Dupe It Yourself : Organic 'No Poo' Shampoo

Before you get any weird ideas from the 'no poo' bit let me clarify.No Poo Shampoo is the latest fad to hit town.And for once I'm not complaining.I have been shampooing the no poo way up until a couple of days ago(I just got my hair rebonded and I'm scared to experiment right now) and so far it's been the best shampoo ever because of a number of reasons.One it is totally natural, two it keeps your scalp clean and grease proof longer and three it is cheap.
No Poo shampoo basically uses baking soda and vinegar to replace all the chemicals in your shampoo namely Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40), Propylene glycol (PG) and butylene glycol.I hope the names have scared you away from your shampoo.If not then try googling them and you will be scared.

At first using the no poo shampoo is going to be really weird because it won't give you any suds but eventually when you see how clean your scalp feels without any potent chemicals you will come around.Try it for a month at least before giving up and trust me you will never go back to the poo way of shampooing ever again.

Hunt and collect :
For medium length hair :
1 tbsp baking soda
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you manage to find it)
1 cup cold water
a few drops of vanilla essence or any essential oil (optional)
Get to work :
  1. Mix the baking soda and warm water together to form a runny paste.
  2. Massage the paste onto damp/dry scalp for 30 seconds to a minute.Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. Mix the vinegar, cold water with vanilla essence or essential oil and coat hair with the mixture.Let it sit for another minute.
  4. Finally rinse you hair thoroughly to remove traces of any residue.
Water is enough to clean your hair of any dirt and debris and the baking soda mix will take care of any residue and greasiness.Baking soda is the weakest of sodium group and you only need a little bit to get desired results, so it is not at all harmful.It also helps you get rid of any product build up.Use warm water to rinse hair as it opens up hair cuticles and helps the rinse to penetrate better.Finish off with cold water to seal the hair cuticle to restore shine and minimize frizz.
Vinegar dissolves excessive fatty deposits, reduces scaling of the scalp and helps to clarify/detangle hair.It also helps to balance the scalp's  pH level and seal the cuticle.Although the no poo method does not advice you against using conditioner, if you want to go natural all the way try using diluted honey as a last rinse in place of conditioner.It works great at moisturizing scalp and hair.
So what's your take on the 'no poo' shampoo?


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9 comments :

  1. It's a lot less scary than using chemical laden shampoos trust me

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  2. I have been no pooing for about a month. My hair looks healthy for the first time in my life. I simply use a natural conditioner instead of poo. Then rinse with cool water to seal the cuticle. My hair looks clean and soft for almost a week. I will never go back to poo!

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  3. @GIJillie: I totally love the no poo method and use it at least once a fortnight to give my hair a break from chemicals.Great tip about using a conditioner.But will it not make hair oily?

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  4. Woww great post, thinking of trying it out, its quite easy too! Where to get apple cidar vinegar?

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  5. @Manya: Do try it out.It's one of the healthiest way to wash your hair.Apple Cider vinegar is available at any departmental store.You could use synthetic vinegar in case you don't find it.

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  6. what about Reetha (soapnut) - supposed to be great for the hair

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  7. @See Bee: Yeah I've heard about it too but I've also heard it makes hair dry and brittle.

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  8. I've been shampoo free for a couple of years now. I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I'm considering switching to a different vinegar—not because I don't like ACV, but because . . .

    I can make my own fruit vinegar mostly from trash!

    I've made fruit scrap vinegar twice now, and I'm going to start another batch this weekend. All you need is fruit scraps (apple cores, soft parts of berries, the trimmings from a pineapple), sugar, and water. Plus a clean jar and some thin cloth (a few layers of cheesecloth works, or real cheese cloth, or thin muslin). It's really, really, really easy, and extremely low maintenance once it's started.

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