The oh-so-important HAIR update

One of the all-time most popular posts here on Simple Mom is about my hair. In that I don’t wash it. Almost two years old, and this post still gets at least one comment per day, it still makes its way around Twitter, and people in real life still ask me all sorts of questions.

I wonder sometimes if those people are closely inspecting my hair, wondering if I hide spider webs underneath, or if it would smell like — I dunno, something gross if they came too close.

Reader Sandra recently wrote and asked:

“I have been reading your blog and found the no shampoo post interesting. I see it was posted a while back — are still doing it, and if so, how your hair is today? I started to do this last week and I am finding my hair very dry and tangled. I am wondering if this is part of the process, or if I am doing something wrong.”

I suppose it’s time for a hair update. Because I know you’re all on the edge of your seats, wondering if I haven’t washed it in 24 months.

Drumroll, please.

Yep, I still don’t wash my hair… in the traditional sense, that is. I still do what I shared in that post two summers ago — I use a simple mix of baking soda and water to cut the typical grime, and I follow it with apple cider vinegar to keep it smooth and shiny.

No shampoo, no conditioner.

Now, in my last trimester with Finn, I did use a gentle, natural shampoo because my hormones were out of control and it showed in my hair. I didn’t have the patience to tweak the right baking soda-water ratio. No conditioner was necessary though; good ol’ vinegar was still fine.

And a few weeks after his birth, I was back to baking soda.

What about the rest of your family?

Kyle tried baking soda for awhile, but he just didn’t like it, so he uses either a natural shampoo or castile soap, which we also use on our skin. Either of these work well for him, and it still saves us boatloads of money each year.

I hardly wash my kids’ hair at all. Honestly, they just don’t need it very much because they don’t have the hormones activated that cause the grease. The only time they really need a cleaning is when their hair is caked with yogurt, oatmeal, and who-knows-what. It also gets washed a bit more often in the summer with the pool chlorine.

Don’t mind the goofy face. If you’ve ever had a three-year-old boy, you know what it’s like to take photos.

Just because it’s easy, I use whatever natural soap on their hair that I’m already using on their skin. After her shower, Tate also uses a natural detangler to tame her otherwise nest.

This works perfectly for them.

I don’t think it’s a major deal if you choose to use shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products — this method is simply what I’ve chosen for my family. But I do think it’s important that you make an educated choice.

My original poo-free post shares my reasons for skipping the shampoo, so you can decide for yourself and sleep well at night, knowing you’ve made a thoughtful choice. I simply want you to know that there are alternatives to “traditional” hair care.

When the weather is drier (like in the winter, or in less humid environments like our new home in Oregon), I also like to finish my clean hair with a tiny dab of hair butter — oh my goodness, this stuff is heavenly.

Common FAQs

1. Doesn’t the vinegar smell?

Not at all. Sure, it does when you pour it on, but as soon as you rinse it off, it’s gone. Unless you put essential oils in either of these mixes, your hair will smell like… nothing.

2. What amounts do you use?

For me, one tablespoon baking soda to one cup water works well. If I do more, my hair feels strawlike; less, and my hair doesn’t feel clean. This amount will last me about two cleanings.

I use about a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to one cup water, and I use this very sparingly. It lasts a really long time.

My mother-in-law brilliantly mixed a large batch of both and keeps them under her bathroom sink, making it easy to refill the bottles in her shower.

3. How often do you clean your hair?

Depends on the season (both the year’s and my body’s). On average, I’d say I do this about every four or five days. My hair doesn’t create needless, extra oil because I’m not stripping it with shampoo, so it doesn’t require cleaning more often than this.

4. What do you put the stuff in?

Simple squeeze water bottles with a drinking valve. But I don’t drink it.

5. I tried this, and my hair is too crunchy/oily/dry/icky feeling. What did I do wrong?

Probably nothing; you just need to tweak your recipe. I’m not an expert, so I can’t dispense too much wisdom on the matter. I know some people prefer honey over vinegar, or making a simple paste of baking soda with a few drops of water. Play around, Sandra.

6. What’s the benefit, really? Shampoo isn’t the evil or evils.

No, it’s not. But it’s one small thing my family does, and we reap the benefits. It saves us gobs of money in haircare products, we feel like our hair (and therefore our bodies) is healthier, and we’re not contributing to the environmental impact it takes to make traditional shampoo.

Plus, it just makes things… simple. It works for us.

I know a number of you are shampoo-free. What’s your experience?

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Thank you for bringing to mind another wonderful memory of my mom (who passed away in 1999). Up until I was about 6, she would lay a towel on the kitchen counter for me to lay on & she would wash my hair in the kitchen sink. At the end, she would always rinse it with vinegar. I had completely forgotten this until now. I think I will bring this back to my hair care routine. Thanks!!!!

  2. I’ve heard about ‘no poo’ two years ago but wasn’t brave enough to try it until I saw your post a few month ago. After trying it just once I knew this was the way to go. I was amazed how easy my long hair was to comb through!
    I dropped the vinegar rinse because I found it made my hair too oily. My hair is perfect with just the baking soda.
    However, when we went on vacation two weeks ago my hair got terribly oily and I couldn’t get the right baking soda/water ratio that worked. I had to wash my hair with shampoo twice.
    Now I am back home and so happy to use the baking soda again.
    Not sure what happened on vacation. I am wondering if it might have been the different water plus the pool water. At home we have a whole house water filter.

    Thank you for the update!!!

  3. Thanks so much for posting this update! Going without shampoo has been on my “to-do” list since I read your original post about it. I am near empty on the old shampoo bottle and thought it would be a great time to try it! Then came your timely update! Just the encouragement that I needed. Tomorrow, I’ll start my no-poo routine!

    I think I’ll mix up some Oil Clean Method face cleanser too! It sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us all!

  4. I tried it but I didn’t love it. I have found some shampoo soap bars on easy from owl tree soaps that I do love. And they have tea tree oil so it smells heavenly!

  5. I have to add that I’m glad to see more and more people picking up on this. I started going without shampoo about four years ago in favor of ‘co-washing’ my dry, curly hair. Since then I’ve also stopped dying it and cutting it. The result is that it looks better than it ever has, with no more frizz or split ends (plain jojoba oil helps with this). I stumbled on your posts while researching an alternative for when I do have the occasional need for deeper cleaning, as my reaction to detergents has become increasingly unpleasant. Baking soda makes sense, since I’ve noticed my hair feels quite good after a soak containing a LUSH bath bomb.

  6. I have been no poo for a month and a half and just love it!. I use the 1 tablespoon of baking soda but needed to tweak the rinse. I use about a teaspoon of a/c to about a cup of water. Anymore for me leaves it greasy. My hair is baby fine. I now have more body. Don’t need hairspray or any other products. I just started the omc for my face and love it also! So now I’m making my own laundry and dish detergents, hair and face care products, hand soap. Next on the list is lotion!

  7. From a post on, I landed on a post on, which led me to your original post about this topic, to this very post. Your discovery and experience are quite interesting! I and my family have resolved some weeks ago to be more healthy. I try to keep my hair as chemical-free as possible… no perms, no colors, etc. I normally shampoo 2-3 times a week and thought the only thing I could do to save more in this aspect is to keep my hair as short as I can tolerate it. But going totally without shampoo would be amazing. More savings and healthier….I would really love to try this.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I switched to using baking soda for shampoo about 5 months ago and I love it! I bring it up in conversation every chance I get, hoping to be able to convert someone! People freak out every time they hear and assume my hair is dirty or smells bad, so I make them feel it and smell it to prove to them that it isn’t haha. I use just the typical tbsp to one cup of water and that will last me about a week or two, depending on how often I wash my hair that week.
    Since I’ve been using baking soda, I don’t need conditioner or the apple cider vinegar. I can come out of the shower and actually be able to brush my hair. When I used regular shampoo and not conditioner, I’d have to load on the products to even be able to TRY and get the brush through my hair.
    My hair also barely gets oily anymore. When I first switched, there was only one day that I noticed it was oilier than normal, but that was it. Since then, my hair never gets oily. The only reason I wash it is because I feel like I should! I’m also very environmentally conscious so not using shampoo and conditioner and contributing to those awful companies, as well as contaminating our water supply, and bringing toxic chemicals into my body makes me feel really good.
    Everyone needs to try it! Too many people are discouraged after their first try because they haven’t found the right ratio for them. Just keep trying, and I’m confident that everyone can love this process! 🙂

  9. I just tried the “no-‘poo” method today. Was surprised to find my hair felt squeaky clean on rinsing, and that when I brushed through it, I didn’t come up with a head full of tangles! If I use shampoo with no conditioner, or simply wet my hair and try to comb through it, I get nasty snarls. My hair is straight and somewhat fine but with a few coarse strands here and there.
    Anywho, partway through the day my hair still feels very soft and looks noticeably shinier. I await the end-of-day results to see how greasy my hair is compared to shampoo & conditioner use. I know there may be a transition period, but so far so good!
    I just love the thought of being able to care for my hair on something like maybe $10 a year! Just guessing on the cost but that may even be too high! I can’t believe no one knows about this, that’s nearly miraculous to me to be able to save that much! Even buying dollar-store shampoo and conditioner, which leaves my hair looking limp and lackluster, I will still slash my costs by probably 75%! Amazing!
    Another thing, I looked at the hair butter link, and I wondered–I use coconut oil for many things including lotion, and would a little dab of that work for flyaways? I am finding lots of uses for it, including a mild sunblock (something like 4-8 SPF).
    Thanks again!

  10. I use egg yolks to wash my hair. I use one egg yolk. I started off using baking soda and ACV but my hair felt like straw. Then I went to no poo and just water for 8 months and my hair always looked greasy and gross. Now I use egg yolk and my hair looks super. It’s not particularly cheap but I only wash my hair a couple of time per week.

  11. I just read both posts on cleaning your hair without shampoo. Sounds intriguing, and I might have to try it out myself. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I’m on my third day of no shampoo. For the last two weeks I have only been washing my hair every second day. I mainly did this because I have had dermatitis on my hands and I feel like using a shampoo is drying out my skin. My hair feels slightly on the oily side but it has a natural beautiful shine. Hoping to keep going shampoo free and if anything, will be changing over to a natural shampoo. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  13. Tsh, I haven’t washed my hair for going on 7 years now. I mostly scrub my scalp with my fingers in the shower and this works fine. Occassionally, I will use some conditioner in place of shampoo. I have very curly hair and this is a recognized ‘no-poo’ routine for us curlies. I do use loads of conditioner, as curly hair is very dry and needs all the moisture it can get.

  14. I read about going ‘poo free and decided to try it. I’ve been doing it for two weeks now except, I use regular conditioner and use the baking soda with water to wash. I am impressed. I want to try to put some fragrant oils in the baking soda wash just because I do like my hair to be fragrant after I wash it but my hair looks amazing and I really don’t feel any urges to go back to ‘poo.

  15. DarionJames says:

    So after reading this i am thinking about going shampoo free, but i don’t exactly want to give up my hair spray and hair gel, Do you know of any diy products i can make that mimic the way hairspray works?

  16. I haven’t gone completely suds free on my hair, but I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s as my shampoo for years and won’t ever put shampoo on my hair again. I have naturally curly hair that likes to be frizzy, especially when I travel and have harder water than my hair is used to. I’ve found that applying a little coconut oil right after I get out of the shower works wonders. I massage it into the ends and lightly run my fingers through the roots. It keeps my hair shiny and tangle free all day, just make sure not to over do it, because it can look greasy. When I’m having a night in I’ll do a hot oil deep treatment with the coconut oil and my hair loves it!

  17. Tsh, I’m wondering about that detangler for your gal. I have a gal with hair that is really hard to brush through. Thanks, Jenny

  18. Baking Soda? Well, it is used in salons as a clarifier, added to a shampoo. Chemically, would I use it in place of a shampoo? No way! Harsh, very alkaline, very damaging. Way too much alkalinity. Will it clean, yep, the grease from your pots and pans, your mold from the shower, and the stain off your teeth, but my hair is a fibre, and not stainless steel, porcelain, or ceramic tile. I think you should leave the beauty realm. The poor woman wrote that her hair tangled, well no kidding. It sure would, and them SLAM the cuticle shut with vinegar. Kitchen chemistry. Leave the vinegar for the salad, way too harsh and way to acidic to put in hair. You swing the pH from way alkaline to way acidic, and break more cuticle than any salon treatment. No, I will use a good shampoo any day, and leave those things in the kitchen where they belong. Take a few chemistry lessons before trying to share ideas. You are not a very good chemist.

    • You would be surprised about how gentle baking soda can actually be! I have used it many times as a facial scrub/mask and it has done wonders, yet it did no damage what so ever. I am much more willing to put a natural substance on my body than some synthetically created chemical.

  19. Hi Tsh,

    I am wondering when you say you only ‘wash’ your hair every 5 days about, what do you do with your hair in the shower the other times in between that you are showering? I only wash my hair about twice a week now and just put it in a shower cap in between, do you do that? or do you just rinse with water? I am starting with b/s and c/v today and would love to know what you do in between.

  20. I have thick, coarse long hair that breaks too easily. I’m just not willing to try, since there are lots of really great organic shampoos out there. Plus, like you I only wash my hair about once a week so I’m not getting exposed to those chemicals often. Plus I rarely use any other hair products like hairspray or gel that trap grease.

    It’s all about experimenting enough to figure out what works. I’m proud to say I’ve just figured out how to curl my hair (without looking like Shirley Temple) with no heat!

  21. I came online today for alternatives to store-bought shampoo and conditioner, after the only brand that ever worked for me changed it’s formula entirely. 🙁 Until I find (or recreate) a recipe that seems like the commercial one, I think I will try your routine.

    I’m going to try mixing it into my regular shampoo. slowly increasing it’s proportions, in hopes of avoiding or minimizing the “breaking in” period. Maybe not making my hair go cold turkey will help. 😉

    I have curly hair, so I am optimistic. I also color my hair, so I don’t know if this will be good for that or not. Even if this isn’t the right regimen for me, I know there are alternatives to shampoo out there to be investigated. Thanks!

    • In my opinion cold turkey is the best way to go. Why prolong the “breaking in” period by using reduced amounts of shampoo? Why not just get it over with as quickly as possible? Our bodies are amazing machines and it will do its best to compensate for the lack of shampoo.

  22. Thanks for your original post, and your update! I found it searching for “shampoo free”, because I recently stopped shampooing my hair and I wanted to know what other people do. I have long, thick, dark, very curly hair, very expensive to maintain, and a real PITA. Ages ago I used to work with a young man who didn’t use shampoo, soap, or any other cleansing products… just water. He always looked and smelled totally clean, and his hair was glossy and healthy. I always found it intriguing, but didn’t think much more about it until last summer a friend of mine stopped shampooing, and yet another this summer, with rave reviews about how much nicer their hair is now. I’d cut shampooing down to twice a week, but my scalp would get itchy and flaky, and I just got so frustrated that a few weeks ago I just quit. I don’t use baking soda or vinegar or anything as a replacement; I just massage my scalp thoroughly. I can’t believe how much better my hair and scalp feel! It’s really great. I may add vinegar to my routine, but otherwise I think plain water is doing a great job.

  23. Baking soda was made to make cakes and pies and cookies-not soft, luscious hair. Vinegar was made for pickle brine. Yup, that’s better than shampoo-NOT!
    Oh, and BTW honey is more expensive than shampoo.

    • Haters gonna hate.

      Both baking soda and vinegar brands have cleaning information right on the package. If you want to keep pouring Methylisothiazolinone and Ammonium lauryl sulfate all over your head that it your right.

  24. I have been going strong without shampoo for about 3 months now, and I am thrilled with the results I am having. But now that fall is upon us my hair is becoming dry and filled with dandruff. What can I do to reduce the dandruff with out using special medicated shampoos like Head & Shoulders?

  25. I want to be a believer! I swear! I’m on week 5 and about to take the shampoo plunge. Simply put, my hair feels gross. My brush gets pretty nasty each time I brush it. I must be doing something wrong. I wonder if I am in a special category with my long blond hair?

  26. I’m intrigued by this and would like to try it. However, only in the last few years have I really started enjoying a trendy, short hair cut. My hair has some wave to it (not in a nice way) that requires flat iron and products (at least hairspray) for it to look sharp. In addition, we live in central Florida where the humidity is beyond ridiculous! Will this method work to rinse out styling products? (I don’t use a huge amount)

    I used to keep my style simple (braids, pony-tails, buns) but my husband has adored my transformation from tom-boy/earth girl to hot fashion mama. I still like to be frugal, healthy and green as much as I can but I also like that I finally have my own “style”.

    Thanks for the info!

  27. Tsh, and anyone else, I have an important question. My best friend suffers from a serious dry scalp issue, and I am trying to find a home remedy that WORKS. She has tried t-gel and medications but I think they are making her situation worse. Please help me and let me know if you all have any ideas!! Thank you!

    • Washing her hair less often will help (and she’ll be able to do it if she goes no-poo), keep the water at a cooler temperature and tea rinse have all helped me immensely. I could not go without T-Gel before. Good luck to your friend.

    • Crystal says:

      I had the same problem 2 winters ago and it drove me crazy! No special shampoo, aloe gel, or anything worked! Then I found out this condition was due to lack of vitamin D (I’m indoor most of the time). After taking vitamin D drops I’m back to normal. Have your friend get her vitamin D level tested!

  28. Hi Tsh,

    I wonder if you would comment regarding the use of colour and the baking soda/apple cider vinegar regiment. I’ve been anxious to try this but hesitant because I’m not sure how it will affect my blonde highlights. This is the 3 rd time I’m trying the no-poo experiment but I had never added anything, just rinsed with water after a certain amount of time. Now I’ve not washed in probably 10 days or so and would like to try the baking soda/apple cider vinegar. Thanks.

  29. I have to say I’ve always been fascinated by people that can go so long between washing, but I’ve never heard of no poo! I would love to try it because honestly, I cannot stop my scalp from itching. My whole life, my scalp has itched. It’s not terribly bad so I just live with it, but oh wouldn’t it be nice to have an itch free scalp. I just don’t think I could go out in public with greasy hair until my hair got used to it. The transition would be horrid, I just know it. When I don’t wash my hair for 24 hrs, I look like I poured a bottle of vegetable oil over my head. I am thinking about this though. Thanks for the info.

  30. I love Simple Mom, and thank God I found your site, Tsh,,,a year or so back, I think?

    My question is: can you just put baking soda in your hair and comb thru it, dry?

    I am now wheelchair-bound as the result of an amputation of most of my right leg below the knee, (eight months ago) and cannot get into the bathtub or shower. I have used an expensive organic dry shampoo that I found at our local natural store in Augusta, GA,,,but now we’re in Fort Worth, TX and I am running out of this dry shampoo. I love it, it smells beautifully, and it works great, and I only have to use it maybe twice a week, if that much. It’s very concentrated and has lasted me almost six months. But it costs $42 a little paper canister, and I really don’t want to spend that amount again if I don’t have to. The brand name is

    So I’m wondering…do y’all think I could just scrub the bakin’ soda into my hair and comb it through?

    Thanks for any help.

    And God bless you, Tsh, for this wonderful blog that blesses *me* personally. <3

  31. I have tried this method and I cannot stand the overwhelming itchiness that accompanies it. My hair is clean and acts just fine when I use the BS/ACV method. I just can’t stop scratching my head… or feeling like I need to. Any ideas to combat this problem (oil afterwards just makes my hair gross)


    • I had the same problem at first. You want to cut back a little on the BS amount. Tea rinse in place of ACV has helped me too.

  32. Hey! I made a youtube video in response to this article. Cheers for the info!

  33. Tsh

    I have been doing this for about 3 months now and I cannot believe how wonderful my hair has been. I get compliments all the time and have recruited some more no-shampooers from it. I love that I can skip days of washing my hair and it still looks decent.

    Do you have any ideas on dry flaky scalp? I have always had it when the weather changes from hot to cold and it is not a result of no-pooing.
    I just found your two posts on the topic and shared it on my FB page.

  34. My husband and I are in are 3rd week of poo free. I am past the ugh stage into “this really works.” Thank you. I have had cancer and constantly worry now about bad chemicals, and then, worry that I don’t know what the bad chemicals are. But this – baking soda and apple cider vinegar? You can’t go wrong. And my hair has never felt so silky. Really shiny too. I have gotten several compliments on the “color” too. What? It’s grey. Or shall I say silver. Thank you again.

  35. Tsh, I am so glad to have found your site-a girl after my own heart!

    I have also been following the No-Poo method for about two years and my hair has never felt softer and more healthy. Finally allowing your hair to just breathe can work wonders! I recommend this especially for women who have “problem hair”. It may be that your hair is just rebelling from all of the products that it constantly endures.

    Another great natural hair treatment if you need a little shine and bounce, is to do a hot oil treatment with a natural oil, such as castor oil for thick hair, or sweet almond oil for fine tresses. Add a few teaspoons of honey to the oil and warm slightly in the microwave or a double broiler. Apply the mixture to your hair and place a plastic cap on for a few minutes to a half hour. Afterwards, Do your clarifying rinse as normal. Your hair will be fabulously soft and shiny. Enjoy!

  36. Thank you very much for posting this! My family is looking for more ways to be frugal and with all of the toxic chemicals in shampoos and conditioners, I do believe this is very much worth trying. One question I have is, have you noticed a difference in shedding since starting this routine? My hair sheds like crazy and after doing some research I have noticed that it is because of all of the chemicals in the shampoos and conditioners. I hope you let me know! Thank you very much for the post!

  37. Did you ever have leftover baking soda in your hair?

    I have been using this method for a little over one month now, and I just started to notice some baking soda left in my hair (and on the brush when I brush my hair). I am using the 1 T baking soda to 1 cup of water, so I am not sure if that is too much for my hair or if it is just not rinsing out properly. I have really thick medium length hair. I have been using a bit of jojoba oil as a conditioner on the ends, but I wonder if the ACV would be a good solution.

  38. Ashley Kean says:

    Our Family has been on BS/ACV for about a year. Lately I’ve noticed more flyaways (breakage) and it seems my hair has lost its elasticity. I tried the aloe+olive oil rubbed in after ACV and now it’s disgustingly oily and still feels wet 6 HOURS after washing it. I washed/rinsed, conditioned/rinsed, and conditioned/rinsed again with the olive oil. Shoulder-length, straight, fine, thick hair, Super dry (we’re all blonde/red-heads, but we’ve got some African in our past). 😉
    What about the chamomile? Doesn’t it make your hair darker? Are there gentler alternatives than the BS/ACV? I couldn’t find an adequate description to try another method.

    • I use a chamomile tea rinse and I haven’t noticed a darkening of my hair. (I have dark blonde hair). Instead of olive oil which is a really, really heavy oil you can also put a few drops of jojoba oil on your hair. Jojoba is the oil most closely related to the natural oil our bodies produce. It is very light and it calms fly-aways well. My husband uses it everyday and his hair is shiny and not at all oily.

  39. Ah, but shampoo is evil as well as many other products. It has harsh man-made chemicals in them that after long periods of use can cause illnesses such as cancer. Here is a great resource to look up your shampoo product (or any others!) to find out if it is creating havoc on your body.
    We only use 100% vegetable glycerine soap on our hair and bodies for the last 2 years – never been softer! The trick is once you switch over to natural things is to keep going. As she mentioned in the last post about p00-free, laundry detergent is harsh… well just think, that is rubbing on your skin (the largest organ on the human body) so switch to something like Seventh Gen. It takes a way to detox out what shampoo and things have been doing to your body for years and it’s all a combination but once you do get to that point of adjustment – it works and feels so much better, promise.

  40. I tried no-poo last year and got frustrated. After reading your wonderful book (I feel like it was written just for me!), I am now inspired to try it again.

    I have, however, been using ACV for conditioner for months and LOVE it! I had a bunch of conditioner left over since I don’t use it anymore so I use it to shave my legs because I hate to waste it. It works pretty well! After that’s gone, I’m going to go back to using my salt/oil skin rub which works great for shaving.

    Thanks for another boost back to no-poo. And I’m so glad to read what you do for your kids. I’ve been wondering what to do for my own kids’ hair.

  41. All new to me, and I think I”m going to try this!

    My cheap, easy, help yourself thing is to make my own lotion. The basic recipe I use is over at wabi sabi baby, google that, with lotion 101.

  42. How does this work for colored hair? Is there a way to add a scent without compromising the formula?

    • I used this method with my colored hair to great success (I’m now back to my natural color). As for scent, I just take a tiny bit (teeny tiny) of essential oil and apply it to the ends (only) of my hair. Peppermint, lavender, whatever I feel like that day.

  43. I found baking soda to clarifing for my hair and have started using a homemade shampoo bar soap! It is super easy to make and one batch lasts us about 6 months! Thank you for sharing your update with us:)

  44. antoinette says:

    Hello Tsh, a good blog! I tried it and was happy with the result but I have one
    question that I cant seem to figure out. You say shampoo removes sebum fromscalp. And thats why the scalp is overproducing oil afterwords. I feel so clean after washing with baking soda.. but how can baking soda leave the natural oil? It feels like it also removes it. And I wonder if i should continue.
    Can you explain why this super strong cleaning product can leave natural oils on my head? Hope you can reasure me…cause I do really like this clean feeling of the baking soda..

    thanks a lot


  45. Cool–just found your blog and will be subscribing when i find the right button LOL

    I wanted to comment that I’m a no-pooer, have been . . . since 2008, you do the math. I use a homemade bar soap on occasion that is organic, essentially oiled or naturally smelling (avacado and oatmeal, yum). To condition I use–and you ABSOLUTELY have to try this–a teensy tiny amount of citric acid with a couple cups of water (I have medium length hair) which I pour on my hair, then rub under pits and such, as it is anti-bacterial and keeps the smell down (which, btw, isn’t much since I’m vegan). My 4 year old daughter had BEAUTIFUL to her back hair (until she found a pair of scissors in the back of a drawer that I forgot were there, whoops!) that had never had soap or poo of any sort on it. Ever. She has GORGOUS hair!!

    • Oh, the citric acid leaves my hair suppppeeeerrr soft, yet it’s still got panash and bounce, unlike my hair after using chemical conditioners, which was always flat. I get citric acid from a local organic grocer, or Hy-vee’s in the Health market section. It’s a powder, seems pricey, but when you do the math only costs you pennies. Gotta love that! ☺ ~♥~

  46. Love your blog! I have been no-poo for a few years on and off (occasionally I will use Castile soap for a little but I always come back). The best thing that I’ve found is using a tea leave in rinse. It makes my hair shiny and battles my naturally oily scalp better than ACV ever did. I just take a cup of hot water from the shower and put a bag of chamomile tea in it to steep while I do all of my other washing (I take about 20 minute showers) so it is ready to go for my final rinse.

  47. Dear Tsh,
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I run a blog in Turkish called “women saving the world”, where we try to collect and share experiences of women that take simple and important steps like going shampoo-free. I translated some sections of your post for our post, here is the link

    I hope you dont mind


  48. C Buchanan says:

    I’m a hair stylist and salon owner. I can confirm that most shampoo’s contain harsh detergents, etc. However, most salon’s use Sulfate free, paraben free shampoo/conditioners, which is why your hair always looks and feels so great after leaving the salon. In the past, you could only purchase these type shampoo’s directly at the salon. However, more suppliers are listening to consumer demand and putting them out for the general market. Baking soda WILL strip your haircolor, otherwise, I fully support the baking soda method. However, if hair fading is a concern, be sure to purchase a shampoo that is Sulfate free and then you’re good. Also keep in mind if you’re concerned about your haircolor, that baking soda was originally used as a household cleaner itself, so it will strip everything from your hair, including color…

  49. I found your poo-free recipe as a search for gluten free shampoo. Really it was a great find since I have been using a gluten free shampoo but going on a special diet for a time before thyroid cancer treatment. So gluten free usually means there is sea salt, dairy, and soy in a shampoo. As part of the treatment I needed to be off all sea products (gar gar gum is one I believe), soy, dairy amongst other things which typically are not in shampoo’s. But for my gluten intolerance I needed to have no gluten. And for my general health SLS. Thank you for sharing weather or not I continue using this after my treatment period is over I do not know. However it has been nice to have something for my hair and not worry that I am taking something in thru the largest organ of my body that will hinder me in some way or another.

  50. This update shows you use 1/4 c. cider vinegar to 1 c. water while your original post shows 1 T. cider vinegar to 1 c. water. Is there a reason for the increase? Just wondering where to start. Thank you!!!

  51. I’ve been using no shampoo for a little over three months now after reading your original post. I haven’t noticed any major changes in my hair; the only differences are that my hair doesn’t get super greasy after a few days, and that my hair is a bit easier to style/manage. It could be that I’m a guy and my hair is not long enough (~4 inches) for me to notice any big changes. My hair doesn’t “feel” a lot cleaner or healthier than using shampoo, but that wasn’t what I was expecting anyways. I used to shampoo daily, and it always felt as if my hair was untamed and impossible to style, so I do think that switching over to no shampoo was a good decision. Saving money is always a plus too!

  52. food for thought: food is good for your body inside and out. A new routine which I actually picked up from an woman of color-Jamaican to be specific–who happens to be a stylist and color treats and styles her beautiful hair pretty often. She suggested several different “masks” for hair as an indulgence she won’t do without. I have dry scalp and I mentioned using coconut oil on it to reduce the itching and dandruff. It worked wonders. And I use the baking soda to wash and a lemonade for “conditioner” (honey, lemon juice, water and rosemary oil for growth). Then a bi-weekly smoothie for hair like she said which might just be coconut oil scrubbed into the scalp and massaged into the length, or any combination of all kinds of delicious things like avocado, banana, yogurt, egg, honey, lemon juice, and essential oils. Leaving the mask on for 20-40 minutes and then washing gently with the BS/lemonade. Rinsing thoroughly and towel drying seems to have helped with the dryness.
    And for the past 5+ years my daughter and I have always used a “cold shiny” rinse at the end of the shower and always get comments (even when my scalp was dry or oily) on the shininess unless we skip this step. The key is to close off the shaft of hair again by making sure that all the hair is fully cold again. It keeps shiny and smooth. That’s why blow dryers have a cold setting. It’s kinda like the toner that most people use after warm washing of their face. closes the pores. This is particularly difficult if you can’t stand cold showers, but you can use the sink instead for the final one minute cold water rinse.
    And yes, less hair loss with this method. I’m going to ask my Jamaican stylist if she knows about hair butter. I think the coconut oil or other indigenous oils are good for people with other backgrounds–hence the centuries old use of olive oil and such for hair and body cleansing.
    Oh and the same smoothie mask I use for my hair works great for my face, after a gentle baking soda exfoliating. May need to adjust ingredients a bit.

    Bon Appetit

  53. I have been “poo free” for 11 months. It is amazing how often I am asked about it when I mention that I no longer use conventional shampoo. I work as a wilderness guide and it is wonderful because when I am in the backcountry I can go so many days without washing my hair where as when I used conventional shampoo my hair was noticebly greasy if I went more than 2 days without washing. I also did not experience the transition that is mentioned by many. Love this! Don’t see why I would ever go back.

  54. I just recently went shampoo-free after reading your first blog post about it. I’m loving my results, but I do use dry shampoo after I blow-dry my hair. I have a question though. Any tips on getting out stubborn smells? I went to a bonfire a couple of days ago and even after “shampooing,” I’m still left with the smell in my hair. Any suggestions??

  55. Great post – thanks!! I just read the book “No Impact Man” and wanted more info on his baking soda shampoo — when I googled ‘baking soda shampoo’, your post came up! I’ve had your blog bookmarked for a while now and it was fun to read about your transition to no shampoo. I’m looking forward to trying it. 🙂

  56. I like the No Poo method alot. But I have naturally, very curly hair and it gets very dry. Right now I am using Shea Moisture products (all natural ethnic hair products) and they are very moisturizing and keep my curls looking very nice. What do you think would be a good condtioner for curly hair?

  57. I am really excited to try this. I use shampoo and conditioner now and I only have to wash every 4 days or weekly because my hair is so dry to begin with.

    My question is about heat styling. I prefer to straighten my hair daily because my hair is really curly on the underside and almost poker straight on top and in the front and I was wondering how straightening would affect my hair if I was using the poo-free method? Should I still be using the heat protectant spray and would the straightener (or blow dryer for that matter) damage my hair? Also, how would it react if I used coconut oil as a detangler? Would it fry my hair like a French fry?

    Have any of you had experience with this?

  58. For the longest time I suffered from “extremely itchy scalp”, from the time I was 11 years old until I hit my 30th birthday. It would flake so badly that it was never a good idea to leave it loose if I was wearing any other color than white, and even then I always had someone kindly flicking my bangs to knock off some clingy pieces. It was horribly embarrasing, not to mention damaging to my scalp and hair, since I couldn’t stop the itching.

    I would suffer from sores from where I had scratched repeatedly until it bled, my hair was starting to fall out in clumps due to stress from work and the loss of my hair was starting to show how raw my scalp really was in the thin spots.

    I was getting to the point where I was showering twice a day to get temporary relief from the itching. I moved to pouring lotion into my hair onto the scalp to sooth the itching and ignored the burning on the raw spots. I’d sit with my lotion drenched hair in strings around my ears and face, relieved that I wasn’t itching for the moment, dreading having to shower to wash it out so I could go out in public. I was going through a large bottle of lotion every two or three days.

    One morning found me rummaging through my lotion stash trying to cobble together enough lotion to soak my head in and not having anything I could use. I actually cried and then it hit me…I could shave myself bald! I’d be able to get rid of all of my brittle, dry as the desert hair AND be able to use a lot less lotion!

    Thankfully my better half searched the internet for possible solutions while I was being a lotion-crazed-hunting-machine and asked me, “Have you ever used medicated shampoos?”

    I looked at him and explained that I’ve tried medicated shampoos, prescriptions and over the counter types. Still was itchy…

    “Have you considered you might just be allergic to shampoo? Read this blog, they’re using baking soda instead…”

    I read it, tore through the kitchen looking for the ingredients and mixed up a batch and ran to try it out.

    My head, hair, wallet and boyfriend all thank you for your original post about going shampoo free. I never realised how much I actually dug at my scalp until I started not having to. My hair actually started looking healthier. I was able to bring down the amount of times I washed it to every other day and then every three days. My hair recovery period took about a month before it looked like hair instead of the end of a broom.

    This coming summer will be the start of my third year without shampoo. I’ve shared your blog post with so many of my friends. I tell them that I only add in teatree oil for scent but it was initially added to help my scalp heal from all the damage I did to it. I like using the baking soda as a runny paste to gently exfoliate my skin, particularly on my feet and my face.

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  59. I’ve been doing no-poo for five days so far and even though I’m still in the “transition” or “detox” phase, I love it. I have super straight hair that gets dry easily– I used to have to use expensive, high-moisture shampoo and conditioner, a daily leave-in conditioner, and a weekly hair mask to fight frizziness and brittleness. Now, the only products I have to use are a $0.67 box of baking soda and a $2 bottle of apple cider vinegar… Considering that the BS and ACV will last me much longer than bottles of shampoo and conditioner, I’m saving a lot (and I mean a LOT) of money.

    My hair (although it was a teensy bit oily at the roots before I washed it last night) is gorgeous, too. It has a lot of shine, doesn’t have flyaways, is very soft, and the split ends that I used to have either disappeared or got smaller. The downside? It takes FOREVER to dry. I used to take morning showers, but since my hair will stay wet for hours now, I started taking nighttime showers.

    I think in the future, I’m going to experiment with more elaborate rinses. Babyslime ( has a lot of great ideas for adding scents and herbs to the ACV rinse. My boyfriend misses the old perfume smell my hair had, so this might help.

  60. I have tried Poo-Free from Aug-Dec. I loved it until the winter hit. My hair became static and dandruff. I have psoriasis/eczema on my elbows, knees, feet, and a palm of my hand. It comes and go. I remember when I was little, my mom used to put Sea Breeze on my scalps because I had dandruff or dry skin that was thick that you could peel (almost with skin off). I was still using Poo-Free during Dec when that kind of dry skin on my scalp close to my forehead. It was frustrating because I love poo-free. I’ve tried honey/brown sugar to exfoliate my scalps. It worked for 2 days then I’d have to do it again. In the end, I gave up and used Head and Shoulder. Now that winter is almost over and I have been using poo-free again for a week. Is there any suggestion for this kind of scalps? I’ve noticed hair butter, will that help? or any suggestions?

  61. Hey Tsh,
    I’ve been poo free for about 6 weeks but am still having some issues. I’m finding my hair is straw like but still very oily, and also full of static. I didn’t think I could have oily, strawlike, staticky hair but there you go! But I am sticking with it. My plan is to lessen the BS and ACV. Any suggestions on whether this is the right thing, or why I’m having such an odd combination of problems?
    Thanks Tsh, and love this site!!!

  62. I’m having issues with this method. I so want to drop the shampoo forever I have very fine, straight hair. I tried this natural method but I hate the way the baking soda makes my hair feel. It felt very dry, tangly, and just unmanageable. I’ve tried so many ratios and all are not working well. I was doing 2 tabs of baking soda per 2 cups of water. Then following up with 2 tbs ACV and 2 cups of water. It just doesn’t seem balanced. I’ve also tried the ACV alone with greasy results (we have hard city water). The only way my hair looks good is when I use a sulfate suave shampoo with the ACV rinse. Only then is my hair full, bouncy, and shiny. But I want to get rid of shampoos so I don’t know what to do.

  63. yara el gerzawy says:

    hey 🙂
    thanks for the post i have been trying this method for more than 7 months and in the beginning my hair was great and i felt it was more bouncy than ever ( i have a very curly hair) but more than a month ago i started to feel it became VERY dry even though i do a honey+yogurt mask 2 aweek and also the frizz has increased to a point that is driving me crazy !!! i just dont know what has changed and why is my hair getting so intolerant to this method and what should i do now?? thank you 🙂

  64. Morgan J says:

    I love your whole blog on the baking soda attempt – you’re a brave woman! With my water it didn’t work very well, so I tried Castilian soap, and NO LUCK – it was worse than with the baking soda! Any tips? I thought maybe I wasn’t diluting it enough, but I was told you don’t need to dilute it…thoughts?

  65. I am a no-poo girl as well, since I first wrote about trying it on my blog in July 2010. I guess I’m going on 2 years!

    People are constantly surprised…I have long, thick, wavy hair. I use the 1tbs/1cup of both, and I use the whole amount every time (I use a plastic cup in the shower and keep containers of BS and ACV in there). Truthfully I could probably use less, but I haven’t bothered to change it. I use zero styling products (except the occasional hairspray for a crazy updo or something).

  66. Karrie Lawrence says:

    I have been poo free for about 2 years now…shortly after my first son was born, I started doing it. Since going poo free, I’ve noticed several things about my hair: 1) I lose less hair in the shower and brush! 2) My hair is gloriously voluminous 3) whatever the cut, it falls naturally into the style without any product! and 4) My hair is shinier!

    I’m working on convincing my husband that the poo free way is better, but he has a dandruff problem (that wasn’t fixed by using the medicated shampoos either). I’m searching sites to find out the best way to control flakes and itching. I read on one site to use 1/2 and 1/2 white vinegar/water wash twice a week before the baking soda wash. I think this might be a hassle for the 5-minute showerer, LOL!

    I DID have a moment in the beginning of my next pregnancy in which my hair was severely greasy, but it all changed after the 1st trimester. I just wore it in a pony for those few days.

  67. I’d already cut out parabens and sulfates but the cheapest natural products are $6 or $7 a bottle. Since I stopped using 😉 about two months ago, I haven’t replaced what was there. My kids and man still use it once every week or two. I don’t like Castille on my hair though I’d try again with ACV for rinse. But for now baking soda works great. Somehow my natural dark color is shining with a new clarity and my gray is no longer as noticeable. I won’t go back until I’ve completely healed the chronic dry scalp and psoriasis I’ve contended since my teens. It’s much better since baking soda exfoliates my scalp when I mix as more of a paste.

  68. sarah robertson says:

    “After her shower, Tate also uses a natural detangler to tame her otherwise nest.” Interested to see what type of natural detangler she uses, my hair can be nest-like as well.

  69. I have a question. I have been reading about the no poo shampoo and I seen in your blog where you would have to slowly make the transition. How can you start with that transition? Should you use the regular shampoo every other time or every 2 times? I am trying to get more information so I can teach my family so they will know. Thank you for post

  70. I’ve been washing my hair with your recipe for maybe a month or so now – can’t remember the exact start date – and I LOVE my new routine. I used to wash my hair every other day, but usually no less than that because my hair would get greasy (of course). Now, I wash my hair every 3-4 days. It’s not nearly as oily now, even on the third or fourth day – it just kind of loses volume, which is how I decide to wash my hair now.
    Along the same lines, I’ve been using other home remedies to cleanse my skin – sea salt water steams and baking soda paste masks for my face, coffee ground exfoliant for my body. I feel so healthy and happy!

  71. I have gone a month or 2 without washing, since I had a roommate who was a natural chiropractor… but lately I wash my hair every couple weeks, just cause i like the smell… and we found some Cheap shampoo .. I’m a little organic, but not terribly .. just Very Frugal & like simplicity. I think i tried baking soda once or twice, but didn’t know if I was sposed to use water or not .. & i’ve used vinegar – my hair is naturally curly and I do like a balsam conditioner – but i always use less than they say to use so a bottle lasts me literally Years!

  72. Yes, no-poo was certainly a fad in the blogosphere for a while there. This is the first I’ve seen actual photos (though you show no “before,” only “after”). To be honest, no offense intended, but everyone’s hair except your husband’s and the baby’s looks dull and straw-like. Kids’ hair is usually naturally shiny, so it’s surprising that your kids’ hair isn’t. This is a disappointment because I thought with all the talk about retaining natural oils that the hair would be shiny.

  73. I came across your post from two years ago and was intrigued. I had never heard of going “-poo” less before so I thought I read up on it. I tried my first ever shampoo/conditioner free shower tonight and so far its great. I haven’t really noticed any difference, which may be a good or bad thing, but I’m willing to give it a try for a few weeks to see.

  74. I have been “no poo” for almost a month. and my hair is still very oily. should i mix more/less baking soda?
    you said your baking soda mix only lasts a few washes? I am still on my first mix… (am i not using enough). (i have medium-long hair)

    I broke down and washed it with burts bees shampoo because i wanted to wear my hair down.. i feel like i haven’t been able to wear it down since it is so oily. (just the scalp-my ends are fine!)


  75. So, I know this is an older post, but I am wondering if you have some advise for me. I have been doing no-poo for 2 years and have for the most part loved it. The only time I have trouble is when there is a change in water type – vacations, visiting relatives, or running out of softener salt. In these cases I have needed to temporally use traditional shampoo or my hair is extremely oily/waxy. However, recently I have been having a huge problem with tangled hair. I have been letting my hair get longer, which is the culprit, but I am not ready to give in and cut it. My hair is extremely tangled in the shower, and of course while combing it out. I have been using a little traditional conditioner to help it out. Have you had this problem (although it looks like you keep your hair fairly short)? Do you have any ideas for natural remedies, either in the shower or a leave-in type detangler? Thank you! i am not wanting to give up the no-poo or cut my hair at this point.

  76. Hi everyone. I’ve started no-poo for about a week now and the reason I decided to do it is that, i have a stubborn itchy scalp which is driving me crazy. i have this like for a year now and i think i tried almost everything to no avail. so far, i’m not itching that much anymore. also, i shed a lot of hair and it depresses me. though, i haven’t notice any improvement on that yet, i’m keeping my hopes up! i hope no-poo can improve my hair shedding as well . can you guys suggest anything? thank you.

  77. Gina Thorsen says:

    I’m one week into going shampoo free and I am so happy I did it. Honestly, I really didn’t have a transition period at all. My hair feels and looks great. I’m especially impressed with how it feels the day after washing…in the past I would almost never skip a day of washing my hair. This week I’ll start going every other day and see what happens. Thanks for posting this – reading your first hand account made it so much less scary to try!

  78. Joslynne says:

    I exercise a lot and the vinegar rinse made me smell like a salad when I worked out! It also didn’t leave my hair soft or easy to comb. So I now use a tiny bit of natural conditioner after shampooing (with baking soda) and I leave it in my hair – just enough to keep it soft and easy to manage. Also, I found a super easy way to wash my hair with baking soda and warm water – just mix about 1/3 cup of baking soda with about a cup of warm water in the shower, shake it up then just pour it over you hair. No need to scrub or anything. Then just rinse it out – I didn’t believe that just pouring it over my hair would get my hair clean, but it does and it is soooo easy! This idea came from Farmer’s Almanac fyi!

  79. WoodanHair says:

    I recently washed my hair with BS&water(left out the vinegar thingie).
    It’s been 4 days and my hair and scalp feels great.
    The thing is,from now on,i will get my head and hair dirty on a daily basis with…chemical dust(wood&glue dust).
    If i use the baking soda mix everyday,will it damage my scalp and hair?
    If i use the conditioner too will this eliminate the Ph possible problem?
    I want to wash my hair everyday,that’s why i ask.I don’t want to take the risk of living this shitty dust on my hair and i dont think it can be washed out with water only.

  80. I’ve done this in the past but this summer I’m trying to go completely no ‘poo.

    I just have two questions…
    1. Do you ever use heat in your hair? Is it safe to without protecting the hair first?
    2. I’m assuming you shower [I dunnno, after you said you don’t wash your hair.. :)]… so how often do you shower in between hair washing? I recall that your body produces important oils that shouldn’t be washed out daily.

  81. i was wondering if you still wet your hair in the shower between washes.

  82. Danielle says:

    I started doing this about 2 months ago. I usually use it every other day, though. I don’t know if I am not using a good ratio or what, but it just doesn’t feel clean after a day or two. I am still not sure about the vinegar. I use it, but it doesn’t seem different from when I don’t use it. I was thinking of having hubby try it, but he gets really bad dandruff, so I am not sure if that would be a good idea. Any thoughts on that?

  83. Thank you so much for all of your information on the”poo-free” method. I just started today! After years of wheat/gluten allergies I fight everyday with shampoos/conditioners that clame to be “gluten free” yet still cause hives/acne around my scalp and back. Not to mention kill my wallet. Everyone I went to for my skin said it wasnt acne… Only an allergic reaction. So I am really praying this works for me and gives me some relief. Thank you thank you thank you for your blogs!

  84. Do I need the rub the baking soda and water all over the hair or just the scalp?

    Do I need to put the vinegar and water all over the hair or just the ends?

    My daughter has long hair and I need it all soft to comb it probably and not have any knots, so was confused over this.


  85. I am 7 days into my poo-free experience and I am happy, happy, happy.
    I use 1tbs bs to 1c water for a “wash” and 1tbs apple cider vinegar to 1c water for my “conditioner”. I have very fine, slightly oily and dandruff-prone hair. Ugh.
    My scalp has been irritated and my hair began to jump ship this past year at an alarming rate. I finally decided I didn’t need to buy yet another toxic shampoo/conditioner to combat the problem. I would let my body do it’s thing and see what that got me. It’s gotten me great hair!
    My hair is also dark and so the traditional go-to dry shampoo of corn starch left my hair with a dull gray look. Instead, I use a small spice jar (the kind that fit into a rack) filled with pure cocoa powder and a drop of essential oil. I shake it on my head, rub it around my scalp and then brush it all out. My hair looks full and smells yummy in between washes.
    A note on the apple cider rinse: I know everyone says they can’t smell it after it’s rinsed out, but I can. Maybe I’m not rinsing well enough or my ratio is too strong, I don’t know. But I live in rainy Oregon where if you put your umbrella up for less than a monsoon you’re considered a wimp. When it rains, my hair gets wet and I smell vinegar. No one else experiences this? Really? :/

  86. These were great articles…. I remember when I was little I would wash my hair with the bar soap probably zest or dial or ivory and my mom would go nuts because it did not come out smooth or silky as if I washed with shampoo.

    For the past 10 years I have not used shampoo. Because they use Dawn on the ducks and wild birds when there is an oil spill, I have been using dawn about once a week. I raised waterfowl for 12 years and know that you should not use soap on them as it screws up the oils that their feathers need.. So I figured that if Dawn was safe to use on them it could not be all bad on hair. My hair is clean and not oily nor does it have oil build up. my scalp does not seem to produce an overload of oil as it did with shampoo. I know Dawn is a detergent but I think it is something much different than the main stream detergent.

  87. Jasmine says:

    Can we go “poo-free” and use black 15in1 miracle treatment spray
    ( ) ? Would it affect the process

  88. Both my husband and I have been shampoo free for about three months now. I most likely will never use store bought hair care products again. I use 1 egg with a tablespoon of honey once a month for conditioning. I use this also as a facial. Let it sit f0r 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. Once every other week I use baking soda and water with 1 drop tea tree oil to wash and ACV to rinse. I use a drop of emu oil once a week messaging it into my scalp and leaving overnight. My hair is in the best condition it has ever been. No more split ends and my hair is slowly growing back where it has been receding since I hit my 40s. I have many reasons for trying this method and many more for staying with it. I have blogged about my experience on my blog since I started at the end of March.

  89. I wonder sometimes if those people are closely inspecting my hair, wondering if I hide spider webs underneath, or if it would smell like — I dunno, something gross if they came too close.

  90. This sounds like a fabulous idea! The only problem I have is that I’m a competitive swimmer, which means my hair needs to be washed every day to get the chlorine out. Will this method work well?

  91. Can I use this every day? I mean, is that too much?

  92. I was wondering…..
    If you only wash every few days do you still wet/rinse it in the shower when you bathe?

    I have wild wild hair that tends to look like a retarded Afro when I brush it. So I straiten it when I go out anywhere public.
    Touching your hair that much to straiten it makes your hair greasy.
    And when it gets wet/moist (Florida is horrible when it comes to humidity) I loose control of it.
    So I have to wash it again at night to wash out the grease from touching it, and so I can straiten it again.
    Would it be ok to wash it daily with the poo-free system?
    I know your not suposed to wash hair daily, but I have to…

    • You probably won’t have to shampoo again, but if you use the conditioner (vinegar and water or lemon juice and water) the acid should strip the oils, but hopefully not damage your hair. 🙂 I do this to get the hair product out of my hair, as I also have an afro. I HAVE to use gel daily. 🙂

  93. thought i would get the the comments fresh and up to date with my input , i am now going to go poo free, thanks for your article it has been very helpful all the way across the Atlantic in olde england

  94. I have been shampoo and conditioner free for 25 weeks now. I LOVE it! I have super thick and super curly hair. I use 1 tablespoon baking soda per 1 cup of water and 5 drops orange essential oil for my shampoo now. I use lemon juice instead of vinegar, as my hair is very porous, and the vinegar smell was very strong. I used 1 oz lemon juice per 1 cup of water and 5 drops orange essential oil for my conditioner. I always have plenty of lemon juice, as we make limonchello quite often, and it stores in a mason jar in the refrigerator for weeks. I save so much money, and my curls have never been happier. I encourage all people to give it a try. I made it through my transition week of frizzy hell with hats and bandanas 🙂 , but after that my hair has looked amazing!

  95. Hi tsh from Oz, I put a permanent water based hair colour just on the hair growth around my face as this is were my grey starts have been doing this for about 6 years, would the poo free wash & vinegar rinse strip this colour out as i only have to re-colour every 9-10 weeks my hair is in good condition for my age just past shoulders. could you please advise/ is the shampoo free not suited when hair is coloured??????
    Yours faithfully

  96. Hi Tsh from Oz, could you please advise me whether the poo-free and vinegar rinse would strip the water based permanent hair colour I use approx every 9-10 weeks to cover my greys just around my face, I have been doing this for approx. 6 years my hair is in good condition for age and is to my shoulders, the colour looks just like my natural colour, I know there is a acid alkaline to the hair but am not sure how this will works with my coloured hair hoping you can advise me. Thanking you
    Yours faithfully Grette

  97. nothing to do with hair but your kids are gorgeous :o)

  98. This is so encouraging and informative! I’ve been “no ‘poo-ing” for a year and a half and I love it! Lots of friends ask me for updates and are so surprised that my hair doesn’t look funny or stink. 🙂 I do let my hairdresser wash it when she cuts it, but that is just a few times a year. I’ve shared this post, so friends can hear more about it!

  99. I have been ‘poo free for one year though i use conditioner only, i mix it with water half and half. i do the acv but never considered putting backing soda in it.

  100. I’m interested in trying this out, but I have very long, thin hair and a LOT of it so it tangles very easily. Is there something that anyone would recommend using as a natural detangler? I’m afraid I’ll get out of the shower and have one giant dread lock.

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