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The Adventures in Experimenting with the ‘No Poo’ or the No Shampoo Method

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Why you should never put Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar on your Hair!

Follow my series to find out what is safe if you want to start the ‘No Poo’ Method!


Deborah Barlow

Remember that wise old saying, “Not everything on the Internet is true.” Well, that was definitely the case when I started researching the ‘no poo’ method.

Why would I even want to do this in the first place? Apparently I like pain, punishment, and bad hair. After that statement, why should you continue reading? Because, honestly, it got much better, and hopefully you can learn from my suffering, and not make the same mistakes I did.

But, seriously, I have gone through so many different shampoo brands and my hair has never been happy. I have an oily scalp, and either the shampoo sucks-out all the natural oils and my hair is dry and frizzy with a lot of dandruff, or I look like I went swimming in the ocean after an oil spill. I was also tired of the soap scum that built up on my scalp. I would scratch my head, and as a result, my nails would be filled with soapy scum. I wanted a change, I needed to change the way I washed my head. I felt desperate and hoped this method could help me.

I digressed; now, back to searching for answers on the Internet. When you research this method it seems the answer has been figured out. The answer: wait for it- Baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! On so many levels, wrong!

Not knowing any better, I decided to see what all the hoopla was about. Like the adventurous woman or the moron that I am, I took a handful of baking soda and entered the shower.  As I scrubbed my hair I imagined all the toxins and impurities washing away.

They washed away alright! I toweled dried my hair, anxious for the big reveal. I flipped my hair back and looked in the mirror. I let out this ear-curdling scream. I looked at my long dark locks that weren’t so dark anymore. But the biggest shocker was a huge 3 inch round area on the top of my head that was completely zapped of color. My beautiful, dark colored-treated hair was as gray as the rocks in my garden. The baking soda removed all the impurities, but it also removed the color from my color-treated hair.

Now, I wish I had taken a picture. But I was so distraught at that moment that I threw a hat on and went to the store to buy a bottle of dye. As much as I would like to have shared a picture, I’m not about to recreate that moment.

So lesson number 1- Do Not Use Baking Soda on your hair. Well- unless you want all your gray to immediately return, than by all means bathe in it! But for everyone else, just don’t do it!

This is where lesson number 2 comes in. Some on the Internet believe that Apple Cider Vinegar is the so called ‘miracle cure’ for hair. But I know better by finding out the hard way….again.

Continue on to tomorrow’s post to find out the how and the why.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Fiasco!

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So, you would have thought that after all the trauma that I went through with Baking Soda that I would have been more cautious with Apple Cider Vinegar. Apparently, I’m not that smart, or maybe I’m still too trusting. I think I used the word ‘moron’ in my last post. That about sums up this experience in a nutshell.

Could the Internet be wrong again! Maybe the Apple Cider Vinegar companies are paying people to write miraculous testimonials about their products on hair! Whatever is the case, here is my experience.

After my hair was back to its normal color-treated condition, meaning I used a bottle and dyed it in my bathroom. I decided that I was just going to try an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse on my hair. The first three applications went surprisingly well. My hair was even shiner than it was before. But, by the fourth wash, I noticed that the ends of my hair were frayed. I started applying a bit of coconut oil directly to the ends on my hair to try and counteract this problem.
By the 6th wash, there was absolutely no improvement. In fact, my ends were so split and frayed that I didn’t think my hair could recover. I actually chopped two inches off the ends of my hair. I have very oily hair and the Apple Cider Vinegar was able to completely wipe out every ounce of natural oil and coconut oil, frying it like I had been walking in a hot desert for hours.

So here comes the big money question! If I don’t use baking soda and I don’t use Apple Cider Vinegar what do I use on my hair if I’m an advocate for the ‘no poo’ method.

I will answer that question in my next post.

Here is a picture of my shinny, but very fried hair! I cut off the bottom 2 inches!frayed hair



 Just Say No to Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for your hair!

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