The start of No Poo-Week One

What the F is NO POO? No….I am still going to take poops, not sure if that is physically possible. As if I can take a magical pill and only poop once a week just like that birth control you take that fakes your body into only having 4 periods a year. But I digress…

First off, maybe I should start by saying one of my 2013 list/resolutions/goals whatever you want to call them is to be some what “chemical free” by the end of 2013. Technically you can not be completely “chemical free” because baking soda(sodium bicarbonate) and Vinegar(acetic acid and water) are chemicals. Hell even salt(sodium chloride) is a chemical, although most people would not consider this harsh, unless you are consuming way to much of it. But you can definitely strive to be “harsh chemical free” to the foods we eat to the beauty products we buy. My goal is to stop using commercial shampoo/conditioners, face wash, lotions, hair dyes, traditional deodorant, hairsprays and lotions/creams.

I have stopped using traditional deodorant for about a month and finally have found something that works for me. (I think you could ask any of my friends and they would/should say I smelled wonderful or at least I hope) I currently use a crystal rock salt that I wet before applying and than follow up with a peppermint or lavender spray. No aluminum, which some researchers have linked to breast cancer.

So back to the NO POOING…

I have completely stopped using commercial shamPOOS and conditioners as of a week ago. I have a friend in Kansas that told me if I stop showering and grow out dreads, she will no longer be my friend. Well I am still going to shower, just not shamPOOing in the traditional sense. So far I am on day 7 of not using commerical shampoo.

What you will need if you want to start No Pooing:
Baking Soda
Apple Cider Vinegar-I have read that you can use whatever vinegar you prefer, however I am going with the one that smells less “vinegar-y.”
Water
Other items I am using for my wavy/frizzy curls. Apricot Oil and water.

Here is the blog where I have found the best recipe and instructions. No need to reinvent the wheel. She has has some great FAQs about No Pooing.

Day 1 note to blog-mixed together a tablespoon of baking soda and enough water to make a paste. My suggestion is to add just a bit of water at first and than add more later. I made the mistake and used way to much water the first time and it ended up looking like milk instead of a paste. Rub the paste into your scalp like a circular motion and let it sit there for a minute. It left my hair feeling “chalky” but clean. I followed up with the vinegar rinse and I only put it on it on the ends of my hair. Rinsed everything out, combed my hair and let it air dry. Weird….I thought I would walk around with a pickle factory smell, but once my hair was dry, no more smell.

Day 2 note to blog- my hair feels really weird and kind of itches. Anyone that knows me intimately knows that I have struggled with dandruff since the birth of my daughter. My hormones have been jacked. So the itching thing makes me think that my dandruff may come back again. I have read some troubleshooting about No Poo and it looks like I used to much baking soda.

Day 3 note to blog-Head really itches, so I decided to mix up some more vinegar and water and squirt that on my hair and rinse. Seems to be helping with the itch. Note to self Vinegar really burns your eyes.

Day 4 note to blog-purchased some bandanas and headbands. It might be awhile before my hair is back to “normal.”

Day 5 note to blog- mixed up another batch of baking soda paste and vinegar/water rinse. I used way less baking soda this time.

Day 6 note to blog- Hair feels frizzy, dry but does not itch. Just got my hair wet today.

Day 7 note to blog- Did another round of vinegar/water rinse on my hair in the shower. Still got some in my eyes and it burned.

So thoughts so far are that my hair goes back and forth from feeling really dry and frizzy to oily. I am going to need to work on the baking soda amount and how often I use the paste. This might take awhile and I will apologize up front for my hair looking like poop for the next two months( pun intended)

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The deodorant I was using.

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This is what I use now for deodorant.

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My old hair routine.

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No Pooing routine. (The blue glass bottle is a mixture of apricot oil and water that I use as a detangler for my wavy hair)

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7 thoughts on “The start of No Poo-Week One

  1. Teri H says:

    Props to you! I’ve tried no poo several times and couldn’t ever get past 2 weeks… my hair just felt gross! I do however love my “homemade deodorant” (coconut oil, arrowroot power and baking soda) and my coconut oil moisturizer and hair “conditioner”. Make sure you update us on how it’s going!

  2. TN Grandma says:

    Uh oh, we will need to talk about your Valentine’s Day present that is on the way to you (should be there in a couple of days)……good luck with your hair!

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