No poo is simply washing your hair with baking soda. I will tell you that you can't go straight from chemical laden shampoo to baking soda and get gorgeous hair right away. Instead you will be gifted with an overabundance of oil. So does that mean that baking soda doesn't work? No! It means that shampoo works too much. Your body naturally produces oil to condition your hair and keep it healthy (and you thought you needed more chemicals to do this). Shampoo works by stripping your hair of this natural oil, in turn causing your body to produce even more oil to compensate. You then use more shampoo to get rid of the oil and a vicious cycle is continued.
When you switch to baking soda, your body needs a period of time to adjust to the right amount of oil needed to keep your hair healthy.The adjustment period will vary from person to person but is generally anywhere from two days to two weeks. I will admit, though, that it took much longer for my hair to adjust. Like more than two months (yes, I looked like a dirty hippie during this time and wore lots of ponytails). But this is NOT normal. I blame it on me simply trying a method of application that didn't work for me as well as getting frustrated and trying Dr. Bronner's (with so-so success). Once I changed my application completely, I had almost immediate success.
I keep a bowl of dry baking soda in the shower and refill it as necessary (sometimes a little sooner than I like because the kid thinks it is a fun toy).When it is time to wash my hair I:
- grab a palmful of baking soda and wet it to make a paste
- massage most of it into roots at top of head
- work the rest of the paste down into the roots on the sides and bottom of head
While I had a big adjustment period (my brother-in-law thinks I secretly use shampoo because he remembers what it used to look like), I do not regret switching to no poo at all. Although I pretty much never paid for shampoo before due to coupons, I do not want to put those products on (and essentially in) my body anymore. Shampoo is also wasteful if you think about all the resources used in manufacturing, packaging, transporting, and disposal. All I do is buy a big bag of baking soda every few months that serves my no-pooing and cleaning needs.
Intrigued? Why not give it a shot. What do you have to lose?
Edited to say that I wash my hair every 2-3 days as needed. In the beginning I washed everyday just to get my hair used to the new routine, but now all I need is maintenance when it starts to look a little too oily or blah.