A year ago today I stopped using shampoo and conditioner cold turkey. To those of us that practice this method, we refer to it as ‘no-poo.’ I’ve only used shampoo and conditioner twice since my no-poo journey began, and that was during my summer vacation when I forgot to bring my BS and Vin mixtures with me. Now that it’s been a year, I feel like I can give a somewhat proper review of the process, as well as shed some light on how I’ve gone so long with this method, and why I’m going to continue this process indefinitely (or as long as I see fit).
First of all, as my other no-poo posts have been overtaken by the comment monsters (I have 2 jobs and can’t just sit there and answer questions all day people! I need to hire someone), you need to know that there is not an exact/perfect formula for no-poo. If you decided to give it a try, you will need to adjust measurements once or twice (or 6 or 7 times) according to how your hair reacts. Just because I write about using 1 cup of water per 2 tablespoons of baking soda, doesn’t mean that’s what your hair needs. Don’t be afraid to adjust your formulas!
Also, the weather and seasons change. When this happens, your hair will (obviously) change too. Think humid summers and dry frigid winters. In the summer, I can go about 5-6 days between my BS/Vin washings, and I have to decrease my baking soda to only one tablespoon per cup of water or my hair is too dry. In the winter (as of now) my hair gets greasier, so I need to increase the BS and wash every 3-4 days. I’m actually kind of surprised by this, I thought it was going to be the opposite: greasy in summer, dry in winter.
There are multiple factors that are going to affect your no-poo results. Now, referring back to all your no-poo questions that have been flooding my posts, I can guarantee you I don’t know half of your answers. I’m not a no-poo expert. I’m not a scientist. I’m just an average girl who has decided to give this a go and have gotten great results. I’m not a daily swimmer. I’m not a surfer. I can only speculate how help you get results, but my best advice I can give each and every one of you is: Listen to your hair.
There are many no pooers that use other clarifying masks and moisturizing treatments on top of the BS/Vin mixture, but I don’t. Call me plain Jane, but straight vinegar and baking soda have been my sole remedy when it comes to having healthier hair. No masks, no creams, no oils (except and occasional essential oil to scent). It works for me.
Last but not least, what you’ve been waiting for: Hair growth results. I knew my hair was growing at a more rapid rate, I just didn’t know how much until I put these two pictures of me side by side. The first one was taken in January (sorry for the blurriness, it was actually taken further away and just zoomed in to match the later picture), and the second was taken in November. That’s a good 10 months apart, and even with a trim or two, my hair has grown about 7 inches! This fact alone is beyond amazing coming from my hair previously only growing 2 1/2 to 3 inches a year.
I couldn’t be more happy with switching to no-poo. My hair is not 100 percent perfectly tame all the time, and I have to adjust my formulas, but that’s part of the process! If you have any questions, feel free to visit my older posts (here and here) & no-poo FAQ’s (here and here)!