The “NO Poo” Shampoo Method: Does it really work??

About two months ago I decided to jump on the new “NO Poo” shampoo method trend and try it out for myself.  I first heard about it probably close to a year ago but I was scared to try it out.  I kept researching it more and more though and probably read close to fifty articles some with huge positives and some stating it didn’t work and even a couple saying it was bad for you.  I finally decided to try it for myself because I couldn’t find any information to back up any of the claims that said it was bad for you and I figured what the heck if I don’t like the results I can always stop doing it and go back to my shampoo.

I HATE the idea of all the chemicals that are in shampoo and conditioner and my main goal was to find a way to clean my hair without the harsh chemicals.  I looked into many many different natural shampoos and most of them contained nut ingredients (Which we do not allow in our house due to a severe nut allergy) and the rest had really bad reviews.

When I was younger I had super thick hair that I even had to have thinned out as a child just to make it manageable. After having two kids, diabetes, and just normal stress my hair had become super fine and was falling out!! My hair also would get greasy very easily and I would literally have to wash it everyday and even by the end of the day that I had washed it, it had become to get greasy.  Another problem I had with my hair is that I had colored it ALOT!  I would color my hair and then it would go back to a reddish color gradually over the next several weeks no matter what I would do.  I have soft water and I’ve tried practically everything to retain the color but nothing worked! So I finally gave in and said I’m going to try this on my hair because all the research says that the greasiness and other problems I have is because of a PH imbalance.

The no poo shampoo method does it really work

So what method did I use?

Take 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda and place in a squirt bottle or a small cup that you can pour it onto your head.  Add in 1 cup of water and stir until the baking soda is mixed in.  (This will be your shampoo)  In another cup or bottle place 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and then add in 1 cup of water and mix up also. (This will be your conditioner)  In the shower or bath rinse your hair off with water well and then take your baking soda mix and pour on your scalp (ONLY THE SCALP NOT THE ENDS OF HAIR) Make sure that you rub in the mix so that the baking soda gets to your scalp.  Then RINSE VERY WELL.  I usually take the next couple of minutes rinsing to make sure that all the baking soda is rinsed out well.  If it is not rinsed all out it make cause your scalp to become itchy.  After that is complete I take the apple cider vinegar and pour it onto the ENDS of my hair and then I also rinse that out. I do this every 2-3 days.


I have been extremely happy with the results that I have gotten from this.  At first I was unsure because it was something very different than what I was used to.  The first time I used it my hair didn’t feel any different from it had ever felt after shampooing so I was a little worried.  My hair did become quite greasy the day after I washed with this.  I only shampoo every 2-3 days with this method so having to wait another day before washing was difficult for me.  I had to wear my hair up in a ponytail that day and for the next several days.  After about 1 week my hair suddenly changed.  My hair was no longer greasy and it was so soft and full.  It had never been like that for years!  Another huge thing I just started noticing recently within the past week or so is that the redness that I had complained about in my hair started going away.  My natural hair color (brown) had started coming back through.

Tips and Tricks:

  • One trick that I had learned was that if you had a certain spot on your head that becomes greasy quite easy (mine was the very front of my hair line where my bangs are)  you want to make sure that you put a little extra baking soda in that spot and rub and it will help keep it not greasy longer!
  • After you get out of the shower, you will notice your hair feeling stiffer almost like straw.  THIS IS NORMAL!!  After you run a brush through it and dry it you will be amazed at how soft your hair will feel.
  • My results occurred within about a week after starting.  You may take a day or may take several months to see the results you want just depending on how the ph levels are in your scalp.  Before starting this I was already using shampoo and conditioner that had limited chemicals in it and was fragrance free so I think that helped my hair to recover faster than some other people who use a lot of hair products!


  1. It was about a decade ago that I had a stylist tell me I had to stop shampooing daily. At that point I limited it to every other day, and last year jumped on the twice a week bandwagon. But I like the idea of using more natural ingredients. Thanks for sharing an honest review of the “no poo” method. It really does take a long time to get hair cleared of all the stuff we put in it, so it makes sense that it could take a while to see real results.

  2. It’s great to see that this strategy has worked so well for you!!

  3. This is great information, very basic just to get started. I have heard of this method and have been debating doing it but I think I’ll start next month. Thanks for the tips! Have a great one! -Iva

  4. Oh wow thank you so much for sharing- I was spending (too much) money on “no-poo”, I had no idea you could make it yourself! Can’t wait to try!

  5. Sprinkle a little baby powder on your greasy spots as needed. It freshens up your hair and absorbs a little of the grease.

  6. Interesting! I think I will give this a try!

  7. Good article and I think its great you are using baking soda. I also have read my articles about this pro and con but do believe it is safe and effective. I tried using it myself because I could not use any shampoo I tried whether it was organic or not. I had problems with baking soda because my I have skin problems and my scalp would burn, so I just starting using plain water for a while and then I sometimes use Dr. Bronners soap in a very diluted form. I also only wash my hair every couple weeks especially in the winter because my scalp is dry and washing it will make it very itchy. Visiting from the Home Acre Blog Hop! Have a wonderful healthy day!

  8. Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! Please join us again tomorrow 🙂

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  9. What a wonderful real life case study! I live the fact that you revealed your personal experiences with using baking soda and cider vinegar to shampoo and condition your hair. I have been trying the no poo method using a natural hair conditioner instead of shampoo. It was extremely detangling which was good for me. Thank you for sharing this revealing post at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural blog hop!

  10. I have heard about this but I have never really tried it. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop.

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