Monday, January 3, 2011

How to go "No-Poo."

So, it's a new year. (Happy 2011, everyone!) And as such, a lot of folks are sitting down to write some resolutions.

Here's the thing -- I don't like resolutions in the traditional sense. Most of the time, they are way too vague, unattainable and they just cause unnecessary frustration and woe.

If you're going to make a resolution (or more than one, if you're super-ambitious), make a specific goal with an end in sight.

Maybe you want to go no-poo, but you just haven't gathered up the courage to start. Remember when I stopped using shampoo? Well, I'm here to update you on my progress. Since then (May 2009), I have not purchased any shampoo, nor have I bought any conditioner with silicones. I wash my hair sparingly -- every 2 - 3 days tops -- and I use 'cone-free Suave Naturals conditioner only. Occasionally (we're talking once every few months), I do a baking soda wash followed by a vinegar rinse just to remove anything the Suave might have left behind. The baking soda cleans the hair really well and the vinegar seals it off and makes it shiny and soft.

I do allow my hairstylist to use shampoo when she cuts my hair (gasp!), but I only get 4 - 5 haircuts a year so I still consider myself a bonafide no-pooer.

And let me just say, I LOVE being a no-pooer. I used to spend so much on fancy-schmancy shampoos and conditioners, and yet my head was still dry and my hair unmanageable. Now? I spend about $1.00 a month on my hair. It feels great, looks great, and styles well. And I get compliments on it all the time.

I know, you're probably thinking, She's one of those tree-hugging granola freaks! She probably stinks to high heaven! But don't un-follow me yet. Here's the proof that I'm not greasy, icky, smelly or weird.

I'm a real girl!

And I promise, my hair does NOT STINK. Actually, it smells just like coconut, since that's the Suave scent I currently favor.

So, are you ready to go no-poo? Anyone can! It's easy! And not weird at all! And lucky for you, I've laid out the steps nicely in eHow article, here:

How to Implement a Shampoo-Free Hair Regimen

Does pretty, inexpensive, earth-conscious, poo-free hair sound like a good goal for 2011? Then, what are you waiting for? Chuck out the shampoo and jump on the no-poo bandwagon TODAY!

And if you have additional questions about going no-poo, check out this post by my hairstylist friend, Kate. She's a rockstar.


  1. Wow, I wonder if I could do that. I have long, really thick hair. I use an obscene about of shampoo.

    Found you from SITS. :)

  2. I never thought about going anti-shampoo. But it makes sense - I've been thinking about all the chemicals they put into it - just to make it lather!! I have long, thick, curly hair, so really, I think that no-poo is the way to go!!

    Found you on SITS!

  3. I tried this once but it was not for me, I think it was the hard water. I am going to try this again!

  4. Hmmm, this seems kind of bizarre. What's so bad about shampoo? I s'pose I'll read the article...I don't know if my hair could do it-it's soooo greasy after 24 hrs!

  5. is your method color safe?? ive been doing hair for 4 years and ive never heard of anything like this. i dye my hair every 6-8 weeks and i too hate shampoo but still use it thinking there was no other way. i have been adding baking soda to my shampoo once a week to get all the grime out! my hair always feels gross when i use too many products.

  6. would you mind emailing your exact regimen so i can try it!!! thanks!

  7. you're my hero.

    maybe someday i'll have enough courage to try this - or stop caring about how greasy my hair gets after 24 hours. i have another friend who did this and loves it too.

  8. Oh I'm so slow to catch up on everyone's blog. Holla! Thanks for the shout out! You make a no-pooing crazy sista proud.


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