At the end of February I did a lot of research about the evil of shampoo and decided that it wasn’t worth keeping around. It has now been over eight weeks without shampoo. There are things to know about no ‘poo and how it has worked out for us.
My husband’s hair was greasy at first, but it looked great pretty quickly. In fact, it doesn’t get greasy like it did before. His hair is better than ever and feels good to touch. He also had a really big sensitivity to shampoo so he loves it being gone. He had a little bit of dandruff so he now rinses it with a vinegar and water rinse when he showers.
The kids didn’t seem to notice that we don’t use soap and shampoo anymore. Their no ‘poo experience has gone really well since their hair looks good and is cleaner because my son no longer fights with me about washing it. They are four and two though, so it isn’t like they had a greasy issue anyway.
My situation hasn’t been that great. About four weeks in my hair stopped looking gross. It looked pretty normal or like I put moose in it. However, it felt terrible. In fact, I was wondering just last week if I was going to be able to pull of the no ‘poo thing after all or if I would have to find some sort of natural shampoo. However, this week it looks and feels a lot better! I am definitely hoping that it will continue on this way and it will be all good. I have been using baking soda rinse and then vinegar rinse about once a week. I don’t want to do it more than that because I don’t want to be dependent on it.
As for soap…that one has been easy. Sometimes I do a clay mask for the wonderful feeling of it. However, most of it is just a good sponge, a pair of gloves, and a loofah. I feel cleaner and my skin seems happier.
Other changes we have made:
- We got rid of deodorant. I made up a mix of coconut oil, baking soda, corn starch, cocoa butter, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and spearmint oil. I didn’t like it, but my husband did/does. I mixed up water with corn starch, baking soda, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and spearmint oil. I then put it in a spray bottle. I spray it on and love it.
- We got rid of toothpaste and mouthwash. Tooth paste was really hard at first. I mixed together baking soda with tea tree oil. Baking soda is great for cleaning the teeth and tea tree oil kills bacteria. Then I added some peppermint and spearmint extracts for flavor. It taste pretty salty and was really hard to handle at first. However, I don’t mind it now and have seen good results. My teeth feel a lot cleaner and my husbands are a lot whiter. For mouth wash we used hydrogen peroxide and the mint extracts. That didn’t have enough power behind it so this time I mixed 1 part rum to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and added tea tree oil and the mint extracts. It taste okay, but I think I will actually be adding more alcohol to the next batch. I am also going to look for a stronger alcohol such as Ever Clear later on.
- We got rid of lotion. I mixed up a lot of oils including coconut oil to start with. This felt great, but dried really fast. Lately I have been too busy/lazy to mix new so we have been using grapeseed oil. It feels pretty good and is really simple. A little also goes a long way.
It’s amazing what you really don’t need in your life and how it works out to be when you are getting rid of stuff. Shampoo is the only thing I really miss and I think I am getting closer and closer to finally being free of the nasty part of no ‘poo. It hasn’t been easy and for me it has taken longer than 3 weeks! I will keep you updated…
I would love to hear your story. Have you gotten rid of shampoo? Do you want to?