Ditch Your Shampoo And Try…Baking Soda?


“No Poo” may sound like a medication on par with Pepto Bismol, but it’s actually a new movement that has nothing to do with bowels. More and more beauty bloggers are wielding boxes of baking soda and spreading the gospel of a life without shampoo.

Blogger Genevieve of Uniquely Normal Mom explains the big idea behind No Poo:

Your hair produces oil naturally, and shampoo strips your hair of these oils. No big deal, except the oil on your scalp is a supply and demand thing. When you wash your hair, you remove the oils, and therefore your body begins to compensate by producing oils again.

Genevieve, who gave the movement its admittedly gross name, maintains that baking soda and apple cider vinegar are all you need to keep your tresses fresh. She writes, “Your hair detoxes from the abuse of shampoo and conditioner, then learns to function mostly on its own.”

The No Poo phenomenon is spreading through the YouTube beauty community like no one’s business, and if you can keep an open mind long enough to watch a few videos, it might start to sound less than crazy. Vlogger Margaret Kammer discusses her positive experience with No Poo in a recent video: “I’ve saved so much money, and I just feel better about the way that I care for myself. I really like not depending on something that, it turns out, I didn’t even need in the first place.”

But not everyone who’s tried the method is an advocate. In her video “No Poo Method is No Good,” vlogger Melissa Maker says of her experience, “I’ll be honest, guys—my hair didn’t look good, it didn’t feel good, it didn’t particularly smell good. And I thought, how much is too much? How much time do I have to invest?”

Looks like No Poo either works for you or it doesn’t. Would you be willing to ditch your shampoo and try it?


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    • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha

      I did this for over a year, and it was really great for my hair, and even better for my scalp. It saved me quite a lot of money, and I’m considering going back to it, actually. You do have to remember to use a hair masque once or twice a month, though, or this method can take its toll. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to find DIY or kitchen ingredient masques. I used one made with vodka and avocados.

      • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

        Your hair mask sounds delicious.

    • DaisyJupes

      I used this for my hair for about a year. The reason I stopped is to test out solid shampoo for a backpacking trip, not because it didn’t work.

      I had really oily hair, still do, and this gave me a few more hours everyday before I turned into a grease ball. The key parts to remember is that you have to dissolve the baking soda in warm water and GENTLY rub it in your hair. If your hair squeaks when you wash it out, you’ve used too much. As for the ACV, rinsing it out is key (I mixed about 2 oz with 6 oz of warm water). If it’s rinsed out, you won’t smell it once it’s dry. It made my scalp oily, so I stuck to the lengths of my hair and it kept it smooth and largely tangle free without weighing it down like conditioner does. My hair felt and smelled like hair. Not like hair products. It’s also safer to use everyday if you’re like me and oily enough that you have to wash everyday or use copious amounts of dry shampoo.

    • elle

      I have really wavy hair and you can pry the curly wurly lush shampoo from my cold dead fingers. I really do need product to keep my hair from being a frizzy HermioneGranger mess first 2 movies obvs….

      • elle

        From the first 2 movie obvs….that last sentence made no sense.

    • curlysarah29

      I mix baking soda with my shampoo regularly – it definitely does
      something different than just using shampoo. I rub it in, primarily to
      my scalp. You can even smell a different smell – like it’s scrubbing
      residue off your head or something? I also do a AC vinegar treatment
      once a month – I wet my hair in the shower, pour about a cup of warmed
      up apple cider vinegar over my head and just sit there a few minutes –
      rub it in towards my scalp. Again, you’ll smell pretty interesting
      things. I usually do baking soda with shampoo after I rinse out the
      vinegar (I have curly, coarser hair and it holds the vinegar smell,
      otherwise). My hair is amazing and different when I do these two things.
      I can’t give up my regular shampoo/conditioner though. Kudos to those
      who can!