Going No-poo

I am done with shampoo and conditioner.  There is a teeny tiny bit in the bottom of the bottles I have left, but I am not going to buy any more.

So tonight, when I wash my hair I am going to start my no-poo journey.

Having read up on the internet about how to do this, I know I need to strip off any chemicals, silicones or waxes that my shampoo has left on my hair.

There seem to be several ways to do this

  1. use a clarifying shampoo (don’t have any)
  2. use castile soap then rinse with apple cider vinegar in water (I do have a bar of castile soap….)
  3. rub in a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and water, then rinse with apple cider vinegar

I think I might go with number 3…

Then they say to leave your hair for as long as possible (4, 5 even 6 days) before washing it again with a bicarbonate of soda solution and rinsing with ACV…  You just rinse it with plain water as you shower.

Fortunately I have short hair that doesn’t get very greasy – I can easily go 3 days between washing it, sometimes even longer.  And even using shampoo and conditioner, I got the frizzies if I washed it every day so I just used to rinse it between washes.

Hopefully the transition period won’t be too bad…

This is going to be quite a journey!


After washing it with the baking soda paste it certainly felt squeeky clean.  I used about 1/4 cup of baking soda to which I added enough water to give me a fairly sloppy paste.  I liberally applied this to my hair and rubbed it in well.  Ad then I rinsed it well.

After this, I applied a solution of 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water.  I added 2 tbsp of the ACV to 1 cup of water in a squirt bottle and then added 2 drops of rosemary essential oil.  Rosemary EO is supposed to be good for your hair – it makes it strong I believe.

I squirted this solution liberally over my scalp, rubbing and massaging it well into my hair.  Then I rinsed it.

My hair feels soft.  It does feel slightly oily – whether that is from the EO or something else I can’t say.  It is still wet though as I let my hair dry naturally – I can’t remember the last time that I used a hair-dryer.  Actually, I don’t even own a hair-dryer!

There were 2 things that I noted – I only used about 1/3 of the vinegar solution that I made up.  And I didn’t get any tangling (a lot of the sites I was reading were warning you to detangle your hair carefully with a wide toothed comb).  Both of these could be the result of my hair being very short.  A lot of the people advising on how to go no-poo had very long hair.

Meh – I am sure the ACV solution will be fine in the squirt bottle until I next wash my hair and I will use it then.

Coconut Oil

I have been using coconut oil to shave my legs and pits for quite a while now…  and I mentioned it to A, who initially poopooed the idea saying it would make her smell of coconut.

Coconut oil is FANTASTIC for shaving…  it leaves you with an incredibly close shave, but no soreness, no dry skin.  Your skin will be silky soft and moisturized.

But over the weekend, she ran out of shaving foam for her legs and decided to give it a go.  And then said to me “You were right Mum, it is FAB!”.  And I have to agree with her it is.

Since then, not only is she using it as a shaving medium, she uses it as a moisturizer, C has started using it to shave her legs and pits and also as a conditioner on her hair (C has a grade 2 buzz cut).

And A has shared the tip with all her friends who have also started to use it as a shaving medium…

And they have all decided that smelling of coconut isn’t so bad after all.

And a quick edit – if you find the oil is gunking up your razor, there is an easy fix for that – let it sit for an hour or two in some rubbing alcohol and then swish in soapy water.