• eggyknap

    I use far less baking soda (one or two tablespoons in about 12 oz of water). I’ve been doing it for several years, and have no desire to switch.

    • Becky Striepe

      Cool! I’m glad you found a ratio that works for you! I tend to change things up depending on the season, since it gets so muggy here. What ratio of water to ACV do you use?

  • http://www.sweetnez.com SweetNez

    I’ve been doing the No Poo thing for almost a year and I love it. I use 1 Tb of baking soda/AVC mixed with 1 cup of water. My hair has never been softer or healthier! I’ve never had a problem with a vinegar smell, but that may be because I use a lot less. :) Here’s to chemical free cleaners!

  • http://loveandtrash.com Jessica

    Thanks for all the info! I switched to Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree soap a long time ago, but will be trying the soda/acv mix very soon.

    I also blogged about this here: http://loveandtrash.com/2010/06/no-poo-for-you/

    • http://loveandtrash.com Jessica

      Just out of the shower, and it worked! My head is clean and my hair (is still wet but) looks great. I’m converted.

      • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

        That’s great to hear, Jessica!

        • http://loveandtrash.com Jessica

          3 weeks later, and I am totally convinced. My hair looks and feels amazing.

          I have very dry, coarse and curly hair, so I wind up using a lot of both baking soda and vinegar. For both, I had to increase the amount of active ingredient and reduce the water–especially with the vinegar. It’s hard to get the active stuff down to my roots unless I can massage it in properly, so it’s better if the mixture is more potent.

          On days when I don’t feel like scrubbing, I do a vinegar/water rinse. My hair loves it.

          Thanks Becky!

          • Becky Striepe

            I’m glad to hear it’s working out for you, Jessica! And it’s good to hear from someone with curly hair – I’ve had a few folks ask me how it no ‘poo would work on curly hair, and now I’ve got something to go on.

          • Tess

            Hey Jessica
            I was wondering what your mixture was because i have really thick wavy hair so I think your ratio would be better suited for my hair compared to what becky uses

  • Lina

    Ho! Anyone got any experience with dreadlocks?
    My sister is totally into this no ‘poo thing, but when she used vinegar she felt that it was starting to dissolve her one and only dreadlock. I’d like to try it out, but find myself sceptical as I have full dreadlocks and not just one :P
    Could I use just baking powder? I mostly wash my scalp and not so much the dreads themselves. I’d be really greatful for som advice here : )

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      I have tried the no poo thing with only baking soda, and it did NOT go well – my hair started to have a sort of musty smell. I think the ACV disinfects, which helps prevent that from happening. Did your sister use full strength ACV, or was it diluted? You could try out a spot test to see how your hair reacts, but you might also look into dreadlock-specific conditioner to use in place of the ACV.

  • Shelley

    Just a simple question: how much are you actually pouring into the bottles when you say “parts”? Thanks. I plan on making some of this and trying it this weekend.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      I do a ratio – so 1/4c baking soda and 3/4c water and the same with the ACV. Everyone’s hair is different, so you might have to experiment. If your hair is dry, use less baking soda and more ACV. If it’s oily like mine, this ratio should work well for you. Let me know how you like it!

  • Julie

    I want to try this- I buy shampoo now without any harsh chemicals but eliminating it entirely and using these products that I already have in the house would be ideal! However, I wanted to make sure I was understanding- are you making a solution every time you wash (1/4c BS and 3/4 ACV each wash?) or making it in bulk? I’d like to make it in bulk if possible and was curious if anyone was doing that..
    Thank you!

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      That recipe makes it in bulk and should last you for a while. You don’t mix the baking soda with the ACV, though. You put them in separate bottles and mix them with water. You can think of the baking soda + water mixture as “shampoo” and the ACV + water as “conditioner.” For my hair, 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water and 1 part ACV to 3 parts water works well. You can always start with that mixture and adjust once you get past the transition stage.

      My hair tends to be oily, so I use a bit more baking soda. If yours isn’t, you might decrease it a bit…even half that amount (so 1/8c baking soda in 3/4c water). Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes. :)

  • Julie

    Great- thanks so much! :)

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  • Megan

    I’ve been no-poo for 2 years now. I have a 12-oz or so bottle that I mix…eh…a couple TBS of baking soda into with water, and that usually lasts me 2-3 weeks. Once a week or so, I’ll rinse with ACV or lemon juice (a couple oz mixed into a cup?), if at all. I usually find I don’t need it.

    I felt amazingly vindicated today after dealing with the off-hand snide remarks from my family, when, while getting a trim, my hair stylist was telling me how much she LOVES my hair, and how soft it’s gotten, what am I doing? And when I told her, she actually said ‘yea, that’s great for your hair!’

    • Becky Striepe

      I’d heard of folks that do the baking soda and ACV on different days. How can you tell when your hair needs the vinegar? I sort of like the texture I get from just the baking soda, especially in summer, but I had bad results when I gave up the ACV completely.

  • Julie

    So I have been doing this since about the 6th of this month- love it- absolutely do not have to wash my hair as often and it feels so soft..I was surprised how fast I noticed a difference. I have pretty long and thick hair so I did have to make a bigger batch but seeing its so simple- not an issue at all. Have an 8:30 am appt with the hairdresser tomorrow and am curious to see if she notices anything! I also added a nice homemade detangler in a spritz bottle made with oregano and Vanilla- yum!

    • Becky Striepe

      Julie, that’s so great to hear! I’m glad to hear from someone with long, thick hair, since I’ve gotten questions about that from friends in the past. Let me know what your hairdresser says!

  • http://ourhomeschoolreviews.blogspot.com/ Christine

    I have two questions. First, since you are making a large batch of 1/4c to 3/4c, how much do you apply to your hair for both the “shampoo” and “conditioner”? Is it the same amount you would normally use, about the size of a nickel or so?

    Second, I was wondering why you recommend ACV over white vinegar? Any benefits of one over the other?

    I want to try this for both me and my daughter.

    • Becky Striepe

      Great questions!

      1. I have very short hair, and couple of tablespoons of each in the palm of my hand does the trick. However much you need to massage it through all of your hair should be fine.
      2. I’ve never tried this with white vinegar, to be honest! It probably won’t hurt. You could always try it out and see. I’ve just always seen folks recommend ACV for the rinse, but I do use ACV and white vinegar interchangeably for things like cleaning the counters, so it could work just fine. If you try white vinegar, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Mairzie

    Hello! Thank you for this information. I have two questions. One of my young daughters has straight, fine, blond hair. It tends to be oily, so we switched from shampoo to baking soda in water, followed by an ACV/water rinse. I boil the water, put in dried chamomile and rosemary (yes, I know that’s for DARK hair, but I want the botanical properties.) However, recently my daughter’s hair seems to be changing colors. Her beautiful golden blond is now a blond with orangey tints. It looks unnatural, yet we’ve never been MORE natural! Any ideas as to what is causing this and how we can get back the golden blond? Thank you for your help.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      I know you’re into the herbs, but you might try taking them out of the mix for a bit to see if that helps. If you’re looking for soothing properties, a few drops of lavender oil in the ACV rinse might do the trick instead. This is just a guess, though – I have brown hair and haven’t noticed any discoloration. Let me know how it works out!

  • Mairzie

    Thank you. You know, I thought it may be the herbs. As I really like lavender, too, that’s a happy trade off. We shall see! Thanks again.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      I’m not totally certain, but it’s the only thing I could think of. I hope it works out for you!

  • Erinn

    I’ve been doing the no-poo thing for about a week. I love it! I’ve noticed my hair feels cleaner and gets less oily. I especially love what it has done for my naturally wavy locks. The only thing that concerns me is that my hair has been getting slightly frizzy and tangles easily. I have shoulder length hair and use about 1 Tbsp of baking soda every couple of days. I use the ACV rinse every other day with a ratio of 1/4 ACV to 3/4 water. Any recommendations?

    • Becky Striepe

      You might try less ACV. I wonder if the vinegar’s acidity is the problem? Maybe just do the rinse on the same day as you do the baking soda?

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      it will work as a natural Conditioner!
      Work in enough to cover all your Hair – especially the dry parts.
      If you like you can cover your Hair with Foil and put a dry towel over it,
      to intense the result.
      Let it there as long as you feel comfortable, then rinse your Hair with lukewarm water. After that you have healthy -shine -easy -combing Hair-party ;-)

  • Kathy

    I have been doing the no poo thing for a month now, and I really like how my hair looks. My one complaint is that the ends of my hair get tangled — my hair is half way down my back, so it’s pretty long. Any suggestions on that front?

    • Becky Striepe

      Interesting! When you do the ACV, do you focus on the roots? More ACV on your hair’s ends might help. I haven’t had long hair since college, so I’ve never tried No Poo with long hair! If that doesn’t help, maybe an occasional olive oil treatment on your ends would help. This one looks good:

      http://www.care2.com/greenliving/olive-oil-hair-repair.html?page=2

  • Ravyk

    Interesting, I might try this once I have finished my current lot of shampoo [don't want to waste it]. I have stopped conditioning my hair, I had always thought that I needed to to keep it from tangling, but it hardly gets tangled now [except when I forget to brush it regularly!].

  • yoli

    Hello, I have been doing this BS and ACV solution for over a month now and my hair is still the same, it’s weird, It’s seems to be oily because I see the oil on my hands when I rinse. When I am done with my hair in the shower, I can’t comb it because it is too tangled and when I blow dry it m I can’t get the brush through it. It is fluffy but tangly, hard to explain. I even started using the lime juice with water instead of ACV. Even less and more baking soda. Any ideas?? I don’t want to stop but my hair looks so dull.
    Thank you,
    Yoli

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Hmmmm….that’s an interesting one! I’ve found that the ACV helps make my hair soft, so you might try upping that, though if you do it too much you might have a lingering vinegar smell for a bit after the shower. I wonder if your hair would respond well to an oil treatment? Something like this, maybe?

      http://feelgoodstyle.com/2008/08/12/beauty-secrets-from-india-oiling-your-hair/

      • Yoli

        Hello Becky, I will try the ACV again but when I have used that before, my hair was limp and hard to hold the fluffyness. I have bangs and they were flat and oily. I forgot to add the my brush is now bent at the ends of the bristles from trying to blow dry my hair, it does not brush through easy at all. I will try the oil treatment but I will be left with doing the same washing in shower? I would love this to work for me and tell other people.
        Thanks for getting back to me,
        Yoli

        • Becky Striepe

          I wonder if focusing on getting the ACV on the ends of your hair, rather than the roots, might help? You still want some on your scalp, but it sounds like the roots are oily and the ends are dry. Is that about right?

          • Yoli

            Hi Becky, I don’t know if my roots are oily or not but I know my hair looks dry without any shine at all. I have thick, shoulder length hair and if I let it dry naturally, I would have a big fuzzy head, kind of like Madusa LOL! I was getting the ACV in my roots and the ends. I have tried both ways though. What do you think about the honey and water mixture? Should I back off the amount of baking soda. When I am done cleaning my with the BS, my hair is a tangly mess and I can hardly get the ACV through my hair. I am also loosing a lot of hair because I have to pull so hard. I try not but can’t help it. Is there something else I can use instead of the baking soda? It might be too harsh for my hair. Sorry I am such a problem. Just want this to work.
            Yoli

  • Becky Striepe

    Yikes! This is something I haven’t run into before. Have you tried using less baking soda? If your hair is getting frizzy and tangled, it might be dry? It’s no problem at all…I hate to think that you’re pulling your hair out, literally!

  • Yoli

    Hi Becky, I do less baking soda. It is weird, It seems like when I am cleaning my with that BS my hair feels oily, I can even see oilyness on my hands, like a residue. But, when I dry my hair it is not oily but heavy and dry. Weird huh? I just did the less BS and rinsed off then I put some honey with water mixture and rinsed it out after about 5 minutes. I will see what happens, my hair is still wet right now. I hate pulling my hair too because I have always had a hard time with hair falling out. Now it is worse!! Thanks for your help. I will let you know how my hair turns out after the Honey mixture.
    Yoli

    • Becky Striepe

      Oh, I see what you’re saying. This happens to me, too. I think the baking soda draws the oil out so you can rinse it away, so that’s normal. Hair loss is definitely not typical with No Poo, though, so I hope you can find a balance that works! Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

  • Yoli

    Hi there Becky! Well, my hair is a little better with the honey mixture but it feels a little heavy in the back. It is hard to dry still as it is tangly but once dried it was easier to brush through. It feels softer but feels like something is in my hair. i rinse really well too. When you rinse, can you run your fingers through your hair?? I can’t, with either baking soda or ACV. When I flip my hair over to get it in the turben towel I use to be able to run my fingers through my hair now i just flip in over and try to get as much hair as I can in the towel. I hate this. Thank you for helping me so much!!
    Yoli

  • Laura

    I am SO excited to try this!! I have relatively dry, curly hair, and I generally wash it only every few days (sometimes only once a week). I just wanted had a few questions:

    1. For dry hair, do I want more baking soda or less? I think once I have the hang of it I’ll try the BS mixture with brown sugar and honey (I can’t remember if that was from your website–I’ve looked at so many today!).

    2. Do the BS and ACV mixtures have to be stored in the fridge?

    3. Because of the curls and dryness of my hair, I have to at least wet it every day that I want it to look decent (and at the moment I’ll use conditioner on those days). With no poo, would I just use water most days and the BS and ACV every few days?

    Thank you so much for any help and for all of the information on this site!

    Laura

    • Becky Striepe

      Good questions!

      1. For dry hair, go easy on the baking soda. It draws out oil.
      2. Nope! I keep them right in the shower, so it’s just as convenient as shampoo and conditioner.
      3. You might use a little ACV on those days, but I’m not 100% sure. You could still use a little conditioner, since the main thing you’re avoiding with no poo is the harshness of shampoo. You might experiment with one and the other to see what works best for you. Everyone’s hair is a little different, so it’s hard to say what will work best!

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes. :)

      • Laura

        Thank you so much, Becky! I’m starting tomorrow morning (although, I haven’t actually washed my hair since last Thursday, anyway), and I’m so excited about it. We just did an olive oil treatment of my husband’s hair (it had started to resemble straw!), and then we’re going to do this no poo together.

  • Brittney

    I’ve been doing no ‘poo for about 2 months now. I love it!
    I had to experiment a bit at first to figure out what worked for me — I had extremely oily hair, and when I tried using bs/acv, the vinegar left my hair looking horribly stringy and greasy. (And I absolutely hated the occasional whiff of vinegar I’d get)
    But I switched over to using lemon juice, and it works wonderfully!
    About every 3 to 4 days, when showering I bring a cup with about a tablespoon of bs with me. I pour a little of it into my palm, mix some water to form a thick paste, and rub it into my scalp with the tips of my fingers. Then, I fill the cup up with water swirl it around to mix the rest of the bs and pour it over my head. Massage it around for a minute or so, then rinse.
    After that I use the juice from half a lemon, and mix it with about a cup of water. Pour that over my hair — focusing on the ends and leave it in while I shave, etc.
    At the end of my shower, I rinse out my hair well; finishing with a blast of cold water (as cold as I can stand, anyways) and voila! Finished!
    For me just pouring the diluted bs over my hair always left me oily. But beginning with the paste has solved that problem. :)

    • Becky Striepe

      Great tips! Now that I’m growing my hair out a bit, I might have to try this paste situation out.

  • Laura

    Hi there,
    I’ve been trying this for about 3 weeks, and I love everything about it except how my hair is looking right now! (I love how healthy, cheap, and environmental it is!). I have fairly dry, curly hair, and in my past life I washed it only about twice a week. For the first two weeks of no poo, I used a basic solution of BS and water (1 part BS and 3 parts water) and the same proportions of ACV and water. At that point my scalp was a little dry, so I added a few drops of oil to the ACV, and I used a BS recipe that I saw on this site (added brown sugar and honey). I also stopped using gel (I used a very natural one, but I wondered if it was building up on my hair since I stopped using shampoo? I figured it would be great to cut that out, too). Anyway, I use the BS twice a week, and with other showers I use only the ACV. These days I’m noticing my hair looks stringy and as if there’s something built up on it. Could that be the oil? Or the sugar and honey? Should I use just plain ACV a few times a week? I’d love any tips that anyone has. Thank you!!
    Laura

    • Becky Striepe

      Hi Laura! You might try using both the BS and ACV mixture on the same day. The baking soda strips oil from your hair, and the ACV helps soften your hair and (I think?) balance the pH of your scalp. When it’s humid, I normally do baking soda on Monday and then baking soda followed by ACV (rinsing well in between) on Friday. Now that it’s cold and dry out, I’m doing both mixtures on both days.

      It could be the oil that’s building up. Rather than doing the oil every time you use the ACV, you might try oiling your hair occasionally when it feels like you need an extra boost of moisture. Here’s an article from another site about that:

      http://feelgoodstyle.com/2008/08/12/beauty-secrets-from-india-oiling-your-hair/

      I hope this helps!

      • Laura

        Thank you, Becky! I’m definitely going to try using the ACV with no oil. I think that probably is what is building up. I knew there would be an adjustment period of figuring out what works for my hair, and it will be nice to get there! This has been transformational for my husband’s hair, he loves it.

  • Heather

    I have very fine, very dark brown hair with natural highlights that makes it very shiny looking. And last year, I tried no poo for a few months. During that time, I didn’t notice that my hair was drastically different, but it wasn’t worse either. My hair was clean and acted “normal” for my hair.

    I live away from my family and when I saw them, a few months into my no poo experiment, they were all shocked at how “dull” and “discolored” my hair was! I had noticed that it was lighter, but because it was so gradual I didn’t realize the changes taking place until I saw pictures. It was true- in addition to the lighter color, the shine had gone out of my hair!

    I immediately went back to my usual natural, organic brand of shampoo, but it took a good 3-4 months before my hair was back to its usual lustrous shine.

    I’d love to go back to using BS – but I dread losing the one thing I actually really love about my hair. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Thank you!

    ps – I was using the take a small dab of baking soda, mixing with water and apply to head every day / every other day. No ACV was needed for tangles/conditioning.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      If you try it again, I wouldn’t skip the ACV completely. Some folks’ hair doesn’t need it every time you do the baking soda, but the ACV does more than detangle. You might try baking soda every other day to start and ACV twice a week. You can also try diluting the ACV more, if it’s feeling too intense.

  • Stephanie Backs

    I have fine, thin, delicate hair (which is also straight, but i think it has the potential to be wavy if i went no ‘poo). It also gets visibly greasy after after 24hrs without washing. :( I think the baking soda might be too harsh for my hair. Anyone with a similar hair type have any experience with a similar hair type? Im considering going completely no ‘poo, but I dont want to damage my hair.
    I currently switch back forth between conventional shampoo and organic vegan bar shampoo. The bar shampoo works great but sometimes its too conditioning and makes my hair greasy. :(

    • Heather

      Yeah, my hair is exactly as you describe yours. And I had good results, though unlike others I had to wash everyday or my hair would be greasy looking (I’m assuming that your oil cycles stay the same since they correspond to internal mechanisms). My hair felt good, clean, bouncy. But my family was shocked at how dull my hair looked when they saw me a few months into it. So…do it at your own risk. The shine came back after a few months of going back to organic shampoo and conditioner.

  • http://beyondshampoo.com Abe

    Every time there is a mention of No Poo somewhere, there are tons of questions and comments from experience. So, I thought it might be a good idea to set up a question and answer site to help beginners, and kind of let everyone discuss the No Shampoo/Soap lifestyle, and all the different experiences and experiments we are doing.

    I would like to invite you to come post on our forum to provide info and experiences.

    So, if you are interested, go check it out: http://beyondshampoo.com

    I’m not selling anything, and I would appreciate people participating in honest, good discussions.

  • Kotori

    I’v been doing this treatment for just over two weeks now.LOVE IT
    I find using a fine tooth comb during shower helps alot. I shower every day with just water and use the baking soda mix every 4 or 5 days.

    My hair has never been so easy to brush. Naturally I have extremely greasy hair. For anyone trying this , i strongly advise using the mixes every 4 or 5 days and just with water between.
    Your scalp will eventually get used to this and produce less oil.
    Also I read above about a build up on your hair. This could be due to the hardness of your local water.

    • Becky Striepe

      Oh cool! Have you been using the comb to get the baking soda and ACV evenly through your hair, or in some other way? I might like to try this!

  • nopoogal

    I have been going no-poo for 19 days, and I love it. Hair was a lil greasy to start with, but I think it has normalised. I just use 1-2T baking soda with 1 cup water and dunk it on my head, massage my scalp, and rinse. So far I have done it only like 4 times, which makes it once every 4-5 days, and only when I feel yucky. I haven’t needed to use ACV yet. My hair, when I was using shampoo, felt thin, and was flyaway. Now, my chin-length bob feels thicker – strange, really. It takes longer to dry, feels heavier, like there’s a coat of film (is it sebum? yuck!) on it, but there’s also more volume, less frizz, less flyaway, and just generally behaves better. How can hair texture change so quickly? I hope it’s not all in my head (pun intended). Evidence that it’s not: My bf says it looks good, and doesn’t smell bad. My best friend thinks my hair looks much better. Another guy friend the other day said my hair looked really nice, like I had some expensive hair product in it, which I didn’t, of cos. I’d say it’s a success at this stage. It’s so liberating not to have to fuss with shampoo and still have hair that behaves!

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying no poo life! It sounds like maybe you’re experiencing buildup on your hair, which the ACV will help with. You don’t need to use the ACV every time, but I’d try to do it every other time and see what that does.

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  • Katie

    odd… I commented here yesterday about how I am having a lot of trouble doing this and now my comment isn’t showing up. Sigh.

    • Becky Striepe

      Very odd. What problem are you having?

      • Katie

        Thanks for responding Becky. My problem is I screwed up the very first time I tried no-poo about a week and a half ago. I was following the directions on another site that said to put in 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a tiny amount of water so that you just have a paste. Well I screwed it up and used 2 tablespoons and I thought I was supposed to use the whole amount. And I made the same mistake again 3 days later, it wasn’t until my third time did I try it the way your site recommends. And the reason I changed what I was doing was because my hair has become like straw. It is so extremely oily on top and limp and then down through the ends it is very dry. Overall it is very dull. I can barely pull a comb through it too. Also, I was using the ACV correctly, 1 tablespoon of acv in about a cup and a half of water and only putting it on my ends. My ends are still super super dry and frayed though. Sigh.

        How can I fix this!? I really want this to work. Should I not use any baking soda next time? Everyone keeps talking about how luxurious and soft their hair became and mine is horrible. I know there is a transition time period, but have I ruined everything because I got my mixtures wrong? Thanks for any help you can provide…

        • Becky Striepe

          Yikes! Maybe an oil treatment would help? Feelgood Style describes a simple oil treatment with coconut oil that I’ve heard works well:

          http://feelgoodstyle.com/2008/08/12/beauty-secrets-from-india-oiling-your-hair/

          You might also just skip the baking soda for a bit, until your hair is back to normal. I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience! Everyone’s body is different, so the 1T baking soda with a little water could work perfectly for the person who wrote that up. I change up my regimen seasonally, since my hair gets greasier in summer and drier in winter. The rule of thumb that’s worked for me is less baking soda if my hair is dry and less vinegar if it’s oily.

          I hope this helps!

  • http://www.bloowillbooks.wordpress.com Rebecca Bloomer

    My daughter and I just did our first ‘no poo’ evening. I can already feel the difference in the softness of my own wavy/curly/dry hair. It’s SO soft!

    My daughter has very long, fine hair that tangles easily. I’ve never before rinsed her hair and been able to run my fingers through it. Wonderful! Because we’ve had so many issues with headlice coming home from school with her, I took a bit of a proactive step and added some tea tree, neem, lavender and rosemary oils (just a drop or two of each) to the bicarb mixture. These are all ingredients in natural headlice treatments, so I figured that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. She’s ten so not only does she love the ‘making’ part of this process, she also commented on how good our mixture smelled and on how great her hair felt!

    I think I’m a no poo convert!

    • Becky Striepe

      That sounds like it would smell great! I’d love to hear how it helps with head lice prevention.

  • Bouncy

    Breakthrough: I have super THIN, very long STRAIGHT and EXTREMELY OILY hair! Many people struggle with the no-poo method when it gets too oily and I sure did the first two weeks almost to the point of giving up. I read a bit more and found rinsing with ACV BEFORE and AFTER using the BS is the answer for oil. Some people say dont use as much ACV or only on the ends if its greasy but actually its the vinegar that breaks down the grease and gets rid of it. So for greasy heads MORE is better. My routine is rinse first with 1/8 vinegar water mix, rinse with water, apply 1 spoon of BS in a cup of water and massage through, rinse with water, rinse again with ACV mix then final water rinse. Its more work and takes longer than regular shampoo but my skin feels ALIVE again for the first time and my allergies are a goner! Plus my hair has never felt so squeeky clean and silky. Good luck all and dont give up, just find what works for you :)

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Thank you so much for sharing this experience! I think you’re totally right…it’s sometimes a little bit tricky to find what works for you. I’m so glad you found a solution for thin, oily hair and that you shared it!

  • http://MJSchrader.com MJ Schrader

    I went no poo in May of 09, I have not looked back. My long straight hair used to tangle and take forever to dry. Now it dries fairly quick, it doesn’t tangle. I need to modify my recipe as I don’t like how it’s working right now. But thanks to this post I have lots of variations to try :)

  • http://freeshampoo.org/ elisabeth

    Hey Becky Striepe,

    The first time I hear this idea ” No Poo”

    But why you recommend AVC over white vinegar?

    Only the word vinegar is scared me….

    Anyway Becky I going to try the No Poo thing I don’t wan to be stupid…

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  • Michelle

    I was doing this over 8months ago, but got a perm and stopped. now my hair is straight again and i have a question about making it in bulk..i was doing 2tbsp to 1cup of water and if i made it in a bottle the baking soda would form into hard pieces at the bottom of the bottle and so i had to mix everytime i washed…what do you think caused that?? I want to make in bulk so i can do NO POO again..thanks!!

    • Becky Striepe

      I have the same experience. Vigorous shaking seems to help mix things back up enough for me, but it sounds like you’re having more of a clumping issue, possibly. You could try heating the water to see if that helps the baking soda absorb, but it might separate again when it cools, and I’m not sure if heating would change the composition at all. I hope this helps! :)

      • Michelle

        yes it did clump up when i shook it…and i tried the warming water thing too, didn’t help. so i had a bunch of nasty clumpy chunks in my hair..maybe too much bs? any ideas??

        • Becky Striepe

          That’s not ideal! I’m sort of at a loss. That doesn’t sound like a ton of baking soda – I use about the same amount that you’re mentioning. What if you kept a shaker (like one of those picnic salt shakers with a lid?) of baking soda in the shower to sprinkle it on your head and mix with water directly on your hair?

  • Joanne

    I tried the baking soda and ACV yesterday for the first time. I have very fine, straight, oily blond hair and usually have to shampoo every day. My scalp seems to react to either regular shampoo and/or conditioner and I get nasty, flaky, scales. I made a paste of baking soda and water and massaged it into my scalp. I rinsed with water and then ACV. I couldn’t believe how great my hair looked. I’ve tried every body-building product in the world (most are sitting half-used under my bathroom sink) and nothing was doing the trick. If this keeps working it’ll be amazing!

    • Becky Striepe

      How awesome! Many people go through a “transition period” with no poo, while their scalp and hair adjusts. I didn’t have this experience, but in case you do I thought better to mention it. It sounds like you might just luck out, though!

      If you hit any snags later on, adjusting the baking soda:water ratio or the vinegar:water ratio can help. What’s worked for me is more baking soda is my hair is oily and more vinegar if it’s dry. There are some great tips above from other readers that I encourage you to check out, too!

  • heather

    I’m trying no-poo again (round 2). Last time I tried I continued with my usual regimen of washing every day because my hair is very fine and oily. Four months into it, I ended up with dull, lightened hair that took several months to undo using regular shampoos/conditioners.

    Two years after this disaster, I’m trying a “tiered” no-poo approach. So for no-poo round2, I washed my hair every day for two weeks with baking soda/acv (about 1 part baking soda to 6 parts water / 1 part acv to 4 parts water). Once my hair adjusted to that (no greasiness in the morning), I’ve started washing every other day. I’m a week into it and my hair is starting to adjust. This is the first time in my life that I didn’t have to wash my hair every day – very exciting!

    The down side is that unlike others, my hair isn’t a thick, full-bodied wonder. It’s more or less the same.

  • gennette

    Both my husband and I are just starting the No’Poo thing. (The main reason for me is that I’m cheap, though he’s worried about the chemicals in shampoo.) I found a ratio that works well for him, which is a very diluted solution of 1tsp baking soda to 1/2 cup of water. For the rinse, I use lactic acid + water instead of vinegar. 1/2 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of water is what we’re currently on. I think I need to start making more concentrated solutions for myself, though.

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  • Michelle

    I do NO POO..my routine however is different..I use Giovanni moisturizing conditioner(its organic and I find it at Ulta, Whole Foods or Large bottles at TJ Maxx..sells for around $5-6 dollars for an average size bottle…salon size $13)….I put it on myhair and rub it through to the ends…then finger comb my hair for any knots(I have thick curly shoulder length hair mix of wavy and boticello) and then message my scalp to get it clean….then I rinse and put in a combination of Giovanni leave in conditioner(sells for around $6 but lasts forever also organic)….and then finish with a light coating of deval curl Arc Angel light hold)…get load of compliments on my curls and they remain soft and non frizzy all day…grew out my relaxer back in 07..went totally curly in 10

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Oh, interesting! I’d heard of those store-bought no poo products but haven’t tried them. I looked for an ingredients list but couldn’t find the Giovanni no poo product online…what all is in it? I’m so curious about these commercial formulations!

  • lula mae

    it’s been five days so far, and it’s really hard for me not to wash my hair. i normally have pretty curls but now my hair is like…greasy and flatter…i know it’s the transitional stage but i need to look proper for work… i tried the baking soda thing yesterday, but i only had red wine vinegar…Why specifically does everyone use apple cider vinegar? Ill pick some up tomorrow. I just feel discouraged, because of how gross my hair is right now. Even though it is looking shinier of course. And is there no kind of natural conditioner people use, something that hydrates? encourage me….

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      Hmm…I’ve never tried wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar both work well. A wine vinegar might have a different pH…

      If you’re having a problem with greasiness, try diluting the vinegar a bit more.

      Most folks don’t need a conditioner with the ACV/BS regimen, but some people do the no ‘poo thing with a conditioner. I’d hit up a natural foods store and look for something organic, if you decide that your curls need the conditioner.

      I hope this helps! :)

  • Annie

    For those who are having issues with tangles/ dry hair/ frizzies, I have found that just a drop (or two) of jojoba oil works wonders. I rub it into my palms first, start in the back of my hair, and work my way towards the front. You just need to be careful because if you overdue it, your hair can look oily, but just a drop or two is awesome. You can apply when hair is wet or dry.

    Also… I used to make my own skin lotion, but now I just apply the jojoba oil directly to my skin and it’s wonderful, also great for one of my adopted kiddos who has dark brown skin.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      Oooh great tip! Jojoba oil is good stuff. :)

  • Rosie

    Hot oil treatment – HOW DO YOU GET IT OUT??!!! I’ve been going poo-free (& conditioner/hair product free) for about 6 months and have absolutely loved how managable my hair has become. Recently however, I have noticed it getting a little dry so I decided to try a hot-oil treatment. I mixed olive oil with some rosemary and put it in my short hair, left it for the recommended 15 minutes, and then washed out with my baking soda/water mixture. YIKES!! My hair was VERY wet looking from the oil. I tried a mixture of flour/baking soda/honey as recommended by someone on youtube. It helped a bit, though my hair still looked wet after a nice cruise in the convertible last night. This morning I put cornstarch all through my hair and left it for half an hour, and that has helped more, then I tried just ACV mix, again helped a bit maybe. I’ll do the cornstarch thing one more time – at least for now it looks presentable. If I wasn’t working from home, I think I would have to revert back to shampoo once!! Any other ideas, anyone?

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    My sister is totally into this no ‘poo thing, but when she used vinegar she felt that it was starting to dissolve her one and only dreadlock. I’d like to try it out, but find myself sceptical as I have full dreadlocks and not just one :P
    Could I use just baking powder? I mostly wash my scalp and not so much the dreads themselves. I’d be really greatful for som advice here : )

  • Yoli

    Hello, I know you said that your would not smell like ACV after you dry your hair but when I got in the shower and I didn’t wet my hair yet and I said what is that smell? Well, it was my hair. It smell like ACV and like smelly socks. i am sitting here on the computer and I can smell my hair like ACV. I didn’t use much the day before and I rinsed it out because I didn’t want to smell like it. I use 1/2 ACV to over 2 cups of water. Can you please help?
    Thanks,
    Yoli

  • http://smileyjkl.blogspot.com Jo-Anna

    I’ve been doing this for about a month now. At first my hair was disgustingly greasy, but that part is slowly improving. Now my hair is just very flat, coarse, slightly greasy and (this is the odd thing) takes forever to dry. I used to be able to dry my hair in a few minutes when I shampooed, but now with no-poo I dry my hair for over 10 minutes with the dryer and it still is damp. I’ve experimented a little with a few things, I use very low concentration of baking soda, like 1 tbs to a cup of water and maybe 3 tbs of ACV to a cup of water (aprox) Plus I’ve been using a random assortment of herbs I boiled together as another rinse. I find that the ACV makes my hair very soft, but also greasy very quickly, so I’ve cut back to using that only once or twice a week. I also find that the top of my hair near my scalp stays clean but further down, my hair still feels more greasy and coarse. I’m getting fed up with having to wear my hair in a bun every day! Is there any hope for me?

    • Michelle

      Try less acv…

  • Bouncy

    Im sad to say I had to give up on this. Some days it was beautiful but it was very hit and miss which wasnt great when I had to go out. I too got sick of ‘the bun’ on bad days. Plus it was a LOT of messing around with all the mixing and refilling of bottles. I have very fine, flat and OILY hair since my teens (35 now) and my routine now is to use a fairly harsh shampoo for a pre-wash to get rid of the grease but follow that with a beautiful organic something. The beautiful organics are never harsh enough to get rid of the oilies but I feel they cleanse my scalp of all of the harsh chemicals etc of the ‘normal’ shampoo so it doesnt overproduce oil in the next days. I get two or sometimes three days this way instead of one day with either kind on its own. I also still do a baking soda scrub once or twice a month for extra squeaky cleanness so that much good came of it all at least. Good luck :)

  • Ostola

    THis is great! I have used all volumising products under the sun and spend loads of time and small fortune trying to sort my fine hair and it seems like I should have stopped using anything! It’d my day 1 of being poo free. I didn’t have cider vinegar at home so I used one part lemon juice to 3 parts water and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. My hair looks great, smells great and is totally hassle free.
    Thanks!