Earlier today, when I was at the grocery store, I decided that I wanted to buy some baking soda and apple cider vinegar so I could try the “No Poo Method.” I figured that since I recently wrote an article about it, I had to try it so I can give my actual opinion. Here’s the story of the time I tried no poo and liked it!
The Story of When I Tried No Poo:
I was super excited to take a shower tonight, so I could try the no poo method and learn what the hype is all about. I will admit that washing your hair with baking soda is rough. It does not lather at all. I made sure that I covered my whole head and just mimicked shampooing my hair. It felt pretty normal, so I figured “whatever.”
The next thing I want to tell you about is the amazing part. I tilted my head back and just poured the apple cider vinegar all over my hair. I made sure to cover the whole thing. It smelled really strong and it definitely cleared my sinuses. I also advise to make sure not to tilt your head forward because, take it from me.. vinegar does not feel great in your eyes.
Anyways, when I washed the vinegar out, my hair felt pretty good. It felt clean and manageable. I had no problem combing my hair out when I was done. Now, it is air drying and if feels amazing. My hair is so soft and honestly, it’s been a long time since my hair felt this good. I even had my
boyfriend husband feel my hair and he said “Wow! That is so soft!”
What I Thought:
I’m not gonna lie; I was a bit skeptical before I tried the no poo method, especially since my hair is bleached and very damaged. I wasn’t worried about the baking soda, because I can usually go a week or so without shampooing my hair before it gets greasy. But I thought there was no way in hell that apple cider vinegar would be able to condition my hair. The great part is, I didn’t even smell like vinegar afterwards. You really can’t knock it ’till you try it.
Since my hair is colored, I will definitely have to use more than just vinegar over long periods of time. I have to make sure to replenish my hair’s protein and moisture supply as well, but I am going to try using the vinegar rinse once or twice a week. Since vinegar is acidic, and bleach and color are alkaline, it can help restore your hair’s pH levels. It also closes the cuticle, which makes your hair appear healthier and shinier.
2015 UPDATE: Monat is a great alternative to the typical harsh ingredients found in shampoo.
Have you ever tried no poo? What did you think? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.