24 August 2011

no-poo: 3 months later

I went off shampoo cold turkey on April 26th and I can confidently say that I will never use it again. 

[ If you're new to the blog you might want to go back and read my original post on why I decided to stop washing my hair. (I also did an update after the first week) ]

Right now I wash my hair with Dr. Bronner's soap (a really mild, all natural product) about 2 or 3 times a week, blast it with a blowdryer for a minute or two to get most of the moisture out, then let it air dry the rest of the way. I'm blown away by the fact that no matter how long its been since the last washing, it never seems to feel or look greasy. My hair has never had more natural body and wave, and I never have to deal with the flat, limp look that comes along with squeaky clean hair.

If you want to try the no-poo regimen but are too afraid to go cold turkey like I did, try alternating between your regular shampoo and Dr. Bronner's for a while, then slowly decrease the number of days a week you use real shampoo. My mom's been using this method and is already starting to see a difference!

Right now I'm not using any other products, but I want to try reincorporating a few into my routine - does anyone have a recommendation for something light that will enhance my natural wave?


  1. my hair is so unruly it needs all the products it can get. Yours looks great though.

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  2. Oh my goodness - I can't believe this... and have to admit I won't be able to do this little experiment, but give you mad props and your hair looks awesome.

    PS Loving this photo - too cute!

  3. I've been doing the no-poo regimen for almost four months now and I love it. I use baking soda 'shampoo' and ACV 'conditioner' a couple of times a week (the ACV makes my hair so soft and is a good detangler).

    I usually shower at night and let my hair get almost dry, then braid it. By morning it's all dry and when I take out the braid I have some nice waves. It also makes my morning routine go so much faster.

  4. I'm terrified an oh-so-addicted to shampoos. Whew. But I definitely see what you're saying about this vicious cycle of lather/rinse/over-produce sebum/repeat. It's like crack, isn't it?

    I don't use many products post-shampoo, but I do likes my Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom. If you have not tried it before, you can stop by a local store for a free sample.

  5. wow! it looks so good!

    i love aveda everything ... their products are generally environmentally friendly and they smell soooo good!

  6. I was just thinking about how this was going the other day. I really need to try this.

  7. This is the first I have ever heard of this, but it does make sense. I will look for your version of shampoo.
    As for waves - what about salt water? I can't remember the exact ratio, but salt and water in a spray bottle to give you the 'beach hair' look. I'm sure if you google it you can find it. I know someone also makes a product now as well, but come on $8 for a bottle of salt water ? nah.

  8. I've read about other people doing this before, but never really considered it myself. Your hair looks so good that I'm thinking I'll go buy that Dr. Bronner's and try it out! Just curious, what is your hair type? Mine is pretty thick and tends to split easily even though I don't use too much heat on it. I hope this method can work for me, too!

  9. Natalie - my hair is pretty fine, but there's a lot of it so it tends to look pretty thick. For a long time I was blasting it with a blow-dryer every day and it was starting to look pretty damaged, which is part of the reason I wanted to try this. Good luck! :)


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