The No Poo Method Didn’t Work For Me

It’s no secret that I like my personal care products to be as natural as possible.  I use a natural deodorant, make my own body wash, toothpaste and facial moisturizer.  I want to avoid sulfates and parabens and formaldehyde.  Oh my.

So, I heard about the no poo method of hair care and decided to try it.  I have thick, fine, slightly wavy hair.  Before the no poo method I was washing it every other day.  After two days without shampooing, my hair is pretty gross.  When I don’t use conditioner, I have a lot of static and “flyaways”.  

I decided to use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to cleanse my hair.  If you aren’t familiar with the no poo method, the baking soda is used to clean the hair and the apple cider vinegar is used to rinse and condition.

The first time I used the no poo method, my hair felt like straw afterward.  I waited a couple of days and rewashed.  My hair still felt like straw.  

The No Poo Method Ruined My Hair

I googled.  I was told that I just hadn’t given it long enough.  

I waited.  I kept at it.  My hair still felt like straw.  I wanted it to look like these amazing no poo pictures, but it never did.

After a month I wasn’t leaving the house without a ponytail or a hat.  My hair was long enough that I could pull it into a bun for work.  My hair didn’t smell.  It was clean.  But it looked awful.

About five weeks into the baking soda and apple cider routine, I discovered plain liquid castile soap.  I thought for sure that it would make my hair feel less dry, but it didn’t.  Castile soap left a coating on my hair that made it feel weighed down and made it look stringy.

Recently I was tempted to try the no poo method again and came across this article:  Does the No Poo Method Damage Hair? and this one:  Baking Soda Damaged My Hair.

Of course, I decided not to try again and I’m glad that I didn’t use the no poo method for any longer.

I Gave Up No Poo But I Shampoo Less

After six weeks of the no poo method, I went back to using shampoo.  I’ve tried many different natural shampoos since then and have finally settled on this shampoo and this conditioner.  I switch it up now and again with this shampoo and conditioner from Alba because it smells amazing.

I also love the hair care lines from BeautyCounter and Young Living.

I now wash my hair about twice per week.  It doesn’t get gross between washes like it used to.  The less I wash, the longer it takes between washes for my hair to look dirty.  That’s the goal I wanted to accomplish – to get my scalp to calm down and not overproduce oils because I was washing them away all of the time.

No Poo Really Does Work for Some People

My friend Ashlee of the Crunchy Moose recently started this amazing website dedicated to natural hair care.  It covers many different ways to go poo-free.  If no poo is going to work for you you’ll probably find your best no poo method will probably be found there!

Another great resource is It’s a Love/Love Thing’s 10 tips for going no poo.The No Poo Method Didn't Work for Me pin