So I have replaced my shampoo with a very simple alternative, and have been going strong for months now. It’s called ‘no-poo’, and it’s trending, even among some celebs. How many ingredients do you need? Three! Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and….wait for it…..water. You will also need two shampoo bottle sized squirt-able bottles. I used my old dishsoap bottles. A bit of the essential oil of your choice if you so desire. The howto? Up next!
Start with mixing, in the first bottle, about 3 – 4 tbsp of baking soda to about 3 cups of water. Experiment to get the dilution that feels right in your hair. I like a bit heavier concentration. Shake it up before use – depending on how much hair you have (I have very little), your bottle may last a few uses or many.
In the second bottle, mix about one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Reduce ACV if you find this too strong. Add about 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice if you want to mask the vinegar smell during use (it doesn’t linger on your hair afterwards, so the scent is mainly for your own benefit).
Wet hair. Apply the baking soda mixture to your hair so it is saturated with the stuff and massage in. Next, saturate your hair with the apple cider vinegar mixture and massage again. The reaction between the baking soda (a base) and the vinegar (an acid) creates a wonderfully pH neutral environment in your hair, leaving it silky smooth and healthy with no residue. Rinse thoroughly!
You can also experiment with adding some vegetable glycerin (about 1 tbsp) to your baking soda mix for extra moisture. Furthermore, some folks choose to rinse each step separately instead of combining the two. And others skip the ACV entirely. You do what feels right for you hair – after experimenting a bit, you will get used to what works for you!
According to some, there may be an ‘adjustment period’ (anywhere from a few days to a few weeks) where your hair’s natural oils (which have been stripped with traditional shampoo) come in a little strong, and you may get a slight oiliness to your hair. Once your hair adjusts to not having the oils stripped from it so frequently, the oil will tone itself down. I myself didn’t notice this happen with my hair, but the warning is due as I have heard that this happens!
No parabens or other harsh chemicals for your hair, just good, clean, natural ingredients that pH balance your hair and scalp! Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!
UPDATE 01/06/2014: I have had some questions re: using No-poo on colour treated hair. From researching folks’ anecdotes on many a forum, it seems to be either a non-issue, or to protect your colour BETTER than shampoo. If in doubt, use a lower concentration of baking soda.