Natural hair care routine

I’ve been doing the no ‘poo method for about 7 years now. That basically means I don’t wash my hair with conventional products… I make a mixture of baking soda and water as a shampoo, and a mixture of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water as a conditioner. It sounds really odd but it makes my hair super soft and light-feeling. It also makes it so I don’t have to wash my hair as often and it takes wayyyy less time to blow-dry.

Every now and then, I do low ‘poo — a meet-in-the-middle option. I use 1 part unscented castile soap, 4 parts water and a few drop of essential oils. I’ll go this route if I’ve used product in my hair, which is INCREDIBLY rare, or if I don’t feel like mixing the baking soda and ACV. I always keep a mixture of ‘low poo in the shower just in case.

Both of these methods require an adjustment period. Your scalp won’t know what the heck happened and it will take a while for it to stop over-producing oil — a result of using conventional hair-washing products. Make sure to have a lot of DIY dry shampoo on-hand! I actually transitioned to ‘no poo while I was on maternity leave with my son. What better excuse for having greasy hair than a crying infant!?

You might have to experiment with the proportions. Usually, people start off with 1 tbsp of baking soda / ACV to 1 cup but when my hair was longer I was doing 2 tbsp baking soda in 2 cups of water, 2 tbsp ACV in 1 cup of water. For the low ‘poo recipe, I really had to experiment with the proportions… so it might be totally different for you.

After each wash, I also put a drop of coconut oil + essential oil and massage into the tips of my hair for extra moisture + nourishment. It’s also great to add shine and remove frizz.

Switching to low ‘poo / no ‘poo is an effective way to reduce your exposure to everyday toxins — many of which have been shown to be carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting. It’s also a SUPER cheap, low-maintenance and environmentally-friendly option.

It might be hard to believe that such a simple option could actually work… Well, look at that thick hair mask I had on in the video 😉 A paste of henna and indigo hair dye!

Give it a try, play around and have fun with it, and ABOVE ALL be patient with it 😉


4 thoughts on “Natural hair care routine

    • Hey Jamie! So I actually bring my glass measuring cups with me in the shower… lol. For the baking soda + water, I pour on my scalp and very gently rub on my scalp then rinse. For the vinegar + water, I actually place the tips of my hair in the measuring cup and then pour on the length of my hair. I do not use any of the vinegar mixture on my scalp.


      • Hi Jamie, Happy New Year! The vinegar should help with that but, worst case, run a couple of drops of sandalwood essential oil on the length of your hair or a tad of fractionated coconut oil. Let me know how that goes! 🙂


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