Have you ever thought of going 'poo free?

Woman China Woman China
I've been doing a lot of reading about ways to increase the volume of my hair and how to make my body looking much more healthy. And I recently wrote this post here at EF about skin care, but I made the decision yesterday to pack up everything and go natural for one month to see what happens not to just my hair, but my skin as well.

So today is day two of thirty of a shampoo free life style. No body soap either. No more face soap. All natural.

Here is the blog post where I talk about how I am going about to make the baking soda and body scrub up Woman's Science Project. I'll be writing an almost journal post every couple of days to let my readers know how often I've had to wash my hair and the transition from shampoo to no more 'poo in my hair.

So, I have to ask, how often do you wash your hair? What do you use? Have you ever thought of going poo free? Would you consider going poo free for the month?
06/28/2012
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indiglo indiglo
I usually only wash my hair 2, maybe 3 times a week. I do use shampoo and conditioner, and then leave-in conditioner as well. I have naturally curly hair, and it needs gentle treatment to remain frizz-free.

I think you are really brave, I don't think I would be brave enough to do that. I am excited to hear about your results though! These kinds of experiments always fascinate me, and really suck me in.

The body scrub recipe on there sounds DIVINE!
06/28/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Woman China
I've been doing a lot of reading about ways to increase the volume of my hair and how to make my body looking much more healthy. And I recently wrote this post here at EF about skin care, but I made the decision yesterday to pack up everything ... More
Yikes! I've done the natural product thing for years now and I make all my own remedies like body scrubs--cornmeal is the best exfoliant you can use! It's not as fancy sounding as sugar, but works wonders for a girls with flaky, dry skin.

However, I could not stop washing my body. I just use natural, homemade soaps. I have recently began trying SebaMed's PH 5.5 soap for my downstairs because I wasn't entirely happy with the last homemade soap I was using. I really love this new Seba Med stuff, and that's very unlike me to go for anything drug store like that... well, I think it's available at drug stores. Anyways, I like my natural products and my homemade remedies. My main ingredients are aloe vera--straight from the plant. I use it internally by eating it, and externally. It's a miracle plant.

I've used some natural hair shampoo, but didn't stick with it. I am very funny about my hair! I need super clean, even if it is damaging. Everything else, like my lotions, face products, etc are homemade and or natural. I skip every other day of washing my hair and that alone nearly killed me in the beginning! Lol

Mostly, I focus on what goes INSIDE me, not outside. I use natural makeup as well and there's not a huge difference in your health really. Drink water and use all natural and you'll see better skin/complexion, but choosing to be healthier internally is going to give you bigger results EXTERNALLY.

Yea, I'll do a lot of things, but stinking is something I worry about. I can't stand not using soap of SOME kind. I can't even stand not wearing deo before bed. I just couldn't do it, but it's amazing that you have the will power!
06/28/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I have thought about it, but I am way too paranoid about my hair looking good to wait for my hair to adjust.
06/28/2012
solitudinarian solitudinarian
My boyfriend doesn't use shampoo and his hair looks and feels fine, but I don't know if I could do it. I think he may be right when he said that the first few days are the worst. If I go 3 days without washing it, it starts to feel really yucky. I only use conditioner after I colour my hair.

I try to buy natural toiletries whenever possible.
06/28/2012
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I wash and condition my hair at least once a day. Sometimes twice if I've been doing something that causes me to sweat a lot.

I've known a couple of people who have tried "no 'poo" options, but I've never really been happy enough with their results to want to try it myself.
06/28/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Woman China
I've been doing a lot of reading about ways to increase the volume of my hair and how to make my body looking much more healthy. And I recently wrote this post here at EF about skin care, but I made the decision yesterday to pack up everything ... More
I'll die if I don't use soap and shampoo. I wash my hair with lots of shampoo every night so it'll feel squeaky clean. I also use leave-in conditioner to keep my crazy hair under control.

Your body scrub sounded interesting but seems a bit messy, will the coffee grind mess up your pipes?
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by kendra30752
Yikes! I've done the natural product thing for years now and I make all my own remedies like body scrubs--cornmeal is the best exfoliant you can use! It's not as fancy sounding as sugar, but works wonders for a girls with flaky, dry skin. ... More
Oh I am still planning on washing my body, just not with store bought soap!!! There is a recipe on the blog I am going to be using for a scrub.

What goes in me is usually very good foods as I still firmly beleive we are what we eat. If we eat crap, we are quite literally going to be crap.
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by Rossie
I'll die if I don't use soap and shampoo. I wash my hair with lots of shampoo every night so it'll feel squeaky clean. I also use leave-in conditioner to keep my crazy hair under control.

Your body scrub sounded interesting but ... More
So far no problems!!!

I really don't see it being too much of an issue of using grinds or even oatmeal put through the blender would not be that big of a deal.

But if you have a septic tank on the other hand... well one would have to be aware of the coffee grinds altering the ph level and all that jazz if used on a daily basis.

Through my research, I actually found that many people have said that over cleaning ones hair does cause frizzy hair. You said you've crazy hair not frizzy... but just in case you are talking about frizzy hair!!!
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
I've got a week off from having to do anything and be anywhere. I am waiting for my new visa, my friends are all either writing exams, or as of this morning gone home for good or gone home for the summer.

There is no time like now for me to try this thing out and see how it works.
06/28/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Woman China
So far no problems!!!

I really don't see it being too much of an issue of using grinds or even oatmeal put through the blender would not be that big of a deal.

But if you have a septic tank on the other hand... well one would have ... More
Nope, not frizzy hair, just cowlicks located at the wrong spots.
06/28/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Woman China
I've been doing a lot of reading about ways to increase the volume of my hair and how to make my body looking much more healthy. And I recently wrote this post here at EF about skin care, but I made the decision yesterday to pack up everything ... More
After years of near daily shampoos, I decided to try going poo free. It did not work for me. I tried moving to a once-a-week hairwash plan using a baking soda/water mix, and my hair responded well, but my scalp immediately rebelled. It became incredibly itchy and I went from the occasional microscopic dandruff flake, to looking like I'd been in a snowstorm. It was horrible.

I've since gone back to more frequent shampoos (every 3-4 days, not the everyday insanity of the past), and I use store bought shampoo though I make sure that the ingredient list excludes Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and other bad stuff.

I mix a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in with the shampoo (for my scalp which has yet to return to normal) and I use Apple Cider Vinegar/water as a conditioning rinse.
06/28/2012
Claire-Bear Claire-Bear
I'm excited to see what your results are. I only wash my hair twice a week.
06/28/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
After years of near daily shampoos, I decided to try going poo free. It did not work for me. I tried moving to a once-a-week hairwash plan using a baking soda/water mix, and my hair responded well, but my scalp immediately rebelled. It became ... More
My younger sister said to try using cold pressed coconut oil massaged into my scalp if I noticed it getting dry. She also said to give it a go as a leave in conditioner and say screw the conditioner in the shower.
06/29/2012
Rey Rey
I used to shampoo and condition my hair everyday until my hair stylist learnt this and told me off:/

I now shampoo only once or twice a week and my hair is much less brittle. Like it has found its own harmonic balance
06/29/2012
Woman China Woman China
Well, it is now the end of week I. A number of people expressed that they'd like to follow this adventure so I've posted a new end of week I blog post here.

Hope it helps someone!!! And I cannot wait till me hair works itself out!!!
07/03/2012
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Woman China
Well, it is now the end of week I. A number of people expressed that they'd like to follow this adventure so I've posted a new end of week I blog post here.

Hope it helps someone!!! And I cannot wait till me hair works itself out!!! ... More
"As they say, the natural remedy does not produce effects as quickly as the store bought ones, but the natural remedy cures from the inside out."...VERY TRUE...but I still don't want to smear coffee grind allover my face.
07/03/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by Rossie
"As they say, the natural remedy does not produce effects as quickly as the store bought ones, but the natural remedy cures from the inside out."...VERY TRUE...but I still don't want to smear coffee grind allover my face.
Honest to goodness I was even more skeptical than you probably are.
But by golly... I am so glad I tried best thing I ever used!!!
07/03/2012
brevado brevado
I've gone to more ski sensitive/natural products, but far from free!
07/03/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
I use mostly natural body care. I thought about going poo-free, but after reading about others that tried it, it sounds like your hair eventually looks clean, but doesn't feel clean. Of course, it will be different for everyone.

I generally use baking soda or a DIY sugar scrub for my face, and an all natural soap in the shower. Most "soap" you get at the store is actually a detergent, not soap, so you have to be aware of that. If I'm not feeling lazy, I use a shampoo bar followed by a vinegar/water rinse to remove any build-up.
07/03/2012
sodapin sodapin
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Originally posted by Woman China
I've been doing a lot of reading about ways to increase the volume of my hair and how to make my body looking much more healthy. And I recently wrote this post here at EF about skin care, but I made the decision yesterday to pack up everything ... More
lol well i completely mistook the title xD, but I never really understood shampoo in the first place because hair is already just composed of dead cells anyway :S
07/11/2012
Woman China Woman China
It's the end of week two!!!!

So I promised I'd post updates... and there it is!!! Bottom line my hair seems to be getting nicer!!
07/11/2012
Pinkshirt Pinkshirt
I cannot go without washing my hair at least every other day and some times every day. I just have a greasy scalp. I tried to follow recommendations about not washing it and it won't produce as much oil well it's not true. It sucks. Kudos to you though.
07/11/2012
pestilence pestilence
I generally always use dry shampoo for my hair until it's otherwise intolerable. I also only shower every other day unless I really need to, and I stick to more natural soaps and body scrubs, though I don't think I could ever manage to go without them altogether.
07/13/2012
rosythorn rosythorn
Good luck that is bold!
08/23/2012
null null
I'm using baking soda followed by vinegar right now, and hope to cut it down to nothing soon. I've been putting it off for fear of the transition period, but now it's finals week and everyone looks like shit anyway.
12/03/2012
butts butts
I don't use shampoo, neither does my partner. He has dandruff problems so he uses apple cider vinegar, it works wonders and makes his hair soft! I just use water and my hair is, well, fabulous We're both healthy eaters too, that really contributes to hair health. Our skin is generally good too, but since I started testosterone therapy my face has gotten dryer and oilyer (obviously, it's like puberty all over again) so that's been lame to deal with. I'm trying to drink extra water to compensate, but the cold weather isn't helping!

We do use soap, but it's all goat's milk, organic oils and herbs. It's mostly for the scrubby herbs in it and the nice smell, we generally don't have skin problems aside from small facial things.
12/03/2012
butts butts
Also; that title really scared me, I thought there was some new crazy diet where you didn't poop because of a lack of solids or something awful! I'm thankful that it's "shampoo" not just "poo" XD
12/03/2012
Miss Morphine Miss Morphine
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Originally posted by butts
Also; that title really scared me, I thought there was some new crazy diet where you didn't poop because of a lack of solids or something awful! I'm thankful that it's "shampoo" not just "poo" XD
That would be really scary.
04/08/2013
sunflower sunflower
I did it for a few months. Longer than that on-and-off My mom has been doing it for years, with regular conditioner at first. Now she uses Wen. Her hair looks great!
04/30/2013
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