No Poo Shampoo Challenge

Two Months of No Poo

Two Months of “No Poo”

The first thing everyone does when you tell them you are “No Poo” is to look at your hair. My friend started first, and that was the first thing I did after the words came out of her mouth.  I was looking for oil build up and general hygiene along with style.  It looked clean and stylish, so I decided to try it myself.  The challenge…a full 30 days without using shampoo.  It was scarey at the beginning. I didn’t know what to expect. In the end, I have to admit, my hair and scalp has felt cleaner than ever.  I didn’t even have to go through the *dreaded conversion time. I think it’s, because I had been using my homemade shampoo.  The homemade stuff is still more convenient for traveling, but I’m hooked on the “No Poo” method for daily use.  To start out, “No Poo” does not necessarily mean no cleaning. To some it does. For me, I have felt my teenager’s hair and no thank you for that. I want something that cleans, just doesn’t strip my hair of it’s natural oils or coat my head with unnatural oils.  Small amounts of baking soda and vinegar diluted in water is the essential agents of cleaning.  It’s kind of like a volcano on your head. Vinegar not only cleans, it also conditions. Some people still report adding a small amount of oil to the ends of their hair.  I have a leave in conditioner I like to use to tame my hair. Hair is funny. It seems to react to weather, hormones and seasons. I like that I can adjust my “No Poo” to meet my hair’s needs.

**The first thing you need to do is to find two 2 c. squirt bottles.  Costco sells their organic agave in 2 c. squirt bottles.  They work great for me!  FREE to me!**

 

Sherry’s No Poo Wash (Very Dry Hair)

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 c. water
  • 5 drops lavender EO

With my thick, dry hair, it only lasts 3 washes.  But really how much could 1 tsp baking soda cost?  I make sure my whole scalp is covered.

Conditioner/Rinse- Very Dry:

  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2  c. water
  • 5 drops lavender EO

This lasts about 4-6 rinsings.

 

Oily Hair:

  • Wash (2 Tbsp baking soda, 5 drop lavender EO, and 2 c. water)
  • Conditioner (2 Tbsp vinegar, 2 c. water, and 2 drops Lavender EO

 

Normal:

  • Wash (1 Tbsp baking soda, 2 drops lavender EO, and 2 c. water)
  • Condition (2 Tbsp vinegar, 2 c. water, and 2 drop lavender EO)

 

Dandruff:

  • Wash (2 Tbsp Borax 2 c. water, 5 drops lavender EO)
  • Conditioner (2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 c. water, 5 drops lavender EO)

I used this on my son and it was AMAZING! He has tried all types of shampoos and nothing has worked. This worked on his dandruff. He only needed one treatment.

 

Leave-in Conditioner

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Jojoba oil, organic
  • 10 drops Geranium Bourbon EO (or Lavender)
  • 10 drops Lime EO

Mix all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake before using.  Spray on your wet or dry hair and comb thoroughly.

 

*Dreaded Conversion Time:  Where your head tries to regain control of the oil balance on your head. Try the full 30 day challenge and don’t quit in the middle.

Update March 13,2013…

Honey Hair!

This is my favorite “no shampoo” hair cleaner. It totally works and is great for my families’ hair cleaning needs. My hair is much softer and my head feels more cleaner then ever. This method is worth trying.

Honey Hair Recipe:  1/4 c Raw honey, 3/4 c water, 10 drops Lavender, Rosemary and lime EO- Rub in wet hair, rinse well in cool water.