flowing texture of liquid soap. After a lot of experimenting I made a liquid soap that I love. (BTW making bar soap is easy, making liquid soap is much more involved). I use my liquid soap as shampoo and rinse with a diluted lemon rinse. It works great and I don’t have to deal with all those chemicals.

  94. Mary R. says:

    I’ve been trying to shampoo less often since I was used to shampooing daily- my hair used to be very oily, much less now. Since I’m in grad school, I cut corners where it makes sense. In the last 10yrs I’ve gone through tremendous stress & changes, which made my hair fall by the hand full. With changes in diet, taking herbs, homeopathy, massaging scalp w/ same, I’ve got a lot of success but still not the abundant hair I used to have. I’m ready to try “no poo”.

  95. The Herbal Hare says:

    I have been using organic shampoos & conditioners for years. I’ve found the silicones in commercial conditioners and the lathering agents found in commercial shampoos to be very drying to my hair. My hair doesn’t dry out as much with the organic products (I like Avalon Organics best) but it does tend to get “sticky”. I don’t know if it is the well water I use (I also have a hardwater softener that has to have sodium added to it regularly…) or what. I have been trying to grow my hair ala Crystal Gayle style (if it’ll grow that far…) but I also seem stuck at hip length! Maybe a no-poo care regime will help…if I had a better idea of how to do it! LOL!

  96. Angela says:

    I have always steered away from the hair sprays and gels. No dyes or permanent for my hair either. . .the thought of no shampoo is a bit scary since my hair tends to be oily, but as I move towardsmore natural products fir cleansing my face and body and even my home. . .getting rid of the shampoo seems to be the natural next step

  97. Hannah Grace says:

    Growing up my hair was a frizzy mess! But then one of my sisters found a book about caring for curly hair and started doing without shampoo. A little later she suggested I try it. Since then I went for a while without using shampoo but using some good conditioners instead, then I went back to using shampoo but only once or twice a week. Last July I decided to do it again. It wasn’t hard to get off of shampoo since I didn’t use it too often anyway. I haven’t used it since. 🙂

  98. lori says:

    I’ve tried this in the past and it worked for me for a while but then went back to shampooing once a week. I’d like to try it again n see if it would work better if I try the baking soda thing. It just felt like I needed something else to gety hair clean.

  99. Veronica R Potts says:

    My natural hair care journey is just about to begin. I would love that e-book to help me get started! : )

  100. NeKisha Rowe says:

    I have stopped washing my hair incessantly like I used to. As well, I have been looking into soap nuts and how to make a homemade shampoo with them. Soap nuts are really interesting!

  101. Solducky says:

    You know, I tried this once and gave up because after two weeks my hair still hadn’t adjusted and was a grease pit. I would love to try again and stop paying s ton for natural and organic shampoo.

  102. Kat says:

    My thick, long and straight hair always looks it’s best after surfing or swimming in the sea and a quick rinse with freshwater afterwards. It seems to get more ‘body’ and it definitely isn’t oily. If it’s too cold for swimming in the sea, or my hair feels extra dirty only then will I wash it with an organic (to food grade standard) and synthetic chemical-free shampoo, but it isn’t often maybe once or twice a week. Back in the day when I used to use a strongly perfumed and synthetic surfactant shampoo, I found that the more I used the shampoo, the more I would have to keep using it regularly as the hair seemed to be stripped of all it’s natural self-cleaning oils, and so would produce more to compensate!

    • Kat says:

      Oh, and also our shower water is rainwater (without harsh added chemicals like chlorine and fluoride), and I am a vegetarian so I don’t consume much animal fat (apart from a little dairy), so maybe that will correlate with how much oil your scalp will produce too!

  103. Lise Silverwolf says:

    I definitely want to do this! I’ve tried a couple times, without success. My hair is baby-fine, flyaway AND oily. Ack! How’s that for a bad combo?! My hubby has actually been successful with the no-poo method tho (he’s been no-poo for over 3 months now!). His hair is super soft and clean. Best part is, his lifelong horrible dandruff is GONE! Oh, how I envy him!!

  104. Di says:

    I would love to try the no-poo method, I have previously tried using a homemade shampoo from bi-carb soda and water, which works ok,
    Di
    Tasmania
    Australia

  105. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for this post, Anais. I’ve been considering No Poo for a while. The water where I live in Alberta is very HARD. It makes my fine, curly hair very dry and frizzy – takes out the curl completely. Plus, the dry air here makes it more frizzy and flat. As a result, I’ve had to become a Conditioner-Junkie. I’m hoping No Poo will be the answer – thanks for your advice on the water, I’ll try stocking up on rainwater when spring comes.

  106. Batya says:

    I have gone natural for quite sometime. I rub coconut oil into my scalp, rinse it with organic coconut milk and then quickly rinse the milk out with ice cold water.

    I use coconut milk for baths too. It’s glorious.

  107. SUzanne says:

    I started using baking soda and warm water to ‘wash’ my hair about 3 weeks ago. So far I have not had to use shampoo, but my hair generally leans to the dryer side. I have a ton of very fine hair that is about mid back in length. I am determined to give up the chemicals, but the hardest thing now for me to let go of is my detangler spray. I need to find a natural solution for that other than vinegar (not helping the tangles). Any suggestions?

    • Gabriela Johansson says:

      Baking soda (lots) and water. Spray it onto your hair and comb. A friend of mine used it on her daughter’s hair one summer after those awful chlorinated pool swims. It worked better than anything else.

  108. Gabrielle says:

    I have not used shampoo for a while, just conditioner. I have also used apple cider vinegar. I would be interested in learning more about natural hair care and see what else works for my hair!

  109. GoddessintheGroove says:

    I tried…but my long straight hair turned stringy..:(. I have tried so many different things, and am now back to a quality shampoo & conditioner. I henna my hair, so it is in pretty good condition. It seems the shampoo now makes it filmy, so I am on the lookout again. I may try no poo again while it is still hat season here in CA :).

  110. Melissa says:

    I tried to go no poo for a little bit, and I mean a little bit! I was using apple cider vinegar and baking soda. My hair was great for the first few days, then it went through that funk that usually happens when you first transition. I gave up! I went back to shampoo. However, I’ve begun using all natural shampoo and conditioner. Maybe I should give no poo a try again though and get past that stage of unsureness!

  111. Erica says:

    I would be game to try a no shampoo method of cleaning my hair. I have long red hair which is course and can get very dry. I only wash it once or twice a week which helps and use a very mild shampoo. However I often wondered if the shampoo doesn’t dry my hair out more. I would love to try a different approach.

    How much coconut oil do you use? I have used coconut oil but I think that I use too much. Do you grow your own henna? The shade I gather is determined by how long you boil it for? How do you know you have the shade you want? Commercial henna is green in color when you mix it up.

  112. Andrea says:

    This is fascinating. I’d love to learn more.

  113. Lori says:

    I am going to try the ‘NoPoo’ method and would love to have the book to guide me along the way. Thank you for the opportunity.

  114. Robyn J says:

    This is a very interesting topic. We have extremely hard water in our location. It’s hard to keep a coffee pot alive if we’re not using filtered water. I’ve thought of trying the no poo method and in order for me to do this I would need *support*. I’m interested in this e-book even if I don’t win because i wouldn’t know where to start. I tried this last year and I only lasted a week…..I’m being honest in saying that this transition would be a huge one for me as I’ve come to rely on what I’ve know for the past 40 years…..I am, however, up for change and this sounds like a supportive one! I’d be interested in seeing where this road leads!

  115. Alison Radei says:

    I tried a couple different methods of making shampoo. I also tried making conditioners. The last time I made conditioner I put way too much oils in it. I put Vitamin E oil and Flax seed oil.(As well as banana, avocado and coconut milk) It made my hair super shiny, but it looked wet all the time. You could tun your fingers through it and no oil would come off in your hand,but it was O_I_L_Y! I need some new ideas on how to go no ‘POO.

  116. Adina says:

    I would love to try the no ‘poo method. I am a little nervous as I have read the comments. I have fine, oily hair so I hope I can go through with it. I will however try different natural methods.
    Reading about rain water and vinegar took me back to my childhood. I was born and raised in Romania, and those who still lived in houses, were able to collect rain water and use it to wash their hair. We also rinsed our hair once in a while with vinegar. I liked that it made the hair clean and soft, but didn’t like the smell of vinegar.
    Anyway, I will try to use natural methods to clean my hair. Here is to no ‘poo!

  117. Elizabeth Aprile says:

    When it came to my hair,
    Never had troubles with care.
    For best results,
    I let it dry in the air.

    Then came the day,
    My hair screamed, “Betray!”
    I found my hair thin.
    It brought me dismay.

    Out of necessity
    I began a new quest:
    With hair as my motivation,
    I gave volumizers a test.

    I combined and experimented,
    I scrubbed and I rinsed,
    Until one day someone told me
    Something that made sense.

    She said volumizers,
    They aren’t the key;
    Use natural ingredients,
    And then you will see.

    For the next week
    Baking Soda & Vinegar were my friends.
    I mixed and I scrubbed:
    I thought it made sense.

    But, to my dismay,
    The silky texture I craved
    Was still a missing element
    On that seventh day.

    So, again I began to wonder
    What shampoo should I use
    To make my hair soft,
    And silky, and smooth?

    Love,
    -Elizabeth

    • Trish says:

      Elizabeth, your delightful poem made me smile!! Thank you and I do hope you find what works for your lovely locks!!

  118. Jeanne says:

    This is a journey that has been a difficult one for me. I don’t know why I have such a difficult time letting go of the commercial shampoo. I have researched, watched videos, talked with friends and still cannot make the leap to no ‘poo! Well, I am opening up to the idea. I think today is a good day to try the soda and vinegar type of cleaning. Well, I am off to the shower! I’m back…AWESOME! I can’t believe I’ve waited this long. No turning back….

  119. Ariel says:

    I would love to be able to go all natural when it comes to my hair. The only thing I am worried about though is having very oily hair. I already have thin and oily hair so I am not sure that the no poo method would work for me but I would love to try it. I know how bad shampoo and conditioner is for your hair and it would be nice if I didnt have to use it anymore. Your article about the water that we use to wash our hair is very interesting. We are going to be setting up some rainbarrels to catch the rainwater so maybe I should use that water to wash my hair.

  120. Julie McLaren says:

    I have been doing the no ‘poo for years. I just rinse in water a couple of times a week, although I’m lucky to be on soft water. It looked a bit different for the first month or so but I asked a very honest friend what she thought and she told me it just looked like I’d put some mousse or similar in it. I still get a very interesting reaction when I tell people – and a look of utter disbelief as I have auburn (now mixed with white) hair that often draws attention and comments.

  121. Erika Simone says:

    Hey! I’d love to try the No ‘Poo Method. I’d met a couple of girls who told me to use things like brown sugar or vinegar, but I could never remember the right amounts. To be honest, I’d love to be able to stop buy the expensive commercial shampoos.

  122. Melissa H. says:

    I want to go no ‘poo! I’m a little…okay, a lot…nervous to try it though! I have long, FINE, curly hair. I always do like how it looks after a dip in the ocean or showering at the hotel there. So I’m gonna try a salt water rinse! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  123. Jessica says:

    I’ve wanted to try the no poo method for a while, but have never tried it. I should probably have my husband try it first how another commenter has. 🙂
    We recently installed a whole-house water filter, no flouride, chlorine, etc. So, this should work nicely… if I ever make the plunge & try!

  124. Abraham says:

    I have been poo free for 1 year but I cannot convince my wife to even try. I will try some kind of filter to soften the water and see if that helps. thank for the info and i hope i win

  125. Radhika says:

    Hi gorgeous people,

    I have never braved the No Shampoo thing, but I can see plenty of evidence that using ‘poo and conditioner dries my hair and messes with my scalp (how can a scalp be oily AND dry?).
    I am inspired to try rainwater, and perhaps a herbal rinse (sage and rosemary for my dark hair).

    As for colour, I have been using henna for the past 12 months, most successfully!

    My natural colour was never amazing (mousey brown), but it was totally destroyed after years of harsh chemical permanent dyes in my 20s. So I hit 30 and my scalp was a dry, itchy and oily mess and I hated having to pour that toxic stuff on my scalp every 6 weeks, just to hide the hideous stripe of regrowth. So I took the leap, and started using henna. WOW!

    Now my scalp has found its balance – no itching (the no poo method might just keep the oil/dry balance). I have this luscious, deep rich burgundy colour, that glows in sunlight, I receive compliments all the time for the colour – it is complex and changes in different lights and it doesn’t have that artificial painted on look like chemical dyes. Also the regrowth is more subtle, not that awful stripe, also it covers grey hair (even though I quite like my flecks of grey). I dye my hair every 2 months to keep the colours rich and deep.

    You can achieve lots of different colours with henna – not just orange! I like the dark red henna, that makes my dark brown hair a burgundy, red, brown colour. I have made a delicious dark chocolate brown colour by combining red henna with black (indigo) henna (orange + blue = brown), which had an auburn glow in sunlight. And apparently you can even dye to a jet black using henna combinations too. I highly recommend henna for hair dyeing!

    Love Radhika (Melbourne, Australia)

  126. Kendra says:

    I have really curly thick hair. It was always super frizzy, so I tried the no poo method. It seemed to wok for a little while and it helped with the frize. But then it didnt seem to work as well. So now I use the Burts Bees natural shampoo and conditioner. It works well but its expensive.

  127. elaine nieves says:

    Since my fine hair tends to get drier and drier as I get older I have taken to washing it less often (2 or 3 times a week). I haven’t gotten the nerve to quit shampoo yet. Maybe the book will help me make the plunge. Thanks for all the information on this subject.

  128. Gabriela Johansson says:

    My hair is very dry, so I usually don’t shampoo my hair as often… and now I might not at all! Thank you!!

  129. Paula says:

    My hair is falling out and has become very fine. I have experimented with no poo, but my hair is so fine that it flies away like it has electricity in it when it is dry. I have tried coconut oil and avocado, but used too much. Would love to figure out the right formula.

  130. Sonya Lorimer says:

    I have never tried it, except to try a modified version of the curly girl hair routine, and it worked pretty good. Ever since having my last son I have never gone back to a normal sense of smell, I have a very strong sense of smell and that combined with wanted better for my family has led me to begin making changes to more natural options. I would love to save the chemicals and cost of shampoo.

  131. Robin says:

    I tried something similar a few years ago and loved it but my process needed tweaking… and a little better understanding of what I was doing. I’m ready to try again!

  132. Barbara Foster says:

    I have fine natural curly hair and have fought the frizzies my whole life. After reading one of your blogs about no-poo in 2010, I made the switch to baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse. I’ve been doing that twice a week for the past year and a half and love the way my hair feels! The amazing thing is I have no frizz! Just soft curls. My hair is also thicking up. Thanks for the tip!!!

  133. Barbara Foster says:

    One more thing after reading some of the other comments. I read in a book that it can take up to 6 weeks for your hair oil folicles to find their balance. I know some who have given up after a couple weeks, not being able to take the “dirty hair” look. From my experience, I LOVE the freedom of just going to my kitchen cabinet when I need more “no-poo”!

  134. PrincessR says:

    My family has slowly been learning and moving into using more and more natural products in our home. One that I have changed is using vinegar as my conditioner. I have loved the results! My hair has been growing faster, my ends look so much nicer, and it has such a lovely look. I haven’t been wanting to change my shampoo at first, but am much interested in learning more about it. I have heard of using baking soda and would like to try it at some time. Unfortunatly, we have VERY hard water, thus I think the vinegar works so well. 🙂

    good luck with your giveaway and God Bless!
    Rebecca

  135. Brooke Canada says:

    i have just started to research other cleaning/beauty options that are safer and gentler both on the environment and on me. this is great…i may just grab a copy anyway, but it would be more fun to win!!

  136. melissa says:

    I’ve never tried it but would like too! This book sounds like a great place to start.

  137. Abby H. says:

    I tried once, too, but soon gave up as it seemed confusing and a lot of work! Looking back at pictures, I love the way my hair looked though! I have naturally thick, curly (sometimes frizzy) hair, and I would love to figure out what to do with it! I’m back to using Suave, even though I know it’s unhealthy…

  138. Nancy says:

    I’m sure that coloring my hair is very Non-No Poo, but I do have a massive amount of rainwater (during a non-winter season) and would be willing to give it a try. It seems absolutely ridiculous the commercial spiral we have ourselves in.

  139. Miss Leesi says:

    Hello! I have EXTREMELY hard water in Alaska. We have iron and calcium in our well water. I have gotten out of using shampoo, but still “wash” my hair with store bought conditioner.

  140. Patti says:

    I cant wait to try this

  141. Adrianne Gaskell says:

    I have been toying with this idea for awhile but unsure where to start; hence the usefulness of this giveaway!

  142. Kimberly says:

    I have tried the “no poo” method before, but it was while I was exercising 3x a week in the pool. I couldn’t get the chlorine smell out! Other than that though, I LOVED it! I’d love to do it again…

  143. Cat says:

    I tried ‘no poo’ once and didn’t see the grand results I was hoping for. However, when I did it I followed the recommendation to use conditioner as my poo. I’d love to read this book and give it another go!

  144. rachel says:

    I would love to see the e-book.
    I tried going no-poo a couple months ago. I really wanted it to work but I could not find the right solution for my hair. Without shampoo my hair was incredibly heavy with tons of buildup. I washed it about once a week with baking soda and a very light apple cider vinegar rinse. My hair looked alright but it felt terrible, it was such a relief (although I was very disappointed to give in) when I washed with shampoo again and had hair again (instead of straw helmet). As it is I use a natural shampoo about every 5 days which seems to be the best for me. I really want no poo to work, though!

  145. Amy says:

    I add baking soda to my natural shampoo, and sometimes use a vinegar rinse. My hair is long and fine, and gets quite greasy when I try to go without shampoo. Maybe the oil would decrease after adjusting to only baking soda after a few weeks. I’d love to read this book and see what other ways I could try to give up shampoo.

  146. Laura Olech says:

    Hi there!
    I’ve begun a more natural hair journey by forfeiting sulfates, but have never tried the no poo method. Maybe sometime I will, if I win the ebook!

    • Laura O says:

      Please delete my above comment or replace my full last name with just the first letter of my last name. It was a mistake.

  147. Kim Campbell says:

    I’d love to try this. I have always been afraid of it not working! lol!

  148. Chiara says:

    I started the no ‘poo method last August, and my detox period was almost nonexistent (probably because I had been using natural shampoo for years). Now, my hair is better, shinier, and more manageable than it has been for years! Best of all, it’s no longer frizzy (Illinois weather is the worst when it comes to that). I got two bottles of shampoo for Christmas, but I traded them in for baking soda and apple cider vinegar!

  149. Kelley says:

    I’ve heard about not using ” modern day shampoo ” before but don’t know how to start ” no poo ” for my hair.

  150. Melody says:

    I’ve been no-poo off and on for a few years. Usually I condition every time I “wash” my hair (2 times a week or so) and use a shampoo once every other week as my hair gets oily in a few spots. I have thick, wavy hair and would LOVE to go totally no poo (and maybe no conditioner, too).

  151. Jen says:

    I started weaning to no poo a month ago. Intakes time to adjust – sometimes a month or more. The first 2 weeks I washed with baking soda then rince with AC Vinegar daily and shampooed once a week. My kids could smell my hair by week 2 so I added tea tree to the baking soda and lavender to the ACV. This seems to help. I shampoo 2x week now. I’m going to begin weaning off the daily baking soda wash soon and hopefully move away from all shampoo!

  152. Deborah says:

    I last used commercial shampoo about 10 months ago, but I find my hair still gets greasy, so I use baking soda about once a week. I’ve found if I rinse well I don’t need the vinegar step, so I don’t use it.

    My husband started trying the no-poo life about the same time I did, but was immediately more successful because he has thicker, wavier hair. As a matter of fact, he had always used dandruff shampoos because he had terrible dandruff, but within a week of going off shampoo the dandruff stopped and has never come back!

  153. Kelli Joyce says:

    No poo has proved to be the best cleansing method for me.

  154. Sue says:

    I’ve used vinegar or apple cider vinegar as a rinse for years, even when I used commercial shampoos and cream rinses. The vinegar always seemed to get the residue rinsed out well, and, I believe, changed the pH of my hair to make it more manageable. So I’m interested in trying it instead of a shampoo.

    In recent years, I’ve tried the baking soda as shampoo and vinegar as rinse, but even though the baking soda works better than I would have ever thought, my hair does tend to get matted if I’m washing it in a sink, and I tend to damage (stretch or break) it while trying to detangle. I suspect I wouldn’t have that problem in the shower, but don’t tend to have those kitchen (food) ingredients handy in the bathroom. The only reason I had the courage to try a baking soda solution was because I thought the vinegar would undo any damage. But I was truly surprised that except for a couple of mats, it didn’t damage my hair. (If I had short hair, it wouldn’t be a problem.)

    I used them separately, so they wouldn’t fizz. I’m wondering what would happen if I used them together.

    I’ve also used olive oil as a deep conditioner occasionally in the past, especially in the summer. But it usually requires two washings to get it out, unless I’m just going over it with a light layer over the driest top layer.

    I like the idea of using simple food-grade ingredients instead of chemicals packaged in plastic bottles.

    (But I won’t use eggs or dairy products on my hair, since I don’t buy them to eat.)

  155. Tia says:

    I’m just started thinking about giving up on commercial shampoo. I had no idea where to start and this seems like a great resource. For now I just try not to wash my hair as often. Basically stretching out how many days I can go before I have to shampoo again.

  156. Katherine says:

    I tried no poo for three weeks and gave in to shampoo again, but I still have hope.

  157. Shannon S. says:

    I have tried the no poo thing twice. Once was a few washes and didn’t like the castile soap thing I tried. The other was baking soda with the occasional apple cider vinegar rinse. I did that for 3 weeks, but my hair just felt heavy and oily. There were improvements, but after I washed with shampoo my hair was light and airy again 😮 So, I’d like to figure it out! I’d love to skip shampoo. I want hair that always looks nice too.

  158. Jocelyn says:

    This method is really working well for me! Since I have thick long hair , I use the Indian Method. I rub coconut oil or any other essential oil in my hair till it looks damp.I let it sit for about ten minutes , then I wash it out with egg and vinegar. It makes my hair very light and manageable. Caution , this may not bear the same results for those with thinner hair! Thanks again for the tips!