I'm wondering if no-poo is best for thick and/or curly hair. Is there anyone with fine hair who has made it work for them? When I try it, my hair is thin and stringy so I give up after 4 or so days. Is this something I need to wait out or is it really just not good for fine, thin hair?
I have very fine hair and I've been doing no poo for a while now. It took MONTHS for my hair to adjust, and it never totally did until my vacation to Florida. The water there is much softer than the water where I live. I could have gone over a week without doing the baking soda/vinegar scrub/rinse that I have to do twice a week at home.
Three things that helped me- 1.) wearing my hair up after the first day (now that I've adjusted, I can wear my hair down most of the time), 2.) using white vinegar instead of ACV. I don't know why, but this made a huge difference. And 3.) NOT letting the vinegar soak in. The longer the vinegar sits in my hair, the more it feels and looks greasy later. I literally just pour it on, run my hands through, and then rinse off.
I plan to get a shower filter with my Christmas money next year. Now that I know what a huge difference soft water makes, it's worth the investment to me.
I have fine hair & love it! There's a transition period u need to wait out though. Your hair is used to overproducing oil to compensate for the chemical loaded shampoo. Mine took 3 weeks, & I've heard of others taking longer. But after that, you've got to make sure your recipe is right. The baking soda & acv both go a long way! Not much is needed. Good luck!
I have shoulder-length fine, thick hair. I found ACV to be too much for my hair, also, and use white vinegar. I put 1T BS, ~1t sea salt, and a drop of Tea Tree oil in a container with ~12oz water and use that about once a week. Oh, and I don't use it all at once - the container lasts for awhile. Then rinse with diluted white vinegar and water. Rinse once or twice between washings.
I'm gradually spacing out my washings, used to be 3x per week, then 2x, now one.
Clean pillowcases help. Depending on how often you change your sheets, and how you sleep, you can just use one side of your pillow, then turn it over to avoid having to completely change your case before you change sheets.
I haven't used regular shampoo for about 2 years.
I have thin and fine (and dry) hair. Or I did before I gave up the 'poo. I started with a 1 month experiment and it took 3 weeks for things to normalize (and that 3rd week was yucky), but I haven't gone back. I don't use anything at all except water. Since last May. No baking soda, no vinegar, nothing. It seems like about once a month for a couple of days, my hair feels "dirty" but otherwise, it is perfect -- soft, with a big of body, smooth.
I don't use a brush or comb either (but I do have short hair).
I say give it a full month, and try a full month of only water, then take it from there.
Like Sara, I have shoulder length fine hair although it's probably fairly thick for how fine it is. If not shampooed for some time, my hair gets stiff and oily but tends to be dry for a few days after using commercial shampoo. I also have sensitive skin that itches, gets hives or burns from the vast majority of commercial hygiene products.
Have you heard of soap nuts/berries? The link goes to a page with basic information; it doesn't happen to be the brand I purchased but soap nuts are a generic, natural product.
In other parts of the world, people use them for laundry and personal care. I recently started using soap nuts for laundry and skin care and a soap nut extract for shampooing my hair. There are no suds, no perfume; my laundry comes out soft, fresh and clean.
As for me, I've never been so free of itchy, irritated skin/scalp. My hair is soft and silky without being limp or dry. It takes longer than it used to for my hair to become oily and there's no dry period after washing it.
Yep, fine wavy hair here. I posted a thread a while back too: http://paleohacks.com/questions/60623/no-poo-ladies-hack-my-frizzy-hair
It's still working great for me, and I honestly didn't have that much of an initial adjustment period. It made my hair a bit wavier, but I didn't really notice that much difference compared to regular shampoo/conditioner, so it was more like "why on earth am I using this stuff every day then?"
I am starting to use a shampoo/conditioner from Shea Moisture occasionally, so I guess I'm becoming more "low-poo". Their ingredients are the first I've found in a commercial product that I'm comfortable with using. My ends need a conditioner to not frizz, and once in a while if I'm super greasy/sweaty, it's just nice to give my roots a gentle wash with something that smells great :)
I also have straight, thick hair and use white vinegar for my no'poo rinse, but the smell was really overwhelming for me, so I tweaked it a bit. Basically, I took an old pickle jar filled halfway with white vinegar and added chunks of the peel from an orange and a grapefruit, put the lid back on, and let it infuse under the sink for about two weeks. Actually, this is the same vinegar I use for household cleaning (in a 1:1 ratio with filtered water in a spray bottle).
I use about 2 T of this infused vinegar with a cup of filtered water in a spray bottle, apply a few spritzes, and rinse it with cool water for the final minute of my shower. The citrus doesn't seem to alter the effect of the rinse or interfere with my hair color (very dark brown), but the smell is much more tolerable. I hardly notice it anymore, although be warned, the original jar of infused vinegar will still be quite strong! I might add a few sprigs of rosemary to the infusion next time. Anyone else doing vinegar infusions?
I have fine, thin hair with a curly perm. As a kid, my hair was very thick. Once my thyroid went into its decline, my hair has also declined. Would switching to a shampoo from the health food store be better? If something doesn't get applied to my freshly washed hair, it gets big and fuzzy. I'd like to get away from the commercial chemical stuff from the salon but haven't found a way to look good without it yet. I'm up for advice. :)
I have shoulder length fine, thin hair. I'm really prone to frizzies, especially here in New England. I didn't have a transition period when I switched to no-poo. I massage the baking soda into my scalp and through my hair, then rinse really well with water, then condition with ACV plus water. I use maybe a tablespoon or two to a cup of water in a small bottle and pour it over my hair. Then I rinse again. I think some people find different methods work better for their own hair.
I have fine shoulder length hair and I'm entering my third week of experimenting with the no poo method. I was starting to feel very discouraged but this last wash has given me hope again. I may just continue after all. My first attempt was alright with only a cup of water and a little BS (probably less than a tablespoon). For the second attempt I followed internet instructions more closely, used 1 tbs BS to 1 cup water and 1 tbs ACV to one cup water after the BS mix. The result was awful. It made my hair feel waxy in the shower and dry as hay when I dried it. Granted it was easy to comb but ick. I did this three more times and found my head itching, getting greasier, my hair having more static and being like straw. I was about the give up. Then I read someone who said that they put a bit of ACV BEFORE the BS to help them get rid of the waxy feeling in the shower. I did this and it seemed to help. But what I think has really worked this time is that I REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF BS ratio to water. I just washed my hair with 1 TEASPOON of BS to 1 cup of FILTERED WATER. The filtered water may have helped too because we have hard water here. The result is pretty surprising. It's not exactly as effective (silky, shiny and squeeky clean) as shampoo YET but it has body, the static is gone and the straw-like feeling is gone too. Yay!
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