• Yeah, I said “no ‘poo.”

    If you’re interested, check out the new posts up at Seriously Shiny. No pressure.

    After much (little) contemplation (basically on a whim), I’ve decided to go no ‘poo.

    What’s that, you ask? I’ve decided to stop shampooing my hair. Yes, I am basically just becoming a giant hippie. Suck it.

    I started reading about it a couple of weeks ago. It makes logical sense to me (basically, that shampoo strips all the natural oil from your hair, causing you to overproduce it). So I’m giving it a whirl. There are several different ways to opt out of shampoo. Some more extreme than others. I, of course, have decided to go with the most extreme.

    The easiest way is a way used by a lot of African American women. It’s called “co-washing.” I think. Anyway, you basically don’t use shampoo, just conditioner.

    Next, some people “wash” with baking soda and water and then “condition” with apple cider vinegar. I’ve done this once, just to get the gunk out of my hair. It worked pretty well for me, but I also hadn’t washed my hair in a week when I did it.

    And finally, the method I will be using is called “Mexican washcloth.” Basically, you “brush” your hair with a washcloth while it’s wet, to redistribute the oil. After some trial and error, I’ve found that what works best is to stand under the hot running water and wipe the washcloths (I use two, one in each hand) down my hair from root to tip, 100 times on each side.

    I last washed my hair on Saturday, September 18. It’s still going through what I would call a “transition” period, meaning it’s still producing more oil than necessary. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be through this transition period in about a month. Since my hair is longer, it’s going to take a little while to get the natural oils all the way to the ends. (I’ve also been using a boar bristle brush, to help the process along.)

    I gave myself a month. If, in a month, I see no changes, I’ll probably at least switch to the baking soda/apple cider vinegar routine. I can already tell that less of my hair is falling out and it’s less frizzy…sometimes. I really need to get a microfiber towel to dry my hair, as I’ve heard that helps with frizz and drying time, but I don’t really want to spend the money on one.

    My shower routine is so different now, I barely recognize it. I don’t use any harsh chemicals or products. I use homemade facewash (I’m thinking about making some toner next!), olive oil instead of shaving cream, Castile fragrance-free soap, and I no longer use shampoo or conditioner. I have a lot of washcloths.

    Tonight, while I’m doing laundry (as soon as I run out of laundry detergent, I’m going to make my own), I’m going to go through my drawers and cabinets and collect all of the things I need to give away. You heard me right, friends, my beauty products are making an exit. I’m not going to throw them out, as that would be creating a lot of waste. I’ll give away the things I can and then try to donate the rest to a shelter.

    Future homemade items:
    Laundry Detergent
    Cleaning products


  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve been dying to try that for over a year but I’m scared. To be honest, I’m vain as hell. I won’t even lie. My hair is SO oily if I miss just one day of washing it and it drives me batty (i think it’s the OCD!). So I don’t know if I would last waiting it out until the natural oils calmed down in my hair. Keep us updated on it!!

  2. The Civilian says:

    So have you started dying your own clothes yet? What about making your own clothes out of hemp is that the next step? :) How many days a month do you wear tie dyed clothing?

  3. lbluca77 says:

    The “Mexican washcloth” doesn’t sound that bad, but not sure if on work mornings there would be enough time to wipe down my hair 100 times . Can you use conditioner though? I have oily hair so not sure I could go without washing it with shampoo. Plus I use a blonde shampoo/condition that keeps my hair from getting brassy. But I would give this “Mexican washcloth” on the weekend.

  4. Alice says:

    i’ve thought about the no ‘poo route before, but i am just…. not at all a candidate. my hair is MEGA thin & fine, and just the act of sleeping on it makes it an oily mess. if i shower at night, my hair looks unwashed by 4p the next day because of the sleeping part. i know the idea is that cutting out shampoo will actually make my hair less oily, but… oof. i don’t think the problem is that i’m producing too much oil; it’s that my hair is too thin to absorb any of it.

    which is a long way of saying i envy you, and also please tell me how the homemade laundry detergent goes because i have big hippie pipe dreams but am usually too chicken to act on them until someone else assures me it’s ok.

  5. Laura says:

    I kinda want to try this no ‘poo idea. It might be really good for my hair. Although it will probably take a YEAR for the oils to get to the end of my hair at this point.

    Also, as an aside/FYI… I’ve heard that the best homemade cleaner is to take two spray bottles and fill one with hydrogen peroxide and the other with vinegar. It kills the important bacteria and gets caked stuff pretty well. I have not tried this, but it sounds fun.

  6. Just promise me you’ll rethink this if people start moving away from you on the bus.

  7. Toe says:

    This is interesting. I’d love to see how it goes for you. I’ve been trying to go all “organic” in my personal hygiene products and have found my skin irritations are down and they seem to last longer, such as, organic deodorant.

  8. Graygrrrl says:

    I’m interested to hear how this goes! When my hair was a bit shorter, I always “co-washed”. It was recommended to me by the lovely hippie-esque woman who cut my hair. I have to say, shampooing ever other (or every two) times I conditioned really helped my hair. It had that perpetual 2nd day dirty look and was so shiny!!

  9. Jenny says:

    I’ve always shaved my legs with oil – just ordinary cooking oil. Means I moisturise at the same time! And it’s a lot cheaper.

    This is the thing about being environmental and vegan and so on – I think what people need to realise that often the cheapest and easiest ways of doing things are also the most green. Although that said it’s certainly easier just to slosh a load of shampoo on your head than it is to wipe it a hundred times with a washcloth…

    I’m certainly tempted to try baking soda and vinegar on my hair. I do know though that because my skin gets very dry that my hair is more than likely the same, even once I get past my shampoo dependence. I do use a Lush shampoo cake rather than ‘real’ shampoo though – I guess the next step is to make my own, or go baking soda, when I next run out. It’ll take a while, I’m pretty sparing.

    Long story short, I’m interested to hear how this goes for you, how your hair is at the end of the month…

  10. Joanna says:

    Share some links where you find your recipes?

    I’ve slowly but surely been cutting out the beauty products because I can only afford the one kind of cancer. I’m not Full Hippy yet, but I’m trying to be more naturally beautiful and still smell good. :)


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