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  • Week 2 of poo-less and freaking out! Help from the poo less pros please!

    Its been 10 days since my last shampoo and, OK, I knew this was going to be messy but... here is my problem.

    Today I tried a baking soda wash with the acv rinse (2 teaspoons in a cup of water), my hair feels like hay, it is terrible! am I missing something else?

    The other issue which is what is causing me to freak out is that when I brushed my hair after the shower, on the very first stroke there was enough hair on the brush to make a wig!! There was also hair all over the shower, sticking to my body, on the sink, am I going bald? is this normal?

    Thanks in advance for any help/advice
    Loving my primal life

  • #2
    The baking soda/ACV method doesn't work nearly as well if you have hard water. If you have hard water, you can get a softener (expensive), or use a different no-poo method. You can use sea salt instead of baking soda, wash with conditioner only, or use plain water rinses. There is a community on LiveJournal that is a wonderful source of information on no-poo: the no 'poo method

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    • #3
      Wow, I haven't had that happen to me. But I will use shampoo once a week usually. I've also been using a boar bristle brush to distribute my natural oils. When I do wash my hair, I try to only wash my head, not all the hair down my back.

      Is your hair long or short? If it's long, maybe the rinse didn't get all over your hair and there was still the residual ph imbalance from the baking soda. Not that that should make your hair fall out, but could explain why it feels like hay.
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      • #4
        Can you explain a little more about what you do?
        -what you do on days you don't wash (scrubbing scalp with only water in the shower, not getting it wet at all)
        -how often you brush and how much hair is on the brush on non-wash days
        -how much baking soda
        -length & usual texture of hair when clean & "healthy"

        I have about a teaspoon of baking soda for ever cup of water in a sports water bottle. On wash days, I get my hair wet and squirt the baking soda water around on my head and scrub my scalp and roots with my fingers. After that, my hair gets that "squeaky clean" feel and I rinse it. My hair feels straw-like if I get out at this point, so I use my vinegar rinse (teaspoon of white vinegar for every cup of water in a re-usable water bottle) and only leave it on my hair for a few seconds otherwise my hair gets clumpy and oily feeling. My hair usually feels pretty clean & soft once it dries after this and I don't brush it until it's dry to avoid excess strain.

        I may try using a castille soap rinse for washing because my hair has not felt super clean lately, but it's working out okay so far. I'm about 4 weeks in with only one wash every week.
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        • #5
          Or you could buy a bottle of shampoo... that would probably do the trick, although it wouldn't be complicated/different.
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          • #6
            Losing hair after you don't wash for a few days is normal. I was concerned last time I shampooed but duh it had been days.

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            • #7
              We have really hard water here too. I tried going poo free and got the same results as the op. My hair was so dry and brittle I didn't think it would ever go back to the before condition. Instead, I now just shampoo and condition it once a week. If it starts looking a little oily in between, I just throw it into a ponytail.

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              • #8
                Why would you shorten shampoo to "poo"? Why? Don't you know what that means? I was expecting to see advice telling you to go to the doctors right away!
                Last edited by billp; 03-23-2012, 09:19 AM.

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                • #9
                  I've read that using distilled water in your "shampoo" mixture can help mitigate the hard water effects.

                  Also it's long been shortened to 'poo for the "no-poo movement", but yes, it is misleading haha
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                  • #10
                    Soft water here, and no problems like that! So it might be related to hard water.

                    But the longer you go without washing, the more hair you're going to dump when you finally do wash it. Your head normally loses several dozen hairs a day, and that adds up really fast if you're talking about a week or more.
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                    • #11
                      I don't have a 'routine' per se yet b/c im only on day 10 of this crazy experiment, but I had only been washing with water and rubbing with my fingers. yesterday I got baking soda (but not the acv) so I washed my hair with that and rinsed. My hair felt less oily than it had been but I knew I was missing the acv, so this morning I had high hopes that by doing the 2 I was going to come out of the shower with better looking hair than I have the last few days. I went home a little bit ago and tried to manage my hair a bit, it feels like I put a lot of product and didn't wash it. Does this sound like a hard water problem? how do i find out if I have hard water? I have washed my hair in places with hard water and I can tell the difference, but I have no problem at home... I think its totally operator error. Are the baking soda and acv rinses necessary or can I just go with plain ol' water forever?
                      Loving my primal life

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                      • #12
                        The nasty build-up feeling and hair that feels like straw sound like it would definitely be a hard water problem. Your water doesn't have to be *very* hard to cause problems like that.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Danielle5690 View Post
                          The baking soda/ACV method doesn't work nearly as well if you have hard water. If you have hard water, you can get a softener (expensive), or use a different no-poo method. You can use sea salt instead of baking soda, wash with conditioner only, or use plain water rinses. There is a community on LiveJournal that is a wonderful source of information on no-poo: the no 'poo method
                          OMG, thank you so much for posting this link. Someone wrote their no poo journey and they're from florida (where I live) and apparently we DO have hard water and that with the baking soda causes the build up that I feel in my hair today.

                          She also found the solution (yeay) which is to use an egg instead of the bakings soda and then the acv rinse. I shall try that tomorrow and report my findings!

                          Thanks again!
                          Loving my primal life

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by polos26 View Post
                            OMG, thank you so much for posting this link. Someone wrote their no poo journey and they're from florida (where I live) and apparently we DO have hard water and that with the baking soda causes the build up that I feel in my hair today.

                            She also found the solution (yeay) which is to use an egg instead of the bakings soda and then the acv rinse. I shall try that tomorrow and report my findings!

                            Thanks again!
                            You're welcome! I hope it works! I did no-poo years ago, and then had to stop when I moved to CA because the water there was very hard. Now I just wash with sulfate-free shampoo once or twice a week. I may switch back eventually...

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                            • #15
                              Long-time lurker, first-time poster! I have chest-length, thick, blonde hair. I use an egg about once a week to clean my hair. I just massage it into my scalp and rinse and I am good to go. I've never had a problem with dryness, although it did take a good 6 weeks to acclimate. I am now experimenting with a mix of an egg, salt, and lemon juice. That's worked very well the last two weeks. My hair is very soft now.

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