Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My 'No Poo' Experience

Blow dried curly, brushed out, and then curled with wand
Lot's of people are asking about it- let me tell you it is one of the biggest changes I have made on my green journey. It is weird, it is completely different, and it gets lots of compliments.

I have not shampoo'd my hair in a 5 months and it looks beautiful. In the years since I switched to natural/organic body care I have searched for the best shampoo and conditioner for my hair, never realizing that the packaging of these products effects the health of the environment and in turn my health- so I set out to reduce my packaging waste and the 'no poo' method fit in perfectly (and did not require me to start up a shampoo lab in my house.)

Frequently asked questions...

Do you need exlax?
No, not that kind of poo,

Does it stink?
No, actually the baking soda has a nice fresh smell.

How did you do it?
I started washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar every other day. 1/4 cup of baking soda to a 1 cup of water. 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water.

How long did it take before worked?
Solidly- 2 months. The transition period is a bit painful but once you get used to it (if it works for you) it has great results. I had to mess around with the solution a bit to get it right.
Washed and blown out straight, touched with straitner 

Is you hair greasy?
When it gets greasy it needs to be washed.


  • Your hair literally feels like grease all the way to the tips when it is wet- it is a very different washing and brushing experience and it completely transforms the texture of your hair.
  • You will have to get used to the way it holds different styles.
  • Your brush is pretty much disgusting, washing it doesn't help.
  • Have you ever pet a dog and have a dirty hand after, that is almost what happens when you brush dry hair daily.
  • It is not sudsy washing so you just have to put the mixture in and smush it around.

Pro's (in my experience)

  • No split ends..
  • Looks amazing.
  • Does eventually get soft.
  • Holds styles very well.
  • Eventually you only need to wash it once a week.
  • Saves money not having to buy products. (ps I still use hair spray if I need to- just leave it in there after)
  • Saves the lakes (no toxic by products from shampoos going down the drain)
  • Did I say it looks amazing??

This is not for the faint of heart and does not work for everybody. It is something you have to see through and it is a big change to adjust to. If you commit to this process and it works for your hair type you will love it.

washed and air dried

Tips and tricks

  • Use apple cider vinegar every other wash (my hairdresser warned me it could dry out my hair, also she want grossed out or put off by me doing this- she had heard of it)
  • Brush your hair everyday
  • Make sure you ad warm water or add the water in the shower when you mix your solution- or you could be cold shocked!
  • When you tell people don't just tell them you have "no poo for 6 weeks" like I did- give them some pre context or you will get some funny looks

Side note-
I do not colour my hair, results could be different for regular colourers.

Thanks for reading my blog! I would love to hear your experiences with 'no poo'!
Julia Taylor
Washed, air dried, hot rollers- on day 2