the no 'poo method

no, we're not constipated. yeah, we get that alot.

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Getting frustrated...
jim pam pb&j
moogan84 wrote in no_poo
Hello all!
Just found this community, and I thought all of you would be able to help with your expertise.  I have been no-poo for 35 days.  Every 2 days I use a baking soda paste on my hair and let it sit (wash my body, shave my legs, etc.) and then rinse with apple cider vinegar.  I have really greasy hair that when I was shampooing I needed to wash everyday or my hair would become a big pile of grease.  My hair is still greasy.  I was hoping by day 35 I would have noticed some results, but I haven't really.  When I wake up my hair is still greasy and I am still doing the pony tail/hat hiding maneuver.  Any pointers that you guys have would be greatly appreciated.  I washed today and while my hair looks okay in the front, it's still feels greasy and the back looks greasy.  Thank you :)

My number one tip is always lots lof brushing from root to tip, preferably twice a day. Boar bristle brush is best, but as long as you make sure you get the scalp any brush will do in my experience.

Perhaps you should try to wash you hair with baking soda and ACV more rarely, say, twicу a week, and the other times -- with mineral water? Perhaps the soda ammount is too high?
I've been washing my hair with natural products for over two years now. I have long hair and I never washed it every day, and I I won't.
I have had a go at washing it once a week, then half the week it was greasy, and I went back to washing it once in three-four-five days.
Now I'm trying to switch to water only washing. The second week on, but on Saturday I washed it with clay, dairy product and apple juice.

Watch your reactions, which goes best for you and your hair, these things are individual.
When I rarely wash(ed) my hair with the rye bread mixture with a little bit of 'kefir' or other dairy product -- it very often looks good and clean and has volume for two or three days. But that happens when I do it sometimes, not regularly.


The hardest thing about going no-poo is divesting yourself of the notion that, if you do more things, you'll get better results. I've noticed that the more you do with your hair, the more you have to keep it up. You're still stripping your hair of oils with baking soda. I'm not even convince that method isn't *worse* for your hair and scalp than regular shampoo. I haven't done anything to my hair in two years. Seriously, nothing. I put some essential oils on my scalp to keep it fom itching, but other than that, nada. I've actually found that my hair gets *dry* from time to time.

When I stopped using all cleansing products, I had to shower every day. I'd rub my scalp as if I were washing it. This would get the grease evenly distributed. Then I'd rub my hair down with a microfiber towel. This got the excess out without making my scalp think I needed to produce more grease. After a couple months, I was going a few days without showering. Now, I can go a couple weeks (shhhhh) without showering during the winter. I wish you luck in your journey.

Hi Megan,

I use the baking soda like you described, every 2 days. I've been no pooing for about 7 months and I had the same problem at first. What type of bottle do you use for the shampoo? I started using one that's like a restaurant ketchup bottle with the point at the top, I've found them at supermarkets, on Amazon.com, and Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $2. I use about 1/2 cup of the baking soda liquid at each shower and make sure that I direct the tip of the bottle both to the front/top of my head and to my crown/nape area while rubbing with the other hand. Make sure you dig your fingertips in through your hair and rub your scalp vigorously back there. While you rinse, also rub your whole scalp vigorously with your fingertips. Hope this helps!

Thanks all! I switched to washing with baking soda only, then the next day no wash and the third day is a rinse in the shower. Then on the fourth day I wash with baking soda again with an ACV rinse. The ACV was making my hair too greasy so I'm going to only rinse every other washing. I've also bought a boar bristle brush and brush my hair more often. I've definitely noticed an improvement! Melissa - I use smart water bottles that hang out in my shower. Thanks for all your suggestions, they've helped a lot!

id also suggest leaving the baking soda in for less time, it could be overstripping your hair! I took it out of regime completely! I don't have overly greasy hair anymore since switching though.

Dont use it as a paste, that can be more damaging than using a shampoo, when you dilute it make sure it's a lot of water and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda, tand if that doesn't help with the oily hair add one more teaspoon and increase until you find the liking, hope this helps.