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How To Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo

Have you heard of the no-poo trend? There are many who have already signed up for this fashion which takes its name from the abbreviation of the term no-shampoo (no-poo) and which requires you to stop washing your hair with shampoo and do so only with water or by use of a completely natural solution. They argue that the usual lotions are full of aggressive ingredients that damage the hair, weaken it and eventually ruin its good look. If you also want to discover how to wash your hair without shampoo and try the natural solution employed by the fans of the no-poo fashion pay attention to this OneHowTo article as we reveal all the details.

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Steps to follow:


The no-poo method defends removing any commercial shampoo in the usual hair washing process, claiming that these products promote the reduction of sebum which the scalp produces to stay protected and therefore ultimately results in dull hair with oily roots and dry tips which gets dirty very easily.

The alternative is based on stopping using these products entirely and instead use a natural solution based on soda and apple cider vinegar that, past two weeks, will make the hair free from all accumulated chemicals and allow the sebum to regulate itself, getting a lot stronger, shinier and healthier hair.


If you are signing up to the fashion of wash your hair without shampoo and want to see the results for yourself, you must follow some specific steps. First, you need to gather the ingredients that will serve to develop the solution that you will use as a shampoo. You need:

  • 1 medium spoon of baking powder
  • between 1 and 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • water
  • essential oil of your choice, it will serve to provide a good scent

Note that the amounts of baking soda and apple cider vinegar must vary depending on how dry your hair is. The drier it is the less baking powder should be added and, conversely, a higher amount of apple vinegar will be needed.

Another "no-poo" idea is to wash your hair with shikakai paste, which is a natural cleanser.

How To Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo - Step 2

To prepare it you have to insert the powder in a bottle or jar and add a cup of warm water, approximately. Then place the apple cider vinegar in another bottle and add a cup of cold water to provide more shine to the hair. Finally, we also add a few drops of the chosen essential oil to the bottle of vinegar, stir and voilà!


Once you have prepared this kind of homemade shampoo you just have to wet all the hair and first apply the mixture of baking soda and water, massaging the scalp with your fingers. Spread it through the rest of the hair down to the tips and wait a minute before rinsing. Then apply the mixture of apple cider vinegar (it will act as a conditioner) evenly all over the hair and rinse again with clean water. Finally, untangle it and dry and comb as usual.

For a Indian ayurvedic no-poo method, you can try making your own reetha shampoo.

How To Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo - Step 4

It is important that you consider the hair will need about two weeks for adaptation and a specific period for its balance to be restored. After that, those faithful to the no-poo method ensure that it is possible to keep hair clean and radiant five or seven days without washing.


Besides this base solution of baking powder and vinegar, there are other remedies that you can try if you want to wash your hair without shampoo. We invite you to read the article Natural Alternatives to hair conditioner where you will find much more information.

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