No ‘Poo

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 @ 8:01 am | Uncategorized

Yes you read that right. But No ‘Poo stands for no Shampoo. I haven’t used shampoo since the beginning of March. Well that’s not entirely true, but I’ll get to that.

I went no ‘poo in effort to control or get rid of my dermatitis on my scalp, plus I read about all the nasty crap that’s in shampoo and figured, if others can go no ‘poo, I might as well try it.

The No ‘Poo Method: Mix 1-2 tsp of baking soda in 1 cup water and use as shampoo. It won’t suds up and can be hard to use at first, but I use a one cup squirt bottle that seems to do the trick. Rub it in to the scalp and hair (just the hair closest to the roots) let it sit for a minute or two, and rinse well. For conditioner I use 1-2 tsp vinegar in 1 cup water and use about a 1/4 cup total, mostly on my ends. Let sit for a minute or two and rinse. I have used regular conditioner on occasion when my hair seems really dry, but overall, the system works pretty well. I’ve had some challenges though.

The first 2 weeks went ok. Then I went to my hair stylist and I really love the scalp massage she gives, so I let her use shampoo. Then I was out of the town the next weekend, and used shampoo, because I didn’t know how to travel with my new system yet.  Then for a month or more I continued the no ‘poo regimen, but my dermatitis got worse and my hair turned gross. I had read that it takes about 3 weeks for the hair and scalp to get used to it and that week 3 was generally the worst for everyone. I have to agree with that. However – Week 4 was AMAZING! that was the nicest hair I’ve every had. But the dermatitis kept getting worse until I couldn’t take it anymore and used an oil treatment on my scalp. That helped calm the scalp, but I couldn’t get the oil out of my hair for over a week using only my no ‘poo method, so I had to resort to shampoo. That got the oil out, but it also seems to have restarted my no ‘poo countdown. I’m approaching week 3 again, and my hair is getting gross again…. Here’s hoping week 4 comes along and does its thing again. The dermatitis is still manageable though, so perhaps the oil treatment was the trick.

Amazingly, I don’t miss the suds. It can be hard for others to get pass, but it doesn’t bother me. Its been a challenge to find the right mix for me, but I continue to pursue it knowing I’m using a more natural and healthy alternative.



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    2 Responses to “No ‘Poo”

    1. Sonja Says:

      How’s the hair?

      This does not sound like a method I could use. I love conditioner too much!!

    2. Carrie Says:

      Some people do just the baking soda part and then use regular conditioner. Do some google searches for conditioner only. I have used conditioner some. I’m finding it difficult to get the right balance of everything, but I’m still determined to make it work. It’s getting better this week. I’m quite surprised by my will to do this. I though I’d give up by now…

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