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My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

It sounded too good to be true, but I was curious- did it really work? I had seen many pins floating around on Pinterest extolling the virtues of not shampooing your hair and that this was actually better for it; as someone with naturally oily hair, I decided to give it a try. The theory goes like this: washing your hair with traditional shampoo strips it of its natural oils, your body corrects this by producing more oil, so you wash your hair more with shampoo, and you get stuck in this damaging cycle.

I was all for something that would save me time and money, so I decided to give it a try. Each pin had a slight variation on the same idea:

  • Stop washing your hair with shampoo/conditioner. It may get super oily at first, but this should stop after awhile.
  • Rinse your hair with water only in the shower.
  • Use a baking soda/vinegar combination once a week or once a month instead of daily shampoo.

I think I made it 3 days without washing my hair.

I caved and skipped right to the baking soda and vinegar part.  Now most of the pins I saw said to mix the vinegar and baking soda before spraying it on your hair, but this is what I found to be the most effective:

You will need:

  • A small spray bottle
  • A comb
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

What to do:

  • Start the process out of the shower, in front of a mirror, with dry hair.
  • Work on your hair in sections. Take the baking soda, wet it slightly so that you have a paste, and rub it into your roots.
  • After you hop in the shower, spray your hair with vinegar (except for the roots),  comb through it to evenly disperse the vinegar, and rinse it well.

A high-pressure setting on your shower head will help remove all the baking soda/vinegar. (You can find info on a great one here).  The baking soda and vinegar method actually did make my hair less oily and it felt significantly cleaner! While I can’t do the “no shampoo” thing completely, I’ve found that using a gentle, natural shampoo a few times a week along with a baking soda/vinegar wash once a week helps to remove build up and oiliness. The vinegar smells strong when applying it, but your hair will not smell like vinegar once it is rinsed out.

Have you tried the “no shampoo” trend? How did it work for you?

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4 thoughts on “My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend”

  1. I tried the ‘no-poo’ trend a couple times, both times I decided the savings weren’t worth it. I enjoy my showers, I mean REALLY enjoy my showers. A lot. It’s a ritual for me. I’m more human and sane when I shower daily, but just rinsing with water didn’t fulfill my ritual need. Neither did the baking soda and vinegar.

    But even without that, I found my hair tangled so much more. I lasted about a week before I decided it wasn’t for me.


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