No Poo Questions and Update
If you haven’t started to no poo your hair, you may want to consider doing it to save your body from chemicals and help keep cash in your wallet. If you tried it once and it didn’t work for you, hopefully the no poo tips I’m going to go over today will help you make the transition easier. There are a lot of questions that I get about going no poo, so I thought I’d address them here.
No poo for long hair
Before showering, use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair from your scalp to the ends. A natural bristle hairbrush will distribute the natural oils from your hair. With long hair, you may need to use more baking soda and water mixture. Doubling the recipe should work.
No Poo for Dry Hair
Cut back on the amount of baking soda you are using to wash your hair if your hair becomes dry. You also may need to rinse with more of the apple cider vinegar conditioner. Use a little coconut oil or even joboba oil on the ends of your hair to help combat static and the dryness.
White Residue in Hair
You’re using too much baking soda and it’s drying out your scalp and building up there. Follow the original recipe for a few days and try to let your hair go at least two days between washings. You may need to do a deep conditioning treatment with the all natural conditioner.
Dandruff with No Poo
When you get dandruff, you may need to use some white vinegar and water to help your hair. Use equal parts of vinegar and water, and run over your hair before doing the no poo routine. This should help reduce dandruff. You can also add some sea salt to a water mixture and use that to gently scrub your scalp and help exfoliate it.
The vinegar stinks!
If you can’t stand the smell of the vinegar, try adding some sticks of cinnamon to the apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few days. If you want other scented apple cider vinegar, you can use other herbs to make a vinegar infusion. You could add hair conditioning herbs for a double benefit!
Herbs for Hair
Chamomile: Good for blonde hair. The flowers help lighten the hair’s color.
Henna: Natural red hair dye. I’ve used henna in the past with great results. Be very careful when using it, because it can stain your bath tub!
Lemon: Helps strip hair of build up and lightens hair naturally. Juice a lemon and add the juice to some warm water. Use like the apple cider vinegar rinse after the no poo routine.
Stinging Nettles: Helps prevent dandruff in hair and also helps condition the hair. I buy stinging nettles in bulk from my health food store.
Witch Hazel: Good for oily hair, and acts as an astringent (for your face as well!). You can find witch hazel in the pharmacy section of the grocery store.