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going shampoo free – sweet freedom

For some time now I have been playing this game with myself when a product runs out instead of buying new, I make it myself. Laundry detergent, different cleaners, face wash, so on and so forth. Then it finally happened. I ran out of shampoo and conditioner.

I am no stranger to this ‘no poo’ movement, but I had not yet jumped on the bandwagon. Though, with this ‘make it yourself game’ in full swing, I saw no other choice but to take the leap. I was feeling pretty optimistic about it, until I tried it. Clearly, things weren’t going so well. (Keep reading to see how I changed my tune.) Maybe I wasn’t doing it right? My hair was more dry than ever using baking soda, and the coconut oil I was using on the ends as a deep conditioner had an overkill reaction. I couldn’t leave the house the same day I treated my hair…

My experimenting in going shampoo free wasn’t totally lost. I discovered a forever love for apple cider vinegar hair wash. For soft hair and healthy scalp, I poured a mix (2 tbs of apple cider vinegar and about 1 ½ cups water) over my hair. I’d rinse that out and follow it with a smidge of Trader Joe’s green tea shampoo and conditioner.


Fast forward a few months. While, cleaning and yet again reorganizing the laundry room (that mysterious closed door pictured in kitchen posts, like here), I came across the forgotten bottle of baking soda hair wash. I don’t know what made me do it, but I thought I would go on and use what was left.

Queue the singing angels. I rinsed my hair with the baking soda (that actually smelled really good from the essential oils I had added) and then followed with the apple cider vinegar mix (my key ingredient in going shampoo free). It was an instant good hair day(s). Ladies, you know when you leave the salon and it feels like your hair was given life again? I was having that kinda moment.

In the last year, I have managed to go from having a caddy hanging from the shower head full of different beauty products- some more organic than others but most of which not so good for you, to this…


I was your average Joe running out of room in the shower until I kept kicking more out by finding ways of making products that are perfect for me and cutting out the chemicals.

Now the shower kinda kind of feels all, “hello anybody in here?”

simple and straight forward hair wash recipe:

  • 1 tbs of baking soda to 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tbs of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water
  • essential oils (optional)
I mix the baking soda in one container and add 5 drops of essential oils (lavender creates a calming moment in the mornings). Then, I mix the apple cider vinegar and water in another. (I don’t bother labeling the bottles due to the color contrast, but I have read of folks using Martha Stewart’s craft paint for marking bottles. It does make the bottles more attractive and less mysterious.)
To Use: Pour the baking soda mix over your hair. You can let this sit for a few minutes, then rinse it out. Pour apple cider vinegar over the roots of your hair. Be sure to tilt your head back so not to get it in your eyes. That actually really burns. Immediately rinse after that. I swear my shower time is cut shorter making this shift… maybe it’s the lack of suds.

Here is what I will say, I don’t believe this is a one size fits all kind of deal. Texture and length may play a role in your journey to a shampoo free life, so tinker with the proportions if at first you don’t succeed. One of the best break downs I have read for no shampoo is over at

We picked up a few swing-top bottles from Ikea for $3.99 (the same type we used for kombucha) that compliment the decor of the bathroom. I was eager to swap out my odd ball re-purposed bottles for these cuties.


The bottles hold a lot more too, thus I’m not making it as often as I was (yay). The clumsy side of me is fearful of the fact they are glass bottles, so they sit safely next to the tub instead of on the edge, and I have to remind myself not to dance with the bottles in my hand. (I’m not the only one who dances in the shower, right?)

Anyone else riding the ‘no poo’ bandwagon? Any tips for us newbies?

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