I’ve been using the “no poo” method for 7 years now. I did not gradually reduce the use of shampoo. I went straight to baking soda & ACV. I have used shampoo only 4 times since then.
My method is to put about a tablespoon of baking soda in a plastic drinking cup. I wet my hair under the shower, hold the cup with the baking soda under the shower, fill 1/2 way, stir with finger and then fill the cup the rest of the way to full. This way it is nice and warm. I then pour it on my hair and continue with the rest of my shower.
At the end, I rinse my hair with water and then rinse it with a ACV/water mix rinse.I usually rinse out the ACV after allowing it to do it’s magic on my scalp.
My reasons for going no poo?
- It’s simple and inexpensive. Simple ingredients that have so many other uses around the house.
- There’s no shampoo bottle to recycle. The baking soda box can be recycled and would have less impact on the environment if it wasn’t recycled.
- My opinion about shampoo is that it strips the natural oils from your hair. The scalp then works overtime to replace the oils and overcompensates. So the next day your hair is oily and guess what? You need to shampoo your hair again! Do you know which 3 words doubled the sales for the shampoo manufacturers? *Rinse*and*Repeat*.
I am very happy with my hair. I have found that I can use baking soda one day and just plain water the next day. I have short hair and this works very well for me. I even use No-Poo for our dogs.
The ACV rinse is also great for the rest of your body. I make sure to include my ears when I rinse my hair. But I use it all over, if you get my meaning.
The only problem I have with baking soda is that it is mined and processed. It’s not something that I can grow or dig out of the ground where I live. But it is something I use for other things like cooking and cleaning every day. Though I am looking for alternatives. Perhaps growing Soapwort…
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