“I tried the ‘no poo’ shampoo method for two weeks and this is what happened.”

Have you heard? Washing your hair without shampoo is actually a thing now.

Well, to be fair, the idea’s been floating around on the internet for quite a while.

We’ve heard about the reverse hair washing method and we’ve learned all about sulphate-free shampoo, but now the ‘no poo’ method is the latest buzzword in the hair and beauty industry.

As a follower of all things beauty, I’ve been hearing about the ‘no-poo’ (aka no shampoo) method for a few months now.

Instead of using a traditional shampoo and conditioner, fans of the no-poo method use regular ingredients from their pantry like baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash their hair.

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Yep, we know, it sounds kind of… gross.

How could anyone possibly go without shampoo?!

But despite sounding a little strange, the no-poo method always sounded intriguing to me.

After all, the method promised to save my hair from being constantly greasy.

Although some ‘no-pooers’ simply wash their hair with water alone, I wasn’t quite so ready to give up shampoo.

Instead, for a fortnight, I swapped out my regular shampoo and conditioner for baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

Watch: Hairdressers: Translated.

It took a little bit of experimenting, but soon enough I had my ‘no-poo’ hair-washing routine down pat.

I purchased paint mixing bottles from my local dollar store to use as my applicator bottles.

For my ‘shampoo’, I filled up the mixing bottle with 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of water and then gave it a good shake.

Alternatively, you can also mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a little bit of water in your hand in the shower to create more of a paste mixture.


Once in the shower, I simply poured the baking soda mixture over my wet hair and spent a minute or two scrubbing all over.

It felt gritty and a little slippery, which was concerning at first, but once I rinsed it all out, my hair felt SO CLEAN.

For my conditioner, I used an apple cider vinegar rinse. Just like I did with the baking soda, I combined one cup of water with 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

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Yep... not as glamorous as my usual shampoo and conditioner. Image: Supplied.

The smell was a little strong, so after the first wash I began adding some essential oils to prevent the vinegar smell from being so overpowering.

Although I was a little skeptical, my hair felt just as conditioned when using an apple cider vinegar rinse as it does when I use a regular conditioner.

The first week of my experiment went by smoothly. My hair had more volume and body and it was nowhere near as greasy as usual, and I could even wait longer between washes.

The second week was a little more difficult though. Getting used to having no bubbles while using the baking soda mixture proved more difficult than I imagined. On two occasions, I even had to hop back in the shower to wash out places I'd missed.

Overall, my fortnight-long experiment was a positive one.

My hair felt thick and healthy, my hair was less frizzy and it was definitely less greasy too.

Would you ever try the no-poo method? Let us know down below in the comments.

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