I could go into major detail about the "no poo" method but frankly, if I did, I'd be about the millionth blogger whose done so... therefore instead of just repeating what so many blogs have already said I'm going to refer you to what, in my opinion, is the simplest and best explanation I've seen yet at Simple Mom. Not only does she give a great explanation of why to go "poo free", but she also gives an update of being "poo free" for TWO YEARS!!
But for those of you who just want the basics... here they are. You basically stop using shampoo and conditioner and replace them with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (ACV). Baking soda plus water for the wash and ACV plus water for the rinse. Both are mixed at different ratios depending on your specific needs... i.e., Hair to dry? Use less baking soda, more ACV or honey for your rinse. Hair to oily? Use less ACV or increase the amount of baking soda. Personally I'm going to start out with what Simple Mom recommends which is one tablespoon of baking soda to eight ounces of water... same with the ACV.
Today is my first day... well I guess technically I started last night because last night I showered and just rinsed my hair... No shampoo, no conditioner. I hadn't washed my hair in a couple of days either so I wonder if that counts towards my transition time. Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you about the transition period. Apparently you could have anywhere from a two week to a three month transition period for your hair to get used to being without shampoo stripping it of it's natural oils and for those natural oils to begin balancing themselves out. I thought I'd do a little fun update on my "no poo" trial run by posting a one liner or so every day on the side bar and POSSIBLY a picture of what my hair is looking like. I can't guarantee the picture... not sure I'm willing to get that personal yet... it all depends on how well my hair is "transitioning"!
So wish me luck!! I'm kinda excited at the prospect of never having to buy shampoo again!