in my productive nocturnal hours i read a lot about using baking soda instead of shampoo, and since i'm an eccentric recluse i have a lot of time to investigate crazy things i read on the internet.
the "no poo" method promises that your hair will be restored to its natural glory. stronger, thicker, shiny like the mane of a wild mustang, etc. usually i openly reject things that require effort, but my hair was actively falling out at an alarming rate at the time. like, not normal amounts of painful hair loss. i don't know if it was a side effect from one of the many pharmaceuticals that keep me from being sent off to briarcliff, the stress of working in the devil's house of wax, or a combination of both. in any case, i was trying everything to get my hair to either stop falling out or to grow back. so i mixed up the no poo solutions, sacrificed thirteen goats under a full moon, and crossed my fingers.
guess what? i stopped using shampoo and my hair stopped falling out. it could have been the ritual sacrifice, but i'm pretty sure it was the baking soda.
after the first no pooing my hair definitely felt heavier - i'm assuming it was because the natural oils were regaining power in my scalp's ecosystem. after a week or two i noticed i didn't need to put any product in my hair because it was just naturally less frizzy and the curls were healthy and adorable all on their own. it definitely took a while for me to get used to no lather and no good smells, but i was no longer going bald. it's been almost four months and i'm lovin' la vida no poo.
so what is this magical elixir that saved my scalp? baking soda and water. followed by vinegar and water. a miracle sent from heaven or hell was sitting in my cupboards all along.
there are lots of different recipes and techniques for the no poo solutions online, but the one that works best for me is one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda for the wash - and one cup of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for the rinse.
once it's rinsed from your hair you can't smell the vinegar, but if you like you can add essential oil to both potions that will make them slightly more pleasant AND provide added benefits to your cheveux! i add lavender to the wash (my mom keeps me in constant supply and it smells like pink baby lambs frolicking in the french countryside) and a blend of mint, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus in the rinse (it makes my scalp all tingly). the longer the solutions sit the more the oils break down, so i just keep the oils right in the shower.
no poo isn't for everyone, especially if you love lather or you don't want your head to smell like a salad at any point in your life - but if you do choose to try it please let me know how it works out for you in the comments!
now i must be off to gallop majestically through the untamed wilderness with my mahogany mane blinding all passersby! or i'll just remain indoors. probably just remain indoors.