Yes, I am still pooping, don’t get alarmed!
Have you heard of the No ‘Poo movement/lifestyle/whatever you want to call it? Basically, you are abandoning conventional shampoo and hair products in lieu of a more natural system. Reasons for going no ‘poo vary – for me? Cutting down on the amount of chemicals I introduce into my body is a big one – between all of the bath and body products, the foods we eat, the air we breath, things we drink… it can’t hurt to try to eliminate some. It will also cut down on my environmental impact, hopefully save me some cash, and save me time in the shower!
No ‘poo is something I’ve read about in the past, thought about doing a year or so ago, made lots of excuse for (I need to look nice at work, my hair is too oily and it won’t work for me, I don’t want to smell…), but I finally took the plunge. Last Friday (the 22nd) was the last time I used “conventional” shampoo.
If you Google “no ‘poo” you’ll find a lot of information about what it is and how many different ways there are to do it — I don’t need to explain everything. For me, I started out with the formula I found over here at Crunchy Betty. I have washed my hair with the baking soda/water mix (BS) three times so far, apple cider vinegar rinse (ACV) each time. For context, I was shampooing my hair every other day or so before this — I used to be a hard core wash-my-hair-every-day-or-it-would-become-a-grease-trap type person, but I’ve been trying to ween myself off shampoo a little. As you can see from the picture (sorry for the morning bed head, by that way), my hair looks rather non-greasy. I was washed with BS/ACV yesterday, so it’s at about the 24 hour mark at the time the picture was taken.
The first time I did it, I followed Crunchy Betty’s recipe for the BS, mixed in an extra spray bottle, and sprayed it onto my head. The next time I tried a heavier amount of baking soda with less water, and just mixed it in my hand and plopped it on my head. It was a little harder to rinse out, but my head felt “cleaner” afterwards. The third time I met somewhere in the middle. I put about a tablespoon and a half of baking soda in my bottle, added roughly 3/4 cup of water (I was doing it in the shower so I could really measure), then mixed it well and just dumped it on my head instead of spraying it. So far, that has been my favorite method. As far as the ACV — I keep a red solo cup in the shower, pour a little ACV in the bottom, and fill the rest with water. I have long-ish hair, so I pull it into a sort-of ponytail and dunk the end into the cup, then pour the rest over the back of my head. I let it sit for a few minutes while I finish other shower duties, then rinse it well. On days that I shower but don’t use BS/ACV, I just rinse it with water.
Comments/complaints so far:
- The boy says he can occasionally catch a whiff of the vinegar smell from my head.
- The boy also thinks my hair seems to hang a little “heavier” than normal, probably from the additional oils.
- Don’t pre-mix your baking soda/water and just keep it in the shower. Unless you like dumping cold water on your head. I have found that using the hot shower water dissolves the baking soda quicker, plus it’s a lot less “shocking” for my scalp!
- I have not had the excessively dry ends the Crunchy Betty and some of the commenters on her blog seem to have. My roots have also not been much greasier than they normally get after a day or two of not washing. Perhaps I’m just lucky?
Most places I’ve read seem to suggest trying for 3-4 weeks before deciding if no ‘poo is for you. This coming week will be a good test — I’m leaving tomorrow evening for a business trip, so we’ll see how I manage the no ‘poo in a hotel with the grimey feeling I always get when I spend the whole day in an airport/traveling. I’m planning on bringing my bottle of ACV with me, as well as a plastic bag of baking soda (in my check luggage, of course — don’t want to alarm anyone!).
Anyway, you’re probably sick of reading this, so I’m signing off — I will provide an update closer to the two week mark as we see how things are progressing.