6 Month ‘No Shampoo Experiment’ Results in Shinier Healthier Hair

Written by on March 12, 2015 in Healing & Natural Remedies, Health with 3 Comments
Photo by Martha Norgaard -- CC by 2.0

Photo by Martha Norgaard — CC by 2.0

by Katherine Martinko | treehugger.com

My switch to washing hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar was supposed to last only a month, but now I can’t stop.

It has been six months since I stopped using shampoo. It all started as a short experiment when my editor asked if I’d try the ‘no poo’ method just for the month of January. I agreed reluctantly, and together with Margaret Badore, dived headfirst into the world of extremely alternative hair care. Our experiment resulted in this post: “The No Shampoo Experiment.” While Margaret went cold turkey for a month, I continued to ‘wash’ my hair with baking soda and condition with apple cider vinegar.

I never dreamed I’d still be doing it at the beginning of July, but here I am, a staunch convert to the ‘no poo’ method with no intentions of going back. There are so many things I love about it, and this is what I tell people who are curious about my strange hair-washing habit.

There was almost no adjustment period for me, which I think is common for people with really thick hair, or hair that is washed no more than once or twice a week. The biggest hurdle for me was psychological and getting over the fleeting smell of salad dressing in the shower as I poured vinegar over my head. (Don’t worry – it dissipates immediately and there’s no residual odour.)

My hair is getting healthier and more manageable the longer I avoid shampoo. It gets less greasy and I can go longer between washes, usually 4-5 days. It is softer, shinier, and less frizzy than before. I have fewer bad hair days, and can get the natural, loose curls I like with just a bit of coconut oil rubbed into my damp hair.

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  1. blue_lotusfeet@hotmail.com' Chica says:

    I tried this for 4 months, and my hair was greasy the whole time. I gave up, but gave it a good run. I tried more baking soda, less…more vinegar and less. I finally gave up….but i like the no poo idea. Anyone have suggestions for fine/greasy hair?

    Also, everyone said my hair would not smell like vinegar…but it definitely did. Always. And I used the good vinegar.

    • Noemail@gmail.com' Dom says:

      Never tried this method. Its about the type of conditioner you use. I co wash… Conditioner only. If you dont have dry hair dont use a moisturizing conditioner.

  2. mlunel@gmail.com' Margaret Lunel says:

    Have used this for the past two months and love my hair now. Will not go back to shampoo. My hair is softer, cleaner and no more dandruff in my hair

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