My skin type is really oily – so is my hair. I would try skipping a day washing my hair but it just wouldn’t work. I had to wash it every single day because it was just so oily. Every couple of weeks I needed to do a deep cleansing to get rid of the buildup on my hair. I don’t use any styling products so I knew the buildup was coming from the shampoo and conditioner. All different types of shampoo were tried in an attempt to control the grease but to no avail. That’s when I first heard about the “no poo” movement. It sounded rather intriguing washing my hair with natural products rather than the chemically laden stuff so I decided to give it a go.
I’ve been “no poo” for three months and really like it! The first two weeks were an adjustment period as my scalp got used to producing just the right amount of oil my hair needed to moisturize it. I now just wash my hair with 2 TBSP of baking soda to 3 cups of water every three days. I don’t get greasy hair anymore! It just amazes me that my hair is no longer greasy. After three months of the regular baking soda wash with a weekly apple cider vinegar rinse my hair is shiny and soft. I have noticed the last two weeks that it is becoming dry. I think that is mostly because of the dry desert Nevada heat. I am currently researching different natural conditioners to try maybe once every couple of weeks to keep my hair from getting dry and brittle. Michal was wondering how “no poo” would work with her dyed hair. I’ve heard that it makes the color last longer. I have several colors of highlights in my hair and I haven’t noticed a change in their color at all. I do think you may have to try a better conditioning rinse than just the basic vinegar rinse.
Right now I am the only one in my family who is “no poo” but my older girls have talked about giving it a try. It certainly hasn’t cost as much for me to wash my hair with baking soda instead of shampoo! I can only imagine how much we’d save if all the girls went “no poo” too.
Speaking of savings, another way we are trying to save money is by using homemade laundry detergent instead of the commercial kind. The recipe I use is the basic powdered recipe (#9) found here. It works well to get all the grease off my husband’s clothes after a day of servicing the farm machinery and pivots. I do have to say I did need to use a can of Coke one time in the wash to help get the grease off his pants. They were literally covered in grease. The phosphoric acid in the Coke helps to dissolve and lift the grease off the clothes. See why I don’t want to drink the stuff? We used to use the Arm & Hammer brand because I liked the smell, it cleaned as well as Tide, and was much cheaper. The homemade laundry detergent works just as well as the store bought stuff, though there isn’t any “mountain fresh” scent because there are no added perfumes, and costs far less than even Arm & Hammer. The laundry does smell clean just without the added perfumes. We’ve been pretty happy with it so far so we’ll keep on using it.
As a side note if you decide to try the homemade laundry soap look for washing soda in the laundry section at your grocery store. Wal-mart does not carry it.