It’s been 7 weeks since I stopped using traditional shampoo ( aka – no ‘pooing ) and I’m still going strong.
There has been a bit of experimenting with different methods and different amounts, but I find the experimentation fun.
In the beginning I was using the baking soda rinse followed by the apple cider vinegar rinse method. After a week or two my hair looked oily a lot, but I realized it’s because I was using more of the ACV and it gives your hair a very conditioned, shiny effect. Once I figured that out I diluted it more (a table spoon or two in a cup and a half of water or so).
Also, after hearing someone mention using Dr. Bronners to clean their dreads, I decided to give that a go. I also tried adding a touch of the peppermint soap to my baking soda mixture, but that made my hair really dry.
What I’m currently doing (and have been for weeks) is washing with Dr. Bronners, rinsing, and then conditioning with the diluted acv mixture, and rinsing. I don’t dilute the Dr. Bronners, I simply pour a small amount on my hand and lather it into my scalp. I really like the result. My hair is clean, and manageable. Not overly dry or oily.
Before, when I was using shampoo all them years, my hair was excessively oily. I was one of those people that had to shampoo every day or they would look pretty ick. But now, I don’t wash but every few days, and even after several days of not washing, it doesn’t look nearly has skeezy as it used to after a single day of not shampooing.
I can’t testify about how the no ‘pooing works with styling your hair, because I don’t style my hair. Honestly, I generally don’t even brush my hair (yes, even though it’s nearly down to my waist).
I tried to take a bunch of pictures of my hair for y’all, but they were pretty much a fail. So this is the best you get. I washed yesterday.
So, have you taken the no ‘poo challenge yet? What works for you?