I tried no poo with bicarb and Apple cider vinegar (ACV). I have natural oily, very curly ark brown hair. It didn't really work for me.
What I've found works great is buying handmade soap from a local woman. I wash every thing with it- body, face, hair. My hair is lovely and thick, my face is clear and zit free and I smell good. The soap isn't cheap- $4 a bar, but it lasts about 2-3 weeks and I'm supporting a working mum.
Every now and again (monthly) I get a build up of sebum/oil. A rinse with apple cider vinegar bring it good again.
Also because I have dark hair, I do a coffee mask with left over coffee grounds once a fortnight. Smells great, naturally darken my hair and is full of antioxidants which make my hair shiny. I also use the coffee grounds to scrub my face and body.
I must admit bicarb destroyed my hair but I was doing it all wrong. I wasn't allowing a large gap between washes and didn't use ACV as a conditioner.
I have been no poo for 17 months now and I don't have a particular routine. Sometimes I use bentonite clay, or Castile soap, or Sukin shampoo/conditioner from the chemist which is classed as low poo.
You can also use herbal teas or raw honey.
I also tried a product called morrocco method but unfortunately due to hard water it just doesn't work for me .
I know that if I had tank water, I'd have much better results on one particular method so have to switch it up every time I wash my hair.
Slightly off topic but do any of you have dandruff/scalp issues? I'm thinking mine are from conventional shampoos so I'm looking at alternatives. I read that some people get these problems from SLS which is in almost everything, including many dandruff shampoos. Annoying! I'm not worried about chemicals per se (after all, even water is a chemical) but I'm wondering if avoiding SLS will help? I've tried bicarb but find it really drying. What do you do to condition your hair? Mines so knotty and unmanageable without it!
I haven't done it for a while but I do remember hearing from a reasonably reputable source that if you have dandruff to use a ph balanced shampoo meaning it would have a ph of around 5 to 5.5 (ie, skin ph level). Maybe it would be worth testing the ph of your scalp and going from there?
Re chemicals, as the wife of a Chemist I can confirm that everything is a chemical including water, vinegar, honey and bicarb soda. If you ever see a product labelled "chemical free" put it back down - unless they are selling you a vacuum it contains chemicals.
Chemicals as in nasty toxins!!
What in normal shampoo is toxic? Genuine question, I never realised it was that bad.
Pregnant for the first-time?
Not sure where to start? We can help!
Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!