With my desire to eliminate plastic from my life, I started trying new methods of washing my hair without bottled shampoo. People are calling these methods “noo poo” (i.e. no bottled shampoo). One popular method uses baking soda to wash hair and apple cider vinegar to condition it. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the results. Dare I say that my hair looked the best it had in a long time? By my definition that means soft, wavy and shiny. In fact, it was probably the shiniest I had seen in years with amazing body to boot. Who knew that I didn’t need conventional hair conditioner and that ACV (apple cider vinegar) would do the trick?
So, if I have peaked your interest, here are my instructions so you can get gorgeous, shiny hair that is full of body:
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Put contents into an empty shampoo bottle.
- Mix 1-3 tablespoons of ACV with 16 ounces of water into a spray bottle (I reused an empty household cleaning bottle rather than buying a new spray bottle.)
- Once you get into the shower, wet your hair and pour the baking soda mixture onto your entire scalp. The nozzle of your shampoo bottle cap helps control the flow. There is no need to pour this mixture onto the rest of your hair. This is because when you rinse, the mixture will work its way down the length of your hair. It’s a deep cleanser, so this little bit of brief contact is all that is needed. Please make sure that you rinse out the baking soda mixture THOROUGHLY.
- Spray the ACV mixture onto your scalp and along the entire length of your hair. Let it sit in your hair like a conditioner for a few minutes and then rinse. The ACV actually smooths and seals the hair shaft, making it feel silky and look shiny. For extra shine and conditioning, rinse the ACV mixture out with cool or cold water, which further helps to seal the hair shaft. I kind of do a mini back bend so that the cool water only hits my head and not my body. And, don’t worry, the ACV smell dissipates as your hair drys and you won’t smell like salad. Your hair will pretty much smell like nothing, which to me is truly clean.
Here are two selfies of me with my freshly washed baking soda and ACV hair. It also happened to rain that day, so that probably amplified my positive results:
This is what my hair normally looks like (note that it looks less wavy and a little less shiny in these selfies):
Observations, Variations And Tips
With the baking soda ACV no poo method, my hair felt very squeaky clean. While my hair was wet, it did not feel conditioned enough and a bit dry. However, as it dried, it grew softer and softer. Even with this softness, it was tangly and a little harder to comb through. To remedy that, I re-wet the ends of my hair and put a very small amount of coconut oil on my ends. When I say small, I mean tiny– like 1/16 – 1/8 of a teaspoon. It works like a charm!
If your hair comes out too dry with this recipe, try using less baking soda in your mixture. If your hair still seems unclean and greasy, try using more baking soda. Everybody’s hair is different. See what works best for you.
If you mix your baking soda with hot water, I would use a glass bottle instead of a plastic shampoo bottle (so that the heat doesn’t cause the plastic’s chemicals to leach into your mixture) and attach your shampoo cap to it like so:
Well, that’s all folks! Please feel free to ask me any questions and share your experiences with this method. I look forward to hearing from you.