No Poo Update


The No Poo regimen is working really well for me. I started it two weeks ago and haven’t run into the dreaded overly oily stage. As I mentioned in my initial post, I think that may be because I don’t wash my hair very often. Usually only once a week unless it needs it. I did have to cheat a bit last week and use some conditioner to tame some of the tangles, but I’m pretty sure, considering the length and fineness of my hair that I may have to continue to occasionally use conditioner.

Most of my hair feels *almost* like it did while I was using shampoo; it’s not quite as soft as it was and it’s extremely staticky, but my ends are very sorry little buggers. Without the shampoo and conditioner to smooth them down, my split ends are going crazy. They’re also stiff enough to stand upright all on their own.

Aaaand… No Poo does not play well with hot oil treatments. At least not with coconut oil. I really should remember to read ALL of the article before just jumping in and doing it. I made up a very lovely hot oil with safflower, sesame, and coconut oils last night then proceeded to treat myself to a mini at-home spa. After an hour and a half of soaking in a hot tub with a good book and a glass of wine, I was ready to wash the oil out and luxuriate in my soft locks. Or not… Nothing I tried would get the oil out. Not the Dr. Bronner’s, not the conditioner, not the baking soda. Nada. I was finally forced to use regular shampoo to get it out.

So, if you’re going to go No Poo and you like homemade hot oil treatments, definitely research which oils work well with No Poo and which ones don’t.

Here’s a picture of me and my hair before the hot oil treatment last night.







And here’s me and my hair today.


3 responses »

  1. Hot oil and no poo are a dangerous combination. And it’s amazing what one poo wash can do to your hair.

    I haven’t gone totally no poo, that’s next week, but I have been seriously low pooing it, and damn my curls have never looked better. I spent 30 years hating my curly hair, and I love it now. Except that one day that I used mousse, and I didn’t realize it had cones in it. And I had to use poo. And ugh. Even with my conditioner (I use a no cone, which I typically cowash with) my hair was still a tangled mess. I realized just how awesome the low poo routine was on my hair. Took me a couple days to recover.

    This morning is the first morning I’ve woken up and been able to go out with second day hair, without having to use a headband or hair clips. And I slept with my eye mask last night. I used no cone gel for the first time yesterday. It’s amazing! And my hair is still soft. And my curls rock. OMG!

    So enough about me and my hair. My comment could be a blog post all it’s own, LOL! I’m definitely psyched about your no poo journey. I look forward to seeing future updates!

  2. I just did the same thing concerning the hot oil treatment! My hair was so blonde looking and dry :/ are you growing out henna, perchance? Just wondering, because i am, and my hair is literally the exact same colour with the ends kinda orange red like that, hehe. 😉

    • I had actually dyed my hair bright purple last summer for a group trip to Las Vegas. It was supposed to wash out in six to eight weeks, but it’s now six MONTHS later and I still have a purple tint to my hair. The baking soda and apple cider vinegar have been stripping it out much faster than normal shampoo.

      I think the purple simply latched onto the reddish blonde dye that was already in my hair and just refused to let go.

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