The ‘No-Poo’ Method

OK – so no shampoo.  Sounds nuts I know, but really, it’s pretty simple.  It’s also dirt cheap and a huge time saver!

If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here to read about my no-poo journey.

Alright, are you ready to No-Poo?!

Ok, so first, make your mixtures…


2 tbsp baking soda to your 8 oz squirt bottle

Add baking soda* then fill the rest of the bottle with warm-hot water (the temperature you would want your shower water).

Shake until combined.

*Sometimes the baking soda can be tricky to get into the bottle, so I often use the small funnel listed below to get it in easily.


2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV) in an 8oz bottle

After adding ACV, fill the rest of the bottle with warm water.

Shake until combined.

Second, Shampoo method:

  1. After mixtures are combined, prep for your shower as usual.
  2. Be sure to brush your hair first (preferably with a 100% pure boar bristly brush (like this one).  The boar bristles will help to distribute your hair’s natural oils from the root to the tip.  It is very important that you distribute the oils evenly throughout your hair so that it doesn’t get greasy at the top and dry out the ends.
  3. Step into the shower as usual without getting your hair wet.
  4. Apply the entire baking soda mixture evenly throughout the scalp.
  5. Massage mixture into scalp and scrub as you normally would shampoo. (Brush through with a wide tooth comb).
  6. Let mixture sit in hair for about five minutes (no need to be exact, some days I only have 30 seconds and it still works) while you wash your body, shave, etc.
  7. Rinse hair as you normally would because while you can’t see it, it is in there, so you need to rinse well and make sure it’s all out.
  8. Spray on ACV mixture about halfway down your hair, concentrating on the ends (you are not going to use the whole bottle just 10-15 sprays).
  9. Comb through and let sit for a few seconds – a few minutes.  
  10. Rinse hair for a final time with cold water (as cold water will close the hair follicles and set in the conditioning effect from the ACV).
  11. Turn off shower water and run hair though wide tooth comb for a final time.
  12. Scrunch hair in towel, or pat to dry.  Do not wring or twist or make a towel turban, as the friction will cause friz.
  13. Style hair as normal.

For days when I wear my hair curly, I simply let it air dry, and for days when I wear it straight I will blow it dry.  If there are a few fly aways I will rub a tiny bit of coconut oil on my hands and then run my fingers through my hair.

*In the beginning your hair may be dry from time to time.  If that occurs you can rub a small amount of coconut oil on your hands and then run your hands through your hair focusing on the ends (which are typically the driest).  

*For all over dryness, you can slather on the coconut oil to your whole head, place a shower cap over it and sleep with it on before no-pooing the next morning. Make sure you place a towel over your pillow that night!

I have to say that in two years I have only used shampoo when I get my hair cut and on one vacation where there was very hard water and my hair feels amazing!

I could never go back!

Here is a list of the products that I use for my No-Poo hair:

Boar bristle brush…

Wide tooth comb

Baking soda

Apple Cider vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar bottle

Baking soda bottle

Stainless steel funnel for baking soda

So, are you gonna try it?!  Come on try it (I know, I’m being the older sister now)!!

Questions? Comments?  Are you ready to try?  Lemme know in the comments below, I love learning from other mamas!


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