The other evening, I met a woman who mentioned that she did the no 'poo thing, and we had a fun little bonding moment over it. That got me thinking that it's been a while since I stopped washing my hair with shampoo.
What is No Poo?
For folks who aren't familiar with the idea of No 'Poo, it's a haircare regimen that involves washing and conditioning your hair without any harsh chemicals. The cheapest, easiest way to do this is with our old friends baking soda and vinegar.
Over the winter, I changed up my recipe a bit for the drier weather, but now that it's hot and humid here in Atlanta, it was time to try out a different recipe.
How to No Poo
This time around, I'm using a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water and the same ratio of apple cider vinegar to water. Just mix up the two solutions in separate bottles. Bonus points for reusing plastic bottles that would have been headed for the landfill! For the vinegar rinse, I added 20 drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil blend to mask the vinegar smell a bit.
The results have been the best yet! My hair comes out super soft and only needs to be washed about two to three times per week.
To apply, start with the baking soda mixture. Shake the bottle really well, then massage it into your scalp, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse it out thoroughly. Do the same thing with the vinegar solution.
That's it! Organic shampoos and conditioners run about $6 for a bottle on the low end. If I was using a bottle every month, it means I've probably saved around $100 already! Not only that, it's helped keep all manner of toxic chemicals out of the wastewater.
Do any of you guys do the No Poo thing? The woman I met mentioned that she buys a pre-mixed solution online. If any of you have tried something like that, I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments!
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