No Poo – I stopped using shampoo in February, 2013. It is now March, 2015. I have been completely shampoo free for 2 years! Here is an update.
My No Poo Website
No poo and natural hair care has been a very popular topic on my blog, in your comments, and with your questions. So I made a website all about no poo. You can find it at The No Poo Method. I have tons of tips, tricks, testimonials, faq’s, and more. So if you have questions, please check out that site. There are lots of answers there.
My No Poo Ebook
I have done a lot of research with trial and error to find what works, and what doesn’t work. I have compiled all of that information together in an easy-to-follow guide that will answer all of your no poo questions.
This book will empower you to find a natural hair care routine that works for you, at whatever level you want to take it. Are you ready to dive right in and ditch all your commercial hair products? This book will walk you through that process. Or do you just want to learn how to naturally nourish your hair with an occasional deep conditioner or serum? That’s here too. Find the book here.
My One Year Update
My Current Routine
My routine has changed quite a bit since my last update. I did great with baking soda and apple cider vinegar during the 1st year. Then one day, out of nowhere…..it just wasn’t OK anymore. My hair became very dry. So I decided to start experimenting with a lot more no poo methods. I detail a lot of the no poo methods here. It truly is a trial and error approach to find what your hair needs. I get a lot (a whole lot) of emails, comments, and questions asking what method someone should use. I honestly cannot answer that. Everyone’s hair needs are so unique and everyone has different desired results. I had to go through the trial and error testing myself to learn what I needed. So have fun with it! Experiment and get creative!
I have found that my current favorite no poo method is with rye flour. Yep, I said flour! I mix a couple tablespoons of rye flour with enough water to make a paste. I wet my hair, massage the rye flour on my scalp and hair. I leave it for a few minutes and rinse. The trick is to be sure to rinse very, very, very well or else you will have flour bits left in your hair.
Here is an overview of my typical hair routine:
- I wash about once a week.
- I use dry shampoo once or twice in between washes.
- I vary the washes I use. I use rye flour probably 75% of the time. I will occasionally (once every 5 or 6 washes) will wash with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
- I do a bentonite clay mask about once a month. I mix equal parts bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar and apply to my hair. I leave for about 20 minutes then rinse.
- I use argan oil with essential oils (recipe here) as a hair serum to tame any stray / frizzy hair.
- I let my hair air dry.
- I “scritch and preen” using a boar bristle brush 2-3 times a week. This is basically massaging your hair for about 5 minutes. Then use the boar bristle brush to distribute the natural oils your hair produces down the shaft of your hair.
- I will play around with other methods from this list. I like an occasional egg wash (adds protein which adds body) and an aloe vera rinse. There are lots of options and DIY recipes on this page.
- I do a henna rinse about every 4 months. I choose a color very close to my natural color. I do it mainly for the conditioning, not the color.
- When I curl my hair, I almost always do headband curls.
- I add essential oils to just about everything I do / make for my hair. I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils. Ever and always. Find out more about essential oils and hair here. My personal favorites are rosemary, lavender, and ylang ylang.
You can see more details about my hair routine here on my No Poo Diary calendar.
Hold Up…..And Then…..
I got pregnant! And any mama knows that pregnancy results in lots of hormone changes. And your hair definitely shows it. I felt like I was going through transition all over again (transition is the period of time when you first go no poo. Your hair is detoxing chemicals and there is an adjustment period. Read more here.). It took me a couple months to figure out my new hair. It was just…..different. Here is what I found my hair needed while pregnant (this is what worked for me. Your hair needs while pregnant will probably be different.):
- More boar bristle brushing. Every day.
- I needed to go back to baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I still mix it up and use rye flour but my main wash is baking soda.
- I could go longer in between washes. I’m currently going 7-10 days while pregnant, I was washing every 5-7 before.
Find out more about my pregnancy here:
So am I a smelly, greasy, dirty person? Nope! At least I don’t think so…. Here are some pictures of me over the last year.
For More Info
For more info, be sure to check out my ebook, The No Poo Method.