Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No 'Poo Tuesday Report - Week 4

We are now in our 4th week of going "no 'poo".
Yes, I still kind of think I'm crazy and I can't really believe I'm doing this... and that I've done it for 4 weeks now.

I have an update. Towards the end of last week, my scalp seemed... dare I say it?... A little on the greasy side.

Um, no. I don't think so.

"No 'Poo" is only going to work if my hair/scalp was clean and... well, normal, if you know what I mean.

I already knew how to tackle the hard water issues (the boiling water method).

I searched online and found 2 other suggestions.
- Don't wet my hair before I use the baking soda mixture. It's wet enough anyway.
- Add a little bit (like drops) of tea tree oil.

I tried both. I already had tea tree oil so these 2 adjustments were super easy for me to make.

This did the trick. My hair and scalp are back to normal and my hair is super soft once again.


Someone asked me about what the baking soda and apple cider vinegar recipe I'm using..

This is what we've been using in the last week or 2. We adjusted from our original recipe because I think we were using too much baking soda. We like this adjusted recipe so far, but I'll let you know if we ever make any changes!

Here is what we're using right now!

Baking Soda Mixture - for those with hard water
1. Boil 4 cups of water and keep it boiling for 15 more minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and SLOWLY add 1/4 cup (used to be 1/2 cup... This lesser amount is working for us, too, so far) of baking soda. It'll fizzle!
3. Gently mix.
4. Let it cool and transfer to container (we use an old shampoo bottle).
* Only transfer the liquid if there's stuff on the bottom.
5. Add a few drops of tea tree oil.
- If you made the mixture correctly, your fingers should feel slippery when you touch it.
- To use: Don't wet your hair before using. Pour some of the mixture onto your scalp. Make circles and "massage" your scalp. Make sure it gets all over your scalp. I don't really put any on the rest of my hair. If you made the mixture correctly, your scalp should feel squeaky clean! Rinse thoroughly.

Apple Cider Vinegar Mixture
1. Mix 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar.
2. Pour into your container of choice (we use an old shampoo bottle). That's all!
- To use: I put it only on my ends and avoid the scalp. I take my shower hair brush (it's all plastic) and brush out your hair. ACV is truly a natural conditioner and detangler! Rinse thoroughly.

You might need to adjust your baking soda and apple cider vinegar amounts, but this is what's working for me right now.

It takes time to adjust.
The baking soda mixture won't lather up.
Apple cider vinegar smells like... vinegar. I actually don't mind it at all. It completely disappears after your hair dries. My hair smells really nice, actually. :)

Oh, and remember how I said I think my skin is a lot clearer since going no 'poo?
It seems like I'm not the only one that experiences this. Strange, but a lot of no 'poo-ers notice that their face becomes smoother and more clear. :)

(Check out my first post here.)

What do you think about this whole "No 'Poo" thing?
Let me know if you try it out!

1 comment:

  1. What do you mean "only transfer the liquid if there is stuff on the bottom"? Do you mean if the baking soda has settled?


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