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No ‘Poo: Get Beautiful Hair with Just Baking Soda & Vinegar

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No ‘Poo for Curly Hair

The most common question I get when I talk about no ‘poo is whether it works on thick or curly hair. My hair is thick and a little bit wavy, and it works just fine for me, but I couldn’t speak for truly curly hair. A little research turned up an account from Lorissa from Beautiful Somehow who did a 30 day no ‘poo experiment. Here’s what she had to say:

I am so completely happy with my curly hair now! The curls are bigger, more defined, and not as frizzy as before. I am still using a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of mousse to set the curls. I am currently looking for a more natural alternative for it though. So if you know of one, please share!

You can read all about her no ‘poo experience over at Beautiful Somehow, and if you have any tips for an alternative to mousse, I bet she’d love your suggestions!

Tips from Fellow No-’Pooers

Stephanie Moram from Good Girl Gone Green does a slightly different mix for her hair. She recommends about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water, and about the same ratio for vinegar. You can read about her no ‘poo method here.

My Healthy Green Family doesn’t like to call this method no ‘poo, but over there, Free Range Mama talks about the baking soda and vinegar method that she uses. She likes the same ratio as Stephanie recommends, and she also talks a little bit about a common question that folks have when they’re new to no ‘poo: the vinegar smell. As she describes, that smell should fade quickly as your hair dries. If it doesn’t, try using less vinegar in your mix next time.

Do any of you do the no ‘poo thing? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you – and what hasn’t! – in the comments.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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3:44AM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

If you have dandruff, you might try limiting animal products and eliminating gluten. Along with the baking soda wash (for skin too) that's what rid it completely for me.

4:52AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

yuck

4:50AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

very good, I did wonder if it would work for me as I have curly hair, I'll check out 'at Beautiful Somehow' and see how she got on!

10:07PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

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4:42AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

i have been seeing and reading a lot of no-poo approach. and im getting very curious that will be trying this soon. i have been doing the vinegar though. its a hair rinse as they call it. i boil 2 cups of water put in rosemary for anti-dundruf (but you could use whatever herbs you want) and once its cooled i add 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, you could add a couple of drops of essential oil if you fancy. and make sure thats its not hot when you use it.

in the first 2 weeks i have been doing my hair rinse 2x a week but now its only once a week. and i must say i got good results, my hair is not as dry as before and my dundruf is lessened.

hope this helps somehow.

1:40PM PST on Jan 20, 2014

Interesting article i had never heard of the no poo way of washing your hair. My hair is very dry and naturally curly so i only wash it once a week. Other wise it dry's out to much. Not sure i would try this as have to be very careful what i put on my hair and skin. If it works for you then gud on you.

8:02AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

I might just give this a try. I have hair longer than my arms (as in, if my hair isn't tied back or up & I bend down to reach for something, my hair dips in it before I can pick it up... not good in slobbery, slimy dogs' water bowls!) so I hope the vinegar is an efficient detangler.

8:41PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

Thank you!

7:45PM PST on Jan 14, 2014

I have long hair almost down to my elbows. I first tried this 11 days ago and yesterday washed my hair with it for the second time (I usually only wash my hair once a week). I can say the baking soda cleans hair great, Im very impressed with it. I was very surprised to find just how great the vinegar works as a detangler on my long hair.

I did find that the baking soda was a bit drying on my hair thou so the second time I washed it, I afterward finishing conditioning, I rubbed 1tsp of coconut oil on the second half of my hair.. and that seems to have worked. Today my hair feels as almost as great or as great as it does after washing it with the expensive natural shampoos and conditions I ordinarly buy.

Anyway, thanks greatly for this article. I think I will continue using baking soda, vinegar and coconut oil for my hair.

1:37PM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Haha, they have been calling it "No Poo" for YEARS. That's not changing any time soon!

Be very careful with this. If your hair isn't very oily, you might be fine. However, I got sores all over my head within a week of trying this. I will NEVER do it again. Not worth it at all. I will just reduce how often I wash my hair traditionally!

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