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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2008 :  4:24:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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I also always wondered what people were doing before the convenience of bottled shampoo and bars. I just didn't believe that people were all going around with stinky gross hair. Once I started hearing about it, I tried it, and I haven't gone back!
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All those reasons are compelling. I might give it a try. I used to use apple cider vinegar or rosemary infusion as a rinse, but always after a regular shampoo of some kind. How do you actually use the baking soda for cleansing? Is it like those old "Mini-poo" dry shampoo products, or do you make a paste and use it wet? I'm thinking it'll try it.
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MissWhit
True Blue Farmgirl

142 Posts

Whitney
Maine
USA
142 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2008 :  09:29:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am really intrigued by this!! I did a bit of research online and the most commonly used/recommended is the baking soda/ACV method. I think I might give it a shot :) One less "product" to buy would be heavenly!!

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More

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DeerDominique
Farmgirl in Training

18 Posts

Dominique
Ferndale CA
USA
18 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2008 :  7:54:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The way I use Baking Soda to "wash" is to put 1 Tbls. of baking soda in a squeeze bottle with a really thin spout/nozzle? (like a diner ketchup bottle)...anyway I then fill it up with warm water, shake it up and distribute it through out, like I said I have an absurd amount of hair so that way works best for me. Then I scrub my scalp rinse with warm water and then right before I get out of the shower, I do the same thing with 1 Tbls of ACV and cool water.
The idea is that the warm water opens up the follicle of the hair and the baking soda alkalizes it and then cool water closes the follicle and the chemistry of your hair is balanced.
For the record, my husband pours the baking soda in his hand mixes in a little water to form a paste and scrubs away, I was wary of breakage he being the man that he is, is not concerned with that.
Hope that helps!
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deeredawn
True Blue Farmgirl

2306 Posts

Dawn
Cordova TN
USA
2306 Posts

Posted - Jul 15 2008 :  04:41:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HI ladies, I'm an esthetician by trade and have a lot of years in a salon. Here are my tips. I DO use 'poo but I buy it SLS free. But then again, I get that wonderful professional discount at the beauty supply. But I do use these homesmade rinses!

For homemade shampoos: try adding to your cleanser a couple drops of tea tree oil: best for oily hair
sesame seed oil: rich in vitamin a & e, long shelf life, and very penetrating: good for unruly, dry hair
sunflower seed oil: very light weight oil making it good for finer hair. Very nourishing. Use sparingly!

Rinses & hair treatments:
Beer: builds incredible volume.
mayo: My 15 yo daughter has LONG hair! We do this once a month and the hair is sooooo silky. Downside: you smell like a potato salad. Maybe add a little lavender oil to it???
Rosemary Rinse: 4 cups pure water, 1/2 packed rosemary (dried or fresh, I use fresh), 1 tsp. borax. Bring all to a boil, and steep for 2 hours. store in airtight bottle. Use as a final rinse and dont wash out.
Herbal Shampoo: 2 c. pure water, 1 TB calendula blossoms, 1 Tb chamomile blossoms, 1 TB nettle, 2 tsp comfrey, 2 tsp orange peel, 2tsp rosemary, 20 drops lavendr oil, 1/2 c. oil base, sunflower, sesame, almond... (omit if hair is oily) and 1/2 chemical free shampoo base (at any natural food store)

Add all ingredients to saucepan except essential oil and oil base choice. Boil and steep for 30-40 minutes. Strain in cheesecloth, add essential oil and oil base of choice. When cool add shampoo base. Keep large container in frig for 4 weeks only. You can use small containers of it in shower for up to one week. Because of no chemicals, it doesnt stay stable very long. It will not produce a lot of suds, but then again, no strong detergents.

Let me know what ya think!
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sewgirlie
True Blue Farmgirl

1894 Posts

Sheryl-lyn
Calverton NY
USA
1894 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  05:18:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the recipes Dawn. I do not use shampoo either. I use the basking soda and ACV as a rinse. My hair is pretty long and generally course and dry, but my hair is manageable and soft with this regimine. I have been poo-free for a long time now (about a year and a half) and am very happy.

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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  06:30:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been poo free for over a year.

I really wanted to go poo free after reading about it on this very site.

1. I money-expense of poo/conditioner!

2. I like things to be as natural and chemical free as possible.

3. Waste of all those bottles!

4. I use baking soda and vinegar as my only house hold cleaners, so getting poo/conditioner off the shopping list would be nice, I'm always buying soda and vinegar any how, so that's no biggy.

5. What finally put me over the edge was my daughter had severe cradle cap AKA dandruff (that's what baby dandruff is called, cradle cap, it's nothing special! lol I was told this by her pediatric dermatologist). Any way, I tried every potion that the drs told me to use out there, and every potion at the health food store too. And it never went away. I started getting dandruff in elementry school and no amount of potions etc, ever worked for me either, with exception to one by RX only shampoo, but it's side effect-hair loss! So my dr took me off it, once that warning came out. Thankfully I was too lazy to use that RX shampoo too much so I had min hair loss. lol (You had to let it sit in your hair a hour then rinse......I rarely had this much time! lol)

Any way....I heard here over and over about how good it was, so I said ok I'll try it on my DD. I tried it and the first time I used it on her, her Cradle Cap went away and has not been seen since! As soon as my already bought shampoo was gone. I made the switch too, and so far no more dandruff! No more flakes! I can wear black again with out the embarrassing flakes being seen on my clothes/shoulders!

I love the way the ACV makes my hair feel too! I'm a total convert!
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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  06:31:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
PS I have very very very thick hair! (I'm native american/Mexican) My hair is so thick, most hair dressers need help doing my hair. They need some one to hold up parts of my hair! I've told hair dressers in the past to beware I have thick hair, you will need special equipment to do my hair, do you have special thick/heavy hair equip, the first time they laugh at me, and say sure...hahahaha.....then they break their equip trying to do my hair cause it wasn't for my kind of thick/heavy hair! Well, I warned them! So no I don't feel bad when their stuff breaks after I warn them! Any way......just saying I have thick hair! lol

My daughter has thick, curly hair (she's native american/mexican/african american).

For both of us, I've been to lazy to put the baking soda in water, and put it in my hand after I wet our hair, and just scrub away on our heads. Neither of us have had hair loss or breakage.

Edited by - MagnoliaWhisper on Jul 16 2008 06:33:49 AM
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MissWhit
True Blue Farmgirl

142 Posts

Whitney
Maine
USA
142 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  06:42:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tried this last night and since I too have long, thick hair, I found applying the baking soda to be the hardest part. I think I will have to try the squirt bottle trick...the acv made my hair impossible to comb out, so I had to use conditioner at the end. But if I could tackle those two problems, I too am a convert!! Any tips for how to comb it out after????

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More

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Amie C.
True Blue Farmgirl

2099 Posts


Finger Lakes Region NY
2099 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  08:45:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whitney, I do a final leave in rinse of 1 tbsp honey in 2 cups of warm water (I just squirt the honey into a plastic 16oz drinking glass and fill it with water in the shower). That's enough of a conditioner for my hair. But some people have also mentioned rubbing a small amount of olive oil into their ends.
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DeerDominique
Farmgirl in Training

18 Posts

Dominique
Ferndale CA
USA
18 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2008 :  10:23:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The tiniest bit of coconut oil is great for combing out hair and taming the short hair that sticks up. I always comb out my hair before I shower, that seems to help a whole lot, plus I don't have as much of a hair ball to chase out of the drain.
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MagnoliaWhisper
True Blue Farmgirl

2817 Posts

Heather
Haysville Kansas
USA
2817 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2008 :  1:15:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try taking a big tooth comb into the shower/tub with you. When you put in the ACV, comb through your hair, then rinse.

I used to have 3 foot long hair, and I think that would work best. I know it works best that way for my daughter who has very very curly hair IE hard to comb through.
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MissWhit
True Blue Farmgirl

142 Posts

Whitney
Maine
USA
142 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2008 :  3:28:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tried to new tricks today and they worked wonderfully! Hair felt great...haven't had hints of that yucky transition period yet, hopefully my hair will take to it gladly and enjoy the new "no poo" lifestyle!!! :)

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More

Farmgirl Sister #154
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DeerDominique
Farmgirl in Training

18 Posts

Dominique
Ferndale CA
USA
18 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2008 :  8:22:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MissWhit

Tried to new tricks today and they worked wonderfully! Hair felt great...haven't had hints of that yucky transition period yet, hopefully my hair will take to it gladly and enjoy the new "no poo" lifestyle!!! :)

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More

Farmgirl Sister #154



Yay!! Good for you!
I didn't go thru any transition period, maybe you wont:)
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homesteaderbelle
True Blue Farmgirl

391 Posts

Belle

USA
391 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2008 :  10:45:01 PM  Show Profile  Click to see homesteaderbelle's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MissWhit

Tried this last night and since I too have long, thick hair, I found applying the baking soda to be the hardest part. I think I will have to try the squirt bottle trick...the acv made my hair impossible to comb out, so I had to use conditioner at the end. But if I could tackle those two problems, I too am a convert!! Any tips for how to comb it out after????

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." Thomas More

Farmgirl Sister #154



It was very hard for me to apply the baking soda. I usually let my mom do that job!
I was never able to go no 'poo without conditioner.
I have heard that hair is easiest to comb when the hair is completely dry.
I find my hair easiest to comb while I am in the shower and my hair is really wet.

Belle

http://www.homesteaderbelle.blogspot.com/
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homesteaderbelle
True Blue Farmgirl

391 Posts

Belle

USA
391 Posts

Posted - Jul 17 2008 :  10:49:18 PM  Show Profile  Click to see homesteaderbelle's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DeerDominique

The tiniest bit of coconut oil is great for combing out hair and taming the short hair that sticks up. I always comb out my hair before I shower, that seems to help a whole lot, plus I don't have as much of a hair ball to chase out of the drain.



I have heard that coconut oil is a drying oil. I think that might be a little harsh on the hair.

Belle

http://www.homesteaderbelle.blogspot.com/
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Brew Crew
True Blue Farmgirl

676 Posts

Molly
Arizona
676 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2008 :  06:15:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, after reading this thread, I gave it a shot! It was a nighmare for a week or so, while my hair adjusted (can you say 'hat'??) but now it is awesome and I get tons of compliments all the time (not to sound conceited or anything, just trying to prove the 'no poo' point). I modified the system slightly to suit me; I use bar soap on my scalp 2-3 times a week, with a detangler on my roots. Works wonderfully!!!!! Just have to have the patience to make it through the adjustment period! I've been no poo for months now, and don't see myself going back.

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DeerDominique
Farmgirl in Training

18 Posts

Dominique
Ferndale CA
USA
18 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2008 :  10:01:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by homesteaderbelle

quote:
Originally posted by DeerDominique

The tiniest bit of coconut oil is great for combing out hair and taming the short hair that sticks up. I always comb out my hair before I shower, that seems to help a whole lot, plus I don't have as much of a hair ball to chase out of the drain.



I have heard that coconut oil is a drying oil. I think that might be a little harsh on the hair.

Belle

http://www.homesteaderbelle.blogspot.com/



I have very dry skin and use coconut oil as a body oil and it works better than lotion for sure, so it seemed only natural to use it on my hair. I only took a second to google "coconut oil drying?" and found this link http://www.healthy-oil-planet.com/coconut-oil-for-hair.html
I'm sure there is lots more info out there, I just don't have the time at the moment. I have only ever heard or read that coconut oil is very nourishing, would you mind sharing more details about it being drying or harsh?

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chickabella
True Blue Farmgirl

177 Posts

D. A.
Austin... ish, Texas
177 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2008 :  11:45:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have short, thick hair. I used to have dandruff until I started using a 50/50 vinegar/water pre-rinse. Just let it soak into your scalp, then rinse out and shampoo normally. For shampoo, I either use bar shampoo (J.R. Liggett's) or a tablespoon of baking soda, well massaged into the roots. Works well!

Farm blog: http://farmnatters.blogspot.com
Tips blog: http://allingoodhealth.blogspot.com
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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

13055 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
13055 Posts

Posted - Jul 25 2008 :  9:10:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do y'all think this homemade soap would help keep my hair from falling out? If so, I'll start tomorrow. When I comb or brush my hair, I get so much hair on the brush.
Marly
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homesteaderbelle
True Blue Farmgirl

391 Posts

Belle

USA
391 Posts

Posted - Oct 13 2008 :  11:19:55 PM  Show Profile  Click to see homesteaderbelle's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
For awhile, I stopped the 'no 'poo' hair treatment, but I am back to it now.

Whenever I use store shampoo, my face breaks out in pimples and my face breaks out terribly! When I go no poo, my face clears up. Does anyone else have this problem?

I have found something to use in my hair. I use sea salt. I think sea salt is easier to get rubbed into the scalp than baking soda. When I used baking soda, I had trouble getting all of it rinsed out. Sea salt rinse out easily, it just melts away! I sometimes have to mix up my no 'poo treatments now and then, this give me something different.

Someone posted a link on this thread to a pioneer thinking site that talked about no 'poo. I really enjoyed reading the info on that site, thank you to whoever posted it!

On that site thay gave different hair recipes and the said to try different things on your hair.

I have tried different fruits on my hair in place of shampoo. Here is what I liked and didn't like....

About two bananas, half of a container of yoplait yogurt (it was a container that was that somebody had eaten out of, never finished and it got watery), and some oatmeal(to make the mixture thicker).
My hair was very clean after using this, but the oatmeal was very, very hard to get out of my hair. I don't think I will every be puting oat meal in my hair again. The water from the shower made the oat meal swell up and ot was very tangled in my hair. This worked very good for me. I have oily hair and this cleaned my hair!

I found bags of frozen whole strawberries on the freezer, so I used those for my hair. I let the frozen berries thaw, I mashed them with a potato masher, and wahed my scalp in them. This cleaned my hair very well!

My sister collected some Paw-Paws when they were ripe, I mashed up on or two of them and used to wash my hair. This was one thing that did not clean my hair. The Paw-paws didn't clean my hair at all.

Today, I washe my hair in a mixture of one and a half bananas and a little yogurt (this yogurt was in a yogurt that somebody didn't finish and they left it in the fridge). Today my hair was very clean.

Many of the pioneerthinking.com recipes for shampoo had yogurt in them. Yogurt seems to clean my hair very well.

When using fruit, I think it is best to make sure the fruit is not hunky or you will have a time trying to get it out of your hair. Pureed fruit wouild probably work well.

Belle



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homesteaderbelle
True Blue Farmgirl

391 Posts

Belle

USA
391 Posts

Posted - Oct 13 2008 :  11:29:11 PM  Show Profile  Click to see homesteaderbelle's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DeerDominique

quote:
Originally posted by homesteaderbelle

quote:
Originally posted by DeerDominique

The tiniest bit of coconut oil is great for combing out hair and taming the short hair that sticks up. I always comb out my hair before I shower, that seems to help a whole lot, plus I don't have as much of a hair ball to chase out of the drain.



I have heard that coconut oil is a drying oil. I think that might be a little harsh on the hair.

Belle

http://www.homesteaderbelle.blogspot.com/



I have very dry skin and use coconut oil as a body oil and it works better than lotion for sure, so it seemed only natural to use it on my hair. I only took a second to google "coconut oil drying?" and found this link http://www.healthy-oil-planet.com/coconut-oil-for-hair.html
I'm sure there is lots more info out there, I just don't have the time at the moment. I have only ever heard or read that coconut oil is very nourishing, would you mind sharing more details about it being drying or harsh?





Somebody told me or either I read somewhere that cocnut oil can be drying to the hair. I did a serch on it and the the websites, I found say it it good for hair and skin. I must be wrong. I might give it a try sometime. Thank you!

Belle

http://www.homesteaderbelle.blogspot.com/
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

7333 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
7333 Posts

Posted - Jul 12 2014 :  05:04:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone still doing the "no poo" method of washing their hair? I need to get back to it or at the least the ACV rinse. Having a difficult time with dermatitis again and it really helped to do this for it.

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Denise
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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Sitnalta
True Blue Farmgirl

4208 Posts

Jessica
NJ
USA
4208 Posts

Posted - Jul 12 2014 :  4:57:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was doing it for a little bit with the baking soda stuff but everyone kept telling me my hair was so dry and it felt like sticks. Im doing the honey condition and that seems to help.


Hugs,
Jessica

F.K.A. CRsHelpmeet

"A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence to admire the flowers in your garden."
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

7333 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
7333 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2014 :  07:25:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot the ratio for the honey rinse.

hugs,
Denise
Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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