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Could you give up your shampoo and conditioner?

Updated on August 10, 2015
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An environmental enthusiast and activist her entire adult life, Kathryn shares her secrets to reducing waste and living greener.

I know it's wild and messy and totally not stylish, but this is my favorite all-time hair cut
I know it's wild and messy and totally not stylish, but this is my favorite all-time hair cut | Source

How the no-poo hair care method turned out to be best for my hair

When I first heard of the no shampoo, or no poo hair care method, I was certain I would not like it. Baking soda and vinegar on my hair? No way! Turns out, it is the best treatment I've found for my thick, wavy hair.

There is no way I would have considered giving up my sweet-smelling, lusciously lathering shampoo and taming conditioner if I hadn't been so committed to reducing one-use plastic bottles in my household.

Do you have a product graveyard?

Back then, I brought a new bottle of shampoo into my bathroom at least once a month, conditioner almost as often. Most of them made my hair gloppy. They ended up on shelves in my bathroom cupboard. I called it the Product Graveyard. Do you have one too?

But when we decided to reduce our plastic consumption, I had to find another way. I researched the no-poo method off and on for more than six months before I finally decided to give it a try. Another blogger convinced me. Babyslime (yes that's her blogger name) had done a lot of research and answered just about every question I could think to ask.

My first day replacing shampoo with baking soda and apple cider vinegar solutions

In the photograph above, my hair in November 2009, on the first day I used the no-poo method. I'm a wash-and-go woman. I don't spend a lot of time on my hair. It has to look good drying naturally, with a finger-comb and no blow dryer. I loved this cut and the somewhat wild, soft look of my hair then.

On this page, I show you exactly how to do the no-poo method, and more photographs of my hair over time and with different cuts.

Some of these photos also appear on my blog

All photographs on this page, with the exception of those generated by HubPages and its advertisers, are my own unless otherwise noted. Several of the photographs of my hair also appear on my long-ago blog Building Ordinary, where for a time, I chronicled the transition.

Day 15 of my no-poo odyssey - And after several days with the flu

Day 15 - No poo
Day 15 - No poo | Source

This was taken on a Monday. I hadn't washed my hair since the previous Wednesday or Thursday and had been sick with the flu. Still, my hair was shiny and clean enough to go to the store for provisions.

My hair would have looked nothing like this using my old shampoo and conditioner. In fact, I couldn't go out the door then without washing my hair every single morning.

Day 28 of the baking soda/vinegar method
Day 28 of the baking soda/vinegar method | Source

Saving money, saving time and saving the environment

Three inexpensive ingredients are all you need to have beautiful hair with the no-poo method.

Not only will you help the environment, if you are like me, you will save hundreds of dollars a year in hair care products.

People often exclaim at the rich texture and beauty of my hair. They're surprised to discover I use nothing but baking soda, vinegar and, once a month or so, a little coconut oil to keep it lovely.

Here you see my hair in 2009, four weeks into the baking soda/vinegar experiment. I loved it!



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Just take a look at the three big ways I'm saving

It's difficult to decide which of these should be on top and which last. For me, they are equally important.

  • I save money. Who doesn't need more coin in her--or his--pocket?
  • By replacing one-use plastic bottles and frothy, heavy oils and unpronounceable chemicals with clean baking soda and vinegar, I help preserve and maintain healthy eco-systems for the fishes, birds and other wildlife who make their living in our waterways and oceans, as well as humankind.
  • Equally important to both of the above, I save valuable time. At my age, time matters more than anyone under sixty might imagine.

Interested? Here are the easy steps.

Benefits of apple cider vinegar to health and skin

Apple cider vinegar's (ACV) acidic properties are good for our hair and skin.

For shiny, tamed hair, Kirsten Hudson, in her Huffington Post article, How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Beautiful Hair and Skin, recommends an even stronger ratio of ACV to water, so don't be timid about experimenting to find the right solution for your hair.

Materials and tools you will need

Materials:

  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cold-pressed, unfiltered, unprocessed coconut oil (optional)

Tools:

  • A wide-mouthed container to hold the baking soda
  • A bottle to hold the vinegar
  • A small jar to hold the coconut oil (optional)
  • A 1-tablespoon measuring spoon
  • Two squeeze bottles for mixing and using the solution


The "raw" ingredients--Plain old baking soda and apple cider vinegar
The "raw" ingredients--Plain old baking soda and apple cider vinegar | Source

Six easy steps

Instructions:

1. For ease of use, fill a jar with baking soda and a small bottle with apple cider vinegar, both of which you can keep handy in the bathroom.

One level tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in one cup warm water is all it takes to clean my thick, long hair
One level tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in one cup warm water is all it takes to clean my thick, long hair | Source

2. On hair-washing day, using a dry funnel, measure one tablespoon baking soda into a dry squeeze bottle and add one cup warm water. Cap and shake to dissolve.

Crunched for time in the morning? If you might not have two minutes on hair washing day, mix it up ahead and let the filled bottles stand under the hot shower while you scrub down, so the solution warms a bit before you apply it, unless of course, you like the shock of cold liquid on your scalp in the morning!

A funnel makes measuring and pouring the vinegar quick and totally mess free
A funnel makes measuring and pouring the vinegar quick and totally mess free | Source

3. Add one cup warm water to the second squeeze bottle, then add one to two tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Cap and shake to mix.

Start with one tablespoon vinegar and see how your hair behaves for a few weeks. It may take several weeks for your hair follicles to even out their oil production.

Everyone's hair follicles react differently to the sudden cessation of numerous chemicals on their scalp. Some get dry, crunchy hair. Others find their oil glands go into overdrive.

Once your oil production evens out, if your hair is on the crispy side, try adding a second tablespoon of vinegar but do not increase the water quantity.

My thick, wavy hair works best with two tablespoons. Many others report using only one with good results.

Dilute baking soda solution on the left, vinegar solution on the right
Dilute baking soda solution on the left, vinegar solution on the right | Source

4. Take the solutions into the shower and wash your hair as you would with commercial shampoo and conditioner.

Wet your hair thoroughly. Squeeze the baking soda solution onto your scalp, covering all of your scalp. Focus on the scalp, not on your hair.

Massage your scalp normally, as you do with shampoo. In place of the rich lather you are used to, immerse yourself in the refreshing tingle as you cleanse your scalp of all those artificial oils and chemicals.

Rinse as you would shampoo, then squeeze the vinegar solution, focusing this time on the length and ends of your hair. The vinegar helps the tooth of your hair shaft to lie down and makes your hair feel wonderfully silky.

Don't worry about the smell. It dissipates quickly. Even my highly sensitive, vinegar-despising daughter has never caught a whiff of the stuff.

For my squeeze bottles, I re-purposed two plastic containers from a product I no longer use.

To keep the baking soda and vinegar straight, I removed the label from one of the bottles and left it on the other. Not very pretty, but serviceable in the shower, where I cannot wear my reading glasses.

It takes less than a quarter teaspoon coconut oil for my thick, long hair. Someone with less hair might need no more than a drop.
It takes less than a quarter teaspoon coconut oil for my thick, long hair. Someone with less hair might need no more than a drop. | Source

5. Optional, depending on your hair's needs: Once or twice a month, about thirty minutes before your shower, warm a very small amount of unfiltered, cold-pressed coconut oil and massage into your scalp and hair.

For my mane, a quarter teaspoon is more than enough. If you have shorter or finer hair, you may need even less. Clean hair as above.

This treatment leaves my hair silky and rich feeling, and I love the faint scent of coconut.

6. Use a shower cap or water-only rinse on days between baking soda/vinegar wash.

On the first and second day after a no-poo wash, I usually keep my hair dry with a shower cap. On the third day, I like to get it wet and give my scalp a nice massage under the shower.

Sometimes rinsing with water and massaging is all I need for another day or two.

I usually do the baking soda/vinegar wash on the fourth or fifth day, depending on how my hair is looking, especially near the roots.

Reuse, re-purpose or treat yourself to an eco-friendly recycled glass jar

For a long time, I re-purposed a yogurt tub to hold my baking soda and a travel squeeze bottle for my vinegar, but I saved so much money on hair care in the last several years that it was easy to justify treating myself to some beautiful recycled glass containers.

It tickles me to have something so functional but also so good looking. What about you? Do you like using pretty things in the bath?

Italian Swing Top Glass Bottle Flask Approx 7 Oz Capacity
Italian Swing Top Glass Bottle Flask Approx 7 Oz Capacity

The stopper and wire bail make this recycled glass bottle spill proof, and the company sells replacement rubber seals should yours, after a few years, begin to wear.

Sadly these bottles are not made in the U.S., but in Italy. Thankfully, the Italians are known for producing good glass, and these heat-tempered bottles are no exception.

 

Recycled glass shines again in this spice jar

Originally intended as salt or spice jars, these old-fashioned, containers suit my vintage apartment well. I imagine early twentieth century families using such containers in this very building, perhaps these very rooms.

8oz Glass Jar with Spoon (Cork Lid)
8oz Glass Jar with Spoon (Cork Lid)

Like the vinegar bottle above, this jar is made of eco-friendly recycled glass. I replaced the wooden spoon that comes with it with a measuring spoon so I can mix exactly one tablespoon.

 

Day 56 and a new, short cut

Day 56 of no shampoo
Day 56 of no shampoo | Source

By Day 56 of the no-poo method, I felt positively liberated. At that time, I washed my hair every third day and rinsed it with warm water every day I didn't wash it.

I no longer need to wash that frequently, and I finally found a large enough shower cap to hold my hair, so I don't get it wet every day either.

Long again, April 2014 - Recovering from a bad cut

My hair just a few weeks ago
My hair just a few weeks ago | Source

This is a few inches longer than I usually like, especially at my age, but I had a very bad cut a while back and since I prefer it long, my new hairdresser suggested we wait until more of the weirdness has grown out before taking too much off.

I'm happy to see a few gray streaks here and there. Can't wait for it to turn white! But I'm still loving how it feels. I don't expect ever to return to the iffy world of one-use plastic bottles, frothy goop going down the drain and the costly, repetitive search for the right products for my hair. No more product graveyard lurking in my bathroom cupboard!

Btw, the no-poo hair care method is so popular that it made national news in 2014. Take a look at this article about a segment on the Today Show: Woman goes 5 years without shampoo.

Hair fade?

Some people report that the no-poo method bleaches their hair a little. I've not noticed it. (Puh-lease! Whiten my hair!) People who perm, straighten or color their hair may want to go to Babyslime's site, linked at the top of the page, for specific questions about their hair types.

Would you? Could you? - Share your opinion of this hair care method

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Finding the right mix for you

As the no-poo method gains momentum, more and more media outlets feature stories about women (haven't seen one about a man using it yet, although men do) who love how their hair looks, and who enjoy the freedom, time and money savings.

If you are considering switching, one thing that's important to understand is that everyone's hair and scalp have different issues. It may take some time to find the right combination for your hair. Be patient, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

While I can share only my personal experience, I may be able to point you to other resources that can help.

© 2014 Kathryn Grace

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      Kathryn Grace 14 months ago from San Francisco

      Let me know how it goes, won't you please? The link I shared has a lot of good information for people with fine or thin hair, so if you run into trouble, check it out.

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      tebo 15 months ago from New Zealand

      Great hub. I do not have thick hair but rather thin and fine hair. I do like your idea of using these natural products for hair care and am going to try them out. I am slowly moving to more natural products around the home for cleaning and personal care. Thanks for all the good information.

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      Kathryn Grace 24 months ago from San Francisco

      So glad you liked it. You may go through a period of extra oiliness or extra dryness as your scalp begins to adapt to depending on its own chemistry to nourish itself, but it should even out over time.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      I tried it. It works! Looking forward to softer hair over time.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Do let me know how it's going and whether you have any questions.

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      I'll try it! Thanks.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Melanie, let me know how it goes. The links I've provided have terrific information for people with different types of hair, and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have as well, to the best of my ability.

      Thank you for caring about the Earth and wanting to save it, as well as your scalp, from harmful chemicals. Do keep me posted!

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      Melanie Paige 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I've seen this heaps in the recent months and I am definitely going to try it!! My hair gets oily at the end of the second day if I don't wash it, to the point where it gets unmanageable. On the third day? Can't do anything with it. I have both ACV and baking soda (bicarb soda here in Aus :) ) and will be making some to give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing; it's very interesting :)

      Oh, and to answer the first poll, I'll be trying this for the Earth, as well as saving money, not to mention no more harmful chemicals going onto and into my scalp!

      I am looking forward to this :)

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm sorry it didn't work out for you ChocolateLily. I know you gave it every opportunity. Thanks for the update. What did you find that lets you shampoo only twice a week? That's a win for sure.

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      ChocolateLily 2 years ago

      Hi ecogranny! As a final update, I've stopped using the baking soda method. Since I have hard water and really oily hair, it just didn't work for me. I got really bad split ends. On the bright side, I only have to shampoo twice a week now. Thanks for the idea, but it's just not worked for me. I wish it had, and I know it does for others. Best of luck!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Shampoos and conditioners were always a problem with my thick, wavy hair, too. This is SO much easier. I'm never going back. Thanks for stopping by, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I keep thinking about doing this! I have long wavy hair and hate the shampoos--I shampoo once a week at most ---

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you @Ibidii. As long as I've been using this method, I'm still amazed how soft my hair is.. Do let me know how it works for you, and whether you have any questions. Babyslime has answered dozens, so check her link too, which I provided on the page.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      Hi ecogranny , I am going to try this and see if it will help my itchy dry flaky scalp. I only use conditioner once a month. I am so happy that this no poo idea worked out so well for you.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      I could have sworn I already approved and replied to this, but I must have been mistaken. Thank you. Do let me know how it goes and whether you have any questions.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Wahooey! I have been conditioner washing but would rather make my own. I am going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @Jemjoseph I've never looked back. I tried the conditioner method, and it was totally wrong for my hair, although I know many have had good luck with it. It also failed to solve the problems of one-use plastic bottles, pouring potentially cancer-causing chemicals on my skin every day and letting them roll down the drain into our water supply.

      I encourage you to check out BabySlime's link I provided early on this page, where you can get a lot of questions answered. Do contact me any time I might be of help too.

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      Jemjoseph 2 years ago

      This definitely sounds like an alternative to the traditional shampoo and conditioner to consider. I've been trying to stay away from chemicals in my hair for the past few months and I've read about the no-poo method, but it usually consisted of substituting shampoo with conditioner. I'm glad you mentioned about the vinegar smell not being an issue, that was my first concern. I really need to give this a try, thanks.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @ChocolateLily: Thank you for being willing to discuss your experience, Lily. I'm enjoying our conversation, and I am sure it will be helpful to others. I'm so glad to hear that your hair looks pretty with this method! That's so important to our overall well-being, don't you think? Now to get it feeling the way you want it to.

      I admit, the texture of my hair is one of the things I love most about this method. I have to be careful not to run my fingers through my hair in public. It's a kind of security blanket for me. Omgoodness!

      Having spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the years on commercial products looking for one that worked, I sense and understand your discouragement and frustration.

      Just as we experiment with product after product, most of us who try the no-poo method often experiment a bit till we find just the right formula that works for us. I got lucky and happened on the right combination fairly soon, but as you know from reading the various forums, others have had a longer trial period.

      If you are getting a residue from the baking soda solution, consider reducing the amount of baking soda. I have a big head (Yeah, yeah, I know all the jokes!) and extremely thick hair, so the 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water works very well for me. Someone with a cuter, smaller head and less hair might find that a third or half the baking soda in a cup of water would work better for them.

      I found that omitting the vinegar solution, that time I was out, left my scalp feeling a bit itchy. I also noticed a sort of salty residue as you mention. Since you have not been using the ACV each time, that might be why you're finding residue on yours.

      Regarding hard water, my experience is inclusive. Although my landlord says we have hard water, it's nothing like what I've experienced elsewhere, before I switched to no-poo.

      Regarding vinegar solution on the scalp vs not, for mine, I am more comfortable when I squeeze a little of the ACV solution on my roots and work it in as I do on the ends. That might be worth a try for you as well. I leave the ACV solution on my scalp while I treat myself to an all-over loofah massage, about 1-2 minutes. Then I rinse it just before finishing my shower. In the beginning, I didn't leave it on, but rinsed immediately. I noticed a difference the first time and never fail to do that step now. It does not lengthen my shower, because I simply switched doing the massage after washing my hair instead of before.

      Looking forward to hearing from you again. All my best wishes.

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      BestRatedStuff 2 years ago

      This sounds like such a great solution. Wonder how it would work for super curly hair?

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      ChocolateLily 2 years ago

      @ecogranny: I found out this morning from my father-in-law that we do have hard water, so I'll have to look into how to deal with that. The thought of boiling my baking soda water is making this a bit more of an efficiency challenge, even though I believe it can be done ahead and stored. I might try using the vinegar each time and see how it goes.

      One problem I have, which might be due to the hard water, is that the baking soda seems to make the couple of inches of hair near my scalp dry, stiff, and residue-y. I've read not to get the vinegar on your scalp (and I've read the opposite too), so I don't know what to do about that. I didn't really like my regular shampoo, but I now I feel like I have a different set of problems. Otherwise, my hair looks pretty when it's clean, just doesn't feel right.

      I think I also read that adding a pinch of baking soda to shampoo (natural or otherwise) will help reduce residue in your hair if you have hard water.

      Just a few thoughts...

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @ChocolateLily: You're welcome. I'll support you in your search any way I can.

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      ChocolateLily 2 years ago

      @ecogranny: Yes, we are. I've looked at the sites you mentioned a few times in the past, but I hadn't decided on a method of action with regards to no shampoo. This morning I decided to wash my hair with a Burt's Bee's shampoo bar I'd had from a sample pack to try to...do something to help...and it's left another residue in my hair. I also think I might have hard water. I'll look through what you've mentioned when I get a chance. Thanks!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @ChocolateLily: Hello Lily. I'm so glad you asked! I can understand how discouraged you must feel. When I first started with no-poo, a lot of folks in forums I visited then said they were having problems around 5-6 weeks in. Some gave up on the no-poo method at that time. I don't know why this occurs, and I did not experience it, so I cannot share personal tidbits on that score.

      I've never been able to go a full week without washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar (ACV). I usually have to wash again on day four or five or my hair starts to look oily instead of shiny and healthy-clean.

      Also, I use the ACV rinse every time I wash my hair. I was out one time and my hair was a tangled mess until I washed it again. A few months in, I had problems with my ends being too dry. Someone somewhere suggested doubling the vinegar. I upped it to two tablespoons in one cup water, which solved the problem. Perhaps for oilier hair, reducing the vinegar by half would help.

      I checked BabySlime's site, which I reference and link early on above, to see what she might say about oily hair, and interestingly enough, her advice seems a bit contradictory. In "What do these ingredients do?" on her info page at http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html, she states that ACV "dissolves excessive fatty deposits." I took that to mean it dissolves oil.

      Seemingly to the contrary, however, In response to the FAQ, "My hair feels greasy!", one suggestion she gives, with no explanation, is to reduce the amount of ACV in the rinse solution (She does not suggest eliminating it altogether.).

      You might be interested in blogger Alyson's experience on her site, "Fulfilled Homemaking." She too had a problem with oiliness and posted about her first year going poo-free, including photos. Here's the link to her post: http://fulfilledhomemaking.com/no-poo-shampoo/.

      I'm glad you asked this question, Lily. Like so many others, I'm learning as I go with these greener, more sustainable lifestyle choices, and I need all the help I can get! Even though I may not have an answer for your problem, I'm happy to help look for solutions others have tried. Please stay in touch and don't hesitate to ask more questions or continue to share your experience. We're all learning together, yes?

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      ChocolateLily 2 years ago

      Hey, Grace! I'm having a problem and want your opinion on it. I'm entering week 5 of the no shampoo thing. I've used the 1 tbsp baking soda/1 cup water solution once a week for each week. I've used the vinegar rinse on my ends a couple of times. I've also used a few essential oils to soften the baking soda solution. My problem is that everything seemed to be going along as expected although it was still oily, then last week my hair crashed back into the oily mess it was at first. I've made sure to rinse really well each time. It never seemed to even out or be wonderfully soft, voluminous, etc. I'm uncertain where to go from here. I know you don't want to be responsible if something crazy happens, but I'd just appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @BestRatedStuff: Babyslime, whose website I linked to in the introduction, responded to a similar query here: http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html?threa... She opined that, without the added weight of shampoo and conditioner residues, curly or wavy hair might appear a little shorter.

      I have thick, wavy hair. The main difference I notice in texture is that my hair no longer feels gloppy, as it always did with shampoo and conditioner. It feels light and silky to the touch. I still have my waves, and sometimes curls, depending on whether my hairdresser remembers to cut it so the waves don't break in odd ways.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Diana Wenzel: You're welcome. Please ask me any questions that come up along the way.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I would never have thought of these ingredients (baking soda and vinegar) for hair care. This was very educational. I'm very willing to give it a go. Thanks for teaching me a better way.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @ChocolateLily: This just might be the solution for you then. Let me know if you give it a try.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I'm very tempted. My hair is so oily that I can only get away with every other day. I can never find a shampoo I'm happy with.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Sundaycoffee: Several times I have tried using only water and a vinegar rinse, but so far it has not been enough for my hair and scalp. I'm down to needing to wash my hair with BS and vinegar rinse only once a week now. I hope eventually to eliminate the BS altogether.

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      When I was young, my grandma used to wash my hair and rinse it with water, to which she added a few shots of vinegar.

      After years and years of shampoo + conditioner (+ unhappiness) I am back at rinsing my hair with water and a little vinegar, and it feels wonderfully silky again.

      I will try the baking soda mix too. I definitely want to reduce / eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in my home.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @asereht1970: Interesting. Would you care to share how that works for you and your reasons for shampooing fewer times a week?

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Before I wash my hair everyday with shampoo and conditioner. Now I'm trying to shampoo it 3-4 times a week but I still use the conditioner every day. Maybe in the future I can do without both shampoo and conditioner.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you for checking it out.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This is excellent information. I haven't used conditioner in a long, long time. But I have really short hair at all times, and only occasionally use shampoo (like once a week). I like the suggestions on this page.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Johanna Eisler: You're welcome. I've been amazed at the vinegar rinse myself. Love it how it leaves my hair.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      You've got me very interested! As far as the vinegar rinse goes, my mom used it all the time to keep her hair soft and shiny.

      Wonderful lens! Thank you!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @BritFlorida: I'm with your mom on commercial hair care products. Like her, I think they strip our hair of its natural oils. Else why would we have to clabber it up with conditioners after shampooing? Brushing is also a big part of my hair care regimen. Let me know how this process works for you, and don't hesitate to ask questions.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      This is brilliant and your hair looks lovely. I'm a wash and go person too but I only wash it every five days or so - thanks to my mum's training. She believed that commercial shampoo strips hair of its natural oils. But I'm definitely going to try this.I have long hair (I know, at my age I shouldn't) and I find that lots of brushing keeps it cleaner between washes (mum again!) but I'm definitely going to try this.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @CherylsArt: You're welcome. Ask me any questions that come up and I'll share my personal experience with you, or go to Babyslime's link near the top of this page. She has ALL the answers.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I saw someone else write about this. I appreciate the detail that you went in to, and my give it a go. Thanks.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @favored: Thank you! It does indeed save a lot of money, while eliminating potentially harmful chemicals from our scalp, hair and skin.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      This would save me a lot of money having very, very long hair. Thanks for this information. BTW your hair looks great.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @feelingadventurous: I've always thought of my hair on the oily side as well, so much so that most shampoos and conditioners were terrible for my hair. They made my hair feel gloppy.

      In the beginning, I washed every other day, soon transitioning to every third day. I've gone as long as a week and my hair looked fine except for right along the forehead hairline, because I cannot keep my facial cleanser from seeping in there and no amount of rinsing brings back that just-washed, squeaky clean look once soap is on my hair.

      My normal routine for the last few years has been to wash every fourth day, and that seems to be just right.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @AcornOakForest: That's wonderful news! I was lucky, because my hair took to this method far better than ever it had to any hair care product..

      The first two photographs on the page are of Day One and Day Fifteen. That last, after I'd been down with the flu for several days and hadn't had time to wash and dry.

      Some who use this method for the first time do report having excessive oil production in the first weeks, and for some, up to six months. The link I provided at the beginning, to Babyslime's web site, answers a lot of questions around those issues. I encourage you to check it out.

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I've decided I'm doing this and I'm starting tomorrow. :) One quick question though... In the 2-4 week period where your head/hair is getting used to it, is there anything you did to help ease the process (read as... not have gross looking hair for a couple of weeks)?

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      feelingadventurous 3 years ago

      Wow, this is so interesting. My hair tends to get oily, so I'm not sure I could go that long in between washings, but this is definitely something to consider!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: What a lovely complement, smine! Thank you. If you give it a go, be sure to come back and ask any questions I may not have answered already, and let me know how it goes in any event.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Nancy Hardin: Hi Nancy. I am honored that you stopped by to take a look. In all the research I did before beginning to use this method, I never once saw anything about it causing hair to fall out, or even damaging hair. It has been nothing but good for my hair, but I realize each individual has different chemistry. I would deeply appreciate it if you would share what you know about hair falling out, or provide a link, so I can research it more.

      Regarding glass containers in the shower. I wouldn't dream of using glass in the shower either. I'm way too clumsy! The bottles in which I mix the solution are re-purposed plastic dishwashing liquid bottles.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @AcornOakForest: Thank you for considering the idea. If you have any questions, please do contact me.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Merrci: I wouldn't go back to conventional for anything. Thanks for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Grace you have such beautiful hair. Seriously. I'm going to consider this method for myself.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My hair is very fine and I'm losing a lot of it. I'm afraid your method might just do me out of the few hairs I have left! I always say "I have 3 hairs and some air." So I won't try it, but I know lots of folks with good healthy hair who could. It would save them lots of time each day. But I'd give that glass container in the shower another think....as often as shampoo bottles and such get knocked over in the shower, it could be a dangerous thing. Well done!

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I'm definitely intrigued. I will have to give it some thought and re-read your page a few times to help myself prepare for this. I love the idea of less money, less plastic, and less toxic chemicals (even in the "natural" shampoo I use)!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds intriguing! I've never heard of using cider vinegar, but like the idea!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Ruthi: Ruthi, let me know how it goes for you. When I was researching this method, lots of folks said it took six months before they saw the benefits, and they were glad they persisted. It worked just fine for me right from the get-go, though. I hope you are as lucky.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @gottaloveit2: Ah yes, I remember gnats in my hair after one convertible ride on a particularly hot night. That was almost a lifetime ago now.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brite-Ideas: I'm told it works well for extremely curly hair and that the oil-producing glands will even out, even for very dry hair.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      This reminds me of when I was a teenager and never used conditioner on my hair, just apple cider vinegar rinsed with cold water. I got in a lot of trouble using my momma's vinegar but my long hair sure looked good! I am going to try this no-poo hair care!

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Interesting concept. I've found that, as I age, my hair doesn't need washing nearly as frequently but, a ride in the convertible changes all that.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wow, your hair looks great with this method - amazing! my hair is wicked curly and very dry (I'll flat iron) - I don't think I could do anything with it without conditioner and a ton of it - I can go a week though and not have to wash my hair (that's how dry it is)

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