Monday Monthly Mission #7

October 6th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Monday Monthly Mission

On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.


Alright guys, are you ready to go no-poo?

No, this isn’t some sort of 30-day endurance test in constipation (ha!). It’s all about our most luscious locks, and taking the ‘crap’ out of the shampoo.

The method is simple. Can you take a wild guess as to what we’re using instead? If you know me at all, you probably said ‘baking soda!’ or maybe ‘vinegar!’ And either way – you were right!

Eventually we’d like our hair to be self-regulating with its own natural cleansers and oils (believe it or not, it can self-clean). But we have to get there slowly, starting with a baking soda cleanser and an apple cider vinegar conditioner.

In the shower, mix 1 tbsp baking soda into ~1/2 cup water to form a thin paste. Apply to hair at the roots, massaging thoroughly into the scalp. Remember that this will not foam up (no poo!) but that doesn’t mean it’s not cleaning. Rinse. Follow with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar diluted in ~1 cup water. Massage into roots and shafts, and then rinse.

The baking soda is a natural cleanser, as we know. The vinegar is a natural softener. People who swear by no-poo claim that their hair becomes healthier, stronger, shinier, and more manageable/styleable. And it’s SO much better for our bodies and our environment. I can’t wait to try it out!

Remember that conventional shampoo is a chemical detergent, filled with nasty and unnecessary ingredients. These harsh additives strip your hair of its crucial oils and train it into dependence. Meanwhile, the hair overcompensates and oil production increases.

So, there may be a transition period while switching to no-poo. You may notice your hair is a little oilier than usual. Don’t worry! This should clear up as your hair and scalp re-acclimates to its natural state. If you currently shampoo your hair every day, begin no-pooing twice per week. If you shampoo your hair less frequently (I wash mine about every 4-5 days), try starting off with just one no-poo per week. Eventually you’ll be able to fuss with it less and less frequently.

So, my silken-tressed eco-mavens, do you choose to accept this mission?


  • ellie

    I’m trying out no-poo today! I’m loving it so far. I was worried about walking around smelling like vinegar but I added about 8 drops of peppermint oil and a few drops of lavender and it covered up the smell completely. It’s just so simple and inexpensive!

  • Megan Gross

    Hello all, I am very interested in trying this method though I am a little nervous because I suffer from psoriasis on my scalp. THe severity of it comes and goes, but I always have a LOT of dandruff which I think is in relation to my psoriasis. To control this I only use T-Gel shampoo by Neutrgina wich helps me keep my psoriasis under control and reduces my dandruff. I have long blond hair that was damaged by a year ago by a bad colorist who burned off my hair. I have spent this summer really trying to get my hair to grow back healthy by washing it minimally 1 to 2 times a week with only the t-gel shampoo and no or very little conditioner and no products and little heat styling. My hair has bounced back and I lots of new hair growth. I would like to convert to not using any shampoo at all, since i really think it was all the naturals oils that has brought my hair back to life, but I am worried about my psoriasis coming back. I also read that a guy tried this method and loved it but then started getting terrible dandruff so had to stop. Anyone else with a history of psoriasis or severe dandruff that has tried the no-poo method? I would love to hear you comments!

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