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June 24, 2010

Pooh-Poohing the ‘Poo

By Mark Sisson
462 Comments

Modern life presents endless deviations from our primal beginnings. Some clearly have no place in the success of our species (e.g. Ding Dongs). Others may present unprecedented, welcome benefits (e.g. year round access to a veritable cornucopia of Primal goodies like macadamia nuts – my personal favorite). Finally, there are those “additions,” current customs really, that feel idiosyncratic but relatively innocuous. The contemporary obsession with hair might qualify for this eccentric but harmless category – or maybe not. What about the goop we slather on our noggins? Is it another case of sanitizing ourselves into an unhealthy existence? Will I become an eternal greaseball without my daily indulgence in froth and foam? There’s a movement afoot – “poo-less,” as it’s often called – that has something to say about it. Kicking the suds habit, poo-less advocates suggest, not only allows for less toxic, less expensive living but opens the door to a better head of hair itself.

Even the most committed product junkie has to admit that our culture’s fixation on perfect tresses has long since morphed into a marketing frenzy. Products and services galore seek to manipulate every hair into strict submission. Somehow it’s never enough though. There’s always another product to fix something else – likely the problem the first one caused. Increasingly, we’re realizing that we pay a bigger price than the receipts would indicate (although they’re nothing to shake a stick at either!). Conventional shampoos are universally riddled with noxious but unregulated chemicals that have been linked to everything from endocrine system disruption to neurological and immune system damage. Among the biggest offenders, according to the Environmental Working Group, include the ubiquitous phthalates (for fragrance), parabens (for preservatives), coal tar (for dyes and dandruff) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (for lather and de-greasing power). Other risky chemicals include 1,4-Dioxane and methylisothiazolinone.

Our bodies take quite a beating for the sake of our hair. (Hey, but that woman in the jungle shower on the commercial looked like she was having fun. I’ll have what she’s having – poisons be damned!

But put aside the toxins for a minute. What about natural, toxin-free shampoos? What’s wrong with them? (First off, some aren’t as natural as they claim.) According to poo-less advocates, though, even the “best” shampoos strip and damage our hair. We feel like greaseballs after a couple days without a wash because our scalps are constantly on overdrive trying to compensate for the persistent dryness caused by – the shampoo! The need for a cascade of other hair products (e.g. the conditioners, the gel, the hair spray, the detanglers, etc.) is the consequence of the shampoo’s initial damage. Talk about digging a hole to use a ladder to wash the basement window!

When you read the stories of the poo-less, I have to say that the anecdotal evidence is pretty convincing. After the initial transition of 2-6 weeks (hint: scarves, bandanas, ponytails), people say they have unprecedented softness, volume, natural shape and style. No more frizzies or fly aways or whatever else plagued them before. Several folks on the forum have shared their experiences, and I’d definitely recommend checking out Richard’s experiment at Free the Animal. The poo-less movement has caught enough media attention that even more conventionally-minded publications have called upon their own staff people to give it a whirl and then share their stories. Although a few folks eventually throw up their hands, the vast majority give it a thumbs up. Many even say it’s the best thing that ever happened to their hair.

So, what does a poo-less routine look like exactly? Although every fan has his/her own take, there seem to be a few common routines. Some people gradually wean themselves off by increasing the number of days between shampoos. Others rinse the roots with warm water and use a little conditioner on the ends. Still others use a hot towel method by stroking their hair repeatedly with a hot, soaked towel to distribute their scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair. A large portion of the poo-less group seems to use some combination of baking soda-water mix as a daily/occasional poo-less wash. Many in this camp then do a vinegar rinse (apple cider being the most commonly mentioned version) to “condition” hair. Another basic kitchen combo used is cornstarch and lemon juice. Simple, cheap and healthy, they say. For those who want something a little more than baking soda, there are specially formulated (and marketed) poo-less products like the well-known Deva line. I know a lot of folks use Dr. Bronner’s as well.

For those of us who don’t want to go poo-less, what Primal perspective is there to be gleaned from these folks’ efforts? Their satisfaction, I think, is a reminder that modern living suggests “needs” that really don’t exist. Our bodies, left to their own devices, really can take care of themselves. There’s something to that natural beauty concept. The truth is, Grok probably wasn’t the stinky, disheveled, unsightly figure many imagine him to have been.

Asking whether we really need shampoo begs the question of whether we really need any of the personal products that line our medicine cabinets. If we ditched the creams, conditioners, gels, cosmetics, deodorants, sprays, and powders for a week, would our lives fall apart? Would anyone else even notice? (Probably not.) Would we eventually get used to the simplified routine? Would we end up enjoying it like the poo-less proponents? One thing’s for sure: we’d probably have a little more money in our pockets and little more time on our hands. As for our bodies, after their transition period is over and the dust finally settles, they’d likely be grateful to get back to doing what they’re built to do.

Have your own poo-less stories or tips you’d like to add? Questions or commentary on going au naturale? Thanks for reading, everybody. Have a great day!

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Matty
Matty
6 years 3 months ago

What about the campfire smell or chlorine? Suggestions Grokophiles.

jenella
jenella
6 years 3 months ago

I found that warm water, then rinse, maybe a couple times…the campfire smell has cleared out.

For one, my hair is softer, easier to manage than ever before.

Great post!

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

1 tbsp baking soda, mix with 1 cup water, pour through your hair and then rub around a bit. Rinse with warm water. Baking soda seems to get rid of any smells. You can rinse with apple cider vinegar (again I do 1tbsp per cup water).

SLS
SLS
6 years 3 months ago

No one has mentioned shaving yet. While going shampoo-less seems perfectly natural and easy, how do you all recommend shaving without some soap? Oils again? what kind?

prib81
6 years 3 months ago

I wear a beard, but I do trim the neckline occasionally. I’ve had no trouble using a Mach 3 and very hot water. I go with the grain and don’t pass over the same spot too many times.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

Coconut oil is all you need for shaving. Rub a lot of it in before shaving. Rinse after shaving and pat dry. Apply a small amount as after shave to moisturize. It helps prevent cuts and nics too.

Grokker
Grokker
6 years 3 months ago

I suffered with post shave spots for many years until I discovered that by shaving in the shower there is sufficient water to act as a lubricant and creams and soaps and gels are no longer necessary. I have very hard bristles so if it works for me then I can imagine it working well for pretty much anyone. I have to admit that those times I cannot have a shower and I shave from the sink then it’s a little harder as you need the water running constantly on your face for the best results.

Daniela
Daniela
6 years 3 months ago

Natural aloe vera gel works great for shaving, at least for legs. Might be interesting to get some feedback from some guys. No need to be tied to the tub either. Wet the skin a bit, put AV gel on it, shave away. Finish off with a bit of coconut oil to calm down the skin after. Perfect.

Bess
Bess
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been shaving with olive oil for several months now. Works fine. I just have to wash the towels a little more often. Note: if you try this in the shower, remember that tiny bit of oil goes a looong way. If you use too much you make the tub dangerously slippery for the next person.

On the plus side, the remaining shampoo that I’m no longer using takes the olive oil right off the tub!

sam
sam
6 years 3 months ago

just use a razor and hot water.

Dan
6 years 3 months ago

Several companies (anthony, the art of shaving, and sharps to name just a few) make pre-shave oils. The idea is to coat your face with the oil before applying the cream. Many have found that you can shave with the oil alone (as long as you dont have several days growth). With that said, I don’t know what the difference between the shave oils and every day cooking oils are. Someone said they have been shaving with coconut oil. that sounds interesting!

Willow NyteEyes
6 years 3 months ago
Bushrat
Bushrat
6 years 3 months ago

I have a beard now, but before I stopped shaving I only used shaving cream half a dozen times. You don’t need it. Hot water is good enough.

If you shower beforehand then the steam will open your pores up and make it easier.

Mlkrone
Mlkrone
6 years 2 months ago
I’m 23 and started shaving pry when I was about 14 or 15… I have always just rubbed a little bit of hot water on my face and ran the blade under it for a sec, then just shave! People always have told me “Oh you have to use shaving cream or you’re gonna cut yourself!”…. bah! No one taught me this I just did it and it worked for me, I think after just a little bit of time it would work for anyone (I rock a beard now and clean shave below the jaw line and after a… Read more »
Annie L
Annie L
5 years 9 months ago

Trader Joes Has an AWESOME moisturizing cream shave called “Shave” in Honey Mango with aloe vera & Vitamin E – good for men or women.
This stuff makes legs, pits and faces (and I guess anywhere else you might shave) super soft – it is my new fav!

Robin
5 years 8 months ago

Olive oil!

WorBlux
WorBlux
3 years 1 month ago

It’s perfectly possible to shave with just water after your skin is conditioned to it.

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago

I wear a beard as well these days. I haven’t shaved in almost 2 months and people love it. My goal is to go the entire summer but we will see…

When I do shave again I will have to use the coconut oil technique. I guess I can toss my shaving cream right away.

mike
6 years 3 months ago

people love it? don’t ever go back man! i shaved it off a few years ago and people were like dude your blinding me with that baby face, grow your beard back. if it works stick with it, more natural right?

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago

@ Mike

Exactly! My mother has always wanted me to grow my head hair out but I always told her no, no, no. I wanted it cut like every 6 weeks. I enjoyed the buzz cut for a few years.

Ever since I went primal I decided to go all out as much as possible. Not cutting my hair and not shaving has been one of those things…

My goal is through the end of the summer, but we will see. That is 3 months, lol.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

I prefer normal vinegar to over-priced cider vinegar, they both have 5% acetic acid which is all that matters

captain mike
captain mike
5 years 21 days ago

If you are talking distilled, fitered acetic acid, there is much more to it. Natural ACV is food – the other stuff is a chemical reagent, like refined salt (use sea salt only). If you use natural ACV in food you WILL taste the difference.

Steve
5 years 21 days ago

I’ve also read using 1cup of ACV/ 1cup of water. You think this is too strong?

Laura
Laura
4 years 9 days ago

Do NOT use baking soda in your hair, at least not on a regular basis! It will strip your hair and make the whole idea of healthier “no-poo” hair obsolete!

Ann
Ann
6 years 3 months ago

Why would you want to wash out that most glorious of odors, the campfire smell?

captain mike
captain mike
5 years 21 days ago

oh, baby……

Todd
Todd
6 years 3 months ago

I went “poo-less” and deodorant less a few weeks back. Other than a little more sweating, I have noticed no side effects, and feel a lot better. Would recommend to all.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

There’s a whole no-poo community on LiveJournal with a bunch of different shampoo/conditioner substitutes. (so if baking soda is too harsh on your hair for example which is something some people have problems with you can switch so omething else like salt…)

Hannah
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve followed the “no-pooing it” thread on the forums a few times, though I haven’t actually been brave enough to try it. The most I feel comfortable not washing my hair is to skip one day, and by the end of that day it’s looking pretty greasy. I realize it takes a while for your hair to re-regulate it’s oil producing schedule, but it’s not so easy to wait it out when you work in an office environment!

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

To resolve this, just rinse your hair daily in warm water (as warm as you can handle it) and then in cooler water. I also recommend using a wet face cloth to distribute the natural oils from the scalp to the ends. Or, you can try the baking soda/ACV method instead.

I work in an office as well and if you’re feeling self-conscious about it, just tie it back.

Robin
5 years 8 months ago

brushing it a lot with a bristle brush really helps to distribute the oils too. It’s what the medieval babes used to do.

sarah
sarah
6 years 3 months ago

if ur hair gets a lil greasy at the roots just put a lil baby powder in it …hairstylist use it all the time when they do hair

elli
elli
4 years 1 month ago

and for us dark-haired beauties, instead of baby powder, use cocoa powder…works great and you get a little hint of chocolate fragrance!

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 10 months ago

Well, I’m sold. Chocolate in my hair? Yes please!

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 3 months ago

YES! I’ve actually gone without shampoo and soap for about 4 or 5 months now. My hair is great and I don’t have any offensive body-odors on a daily basis. If I plan to sweat a lot on a particular day, I just splash some tea tree oil in my ‘pits and I’m good to go!

No stink, no chemicals, more money, and more time. I ask you, can it get any better?!

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

tea tree oil… hmmm I’m not so fond of that since it’s a natural non-penicilin based anti-biotic and oversuing it can lead to more anti-biotic resistant microbes.

Why not go with the Oil Cleansing Method? I use a slightly modified version with olive oil mixed in with my castor oil solution

Tracy Longacre
Tracy Longacre
5 years 3 months ago

A lot of folks use baking soda mixed with a bit of your choice of oil for their pits. Personally, I’m au natural, but I’m lucky that I’ve never really had a smell problem. Several folks (e.g. Richard at FreetheAnimal.com) say after an adjustment, they smell sweeter!

JustAThought
JustAThought
3 years 8 months ago

Those mineral salt deodorant sticks work great for me. Thai Crytals is one popular brand…they really work and are truly natural.

Bryce
Bryce
6 years 3 months ago

So what about dandruff? I’ve definitely gone long periods with little to no poo-ing, and it never seems to cease unless i’m using some sort of toxic-laden anti dandruff shampoo.

Grok
Grok
6 years 3 months ago

Just be patient. The dandruff will usually disappear eventually. Give your skin some time to recreate.

John
John
6 years 3 months ago

I went ‘poo-less’ almost two years ago, and found that my dandruff did not go away. Someone mentioned using apple cider vinegar, in an article I read online, to get rid of dandruff (in my case to kill some bacteria that I think was causing my dandruff); after two vinegar rinses in four weeks I haven’t seen a flake – going on four months now.

I do agree that just giving it time will get rid of dandruff in most cases, I just think my case was a bit worse than most.

cajuntam
cajuntam
4 years 10 months ago

Add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to your baking soda…it makes all the difference in the world!

Mark Rose
Mark Rose
6 years 3 months ago

The dandruff is nothing more than the dead skin (our skin sheds naturally) clumping in the excess oiliness of your scalp/hair. I would gradually ween yourself off of using shampoo, and let your body adapt to producing less oil. You’re not likely to encounter dandruff problems that way.

Grace
Grace
6 years 3 months ago

Actually, things – esp. fungi & yeasts – can live in & off of the dead skin cells. That’s probably why ACV is necessary for some people (good anti-yeast product).

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Also, don’t forget to brush your hair/scalp to loosen up the flakes so you can shake them out. Try using a boar bristle brush.

Sean
6 years 3 months ago
I discovered vinegar for my dandruff, way back before I ever heard about paleo/primal and it worked wonders. It also makes the hair softer. Dandruff is caused by a fungus we all have but some of us are highly sensitive or allergic so it irritates the scalp cause skin to shed at an accelerated rate. I use it at full strength, but most people dilute it. It will sting like hell at the beginning but as your scalp heals it will hurt less and less. Now it doesn’t hurt at all and my scalp feels great for the first time… Read more »
Tash
Tash
5 years 8 months ago

I spray my hair with a little water mixed lavender oil after the vingar rinse so it doesn’t smell. Then when it dries it still smells like lavender and not vinegar

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 2 months ago

I went poo-less for a couple of months and loved the results, but then my dandruff came back. Thanks for the vinegar suggestion–now I can give it another try!

Jean-Patrick
6 years 3 months ago

This is something I have thinking about lately. Thanks for the post. I think I will take a look at natural ways to do it.

Mart
Mart
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been poo-less in about 3month now. Recently I got problems with dandruff wich I can’t seem to get rid off.. I cut my hair wich have helped in the past. I’ve tried apple cider vinegar rinses with some results but I can’t stand the vile smell (it dries and don’t smell but after a while and after I get warm and sweaty the stench re appear).

I don’t use deodorant either and I can testify that I haven’t had any odor problems! No BO what so ever.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

use normal vinegar, or lemons, etc… but most importantly make sure it is all rinsed off in the shower (i.e. can’t smell it anymore when you’ve still got water running) before stepping out. Use the coldest water possible to rinse.

Barbara-Anne
Barbara-Anne
4 years 5 months ago

Have you always not used deodorant or did it take a while when you switched from deodorant to no deodorant to not have BO? I’m trying, but when I raise my armpits, not good. I’ve been putting lavender oil on but it works for only half the day.

Rick
6 years 3 months ago

I rarely use shampoo, so I am convinced to stop that easily. However, soap and deodorant make me a little more uneasy. I shower at least once a day with soap and I notice on days that I forget deodorant, I get pretty ripe. Does your body also begin to regulate this. I love being primal, but I don’t want to stink to high heaven. I know my wife wouldn’t appreciate that either.

Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago

In my experience, it does begin to regulate this, but that doesn’t mean you won’t smell. The good news is that a simple cold shower after you exert yourself particularly hard, to wash off the stink, and maybe some soap on your armpits should take care of it.

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Or wet a face cloth and give them pits a wipe whenever they need it. 🙂

bob r
bob r
6 years 3 months ago

I have been using a baking soda solution followed by a vinegar solution on my underarms for 5 months now. No underarm odor at all now — even two days after a shower. When I used soap I had a constant odor that never went away — even immediately after a shower.

Use the same thing on my hair. No dandruff, not oily and softer than shampoo left it.

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 2 months ago

Amazing deodorant that also helps keep you dry: 1/4 cup each corn starch and baking soda, mixed with 4-5 TB coconut oil. Keep it in the fridge when it’s hot out (you’ll have to kind of chip it off and melt it under your arms). Simply amazing. Got this from someone on the Paleo Hacks site.

Milk of Magnesia is also a great deodorant!

Sofie
Sofie
5 years 4 months ago

Personally I used to shower every other day with soap, as it dries out my skin. My mother did sometimes tell me I smelled. Then I got the idea to stop using soap and wash with just water every day… no comments, and I’m soap-free for 3 years now.

As for deodorants, I find that they make me perspire MORE. I never really started using them in the first place because of that.

Anyway, give it a try, and have your wife (or someone else you trust to not lie about it) tell you if you start stinking.

Ris
Ris
6 years 3 months ago

For the dandruff thing, try rubbing some tea tree oil on your scalp, you can mix it with the vinegar, water or use it straight out of the bottle.

I’ve been doing the no poo thing since about January. It’s really great cuz I like the low maintenance of it. I just scrub my scalp every other day and comb it out in the shower.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been going without shampoo for a year now. With long hair I thought it would be tough but honestly it was fine. I use an egg now and then if the grease builds up at all. Baking soda works well to get smells out. And apple cider vinegar really makes it shiny.

For deodorant, absolutely nothing beats coconut oil + baking soda.

Todd
Todd
6 years 3 months ago

Whats the ratio on that coconut and Baking Soda Deodorant?

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

I just apply some coconut oil with my fingertips and then dab on baking soda over top. I don’t mix them or measure any amount, just whatever bit you can pick up on a fingertip basically.

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks – I’m going to give this a try! 🙂

Laura
Laura
8 months 17 days ago

A simple one to one ratio works to make your own deodorant. i do a 1/4 cup of both coconut oil and baking soda. No need to add anything else.

Kerstin
Kerstin
6 years 3 months ago

Just curious – how do you deal with tangles? i used to have long hair, and I always let it get longer in the winter, but past a certain length my hair seems to really tangle badly, which is why I have to use conditioners. Does your hair tangle as well, or has the tangling decreased as well? Thanks for your input, Kerstin:-)

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

It used to tangle a LOT when using shampoo and conditioner. I always thought I needed conditioner more than anything else.

Going without shampoo, I have no tangles at all. Apple cider vinegar rinse does seem to get rid of any as well. Makes the hair shiny and smooth.

Bess
Bess
6 years 3 months ago
I thought this would be a really big deal because I’ve had waist length hair for years, and back when I shampooed it daily, it was a total rat’s nest and required gobs of conditioner just to get a brush through it. Now I’m down to just a tiny, tiny, bit of shampoo once a week, and hardly ever need conditioner– and my hair now is the longest it has ever been, a few inches past waist. A couple of times during the week, I give my scalp a really good scrub in the shower with just water (lukewarm or… Read more »
tanya
tanya
5 years 3 months ago

I have very thick, very curly, very long hair. I shampoo once a month. In between, I do rinse it, and that seems to be enough. But what I do to prevent tangles is brush it out completely with a paddle brush before I jump in the shower. I also have a big comb in the shower that I comb through my hair while I’m under the water stream. I don’t have a problem with tangles!

Johnnie Ann
Johnnie Ann
6 years 3 months ago

So Kat, how do you keep your hair from becoming greasy? And how do you condition your hair? If I don’t wash my hair after one day it becomes greasy. If I dont use conditioner I can’t comb through it.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago
It doesn’t get greasy anymore and I can easily comb through it so really just rinsing with water most days is enough. The initial transition period of 2-3 weeks can be tough. An egg will cut through all the grease without drying so that will help with the initial build-up. I also recommend using baking soda and apple cider vinegar as needed throughout that period. Apple cider vinegar basically acts like a conditioner, smoothing out the hair and reducing tangles. Try the ACV as conditioner and see if it’s enough to be able to comb your hair now. Then as… Read more »
Bess
Bess
6 years 3 months ago

I have to try that egg thing. How does that work, exactly? Do you just scramble an egg and scrub it into your scalp? On wet hair or dry hair? how long do you leave it before rinsing it out?

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

For the egg I usually crack it into a cup before getting into the shower. Get your hair fully wet. Then grab the yolk with one hand and smush it around on top of your head. Massage it in and then rinse out in COLD water. You can use the whites too I just don’t find I need to. If you rinse with hot water, you might have some cooked scrambled eggs pieces in your hair.

Bess
Bess
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks!

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 3 months ago
Kat, I think you’re the expert here! I just started using coconut oil before “washing” my hair. I just rinse it and use ACV. My hair is colored (for now), so I didn’t use the baking soda (heard it will strip the color). My hair is still oily after blow drying. It looks wet. I did sprinkle a little baby powder on it and brush it through. That took care of it. Is there anything that I can use in the shower that will take care of that? I’d like to be able to skip the blow drying once in… Read more »
Kelly
Kelly
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Jenny – I’m not Kat – but would like to chime in. I use coconut oil on my hair overnight all the time. After reading this post, I used 1 T baking soda in 1 C water (I didn’t boil the water but will next time – I have hard water) and the ACV (same ratio) rinse the next morning. My hair was perfect and not oily – I think you need the baking soda (or something) to get the oil out, just ACV won’t do it. I researched around re the color treated issue (mine is too) and… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
6 years 3 months ago

Kelly,

Thanks for the response. I’m thinking that I’ll go ahead with the baking soda. It can’t be any worse than the salt that they put in commercial shampoos. It’s even in the stuff for color-treated hair, even though the sodium strips the color.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

I would try an egg. It cuts the oil while not drying at all. I usually use one egg yolk to get rid of bad greasiness, but you can try a whole egg too.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

you have to watch out when putting oil in your hair – follicles can only absorb so much, if you put too much it’ll stay outside the hair and in addition to being hard to remove will make you look really greasy.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

” I’m thinking that I’ll go ahead with the baking soda. It can’t be any worse than the salt that they put in commercial shampoos ”

actually, if you are referring to possible hair damage it is worse than washing your hair with salt – some people using baking soda report hair damage, even when diluting the BS, which is why some people prefer to use salt which is not as harsh (but might not be as effective).

If you’ve ever swimmed in the ocean you’ll know just how good salt is to clean your body.

Maria
Maria
6 years 2 months ago

Dude! Glad I’m not the only one :))) I discovered this after reading that coconut oil was a good deal, deodorant-wise but trying to find something to get rid of the very-slight smell that still happened every once in a while, esp in the crazy heat here… Now all is good, even if it skip a day here and there… From what I see, it doesn’t stop sweating, but it definitely does the de-odor part well!

Jaques
Jaques
5 years 11 months ago

But your hair looks really flat and lifeless from the pic.

Brandon
Brandon
5 years 5 months ago

Lifeless? Her hair looks nice. Great volume and shape with a nice shine.

Fran
Fran
4 years 9 months ago

How exactly are you using that egg? I have long hair too and am nervous about going poo-less. I’ve always been aware that shampooing too often is bad for my hair, so I often go without for 2-3 weeks but I can’t imagine quitting entirely.
So yeah, what’s your routine? Your hair looks great in this photo.

Craig
Craig
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been soapless (Shampoo and regular body soap) since Christmas (other than handwashing for food preparation) and I’ve had no issues. I told my co-workers of my plan and told them to tell me if there was any unpleasantness and so far I’ve heard nothing. I even reminded some of them two weeks ago and they had forgotten and noticed no body odor.

Deanna
Deanna
6 years 3 months ago
I’m not poo-less, but I only wash my hair twice a week and I’m working my way to even less. I definitely don’t use soap anymore. I put a light coating of coconut oil all over before I go to bed at night (no, it doesn’t grease the sheets), and then just rinse in the morning shower, and my skin is soft and ready to go. I also switched from an antiperspirant to an organic deodorant and actually smell better than when I was using the super-antiperspirant. Needless to say, I’ll never go back to that. As for completely deodorant-free,… Read more »
JUPITER
JUPITER
6 years 3 months ago
after reading the free the animal post on going soapless i gave it a try, that was 6 months ago, this includes deodarent, i didn’t tell my wife for the frist month to see if she would notice, she didn’t, so i told her and she was fine about it, to this day none of my friends know, and no, my armpits, feet and fun parts smell fine, my skin is less dry and i only have to spent 2-3 min in the shower. you don’t need any of that stuff to keep clean, a clean diet and some warm… Read more »
PamS.
PamS.
5 years 2 months ago

I agree; I think a clean diet plays a big part in a lot of things~

Jenny
Jenny
6 years 3 months ago

I just started using coconut oil with a little grapefruit oil on my hair before showering. It definitely takes something to cut the oil when “washing.” I will be trying the baking soda. I may be moving half of my kitchen up to the bathroom.

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 3 months ago
I used to only wash my hair with shampoo about once or twice a week, using Dr. Bronner’s shampoo. After reading Richard’s post about going poo-less on Free The Animal I realized that shampoo is probably aptly named and ditched it altogether (in mid January). I don’t put anything in my hair, but shower about every 2-3 days and rub my fingers vigorously through my hair and over my scalp while standing under the water stream to redistribute the oils. Works like a charm. I haven’t told my wife ’cause I don’t want her to fuss about it, but she… Read more »
Andy
6 years 3 months ago
Similar story here. I haven’t used soap on anything but my hands since late December 2009 – although I did use some super-mild facial cleanser after an intensely chlorine-y pool in May – and I’ve gone up to 2 months without shampoo at a time. Every now and then I use a wee bit, and let the full treatment happen when I get my hair cut, every 6 weeks. I still shave nearly daily, using a safety razor and high-end creams/soaps. I am curious about distilling that down to coconut oil, might give that a shot next week. On the… Read more »
Phil
Phil
6 years 3 months ago

Here is a great homemade baking soda & coconut oil tutorial: http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/03/quick-stick-deodorant.html

It`s the one that got me started. I now just mix cornstarch and baking soda in equal proportions and then add enough liquid coconut oil to get a thick paste, before adding sufficient lavender & tea tree oils until it smells right.

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Ooooh, nice find! Thanks!

Keefe
Keefe
6 years 3 months ago

Question Mark sais “I know a lot of folks use Dr. Bronner’s as well.”

Is Dr. Bronner’s good? I use it all the time as my parents got me hooked on it when I was a kid.

rik
rik
6 years 3 months ago

I use Dr. Bronners for a very long time. I diluted it for washing my hair. I use it full strength for shaving. You have to work it out for yourself. It is quite good.

captain mike
captain mike
5 years 21 days ago

Awsome stuff. It’s cheap – give it a try. I’m hooked on the peppermint, but the others are good too.

Anthony
6 years 3 months ago

Been waiting for a post like this as people ask me about it a lot. I for one havent shampooed my hair in over 6 months – and it’s perfectly healthy as far as I can tell.

Im not even sure why I stopped. Maybe I just realized it was a total waste of money? Don’t wear much deodorant either which always makes for an interesting response! haha

Mark Rose
Mark Rose
6 years 3 months ago

I’m slowly weaning myself off.

A couple months ago, I started shampooing only every other day. Once my hair was no longer greasy on the second day, I went to three. Now I’m at every four days, and it’s improving much faster.

I also use only organic shampoos, as I was getting skin reactions to the poison shampoos.

Maria
Maria
6 years 3 months ago

I will try the baking soda too. I live in the UK and I have been using the “Simple” and “Naked” brands that don’t have sulphates and parabens. I am not sure what should I be using as a conditioner for the ends… Coconut oil? I will not be able to brush my hair if I don’t apply anything!

Maria
Maria
6 years 3 months ago

Forgot to say that I am a personal trainer and I have to have a wash everyday sometimes twice a day!

Naomi
Naomi
4 years 4 months ago

I was looking for a post like this! I am training for a triathlon and I end up showering usually twice a day and often after swimming in indoor pools. Any suggestions?

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

I’m a hairdresser by trade, and shampoo my hair one to two times per week as it stands. I get a lot of strange reaction when I tell my clients this, and much disbelief. After reading this article, I’m convinced I’ll stop shampooing altogether. I consider myself somewhat of a naturalist and hardly see the point in many of the daily “grooming” habits, this being one of them. I absolutely cannot wait to try it out and report my results to my coworkers and clients (though my retails sales would surely diminish if I gave my secret!)!

Ben
Ben
6 years 3 months ago

My hairdresser was horrified when I told her 🙂 She keeps trying to convince me to use something “natural” and has mentioned that my hair (or, more correctly, the build-up of sebum(?)) will blunt her scissors!

I mentioned this to another friend who is also a hairdresser and he said the scissors thing was rubbish.

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

I’ll have to agree with the latter stylist. If anything, I’d think the sebum would act as a lubricant!

Liz
Liz
6 years 3 months ago

What do you do about styling your hair? My hair has some funky wave going on, which requires product to be either presentably curly or straight. Are there natural alternatives to conventional styling products? Call me shallow, but I can’t bring myself to run around looking like I don’t care enough to take the time to make my hair look attractive. I can handle giving up conventional beauty products everywhere else, but the hair is a tough one for me!

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Try using aloe vera gel. Works great!

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

You might find that your natural curl will become more manageable. Check out the link listed above (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-394226/Could-survive-shampoo.html) where the first gal found natural wave she never knew she had.

Several of my curly clients swear the less frequent they shampoo, the more obedient their hair becomes. Give it a whirl.

Lena
Lena
6 years 3 months ago
I have very curly hair (Bernadette Peters curly), and while I’ll never consider giving up conditioner (I think anyone who suggests that’s possible must have straight and/or short hair), I recently started making my own gel that works really, really well. I make it by boiling whole flax seeds, straining, and, since by itself it doesn’t have enough hold for my curls, I add various other ingredients. I’ve been playing around with different things, but so far the best combo has been a bit of coconut oil (for moisture) and a tiny bit honey (for hold…too much will make your… Read more »
John
John
6 years 3 months ago

I’m a guy with long very curly hair, and I can say that not only is it possible to live without conditioner, but it’s preferable. As Jamie stated above, going poo-less, and conditioner-less, my hair has become much more manageable – I no longer look like Gene Simmons on a bad hair day.

mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

my somewhat wavy hair actually got real curls when I went no-poo

Maria
Maria
6 years 2 months ago

Also, you can make gel if you are so inclined… Mix about a teaspoon of gelatin (notice the “gel” prefix :)))) into a cup of near-boiling water, put it in the fridge to set and leave it there when you’re not using it… The only thing I noticed when using it is that if you don’t sorta distribute it out right (I towel-dry my hair, work it in, lightly re-towel my hair to make sure it hasn’t clumped up) it’ll get hard-ish and will be wet-looking…

Pangea
Pangea
4 years 3 months ago

My frizzy/wavy hair also went quite curly when I went to no pooing! Prior to that I had tried every product on the market to get the frizz out and nothing worked.

http://galaxyofmymind.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/after-2-weeks-of-no-shampooing-before.html

madeline
madeline
6 years 3 months ago
Boy do I feel a little guilty lol. I just washed my hair last night w/ Organix tea tree mint shamp & cond & used Dove go fresh energize soap & then put on virgen coconut oil in my hair before bed. But after reading this post along w/ some great tips, ( thanks guys 😀 ) It just might be the last time. lol. As for deodorant, baking soda & fresh squeezed lemon juice does the trick. You can make it into a paste & seal it in a container. My grandmother taught me this yrs ago. Now I’m… Read more »
Trevor
Trevor
6 years 3 months ago
I wouldn’t feel guilty. I haven’t started any sort of no poo or no soap alternative yet. However, this post has really got me thinking. I just stopped showering twice a day a month or two ago. So I have lots of room for improvement. lol But seriously. I do want to start reducing the chemicals I use for daily grooming. I detail cars for a living, so showering after work is a necessary to get rid of the chemicals. However, if I can go no poo and no soap with that job, I can do it for any job.
mm
mm
6 years 1 month ago

wow, if you get actual engine oil on your hair that’s about the only time you’ll actually need to use shampoo (since its grease/oil-removing powers are so strong). I don’t know about the other chemicals but yes indeed, if you can go no poo and no soap with that job, you can do it for any job.

Michaela
Michaela
6 years 3 months ago

If you go pooless, when you get your haircut, do you request that they not wash your hair?

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 3 months ago

I have them rinse my hair in water and nothing else to flush out some of the little hairs.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

I let them use whatever. Doesn’t seem to affect anything, as in I don’t have to go through that period of 2-3 weeks of greasiness again. I think one time is not enough to dry out your skin so much that your body thinks it has to make more oil.

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

My hairdresser (a man) commented on how nice and healthy my hair was looking so I told him my secret. Of course he’d heard of being poo-free before so understood and hasn’t washed my hair since.

ceiba
ceiba
6 years 3 months ago

Witch hazel works amazingly well as a deodorant. I spray it under my arms and can run around after my toddlers in the very hot and humid outdoors for hours without the slightest smell. It doesn’t keep me from sweating, though.

Zyzzyx
Zyzzyx
6 years 3 months ago

Having hair buzzed short seems to make it easier to transition to no shampoo. Done it back and forth a few times, don’t notice the oil buildup as much. Currently only using shampoo once/week or so, rest of the time just rinsing.

For deodorant though I dropped the commercial stuff a few years ago. Especially the anti-perspirants. *shudder* Been using Deodorant Crystal since then. Easy, lasts forever, and no crazy chemicals. Love it.

Heather
Heather
6 years 3 months ago

I’m tempted. I’ve always needed to wash my hair every morning to avoid the greasy look. I’ve tried weaning myself off, but day two is always too gross for a work environment. Any “organic” brands that people have found helpful? (EWG doesn’t always tell you about the strong scents/effectiveness)…

Joanna
Joanna
6 years 3 months ago

I’m all about Primal, but I am going to have to draw the line at Primal hygiene. I have to believe that the Groks would have embraced soap and deodorant if they were available (tampons too, for that matter.) I’m all for living a longer and happier life, but if I have to smell “natural” to be natural, I think I’m out.

Try Wen.

Seriously, I’m gagging.

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

Every try a Diva Cup? SO MUCH better than tampons. Seriously. I loved tampons until I found out exactly what chemicals I was shoving up there. Then I found the Diva Cup (and Moon Cup and Luna) and haven’t looked back yet.

Squirrel Jo
Squirrel Jo
6 years 3 months ago

I really have to second this! I use to swear by tampons (I could never stand the surfoard alternatives). But since getting a mooncup three years ago, I can’t imagine ever having been comfortable with tampons.

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

Ditto – mooncups are awesome, just one small thing to pack, totally reuseable, brilliant!

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

I discovered DivaCup this year, too. Best thing ever.

Crystal
Crystal
6 years 3 months ago

one more for the Diva cup! that thing is out of this world amazing.

Jessica
6 years 3 months ago

The Diva Cup changed my life. It is the best thing ever!

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 10 months ago

I bought a mooncup two years ago and used it for a while, but having an overactive bladder and what may have been IC did NOT agree with it. I went back to tampons but I still have the cup. Might try again next time the ol’ fun time rolls around.

fixed gear
6 years 2 months ago

Amen! I’m keeping my deodorant and shampoo and soap, and toothpaste, and shaving and getting regular haircuts. Primal diet, primal workouts, MODERN HYGEIENE. Damn hippies… 😉

Maria
Maria
6 years 2 months ago
Seems a little odd to put comments like “seriously, I’m gagging” smwhere where a people are doing the thing that makes you gag… Either way, it’s not as bad as you think it is, like has been noted by MANY people on here, you don’t “smell natural”… I, for example, use coconut oil+ baking soda for deodorant cuz it works as such… if it didn’t, I agree, I’d prob switch back… not the type of person that would be able to mentally ignore what I would be convinced people are thinking, besides the fact that I just don’t enjoy that… Read more »
well
well
5 years 3 months ago

If you wash your hair, it won’t smell.
You just don’t need the chemical bath to get it clean is all.

I find that crusty hair smell almost as bad as B.O. I now think it comes from people who never touch their hair in any way. I wash mine for a solid amount of time every time I shower; I just use water and my hands.

I get hair comments often. It looks and feels great. About 6 months now, no “hair smell”. (I routinely bug friends and girlfriend to smell-check it.)

On rare occasion, I’ll use some Dr. Bronners on it.

Heather
Heather
6 years 3 months ago

Oh, and anyone else dealing with “color treated” hair? The salons are always pushing the heavy chemical shampoos to help “protect” your hair from fading and environmental stressors. I have highlighted hair, and I don’t know how that will react with the baking powder/lemon/vinegar concoctions…

Heidi
Heidi
6 years 3 months ago

I have lots of pale blonde (salon created!) highlights in my hair. I was so scared that the baking soda, etc would fry my hair! How silly is that, considering I feel completely comfortable going to the salon for treatment with harsh chemicals every six weeks?! Anyway, after two months without shampoo, my hair is healthy and looking great. I’m even growing out the unnatural highlights because the re-growth looks really good.

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

Try henna… it conditions your hair while coloring it and they’ve even got “colorless” henna. It takes a little longer than chemical dyes and it’s a little messier but not by much.

Jan B
Jan B
1 year 11 months ago

Have just gone ‘pooless’ in the past two weeks, although I very seldom would use much shampoo anyway, I have severe allergies to all of them! Anyway, now I’m looking at using Henna to color my greys, any advice on where to look for it? What should I be looking for in a good henna?

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

If you use henna, be sure to inform any future stylists that you’ve used it. It causes some funky (and usually very unpleasant) chemical processes when mixed with salon-versions of color.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

HAHA! I second that one! I put chemical colour on for a “touch up” after a henna. The part with the henna came out a pretty funny colour! I think that was the summer I ended up with a buzz cut

Cat
6 years 3 months ago

And never use those henna kits. They are no better than regular hair coloring kits as they use lower quality henna and chemicals. I have been using body art quality henna for 5 months now and I love it! My hair is stronger and healthier (scalp too!) and since it is 100% natural, I tell people, yes I am a natural redhead!

batty
6 years 3 months ago
i’ve been no poo and not using soap for about over a week now. now, i didn’t do anything to prep my hair, so i just kinda stopped washing it, so i had a bit of a buildup. i use baking soda to wash it, ACV to rinse, and just did so for the first time this morning, actually. and wow, what a difference. i have extremely curly hair, and its back to the tight spirals i had as a kid. its still a little dry, but i am sure that will be cured in time. i have had absolutely… Read more »
Erin
6 years 3 months ago
I am now into week 4 of being shampoo free, I have long hair. I think I am still in transition, but I must say, it really has not been that bad. I use the baking soda & ACV routine about every 3rd or 4th day, and I do a few drops of an essential oil in my ACV (rosemary, tea trea, etc). I am still using a ‘bit’ of all natural soap but only when and where needed. My skin has been MUCH less dry, no smells, and even in the dry climate I live in I am not… Read more »
Kishore
Kishore
6 years 3 months ago

Himalaya USA sells chemical free soaps, shampoo, chap sticks etc. The ingredients are mainly natural oils.

pieter d
pieter d
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve not used shampoo in 10 years, but I have only 2 millimeters long hairs, so that explains a lot.

I’ve stopped using soap or shower-gels or whatever for 2 years now. Skin is great, not dry, soft. And nobody noticed a thing (trust me, I asked it, more than once).

I also take almost all my showers as cold as I can. I think my skin likes this better too. And the rush of the cold water, mmmm, great!

Oliver
Oliver
6 years 3 months ago

Surprised none of the poo-less camp advocate “cold water” somewhere in their philosophy as its said to be healthy for the hair (amongst many other things) to which i can vouch for.

Also mark, have you personally field tested any of these of just done the research? Are you planning on practicing what you wrote about here?

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

WOW! I think I’ll finish the transition. I’ve been shampooing less; 2 or 3 times a week. My problem isn’t oil, it’s “straw”. My ends get dry dry dry. I’ve starting to experiment with coconut oil at night, brush through, rinse out next morning. It’s so easy when you’re cooking! Grease the pan, rub excess through hair, on feet…
So it looks like I need to be patient for a couple weeks or so & my hair should “even out”. This will be sweet if this cures by straw-head!

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

“by” strawhead?? oops, meant “my”

Chris D
Chris D
6 years 3 months ago

I went ‘poo-less for almost 2 years, and it was at a time when my curly/wavy hair was down to the middle of my back (very Grok!). The first couple of weeks were bad, as I’m prone to scaliness anyway. After I readjusted, my hair had never and has never been so healthy. My hair stylist friend asked what products I use and was shocked when I said ‘tap water’.

Rick
Rick
6 years 3 months ago

Great post Mark. I’ve been using a hand soap that only contains olive oil and sodium chloride for my body and hair for about two years. But I may just bump it up a notch and give this a try!

JEFF
JEFF
6 years 3 months ago

I 100% agree, man. Great Post. ‘Unnatural’ products which cannot be found out in nature have absolutely no place in our personal hygiene.

I use an all-natural toothpaste, no deodorant (healthy diet and I smell fresh!), and coconut + “antibacterial” soap w/ no more than two- three ingredients, on my body, and hair about daily.

Clean, Healthy, Sexy, and Strong!

(=

Jeff Yost.

Jorge
Jorge
6 years 3 months ago
I have been shampoo and soap free thanks to Richard Nikoley post at free the animal. Is been like 6 months now. Before that post i tried everything to get away from dandruf and regrowth my hair, I must admit i was a product junkie. So as i have tried everything before i give a try to the no poo experience. Firts week was a nigthmare, greesy hair and red scalps and skin lot of dandruf, it took me like 2 months for my hair to readapt. But now i feel really good I only wash 1 day a week,… Read more »
Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Me too, regarding Richard’s no-poo post. 🙂

While on vacation in the Caribbean I had to use shampoo to get the sea smell out of my hair and soap to get the sunscreen and insect repellent off my skin, but I’m back to being free of all that crap.

Anyone know of any natural insect repellent recipes that are tried and true?

MamaGrok
6 years 2 months ago
I have no idea what you mean by washing the “sea smell” out of your hair – mine has none, even after a week in the Atlantic or Gulf or Caribbean – but I can address the other questions! Sunscreen = olive oil or coconut oil. They MUST be unrefined (extra virgin) and they have an SPF of about 4, so if you can do 15 minutes in the solstice noon sun before burning, these’ll get you an hour. There are some details on my website. (For instance, re-applying at the end of the hour doesn’t get you another hour.… Read more »
Valda Redfern
6 years 3 months ago
I stopped using shampoo, conditioner and soap soon after reading Richard’s post at Free the Animal six months ago. I have mid-length, fine blond hair, and it took several weeks for that to normalise; but now it has much more body and never tangles. I use egg white if grease does build up (tends to happen after hair cuts). @Jamie: does no shampoo make hair harder to cut? No soap was no problem at all – amazingly, I think I’m actually cleaner without it. Water alone is all I seem to need, but I don’t like to go for more… Read more »
Heidi
Heidi
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been ‘poo-less for two months now and loving it! I have fine, highlighted, collarbone length, blonde hair. The first month was pretty difficult–one day without shampoo and I was REALLY greasy, but I managed to stick it out. Now I use a baking soda in water solution with an ACV rinse twice a week. I haven’t told anyone for fear of being called a hippie-do-gooder, but have received lots of compliments on the body and health of my hair. Will never shampoo or chemically highlight again!

Jamie
Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

I can’t forsee any reasons why ‘poo-less would present any problems. Except one…that you’d need to see me less or purchase retail from me! I’d be out of a job if this caught on! Maybe a career change wouldn’t be so bad 🙂

Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago

Man, I stopped using anti-perspirants a year after I was old enough to start using them. I probably ruined about five tee shirts that way. I got sick of deodorant, too–I hated the smell–so now I just cut the armpit hair short and splash some Dr. Bronner’s (or any soap, really) on there when the funk gets noticeable. Other than that, no poo and no soap for a few months now, and no big problems! Dandruff is gone.

Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago

I should add that I still shower daily as well. Water alone is fine, but without it I still get stinky. Found that out the hard way over the last few semesters. Thanks, college!

Rodney
Rodney
6 years 3 months ago
I have been using baking soda for over a year now. Just a couple teaspoons wet to make a paste, though my hair is short. I rub it in and then keep going and use it as a facial scrub to keep my face from getting too oily. I use Dr Bronner’s liquid soap, diluted to 25% strength in an empty foaming soap dispenser. Only on the important parts though. Perhaps I could stop this and just use it as a hand wash. My hair is always oily, so I use the baking soda daily and the oiliness has diminished.… Read more »
Avdi Grimm
6 years 3 months ago

Long-haired guy here. I’ve been shampoo-free and largely soap-free for months and my hair has never been healthier. I didn’t realize there was a movement afoot; I just got curious about whether I really needed to be stripping my natural oils every day. Since dropping shampoo I’ve also dropped the need for hair gel; the natural oils seem to keep it as smooth and glossy as I want it.

I still condition, however. With a head of long, thick, fine hair I don’t think I’d ever get it combed out in the morning without the help of conditioner.

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

Try using a boar bristle brush and start at the ends. Gradually work your way up to the scalp and then brush normally to distribute the oils to the ends. 🙂

Sally
Sally
6 years 3 months ago

What about shaving my legs? For those of you that have ditched the products, what do you use for that?

I’m willing to give up everything else, but I am still going to be shaving these legs!!! I’m not yet ready to take THAT step! 🙂

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago
I “wax” with a home-made sugaring. It comes out just like the “Moom” product that sells for $8 or more a jar. I think it costs me 50 cents to make 2 jars. You only need to do this about once a month too! So a batch lasts several months. Steep some chamomile tea in 1 cup boiling water. Remove tea, add 1 1/2 c sugar (white or organic) & 2tsp lemon juice & a few drops tea tree oil. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour or so. It should be golden in colour. Cool. It… Read more »
Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

oops! forgot to add that you can “dust” with cornstarch beforehand. That way the sugar only sticks to hair, not skin.

Also, make your strips using pinking shears. The strips wash easy in warm water. Everything is reusable! No disposing of razors, no expensive refills… If you want, by a Moom starter-pak at local healthfood store. Then you have a jar, some strips, spreader sticks, and you can try it out. Plus you’ll get a feel for what your homemade stuff should look like.

Patsy
Patsy
6 years 3 months ago

Sally, I haven’t used any shaving cream for about 10 years. All I do is shave under the shower with the water running over my legs and I’m good to go. No problems.

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

There’s an instructables about shaving with baking soda, but I just use a tiny-tiny-tiny bit of regular hand soap on my legs and make sure to sharpen my disposable razor on the towel when I’m done shaving. As long as you keep the razor sharp and dry you won’t have issues while shaving your legs, even if you have a pelt like me.

Sally
Sally
6 years 3 months ago

Awesome suggestions! I will try both… shaving with no cream and the homemade sugaring. I do make sure to sharpen my razor on a towel- it lasts so much longer that way!

Unamused Mouse
6 years 3 months ago

How exactly does one sharpen a razor on a towel?

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ADaRIqy0Dc

Except that you run the razor backwards up the towel instead of your forearm. I like to use the “knubby/crochetted/faux fancy” part of the towel or the seamed edge.

cathyx
cathyx
6 years 3 months ago

My husband and I have been using the crystal deodorant for years. Even with a physical job, my husband doesn’t smell at all. Best change I ever made.

Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago

Question – does anyone still blow dry their hair or use flat irons with the no-poo method? Does it make any difference?

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

I do, no difference noticed.

Monica
Monica
6 years 3 months ago

Do you continue to use mousse/gel/etc. for that extra body/texture/etc. or just go completely natural? I have shoulder-length, layered hair. Don’t use a lot of goo, but I’m afraid I would feel and look “unfinished”.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

hee hee, I’m sure Kat, the one-woman coconut oil advocate would agree: I found that the blow dryer helps “spread” any residue from the coconut oil. My hair behaved & I thought it looked as good or better than with the other products.
I love coconut oil! it reminds me of those old SNL commercials: “it’s a floor polish! it’s a dessert topping!”

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

Monica: I used a body styling mousse once and it rinsed out pretty easily in just water. I don’t use any product regularly though.

Peggy: haha I love coconut oil! I have never tried to use it in my hair, but want to try it for styling/shine sometime. Since I use coconut oil for just about everything else (toothpaste even) I should probably give that a try!

MamaGrok
6 years 2 months ago

As it turns out, shampoo was stripping my hair of its volume. When I quit the shampoo, I gained height & volume everywhere and need no product, really. My dh (short hair) uses coconut oil where he used to use gel. Works perfectly.

Suzy
Suzy
6 years 3 months ago

For those of you who don’t “wash” your hair every day – do you still rinse it with just water every day? Or do you completely keep it dry inbetween “washes”?

Mark Rose
Mark Rose
6 years 3 months ago

I rinse it every time I shower. And I shower as needed (when I feel dirty or stink).

Allen
Allen
6 years 3 months ago

Going along with the hygiene subject, what is everyone’s thoughts about toothpaste and the sodium laureth sulfate, saccharine and other goodies in that?

I’ve been using a fluoride-free toothpaste but have been looking to switch to an even more natural fluoride & SLS-free alternative once this tube runs out.

My thought is that if you switch to a Paleo/Primal diet you’re cutting out the junk that lends itself to tooth decay and consequently the chemical detergents and such are rendered more unnecessary for good hygiene.

Mark Rose
Mark Rose
6 years 3 months ago

Fluoride is a neural toxin. It really has no business in your body. Sadly, it’s often in the water you drink, which is silly, as it’s only effective in strengthening your teeth when applied topically. Once your teeth have grown, fluoride doesn’t have much effect anyway.

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

Alas, I haven’t gotten the courage to give up toothpaste yet. I do polish with baking soda twice a week in addition to water-flossing and my sonic toothbrush, but I’m not ready yet to give up the paste.

JUPITER
JUPITER
6 years 3 months ago

i don’t use tooth paste and my teeth and gums are getting better then they used to be, i just brush them with water and my tooth brush

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 3 months ago

I switched to using fluoride-free Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. And I only brush my teeth at night before bed. Also, after reading Seth Robert’s (and subsequently Mark’s) ideas about beneficial bacteria and how they’re being decimated by conventional wisdom practices, I’ve given up mouthwash as well. I still floss deeply every night. My breath is actually better than ever (so says my wife) and what little inflammation that had remained after going primal is finally gone! I think Mark may need to do a post on oral hygiene and primal health soon.

Aaron Blaisdell
6 years 3 months ago

I wasn’t specific enough. I meant to say “what little inflammation of the gums still remained is now gone.”

Patsy
Patsy
6 years 3 months ago

This post and these comments have opened up a whole new can of worms for me. No shampoo? No soap? No deodorant? It just boggles my mind. And makes me want to give it a try! (All that money and time I could be saving….)

Grokker
Grokker
6 years 3 months ago

Try it!! You won’t regret it.
Just think that man evolved without soaps and shampoos and got along fine for 100s of 1000s of years. It’s amazing when you try this to find that, after a short period whilst your body adjusts, odours are not a problem

mike
mike
6 years 3 months ago

What about shaving foams?

I’ve started using an old school safety razor and switched to shaving soaps with an ingredient label I can pronounce, but are there any products you all have tried?

PeteH
6 years 3 months ago
I’ve always used a 30-40-year-old Hoffritz safety razor (that I bought new) with a cake of shaving soap and a badger brush. lately I’ve been washing my bod and hair, and shaving, with plain old cheap Ivory soap, brushing the soap lather on my face with my badger brush, all every other day. It works fine. Have heard about olive oil for shaving, and my late friend swore by “dry shaving” he learned in the Navy. (That’s not what killed him.) I’m going to try losing the Ivory, and washing, shampooing and shaving with water only (which is even cheaper… Read more »
PeteH
6 years 3 months ago

Looking across the room at a friend, I’m thinking cat-spit must be pretty good; his hair looks great!

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

Meow!

Jamie
6 years 3 months ago

That has to be comment of the week! 🙂

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