Yep, I’m still not ‘pooing! And I’m loving it more every week.
It’s been nearly 5 months since I stopped using conventional shampoo and my hair has settled into a nice rhythm now. There’s been a lot of experimenting with amounts of what products to use to find the right balance for me. Too much apple cider vinegar left an illusion of oiliness, too much baking soda or Dr. Bronners left dandruff. What I’ve finally settled on is The Organic sister’s dread ‘poo recipe.
I keep my baking soda in a convenient container with a little scoop inside and my Dr. Bronner’s and sports bottle nearby. Before getting into the shower I add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon of Dr. Bronners. Once in the shower, when I’m ready to wash my hair I add about 2 cups of water to my bottle, straight from the shower head. Then I squirt it all over my head, focusing on my scalp. After taking a minute to “lather” it a bit with my hands, I rinse it out.
When I’m ready to condition, I pour about 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into my empty bottle and then top off to about the 2 cup mark again. (And yes, I really do keep my acv beside my shower. And the cheap stuff, at that!) This time, instead of the scalp, I tend to focus on the base of the neck down. I have a lot of hair, hence the measurements. Someone with much less hair would probably need much less acv, etc. To be clear, I don’t actually “measure” any of this as I do it. I just pour in enough of each thing until it looks right. But for the purposes of this post I did actually measure all of my amounts so that I had an idea what to tell you guys so as not to use phrases like “dollop” or “smidgeon”.
I’m left with clean, soft hair that lasts me for days. And even when my hair starts to get oily again, it’s a different, more subtly oily than it used to be when I used regular shampoo. I’m not embarrassed of my no ‘poo oil, where as my shampooed oily hair was unsightly and unacceptable. I usually wash every 3 or 4 days, but I’m sure I could go longer if I simply shower rinsed it in between more.
I put my no ‘pooed do to the test recently when I visited a local salon for the first time since I ditched the shampoo (that should give you some indication of how often I do or don’t get my hair trimmed). After sitting in the chair for nearly an hour I revealed my non ‘pooing ways and asked the stylist’s honest opinion of my hair (I had washed it myself before coming in for the cut). She said my hair was incredible soft and healthy, basically that it was the awesome. So there, salon approved no ‘pooing!
And now, your very favorite part! (or not) Crappy pictures of my hurr!
And there you have it, my no ‘pooed do. For the record, I never under any circumstances style my hair, but I had the sweet stylist blow dry and curl me up a bit this day for my Anniversary weekend. ;)
So. Do you no ‘poo?