I Went No’Poo & Never Looked Back

Posted on | October 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

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Actually, I did look back, but it was only briefly. In February 2010, I began a journey that I’d been considering for several years before. My scalp was itchy & flaky, and my hair was falling out & brittle. I wasn’t going bald by any means, but my brush was always so full of hair after a brushing. I’d switched to organic & “natural” shampoos & conditioners to no avail. Oil treatments weren’t helping. Head massage, shampooing less often, nothing, was helping. So I took the plunge.

I did a ton of research before I committed to this. I was a little worried. We were active in the community (this is when we still lived in Wyoming), & I’d read of some people have an acclimation period of a few months. Oily, greasy, unmanageable hair. Blech. Would I be able to go out in public? I was a little secretive, even to my Husband. I didn’t want to get excited, spread the word & have it not work. I wanted to tell a success story. So, I moved forward & began.

I started using a “shampoo” of about 1 tablespoon of baking soda to about 1/4 cup of water. I did a rinse of a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a couple cups of water. After the rinse, I rinsed out all of the vinegar. My hair was greasy & funky feeling for a little while, but I was blessed with just a 3 week acclimation period.

Climate/Time of Year Makes a HUGE Difference!

As I mentioned before, we were in Wyoming when I started this journey, so maybe the arid climate helped with a short-lived acclimation. While I understand not everyone is blessed with climates that lack humidity, I know that most places at least have a small time period of lower humidity, typically in the cooler months.

I had tried this once before, but I lasted about 3 days before I went back to shampoo. We lived in super-humid Georgia at the time. I truly believe the climate difference had a LOT to do with the difference in success from Georgia to Wyoming.

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned I looked back briefly. When we moved in July 2011, we were told just a few weeks later by Hubba’s job, that we were moving again. I had so much to do. We were still suffering a little bit of jet lag. I didn’t have time or energy for no’poo. So… I used some bottled shampoo for a few weeks. BIG MISTAKE!

My scalp became matted feeling. I got a coating of oils & other smut on my scalp that flaked off in large chunks. My hair was oily, greasy & clumpy. It was worse than when I went from bottled shampoos to no’poo. I was so upset, & immediately went back to using my baking soda & apple cider vinegar. Within a week or so, my hair was doing much better again & my scalp was shedding the last of the gunk left from commercial shampoos.

Some Additions

Since going no’poo a little over a year & a half ago, I’ve made a couple changes. Obviously, we moved. Back to the South at that. The land of high humidity. Between the humidity & my brief affair with bottled shampoo, my hair hasn’t been the same as it was the first several months of no’poo.

I started adding tea tree oil to the baking soda mix, because I noticed a weird smell to my hair. I also notice that where in Wyo I only had to wash my hair once a week, here it’s about every 3-4 days (4-5 as the weather gets cooler). The tea tree oil took care of the smell issue.

However, while I LOVE tea tree oil, I don’t love the smell so much. I am also now adding lavender oil to my rinse. Now, THAT, I love!!! I walk around for a day or 2 after a “shampoo” smelling like lavender. I do tend to rinse every day or every other day with plain water. I’m happy with being no’poo. I can style just as I used to with bottled shampoo. I’ve never been big on hair styling aids (gel, mousse, etc). I plan on sticking with it.

^ Picture taken at 1 day.

^ At 5 days.

Time to wash it again 🙂


Have you ever tried no’poo? Considered it? Already a no’poo diva? Comment & let us know!

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4 Responses to “I Went No’Poo & Never Looked Back”

  1. Wonderwoman
    October 6th, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I’ve been no-poo for about 4 years and my hair and scalp is so much healthier for it. I had a little trouble adjusting to not being covered in petroleum products. Real hair has a much different texture and it just felt weird at first.

    Think the smell could be the water in your new house?

  2. The Vintage Wife
    October 6th, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    WW- that could very well be it. In the meantime, the essential oils seem to keep it at bay, & since bottled shampoos wreck my hair, I’ll just have to live with it for now 🙂 I’m hoping to invest in a shower head filter soon, too, so maybe that will help as well!
    The Vintage Wife recently posted..17 Uses For Whey

  3. Honey
    October 7th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    I went no-poo for 8 months before switching back to shampoo. It took a full month before my hair resembled something other than really bad doll hair. For the next couple of months my hair looked great and was curlier than ever! I loved it. Then I started to notice A LOT of breakage! I spent a ton of money having all kinds of hormone tests and such done at the doctors, all of which came back normal. I tried different all natural deep conditioning treatments, but they only made my hair greasy looking. I ended up having to have 4 inches cut off my hair. I have since switched back to a high quality shampoo and conditioner and my hair quit breaking off. Hopefully you have better luck with it!

  4. The Vintage Wife
    October 7th, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    It is definitely not for everyone, and it sounds like you gave it the best shot you could. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you.

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