Thursday, May 14, 2009


I am almost at my year mark for being Shampoo and Conditioner FREE. Tomorrow is the anniversary. I started on this trek one year ago and haven't looked back since.

It started when I notice that my sons' hair never got greasy. NEVER. It got plenty dirty (you know boys: sand, ashes from the fire pit and gum falling out of their mouths while sleeping, but that's another day's post). I didn't use shampoo on their heads (even though I did on my own hair during this revelation). I just used the soap (home made by mama) to lather up and rinse their hair and that was it. No real reason, I just did it that way. I am more particular with my boys than with myself (mother love, I guess). My hair however, seemed to need washing every day to not feel or look greasy (now I know it was chemical build up from shampoo).

I did some research and found out that many forms of illnesses can come from the chemicals that in shampoo (Alzheimers, Parkinsons etc...). Darn. Reading along, I find out that our hair actually is better managed, chemical free, and CHEAP to maintain in its natural state.

Who came up with Shampoo and conditioner anyway? What did people do before shampoo came into the mainstream? Was their hair always greasy after not washing for a day? What about the natural state of hair makes it greasy after not washing for a day or 2? Why is this? How could this be? What year did shampoo and conditioner come into play and why? Money? Dependence upon a product? These were questions that I was asking myself.

Hmmm...can I do this?

Well, the end result after a month was hair that looked like...hmmm, how do I say this? that hadn't been washed for a month. I wore ponytails and tried to keep the greasy look hidden...hee hee

BUT...big but...

After that month of transition, it was back to its original state of chemistry from birth. Amazing. Getting that build up out of my hair and not having to wash it daily to keep the "grease" look at bay was really worth that first month.

You want to try it, you say? I have fairly long hair, so I use a few tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of water. Just swoosh around and scrub in my hair. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse. Then I take the vinegar, about a 1/2 cup and add cool water in a cup and pour over my hair. I let it sit while taking care of the bathing issues and then rinse with warm and then cold water. Voila! Done.

You can adjust the amount of baking soda and vinegar for your hair length. It may take a few tries to get it perfect but in no time, you will have the perfect amount down pat.

I take a bath instead of a shower and the benefits to my skin from the baking soda and vinegar are awesome as well! I hate to think of what the shampoo and conditioner was doing to my skin all along. Plus, you know that what you put on your skin gets into your blood stream, so in all reality, it should be stuff that is edible, right?

I just keep the box of baking soda and the Apple Cider Vinegar, along with a big cup, right on the edge of my tub.

The baking soda is 89 cents at the food store and the vinegar is around 4.00. They last over a month.

ALSO...the baking soda and vinegar keep my drain AND my tub cleaner than you can imagine! Wow, talk about "green cleaning"! :)

You can do some really cool things once you get can add some herbs to your vinegar to get cleaning and coloring results. For instance, for a darker shade, you can add sage or rosemary. For a lighter shade, you can add marigolds or calendula. Very subtle, not dramatic, so don't be alarmed!

I take a mason jar full of vinegar and add sage leaves and lavendar (gotta love the lavender!) and let it soak for 4 weeks. I strain and put into pretty jars and bottles for myself and for my friends for Christmas presents. I have friends with dreads, as well as sons with dreads, and this particular infusion is awesome for cleaning dreadlocks. It is anti-bacterial and that's clean...

Long story short, I love being POO-FREE and have all intentions of staying this way...I can only eliminate things in my life that are harmful, one day at a time. This is just one way that I chose get rid of the ever-invading chemicals in our home...

Leave a comment at the end of this post if you are POO-FREE or considering it. I would love the feed back.
If I haven't answered any questions, please leave a comment and remind me...much love!


Anonymous said...

i love this concept and tried it myself. i made it 2 weeks before it was just more grease than i could stand. i figured there was a certain amount of time until my scalp would "equalize," but i work in an office in downtown DC and greasy was not an option. maybe i will try again and coincide weeks 3-4 to be around a vacation, or in the summer when i can work at home. i have cut shampooing back to once or twice a week, though, which i am happier about (even though i was using 99.9% natural shampoo and only washing my hair every other day during the week). thanks for the baking soda-vinegar ideas!

missbuck said...

I do the same thing that you used to - I don't use shampoo for my son, but I still use it on myself. However, I've never used soap b/c my skin is very dry, and I just don't accumulate that much dirt on the natural oils in my skin. Usually just use some friction with warm water. Does the trick for me :)

I'm thinking I'll start this poo-free idea while I'm home this summer on maternity leave. I'll keep you posted how it works! And I definitely like the added bonus of a very clean tub from the baking soda & vinegar. Better than bleach!

Lori said...

i tried it and it seemed great the first couple days and then my hair just seemed to get greasy and stay greasy .. now i'm thinking i didn't give it long enough - i certainly didn't give it a month! so i think i'll try again! (i still have a *giant* apple cider vinegar...)

Lisa said...

Love it. I used to make my own "poo" using egg, bear and Dr. Bronners. Then I would rinse it with a tea/cider vinegar rinse. My hair was thicker and so much healthier. Have gotten lazy though and stick with Avalon products now. They don't use any of the "bad stuff" but my hair misses my old ways. Thanks for the inspiration....

KBH said...

This is the second blog I've come across in two days about being shampoo free or not washing your hair but once a month! I think the universe is trying to tell me something. Anyway, I'm gonna cut back and eventually get to using the baking soda vinegar. I'll let you know in a year..... ;)
(Do you mind if I link my blog to this one?)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You bring up some good points which I'd not connected to shampoo...we absorb through the largest organ...our skin. I think I'll start by shampooing with what I use on my body...hand crafted soap...real soap as in lye, water, fat.
I'm not ready for the greasy look yet -smile-. Although I'm swimming several times a week so that may make a difference...?
Thanks for this post, interesting and informative.

tie-dyed doula said...

Thank you all for your comments! I apologize for not responding until now. Much going on in my life but thank you all for the sweetness! Shine on!

KBH said...

Got your comment and No apologies! I understand the busy-ness. I have so enjoyed your blog and birth stories and such. Also, have been cutting back on the 'poo and will be blogging about it soon.... :) Toodles!

Michelle said...

I go back and forth on this. I quit using chemical shampoo 3 years ago and have tried making my own shampoo (too oily), tried the baking soda (tends to dry my hair) and vinegar (that is great stuff) . . . but not sure that I made it past a month each time. . . and sometimes I just miss regular shampoo (I use Aubrey's Organics) but the cost is more than I want to spend anymore.

30 days. I'm in. Then we'll go from there! Thanks for the inspiration!