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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



  • 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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