no-‘poo troubleshooting & common questions

welcome back to NO-‘POO WEEK! today is the last day already. can you believe it?! and sorry it’s so late. i literally just back to my hotel room from orientation for my new job :) woohoo! long day!

well, by the volume of questions i get from y’all, this post is WAY overdue. THIS POST IS VERY LONG, but hopefully this will be a holy grail for no-‘poo problems & questions! i already have a post for things you need to know before you go no-‘poo that you should check out, if you haven’t already!

the ultimate no-'poo troubleshooting guide (& with common questions)

no-‘poo can be pretty tricky. it’s not a one-size fits all type deal. there are different things different people experience. so what happens when something goes wrong?

i’ve come up with a list of the most common no-‘poo problems (& other common questions below).

common problems

A LOT of problems can be avoided by clarifying before your switch, avoiding typical styling products (heavy cream, gels, hairspray, etc) while no-poo, and avoiding heat (even hot showers. heat damage is heat damage,  even if it’s just water).
also,  like I’ve stressed before, make sure you’re deep conditioning.

– if you’re in the transition period, stick with it! your scalp will calm down.
– invest in a natural bristle brush (like boar). it’ll help pull the oils from your scalp down the length of your hair. keep it clean!
– use a safe dry shampoo sparingly
– try different hair styles to minimize the greaseball look (scarves, braids, etc)

– have you clarified? (#6)
– if you’re using castile soap with hard water- the castile soap WILL react to the minerals in hard water and leave a soap scum film on your hair. that’s the waxy/heavy/gunky/wet-ish feeling you have. double rinse with your acv mix. don’t up the ratio. put it where the waxy feeling is (or all over), let it sit a few mins, rinse & repeat. castile soap NEEDS to be mixed with (and sometimes rinsed out with) DISTILLED water
– if you’re in the transition period- it might be product buildup, especially if you used a lot of product before your switch (or if you still are). try reclarifying & using a natural bristle brush (like boar) to help slough it off
– invest in a natural bristle brush to help get the gunk off while you’re transitioning. and be sure to clean it!
– invest in a shower head filter
– if you’re not using castile soap and you’re thru the transition period, it could be a buildup of sebum. whip 1 large egg yolk into a cup of cool water. use that mix on wet hair from root to tip of hair in the shower. let sit for a few minutes, and rinse out with cool water. voila! (don’t use hot water unless you wanna pick scrambled eggs out of your hair, haha)
– switch to another no-‘poo alternative (more coming soon!) or go low-‘poo

clarify (#6)
– invest in a natural bristle brush to help get the gunk off. and be sure to clean it!
– try rinsing your scalp with diluted lemon juice (1/4 cup lemon juice to 1 cup water) and/or add lemon juice to your acv rinse
– you can also whip 1 large egg yolk into a cup of cool water. use that mix on wet hair from root to tip of hair in the shower. let sit for a few minutes, and rinse out with cool water
– rub your scalp gently with warm water only in between wash days

– lessen the amount of baking soda/castile soap in your mix OR stop using bs/castile soap completely.
– wash less often
– add a moisturizing oil (argan, sunflower, sweet almond, avocado, etc.), raw honey, or organic aloe vera to your shampoo mix
– deep condition often . this could mean every time you wash, or every 4 times you wash. listen to your hair. if it’s dry, condition it! if it’s okay, don’t worry about it!
– switch to a new method like low-‘poo, a no-‘poo alternative (like this awesome clay shampoo!), or use water only
– use a pinky nail’s worth or less of pure, unrefined coconut oil on your air-dried hair (can be used every day)
– combo wash/condition your hair with plain egg yolks (however many you need to cover your hair). let it sit for 15-20 minutes and thoroughly rinse out with cool water

– lessen the amount of baking soda/castile soap in your mix OR choose to stop using BS/castile soap completely (and switch to a low-poo or clay shampoo).
– add moisturizing oils to your shampoo mix, like argan, sunflower, sweet almond, avocado, etc.
– add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo mix
– use the acv rinse on your scalp
– moisturize your scalp with pure, organic aloe vera juice/gel (washes out with just water)

– your mixes are likely too strong. dilute them.
– make sure your scalp is moisturized.
– use pure, organic aloe vera directly on your scalp. apply to dry  hair, leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse out with cool water. it’ll keep it moisturize and cut down on the itch! yay!
– try rinsing with water periodically between wash days. it’ll help move the sebum and cut down the itch.

– make sure it’s not product buildup trying to slough off. be sure to clarify before your switch.
– an egg yolk mask, left on for 15-20 mins, then rinsed out well in cool water, and followed by an all-over acv rinse will boost shine.
– use a pinky nails worth or less (I use a pinky nail’s worth and I have longer hair) of organic, unrefined coconut oil on your hair daily or every few days. *a little goes a LONG, long way!!* it’ll not only add shine, but moisturize your hair better than any other oil.
– use a pump or less (I use a pump for my longer hair) of argan oil (or another lighter, moisturizing oil) on your hair every few days. again, a little goes a LONG way. for no-‘poo-ers, less is more when dealing with oils! you can always put more on the next day, rather than struggle with trying to get too much oil back out.
– pure, organic aloe vera gel/juice can be used plain as a hair mask. it’ll add shine and deep condition

– make sure you’re not thinking you’re losing more hair since you’re washing and brushing less often. it’s normal to lose about 100 hairs a day… so if you wash every week, plan to lose 700.
– if you’re losing hair, STOP what you’re doing. please stop. either your hair isn’t healthy enough or something in your routine isn’t correct. ask for help :)

– if you didn’t have tangly hair before, it’s most likely a ph balance problem….(excluding bed head, etc)
– make sure the tangles aren’t from your hair shaft sticking out like shingles and getting tangled. that’s caused by too much baking soda or not using an acidic rinse after the baking soda. the ph of baking soda is very different from hairs and causes the follicles to stand on end. the acv rinse will close them back up and smooth them out.
– brush with a natural bristle brush (like boar). it’ll help smooth your hair and create less tangles
– remember to get tangles out with your fingers first. only use a wide tooth comb when absolutely necessary. and never use a paddle hair brush with plastic or metal bristles.
– pull your hair up/back/in a braid at night. this will drastically cut down tangles and bed head

– this isn’t going to be what you want to hear…. you gotta cut ’em off. that’s it. i’m sorry! i know it SUCKS. there is NO magical split end remedy for natural hair. and if you don’t cut them off, they’ll continue to split up the length of your hair. you don’t want that!

common no-'poo questions

how long does it take to transition?

ok friends. I’m not going to sugar coat this. it completely depends on what else you’re doing with your hair, how often you were washing before, etc. if you were an everyday washer, your transition will take weeks…like 2 to 6 weeks. maybe more if you’re still using heat and other products. if you already wash every few days or every week, your transition should be relatively smooth once you clarify. maybe a couple weeks, tops.
the transition can be long and ugly. but the payoff is outstanding. try to keep chugging along and don’t give up. look to others for motivation/inspiration, ask questions, check the no-poo motivation series (once it’s posted), etc. remember you’re not the only one that’s gonna have dreadfully awful  hair days. but you’re doing something amazing for your hair and body. AND when people start complimenting you on your hair and asking what shampoo you use, you can proudly say “this is my natural hair!” it’s a great feeling!

should i use the baking soda/acv method, castile soap, no-‘poo alternative or low-‘poo?

i get asked this all.the.time! honestly guys, it’s up to you, and how much damage your hair has suffered. if your hair is breaking and splitting with regular shampoos and conditioners, you should go low-poo, or use a no-poo alternative like honey, aloe vera, and/or coconut milk. all are very gentle and will help restore your hair.
if your hair is healthier, a castile soap or baking soda (both always with acv) will work.
check out THIS post for a guide on which method to use :)
no matter which method, remember your end goal is to go as long as possible without washing. once they learn how to take care of themselves, your scalp & hair will thank you by being beautiful, healthy, & strong!

can i no-‘poo with dyed/permed hair?

can you switch to no-poo? of course! my hair used to be dyed about every 6 weeks or something horrid like that when i first switched. it takes some time for your hair get some moisture and strength back, but it’s very doable! if you choose no-poo, keep in mind it will drain the dye from your hair faster than normal. if you opt for a no-poo alternative or going water-only, your hair (and the color) will be perfectly fine.
as far as dying/perming while no-poo… i will tell you very honestly, the damage you’ll do from those processes will be very apparent since your hair will no longer be coated in silicones.  there are more natural ways to dye hair (like this) you can try instead :) as always, it’s up to you! it’s your hair!

how often should i wash?

when you first start, you should try to go absolutely as long as possibly between washes. go until you feel like your scalp is dripping oil (gross, but great!). some people start at every other day and slowly let their hair adjust. that’s all fine as long as you taper off. baking soda is drying to hair, so the goal is to wash every week or less. I now wash every 2+ weeks. it’s really not gross. your hair WILL learn to take care of itself.
if you’re going low-‘poo, the transition won’t be as greasy, but you still need to wait as LONG as possible between washes.

can i get my hair wet between wash days?

water won’t hurt a thing! it might not be best to get it wet every time you shower (because water makes hair swell and it’s unnecessary stress), but the occasional water rinse really won’t hurt anything.  go for it!

what do i keep my mixes in?

when I was no-poo, I kept my mixes in little plastic squeezy bottles. since the mixes are so watery, it allowed me to put a little at a time on certain parts of my scalp, rub rub rub, and move to the next small sectin of scalp. you can also see when you’re getting low. some people mix in a cup right before the shower. you can do whatever your heart desires! well…I wouldn’t suggest a glass bottle. no one wants cut up feet.

how often should i deep condition?

that depends on your hair. if your hair is healthy, at least every two weeks (at least!). if your hair is damaged, do so more often. some people find they need to deep condition every time they wash till their hair gets healthier. just pay attention to what your hair needs. if it needs to be deep conditioned every time, then do it. if it needs it every 4 times, then do that!

how often can i use dry shampoo?

depending on what  type of hair you have, I’d say don’t use the dry shampoo more than 2 times between washes. one, because that recipe is pretty darn awesome and keeps my hair in tip top shape for about 4-7 days after I use it, but also because you’re going to have a lot of buildup when you wash again. things can get kindy funky and cakey… and your natural  bristle brush is gonna be dirty (read: duuurrrr-tayyy). just watch for buildup and use as little as possible to keep your hair lookin fresh!

can i style my hair?

of course!! with heat? not so much. i mean, you CAN… but the damage done will be more noticeable. try a no heat route (like heatless curls). if you choose to use heat, use it VERY sparingly & protect your hair.

can i use hair products? caaaaannnn…buuuut. the products will most likely contain some sort of silicone or toxic ingredient.. and the buildup will be way harder to get out. just use them sparingly IF you HAVE to. and try to make your own hair gel. if you’re completely no-‘poo, stay away from oils and silicones in treatments and products.

can i do the coconut oil mask or (insert oil name) treatment/mask?

if you’re no-‘poo, NO. if you’re low-‘poo, Yes. no-‘poo won’t be able to get the oil back out of your hair. but low-‘poo shampoos should be able to. experiment with a very small section of hair first, please!

how can i go no-‘poo if i’m an avid exerciser?

not washing your hair does NOT mean not washing your body. i still don’t understand why i get asked if i shower…haha! really guys? ;)
you can check out this post on how to control the sweaty head without stripping the natural oils on your scalp.

can kids use no-‘poo methods?

i wouldn’t suggest using the baking soda/acv routine with kids. there’s too much risk of the mixes getting in their eyes and burning like a mo-fo. please try an alternative no-‘po (like aloe vera & coconut milk or honey), or go low-‘poo with a completely organic shampoo. you can also make them water-only washers. it’s the best IMHO.
& honestly- the beauty of starting no-‘poo with kids is that their hair most likely isn’t damaged from heat tools, product overuse, and shampoo/conditioner abuse. kids will adjust very well and rather quickly. some kids will honestly only need a shampoo to get ketchup and paint out of their hair. they won’t need it for oily scalps. save them while you can! haha. my kids will definitely be water-only babies (minus the occasional wash for goopy things).

what do i do when i go get my hair cut?

such a great question!! check out this post.

how can i protect my hair from chlorine/salt water?

great question! check out this post. 

how can i make my hair not smell bad?

yet another great question!! check out this post!

some final thoughts for everyone-

you’ll learn what your hair needs as time goes on. your no-poo/low-poo routine WILL change as time goes on. but remember that YOU know your hair better than anyone else. and don’t ever hesitate to ask for advice. I know I’m extremely protective of my hair and I wouldn’t wait a second to ask for help if I thought something was wrong.

no-poo is a commitment. it’s not always easy & not it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all type deal. it can be overwhelming. it’s okay!

ask me and others for help. you’re NOT bothering me at all. I love helping you guys! feel free to email me or message me on fb if you don’t want your questions posted.

AND lastly, if you would like to share your no-poo/low-poo journey so others may benefit, PLEASE shoot me an email . we’ll get ya all set up to guest post asap!

good luck to you all! you’ll be fine! I’m already proud of you for deciding to make the switch to less chemicals!

lemme know if there’s anything else I need to address and add to this post!! let’s make this the ultimate no-poo troubleshooting guide!!

& did i miss something? let me know below!!


and there’s always the no-‘poo resource page! :)


267 thoughts on “no-‘poo troubleshooting & common questions

  1. No ‘poo, no heat, NO VOLUME?1?!

    I have straight, fine hair and even with products, I barely get any volume, especially at the top. When I was younger, I used volumizing mousse when drying my hair which gave me some volume for about a day. Second day was always flat again. I wore it up and then washed the third day.

    My routine has changed and now I wash my hair at night, put it in a bun at the top of my head and sleep on it wet. In the morning, roots are almost dry but the ends are somewhat damp. I rarely use any product (cause I haven’t found something that works) and so I blow dry it for a few minutes. To get any volume/root lift, I absolutely have to tease my hair (which I hate doing). I just bought an aerosol dry shampoo (Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo), and I’m hoping this will give my roots some lift.

    Recently, I’ve decided to try the no ‘poo method and while searching for information, I came across your site and saw that you don’t use any heat to style your hair. Wondering if you have any advice on how to still get volume without heat? Also wondering if I can use store bought dry shampoo as opposed to your homemade recipe? I would give up all heat products if I only I found a way to make my hair voluminous; otherwise I look like a conehead (with hair) and I absolutely hate that! Thanks!!


  2. Hey Alex!

    My names Terrisa and I found your blog the other day while trying to avoid no-poo suicide.

    There’s so much information here! You obvs know what you’re doing in the bathroom :) To be sure, I’ve read through all of your posts about no poo routines, trouble-shooting, “if this” and “when that” posts … But I still wanted to reach out with my specific case because I’d really love to have your opinion, if and when you get a moment.

    Everyone I’ve heard that went no poo raves about it and says they’re so glad they did. They say their hair is drastically different, and better, no matter what hair type they have. I have natural wave that also seems to increase with age, all accept for the crown of my head which is stick straight, a little annoying because blending these two seemingly different heads of hair on one head ends up being a challenge and the top straight hair gets a lot more abuse than the rest of it. I wanted to try this method to see if my hair might transform itself, as I’ve heard happens sometimes, or at the very least if it would look and feel healthier, fuller (it’s pretty think, but only after a few days after regular washing), and softer – and most of all save me from using products or heat to make it all blend well.

    I read up and went for it at the beginning of November. I stopped washing for two weeks, not even getting it wet, it was rough. Went through lots of dandruff and itchy oily scalp but that all calmed down after a couple of the baking soda/ACV routines.

    I started doing that routine and immediately noticed my hair drier. And then oilier. I think it was too much soda (which I decided I should stop putting on the ends) and too much vinegar on the roots. Tried it a few times with only little improvement and still feeling like I had horse hair.
    I went to an organic salon last weekend and they didn’t know much about the no poo method but want to help and learn with me. I mentioned I prob should have clarified first (I did wash w regular Loreal shamp/cond before ending the washing, does that count?). I let them wash my hair with a very mild gentle organic shampoo and then they did an oil treatment on the ends to help with the dryness. They washed it out 4-5 times with the gentle shampoo and after a few days in a braid it was soft and smelled great – until I slept on it – and then it’s never been so tangly in my life. I had no choice but to wash again with my Loreal and try to start over.

    My question for you is, what would you reccommend for me this second time around? I know it takes time and experimentation which I’m willing to do, just would like some guidance for an ‘expert’ no pooer :)
    My hair is coarse-ish, thick and on the drier side esp since I live in a ver dry state.

    Thank you for helping us girls rock our glory locks Alex! Look forward to hearing your insights :)

    Terrisa C.


  3. Hi! I love your blog and appreciate all your posts. I’ve been experimenting with different no poo methods and just can’t seem to get the results everyone talks about. I have curly hair and use the bs/acv. I also use coconut oil occasionally for my ends and flax seed gel for the frizz. I really don’t like the way my hair feels when I get out of the shower. It really doesn’t feel clean. It feels nappy. I want that silky smooth feeling that everyone is talking you have any advice?


  4. If I choose to go water only wash for my girls (4 & 5yr old) what kind of conditioning can I do on a weekly basis? My 5 yr old has long hair and it gets super tangly without conditioner. Right now I use my Pantene conditioner.


  5. Hi Alex, love your blog!
    I was wondering if you could recommend the cheapest shower head filter for a hand held shower that you know of.
    I’m living in Rome and the amount of harness in the water in unreal!

    Many thanks



  6. HELP!! I’m going ‘poo free and it seems to be all going wrong! First attempt, bs/acv for 2 months. My hair was falling out but got to this gorgeous point for 1 week. Then 1week later it was a frizzy dry brittle mess. That’s when I stumbled on your blog. I started from the beginning with a clarify and deep condition. My word the sebum!! After washing my hair was dry, but with some scratching and preening (first time ever and done the second my hair was dry) coated my entire hair with what feels like wax. Persisted. Persisted. Hair like wax wax wax after a few weeks. Clarified again this weekend. A little better but still so waxy. I’ve been on this journey for almost 3 months and I’m seriously considering low-‘poo. Is there something I’m doing wrong? Just ordered some clay? Would that help?
    Help me – very waxy lady x


  7. Not sure what’s going on with my hair – can’t use anything on my hair at mo as got eczema on my hands :-(

    Great to get ideas of what I might be looking for once I’m up and running again :-)


  8. Nice post here, some usefull information.
    Though I no-poo with water only. I don’t realy understand why people talk so much about the baking soda and acv rinse(since there are so many ways to ‘no-poo’). I tried it when i started no-pooing, but my hair got realy dry. So i started looking for other ways to ‘no-poo’.
    I bought rye flour and used it once with a white vinegar rince. My hair was not that dry and felt realy nice. He few weeks after i only used water. And now i use ryeflour every now and then (once every two months or so) and was water only every 5-7 days.

    Though my hair brush gets way more dirty than when i used to wash my hair with shampoo… my brush is dirty even after 3 days… (when i washed it and let it dry). I don’t know how I can make sure my brush doesn’tget dirty so fast.. does anybody here know?


  9. I love all of your tips!! I didn’t get to read all of this page yet but I will print it to keep as a hair bible!!!

    I wanted to add to what I do as a deep conditioner about once a week – I try to go 4 days without washing it. I have very fine, combination hair (a lot of it!!); on the first day, its amazing! Silky & soft. Then at the end of the 2nd day, its starting to get oily at the roots & dry at the ends. 3rd day, even worse! Only massaging & a bristle brush can help me here.

    So for my hair, putting a natural conditioner on after I shampoo really weighs it down, it just shortens the amount of time for my roots to get oily. So when I want to deep condition with almond, argan or coconut oil or your favorite -store bought deep conditioner (usually as natural as I can find), I “pre-poo condition”. I put as much of the oil on my roots as possible and work it up to my ears, lightly touching the hair around my crown since those hairs are usually the first to break & have the most damage. I let it sit for at least 10 minutes up to an hour depending on how much time I have :) When I shampoo, I only concentrate at the roots & rinse through. When I condition, I only do whatever I can fit into a ponytail. This method, definitely gives me the deep condition I need, but also gives me a chance to cleanse my roots! The pretty, softness of my hair usually lasts a day longer after I do this “pre-poo condition”

    I haven’t completely tried doing the no-poo, but I have been starting to add baking soda to my shampoo to start myself into transitioning.

    You’re hair is inspirational!!


  10. Hi, been on the no poo method for 2 weeks now, i used to wash my hair every two or three days, the thing is that i have long hair and all my life i used consitioner, if not my hair tangles a lot.. i decided to go all in and switched thw shampoo and xonditioner for baking soda and vinegar, but been having problems qith tangled hair… specially when i try to put it on a ponytail, can you help me giving me some pointers… should i wash less often… still washing every two to three days.


    1. Hi Adriana! I read your comment and just thought I’d share my experience. I went no poo 2 years ago and had long hair. I too found it got super tangled every day and much more quickly. I found that lowering the amount of baking soda I used and upping the ACV helped a lot, although it still wasn’t as easy as when I ised conventional shampoos and conditioners. I’ve cut my hair quite a bit since then (I had a baby and wanted an easy hairstyle to deal with). Fast forward to this spring and I found myself having dandruff problems. I searched Alex’s posts and decided to tying using aloe Vera gel. Not only did it work like a charm, but it also made my hair super soft and hardly any tangles
      At all. Granted my hair is way shorter than yours probably is, but I would definitely give it a try. I just use it as a third step after my baking soda and ACV washes. If nothing else, the aloe feels amazing on your scalp! Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you!


  11. I’ve been doing no poo since August 2014. I’ve recently noticed my naturally curly hair being gunky at the roots and WAY more frizzy than usual. It just feels “off” somehow. Should I clarify and try to start over with the no poo? If so, do you have any recommendations on safe clarifying shampoo? I have been alternating between baking soda and bentonite clay for my wash, ACV for the conditioner…washing twice a week. I also try not to use any styling products in my hair, but I’m about to the point where I feel like I might need to because of the crazy frizz. Help?! :)


  12. Hi! I began doing no poo about 3 weeks ago. I have long, very thick hair with a little wave in it. Before no poo, my hair would get a little greasy the second day without washing it. Now, 3 weeks in, my hair really does not seem different. It is not any more or less oily. The only change is that it is not as shiny as it used to be. I’m kind of confused, because it seems that most people have a really oily transition period, then their hair is magically soft and shiny and not oily. Should I keep waiting, or will no poo not do anything for me? Someone please help!


  13. I have been no poo for 4.5 months now and using bs and acv. My ends are super dry and I wash my hair every 3-4 days. I have never gone through a transition period either. Also a couple weeks ago I noticed my head was super itchy and dry so I incorporated some tea tree oil with my bs. Hasn’t helped yet. It’s been 3 washes. Any suggestions? I have no clue what to do now.


  14. Hey! I love all the tips on your blog, and have been reading it a lot through this process. I started going no-poo about 2 months ago with the baking soda ACV method. I ‘wash’ my hair once a week with the baking soda and ACV and I haven’t used any heat on it since I started. I also got the boar bristle brush and try to only use the dry shampoo mixture once a week. Before I started doing this I shampooed 3-4 times a week with ‘natural’ shampoo and conditioner. I have fairly thick hair that’s mostly straight. I’m just wondering if you have any tips because I feel like I haven’t seen much change in my hair since I started. It still gets very greasy 3 or 4 days after I ‘wash’ it. I’ve tried just rinsing it with warm water, but haven’t had much luck with that.

    Just looking for some advice because I’m starting to get really frustrated with not seeing many results.



  15. ok, so I’ve been no poo for 14 weeks!! And I love it… Mostly. I wash with baking soda/acv once a week and just with water once between washes. After I wash with soda, my hair is amazing for days! When I finally decide to wash with water… It’s a nasty, greasy mess. I’m basically up in a pony tail until wash day. What do I do? I rarely straighten, never curl, and on occasion use a little hairspray for fly aways.


  16. I would REALLY, REALLY appreciate any input from anyone as my no-poo/low-poo experience isn’t going well at all and I’m considering more and more going back to regular shampoo and silicones (which I don’t want to do). I’m about 3 months in and am well past the transition period, but I still seem to be missing something, despite researching all the no-poo tips. My hair is dull, tangly, and dry, no matter what I do.

    I started with the BS/ACV routine and moisturizing sparingly with coconut oil. To address the gunky feeling I began rinsing with a lemon juice mix, which lightened my hair too much (I could have dealt with this if the texture was okay). So for a few weeks I tried the castille mix (w/distiller water), rinsed with ACV (multiple times), and then rinsed with distiller water. All this with a shower filter. Still gunky and still super dry. Mind you I deep conditioned with egg yolks (although not too frequently), aloe Vera juice/gel, honey, or jojoba oil (probably some other things I’m forgetting). I also tried the bentonite clay, honey, and ACV mix. That felt great by my scalp, but still didn’t give me any shine or help with the ends.

    I finally bought some no-poo friendly hydrating curl oil. But within a day of washing and conditioning, the top layer of my hair is back to being brittle and tangly.

    Alex – do you, or does anyone else know what I might be missing? I have wavy hair that’s somewhat course. After all the conditioning, I’m thinking it may be a matter of not being able to smooth down my cuticle. But not sure what else to do as I’m using distilled water with everything and also only using cold water.

    I feel like I’m THIS close to figuring out what more I need to do, but just can’t quite get there. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I really don’t want to go back to regular shampoo. :(


    1. Hi Trisha! I’m not sure if I can help or not. This October will be my 2nd year anniversary of going No Poo. Recently I found myself having some major dandruff issues and after a while got some aloe Vera gel from the site Alex recommends. I used it after my baking soda and ACV washes. Not only did it stop the dandruff and itchiness, but it also made my hair softer than it has been since I stopped using conventional shampoos and conditioners. Since going No Poo, I noticed my hair would get much more tangled than usual and after playing with the proportions of my mixes thought it was as good as it was going to get. I know you said you used it, but maybe instead of using it as a deep conditioner, try using it after your baking soda and ACV as another step and see how that goes? Also, have you tried lessening the amount of baking soda you use? I found that the original proportions I read about were way too much for my hair and when I cut back on it the texture is much better. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you!


      1. The aloe vera I used wasn’t super high quality and also had a preservative in it – so I’ll try the kind you referenced. I’ll also try the lower BS ratio and see how that goes. Both easy things to try! Thank you for your recommendations!


    2. I find that if you use bs /acv rinse that my hair comes out better when I use the acv and leave it in don’t rinse it out the smell will go away when it dries. my hair is so much softer, hope this helps out ,


  17. In your opinion, do you think heat (water and blow dryer) can have an effect on my hair getting greasy quickly (by my 2nd day of not washing)? Also – do you think deep conditioning would help that as well? Thank you for your blog… just found it and love it!


  18. I just started and I’m into my first week, i went from washing with shampoo every day to just only using water and i haven’t seen my hair get that greasy its more like dry. i wash it everyday with water and sometimes twice a day with water when i go to the gym. Is this normal to not have the grease yet?


  19. Hi, I want to go no poo! But first, I have a question. I was looking into buying argan oil to help my hair once I go no poo or low poo. Is there any argan oil that is 100% argan oil, no extra indregients, virgin, organic, etc. that you can recommend? Inexpensive is best because I’m on a college budget. Thanks!


  20. helllo
    so i ve been using this method for 3 months. But last time i decided
    to make a hot oil treatement (coconut oil,argan oil and so on).Then
    i washed normally but i m at the third wash and it s so hard to get rid of the
    oils.I normally wash with banana and honey,i tried the baking powder to.Do you have any ideas? thanks,hugs

    ps:i hate dry shampoos


  21. Guys, I need help! SO, I’ve just started on this no ‘poo thing, and I have a major problem. I just clarified, and I “conditioned” with ACV, because she doesn’t say anything about being able to use conditioner after the shampoo so I didn’t want to undo what I just did… (I hope that made sense). ANYWAY, when I did the ACV rinse, I didn’t wash it out because I figured it’d condition better if I left it in and let it air dry. Well, now my hair feels so soft and I think it’s doing good… until I try and brush it. And then little pieces of my hair are flying everywhere from the breakage. HEEEELLLP. I don’t know what I did wrong and I’m trying to grow my hair out and if it’s breaking off, it won’t grow. My hair has no split ends, so that’s why I’m so confused. Oh, and it’s gotten SUPER tangly. Please, someone help me. I want to stay on the no ‘poo route as much as possible but if my hair keeps this up I may have to go to low ‘poo. :( THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


  22. I apologize for the long post in advance. I have been no poo for about 3 months now and I had yet to have that ‘Hallelujah’ moment. My hair was terrible! It was heavy gunky/waxy I didn’t have the smooth shiny beautiful hair everyone was talking about after the transition period. Now I know I was done with the transition period bc my hair was different from the greasy mess it was in the beginning. I was looking around to figure out what the heck was wrong before I gave up on no poo I didn’t really want to go back I wanted to stick it out. I didn’t really keep good track of what I did to my hair but was trying all kinds of stuff from just water, to increasing my BS, to switching between WV and ACVand increasing and decreasing the amts of vinegar. UGH! I FINALLY found what was wrong, HARD WATER! My husband said that our area is a 10 out of 10 for hard water (used to work for our city water dept) Through all my research I had found that if you have hard water the BS doesn’t dissolve in the water and therefore doesn’t clean your hair the way it should. So Friday night I boiled my amount of water that fits in my bottle( plus a little more bc you will lose some the evaporation. You also want to use a pan that is bigger bc when you add the BS it will fizzle and you don’t want a big mess) for about 10 mins. I then added a few tablespoons of BS and watched it fizzle. Once the water has cooled you can pour it into your bottle and voila! Use it like you have been using your BS mix and follow with vinegar. I finally noticed the slight lather everyone was talking about and when my hair was dry HALLELUJAH I had beautiful, smooth, shiny, awesome hair!!!! It is now Monday, usually I have to try some cute braid or some other type of up hair, but I have my hair half up and it is still gunk/wax free and beautiful. 


    1. I live in FL and our water is really hard. It wasn’t till I gave up ROM for egg washes did I find that hallelujah moment. My hair is wonderful and no longer waxy just soft, clean and so easy to brush. Right now I wash with one egg yolk every week followed by an ACV rinse.


  23. Hi im doing the baking soda method, and I’m wondering how much baking soda mix to actually put on the scalp. I’ve been putting it all over the scalp, but I’m not sure if that’s too much. (I’m scared I might get dry hair or hair loss). Also, I used coconut oil as a conditioner before I read your posts not to, so is it possible to ever get it out? Or do I have to do clarifying shampoo again and start over? Thanks!


  24. Hey :) Anybody have tips on making the olieness appear less oily during the transition to no-poo , but nothing with chemicals. Just to make the transition a bit easier :) anybody, please, i need advise .


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