How to Go "No 'Poo" in 5 Easy Steps

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We've had some great discussions about the "no 'poo" movement, which eschews chemical-laden shampoos in favor of natural hair cleaners, used less frequently. It's easy to get started, using only a handful of ingredients from the kitchen.

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Practitioners of the "no 'poo" movement point out that shampoo is designed to strip away all the natural chemicals in your hair and scalp, which are then artificially replenished by conditioner. Going shampoo-free helps your head restore its natural balance.

Here's how to do it:

1. Start with 1 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of water - the mixture should be cloudy, not gritty or pasty. Apply to the roots and work through the rest of your hair with your fingertips.

2. Condition with apple cider vinegar, with 1tbsp to 1 cup of water. You can also add a few drops of essential oils, some honey or a bit of lemon juice.

3. To get rid of build-up on the scalp, try the Curly Girl method's brown sugar scrub: 2 tbsp brown sugar mixed with conditioner or honey.

4. Rinse with water every week, and supplement by shaking in an absorbent powder like corn starch or rice flour, then brushing it out with a natural bristle brush.

5. If you need to refresh or deodorize your hair between washes, try the Curly Girl lavender mist. Add 5 drops of pure lavender essential oil to a half gallon of distilled water (or bring tap water to a boil, simmering for an hour). Spritz onto hair using a spray bottle.

Do you do "no 'poo"? Would you ditch your shampoo to try it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

(Bun: Flickr member Franciov licensed for use under Creative Commons. Curly hair: Flickr member Pikaluk licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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