the no 'poo method

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Almost 3 years no poo
wtfrrrrr wrote in no_poo
Hi there. Looks like there's not that many people around here!

Just wanted to share here about my adventure without shampoo. I have been using a baking soda wash and vinegar rinse for just shy of 3 years now. I started for a couple of reasons. Wanting something more natural, but mostly wanting something better for my hair. As I have been getting older, my naturally sleek, straight hair has gotten more and more frizzy. I tried different shampoos and conditioners to help with the frizz but all it did was make the top of my hair oily and the ends more frizzy.

After a lot of research I gave no poo a chance. I did not have a problem with it at all. My hair is shiny, much, much less frizz and so easy to comb through. This from a person who had difficulty combing it when I used shampoo and conditioner! The only problem I had at first was split ends after doing it for a couple of months. Trimmed my ends and started putting coconut oil lightly on the ends after each wash; haven't had a problem with them since.

My hair is fairly long; about mid-back length. When I started it was longer, about butt-crack length. I am very happy with this method. I get a lot of compliments on my hair and it makes me laugh when people make faces or when they can't believe that I wash my hair with baking soda. Some people ask for advice on how to do no poo!

Anyway, just wanted to come in to say how well it's worked for me.

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Hello, I too have been shampoo free for 3 years (just over in my case). I too found my hair getting more and more frizzy as I got older, and no poo has been great for taming the frizz. However, I believe the baking soda has damaged my hair, because when I go swimming (in a chlorinated pool) my hair now turns to straw and I have to load it up with conditioner to be able to do anything with it. Using conditioner goes against my no poo philosophy, but there seems to be no other way to handle it. Therefore I have been washing my hair with water and diluted vinegar, no baking soda, for a few months, which seems to have helped although my hair doesn't look quite as good as it did when I used baking soda.

Do you swim, and if so have you had any problems with you hair after swimming?

Sorry, I don't swim in chlorinated water. I have used a small amount of coconut oil on my hair as well as my ends if my hair looks a little frzzy ( like in humid weather). I use very little of it; I rub my fingertips over the oil, rub my fingertips together, then work it lightly into the ends of my hair. Then, with just the light residue that is left, I rub it into the palms of my hand and pull it through my hair. I've found that that is usually enough. You have to be really careful to use a minimal amount of oil so your hair won't get weighed down or oily.

I have also found that an occasional egg yolk conditioning can work wonders to reduce frizz and make your hair really shine. I usually do it once every other month. I use about four egg yolks because of the length of my hair. Make sure there is NO egg white in it at all ( it is a pain to try to remove it from your hair). Break the eggs yolks open by stirring with a fork. Then I use that on my hair rather than the baking soda and water to wash my hair. After I rinse the egg yolks out, I follow it up with the usual vinegar and water rinse. This works wonders for me but I only do it about every other month. I read that it's not good to do it too often,that too much protein is not very good for your hair and can cause buildup in it. It works great for me doing it only occasionally.

Hope this helps!

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