No more shampoo or conditioner
for me. I have been "poo free" for a couple of weeks
and still can't get over how great my hair looks.
Now I can hear some of you saying,
"No way. I have oily hair and have to wash it every day
and need the shampoo to get rid of the oil." Please read
on and consider what I am explaining.
I have very oily, fine, limp
long hair. At times I have to deal with fuzzing and all kinds
of weird things. To comb my hair out is a pain because of tangles.
That is why I am so in awe.
How it Works
It works on the principle that
the more oil is stripped from your hair the more oil your body
will produce to replace it. It is a cycle. It works something
like nursing a baby. The more you nurse the more milk you produce
and when you stop all your milk goes away.
We have gotten into a shampooing
frenzy, shampooing our hair every day to clean it, so we have
started an awful "not good for our scalp" cycle with
our bodies. Most shampoos are really bad about stripping the
oils out of your hair, causing your body to produce more.
Guess what the number one selling
hair product is on QVC (or home shopping network)? Wen. It is
a "no shampoo" treatment for your hair. The price?
Almost $35 for 16 oz. (about 2 cups) and for long hair you have
to use 48 pumps of it. Do you know how expensive that is?
The treatment I'll share below
does the same thing at a cost of about 3 cents for the same amount
and you use significantly less of it.
What's The Worst that can
I asked myself, "Why did
I put this off so long? What is the worst that can happen?"
I might have oily hair for a week or so and have to wear my hair
in a pony tail. It won't cost me a thing.
What do I have to Gain?
I will have healthier hair and
save, in some cases, lots of money on shampoo, conditioner and
hair products for the whole family. I am finding that I don't
have to use any products like mousse or gel because my hair is
holding its curl better. This means I will save by not having
to use or buy other products and I'll also save time. Usually,
within an hour, my hair would have lost all it's curl and if
I was going someplace later I would have to curl it again, damaging
my hair more.
I Did It.
I jumped in and did it. The
only thing I regret is that I didn't do it years ago. Some people
say their hair needed a 2-6 week adjustment period but I didn't
need one, even with my oily hair. The first time I didn't use
shampoo my hair looked even better than before. It combed out
more easily with almost no tangles at all and it looked unbelievable.
As I said, an added side bonus I hadn't expected is that it keeps
the curl and style better than it did before, so I don't have
to mess with it as much.
I am also going a little longer
in between washing it and this is only after two weeks of doing
this. I can't wait to see what it will be like after a couple
of months. This has been one of those things that has changed
my life. I know that it may sound silly but you know how having
a bad hair day makes us ladies feel. I don't think I can ever
have a bad hair day again!
What Do You Do?
There are different ways of
doing this but I like to keep things simple so this is what I
do. I also brush my hair before I start.
Mix 1 Tbsp. baking soda with
8 oz. hot water and stir or shake until well dissolved. You can
use a funnel and put this in a container like a squirt bottle.
Mix 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
in 8 oz. water. Again mix and store in a squirt bottle.
Essentially, you just replace
the baking soda mix for shampoo and vinegar for conditioner.
Wet hair well, rub in some of the baking soda and mix into your
scalp well. Rinse. Then squirt it with the vinegar mix, rub it
in and rinse.
I have long hair and the 8 oz.
lasted me about 4-5 washings. If you use the same proportions,
you can mix a larger amount and keep in a larger bottle if you
If your hair seems a little
oily, only add the vinegar rinse to the ends of your hair. You
could also use lemon juice instead of vinegar.
If you see a white residue,
you may be using too much baking soda. The proportions I listed
seem to be just right. Some people place the baking soda in their
hand and make a paste to rub into the scalp but it is hard to
get the right consistency and I think it is harder to distribute
evenly on your scalp.
Some people have found after
using this method for a while that they only have to rinse their
hair with water because the ph and oil becomes so perfectly balanced.
I haven't been using it long enough yet to know about that.
I know some of you have used
regular or apple cider vinegar for a rinse and liked it, and
I have too, but adding the soda for shampoo is wonderful.
Try it and see. If you are still
too afraid to do it, try it on your children or husband for a
week or two and see what happens with their hair.
It isn't like you are investing
large amounts of money or time into something. It is very simple.
All I can say is I can never go back myself. My hair is so much
more manageable and looks so good now that I don't want shampoo
near my hair.
I hope you give it a try!