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Poo Free Hair Care

Updated on August 3, 2012

Why go Poo Free?

Awhile back, I switched to a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner in an attempt to do things more naturally. But, reading the ingredients, I still saw a list of chemicals, and I wasn't happy with applying chemicals to my head on a daily basis.

Doing some research, I found that most store bought shampoo contains detergent that strips your hair of its natural oils, and that conditioners are an attempt to put back replacement oils in an attempt to make hair more manageable.

Making your own hair cleanser and rinse is inexpensive, simple, and easy. Using items commonly found in a kitchen, you can make your own hair care, and live more naturally while saving money.

Getting Started

Ingredients
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • a few drops your favorite essential oils, optional

Making the cleanser and rinse.

  1. For the cleanser - add one Tbsp baking soda to a container (I use a squeeze bottle), and pour in 8 ounces of water. Close and shake to dissolve the baking soda.
  2. For the conditioning rinse - add one Tbsp apple cider vinegar to a second container, and add 8 ounces of water.
  3. Optional - add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Adding the baking soda for the cleanser (a funnel helps)
Adding the baking soda for the cleanser (a funnel helps)
Add in 8 ounces (1 cup) of water
Add in 8 ounces (1 cup) of water
Start the rinse with a tablespoon of ACV, then add 8 ounces of water
Start the rinse with a tablespoon of ACV, then add 8 ounces of water
Finish with a few drops of your favorite essential oils (optional).  Remember - only tiny amounts - essential oils are strong!!
Finish with a few drops of your favorite essential oils (optional). Remember - only tiny amounts - essential oils are strong!!

How to wash and rinse with poo-free hair care.

In the shower - wet your hair. Squeeze a bit of the baking soda cleanser onto your hair. The amount you use will vary based on how much hair you have, how thick it is, and how oily (initially) it is. When starting to go poo-free, concentrate on the roots for this part. After some time, your scalp and hair will adjust to this method, and crank out less oils. At this point, I began using LESS baking soda in my cleanser. I tried using more, thinking that it would work even better - it didn't, it was too much for my scalp, and I began to get a smidge of dandruff. Less is more for this stuff.

Rinse out the cleanser - you may be surprised at how quickly it rinses out, as opposed to a head full of lather. Then, squeeze a bit (again, amount will vary with your hair) of the rinse onto the ends of your hair. Rinse again, and you're done!

As a point of reference, I'd make an 8 ounce bottle of cleanser and rinse, and they'd last about a week - meaning I was using just over an ounce of each daily.


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      Crunchygirl 4 years ago from Illinois

      I haven't done an oil treatment since going poo-free myself, but if someone said I had to, here's what I would try. I'd probably use less oil than recommended for the treatment. Then, regular poo-free wash and rinse. If it's still too oily, I would try a small amount of actual shampoo. Out of pure curiosity, what result are you looking to get from the oil treatment? If you find a process that works well, please share!

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      Stephanie from Baltimore 4 years ago

      I am looking to find a way to do an oil treatment but afraid i wont be able to get the oil out without shampoo. Any ideas?

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      stephanie from halt imo 4 years ago

      Stephan im

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      Crunchygirl 4 years ago from Illinois

      Stephanie - that's great! I'm over a year now, and I love not having to put product after product in my hair. And if I air-dry it, I no longer look like Medusa. :)

      I also noticed that some brands of "apple cider vinegar" actually are plain vinegar with color added - so read the labels. Not that I noticed anything bad with that non-cider vinegar - I just felt that if you call it apple cider vinegar, it should actually contain that item.

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      stephanie 4 years ago

      I am officially poo free. It has been one month since i used shampoo. I love my hair. It no longer gets greasy like before.

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      Yvonne 5 years ago from Largo, FL

      I will! Thank you.

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      Crunchygirl 5 years ago from Illinois

      I don't leave the mixture on very long at all, actually less than I used to condition. There is a vinegar scent that I smell while using it, but just like housecleaning with vinegar, that scent fades away. I've had nice compliments from people on the lingering scent from the essential oils, though. I hope this works well for you - will you report back in a few weeks?

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      Yvonne 5 years ago from Largo, FL

      Hi!

      I have dry frizzy hair. I use a deep conditioner 3 times a week to control the frizz. How long do you leave the cider mixture on your hair before you rinse? I'm excited to try this! Also, does the smell of the cider vinegar overpower the smell of the essential oils?

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      Crunchygirl 5 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Katie! In my experience (everyone is a little different), I went through about two weeks of transition where my scalp had to learn not to crank out so much oil. I would start with daily washes, and switch to a day of shampoo if the oil builds up. The other key thing for me was figuring out that I needed much less styling product. I used to have frizzy flyaway hair, and needed product to tame and weigh it down. Now I don't use any product at all - again that was a gradual switch, but I think it also contributes to less oily hair overall.

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      Katie 5 years ago

      I've been wanting to try this! My hair is SO oily all the time. I love the idea of using essential oils, but was worried that it would make my hair oily. Is that a really stupid question? haha. I have some lavender oil that I would LOVE to add. I'm going to the store to get the stuff for it today!