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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Washing your hair without shampoo, an update

It's been one year since I took the plunge and went shampooless and started using baking soda. I originally started this attempt in October 2010 but I couldn't stand my hair being greasy so I waited until I was on maternity leave last year to give it a try again.

When I first started using baking soda on my hair, I was putting one tablespoon of baking soda in 3 cups of water. I later learned the best way was to make a paste -- a little water and 1 tablespoon of water. That did the trick and for one whole year, I've gone without shampoo and have used baking soda only.

The thing I learned was that is that it takes time. Not worrying about how my hair looked for a month really helped. I figured, I was covered in spit up already, who would notice my hair?

Today, my baby fine hair feels a little thicker and easier to work with. It does has it's greasy moments but I mostly use the baking soda solution every other day.

Using baking soda to cleanse your hair takes time and figuring out the right amount of soda to water ratio. I suggested this to a co-worker and right off the bat, the ratio worked for her.

The best guide I have found comes from my mommy blogging hero, Simple Mom. She gets all the credit for the successes I have had with this process.

Maybe next I will attempt to use the oil method to cleanse my face?


  1. Yup - I am "poo-free" as well. I go the other way with my baking soda - 2 Tbls of soda in an old shampoo bottle, then fill with water. I squeeze the bottle of soda-water over my hair and then scrub like crazy to work in the soda and stimulate the roots. A bottle lasts me about 2 weeks. It took me about 4 months to get to completely "poo-free." I started using just ivory soap and regular conditioner, then soap and cidar vinegar as conditioner, and finally made the plunge to baking soda.

    Oil cleansing is in my list too, but I'm nervous to try it on my OILY skin!

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