my transition to a clean, “green” beauty routine

i’ve decided to put all of my knowledge and experience of going no-‘poo and dropping “chemicals” (term used very loosely) from my beauty routine all together. i wanted  an overall cleaner and “greener” routine to control my exposure. hopefully this answers a lot of questions and helps you guys 🙂 warning: LONG POST, but i think it’s pretty helpful. i hope you do, too!!

“wait, WHY do this??”
i chose to drop all yucky ingredients from my beauty routine to be a healthier me. quite frankly, the traditional cosmetic industry gives me the heebee-jeebees. it’s really not regulated and products are FULL of chemicals that have been proven to cause cancers and other bodily harm, like reproductive issues. uhh, no thanks. 

our bodies know how to take care of themselves. i think that by stripping it down, coating it, and filling it with man made stuff, it’s in no way good for us.

and i have the best hair and skin of my life.

i can honestly say that i will never go back to typical “store-bought” shampoo and conditioner, lotion, face wash, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.! i hope you guys can take the step to a healthier you and do the same!

the line-up:
20130413_114025(plus apple cider vinegar (“ACV”)! all explained below)

how i transitioned:


i stopped using shampoo and conditioner cold turkey. just up & quit. (if you wanna go no-‘poo, check this & this out).  i used to wash my hair every other day to start with, so getting into that habit wasn’t an issue. i began washing my hair with baking soda and water (mixed together; 1 cup water to 1 tablespoon baking soda) every other day. for conditioner, i used an ACV rinse (1 tablespoon ACV mixed with 1 cup water). and yes, the ACV rinse really, really works. pinky promise! the ACV balances the PH of your hair and help seals the cuticle…aka, smoother, shinier, healthier, happier hair. woo!
*if you’d like to switch too, you must clarify first! (clarify ONCE. then wait 3, 4, 5 or more days before your next wash!)
in the beginning, yes, it got oily. it took about a week to a week and a half to two weeks for my hair to adjust to the drastic change. BUT, my hair felt so much better and looked way better! your hair will get oily because it’s so used to being stripped clean from the chemicals in shampoo, and having to reproduce oil every day. aka, the more you shampoo, the more oil your scalp produces. i know it’s frustrating to have oily hair , but please stick with it. hide your roots with up do’s, headbands, hats, scarves, etc. but do NOT use dry shampoo! nonononono. you have to let your hair adjust naturally. it’ll go crazy, but i promise it’ll calm down. i ended up being able to wash every 3 days. (well, i now wash every 2 weeks…more on that below)


(proof that you don’t need product or heat to have all day curls! mine stay for DAYS now. see HERE.)

after a few months of using the baking soda/ACV wash & rinse, i decided to switch to dr bronner’s organic liquid castile soap, that also doubles as a body wash. i switched simply because i wanted to try it out (nothing against the bs/acv routine), and i could also ditch my “chemical-laden” body wash in one fell swoop. i found it was pretty drying, even when diluted 1 part water to 5 parts soap, but i assume that’s because i was already no-‘poo at that point. i then changed it to a 1:8 to 1:9 soap to water ratio, and it was much better. when i switched over, i was able to wash my hair every 3 days. once you start, it’s easy to keep stretching.
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so from months 4 to 9ish, i only washed my hair every 4 to 5 days. that sounds so gross right? but it’s not. my hair is so soft and shiny. you’d be surprised at what your hair is like naturally! i used the argan oil (about 1 to 2 pumps) on my damp hair as a conditioner. i swear that stuff is liquid gold! you have to really watch what you kind you buy, though. if it’s “cheap,” chances are it’s not real or pure. one bottle i bought smelled absolutely rancid and the company told me “that’s how it’s supposed to smell.” no, it’s not! argan oil has a light, slighty nutty-ish scent that i think smells like pure luxury. it feels that way, too. check out more about argan oil here.

i also started doing coconut oil hair masks every other week. i originally started every week, but tapered off because my hair didn’t need it as much. this stuff is MAGICAL. go buy some now! lol. make sure it’s organic, unrefined, non-deodorized, etc (because if you get the type with no smell, that means it’s been heated, and that destroys some of the good things in the oil). check out the how-to here. i still use the argan oil on the ends of my hair between washings and masks, and also to tame fly-aways and add a little extra shine (if that’s possible anymore lol).

there are also other completely natural ways to deep condition your hair! (click to see!)

update: i’m now transitioning to the ROM (rinse only method) with my hair. you can see my journey here, here and here, in order (with regular updates to follow). i now only wash my hair every 2 weeks!

i have a lot of info under the “hair” and “no-poo” tabs above if you wanna check it out 🙂

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for face wash, i use the oil cleansing method with argan oil. holy moley mi oh my, my skin is the best-looking and softest it’s ever been. i’m not exaggerating at all. i love argan oil and what it’s done for my face. you can check out the whole method here.

i use the OCM every 3 to 4 days; sometimes less. i wash with warm water and a washcloth between those days (i wear don’t wear waterproof makeup), and exfoliate with a watery baking soda paste every week to week and a half.


for deodorant (yep!), i use coconut oil mixed with baking soda and arrowroot powder. check it out here.


for lotion, i use coconut oil. i’d rather use argan oil, but it’s so expensive that i keep it for my hair and face only.


for toothpaste, i make my own.


for make-up, i make my own and buy natural versions.

also, i take biotin and fish oil supplements every day. it helps with strength, moisture and shine! (not to mention is also really, really great for your nails and skin, too!)

20130413_115834(those horse pills are fish oil, and the cute purple one is biotin)

hair length(hair’s still damp, but you can see it’s almost down to my belly button now! woohoo!!)

* i had a really great question from a reader that i thought i’d go ahead and post in here. she asked what my hair care routine was, more specifically. great question! here’s roughly what i do now used to do before the ROM:

day 1- wash hair with 1:9 ratio of organic liquid castile soap and water. then rinse with diluted acv. after washing, i wait till it’s a bit damp and run about a pump or argan oil through the ends of my hair, and what’s left over on my hands, i wipe on my hair (like grab it into a ponytail with my hands, and just wipe down…if that makes sense lol). let air dry.
days 2, 3, 4: use tiny bits of coconut oil or argan oil to tame fly aways and moisturize the ends of my hair. no washings!
day 5 or 6: do the coconut oil mask and let it sit alllll day (two hours is my minimum). wash hair with the diluted liquid castile soap a few times (to get all the coconut oil out).
days (6,) 7, 8, 9: argan oil & coconut oil for moisture & fly aways, but no washings!
day (9) 10: wash hair with the diluted soap, rinse with diluted acv and use the argan oil once my hair is damp again & let air dry.
days (10,) 11, 12, 13: use argan oil or coconut oil for fly aways and a little extra moisture. no washings!
day (13) 14: wash with the diluted soap and rinse with acv
& Repeat!

it’s a really rough schedule because i usually just go by what my hair needs. it took awhile to learn, but it gets easy!

HAIR: what i do NOW (starting from my last transitioning into the rinse only method):

day 1: wash hair with extremely diluted baking soda OR castile soap (i’m talkin like 1 part castile soap to 15-20 parts water OR 1 tablespoon baking soda to 2 cups water)
days 2-15ish: use TINY bits of argan and/or coconut oil (pinky nails worth for my longer hair), focusing on the ends of my hair
day 16ish: wash my hair with only water.
day 17ish-35ish- use TINY bits of argan and/or coconut oil (pinky nails worth for my longer hair), focusing on the ends of my hair
& Repeat!


(and here’s how long my hair’s gotten so far! i got it cut into choppy layers, too!)


i hope this helped! please ASK me if you have any questions, or let me know if you’ve tried different ways to drop the “yuckies” in your beauty products.  please remember to keep your body and hair healthy from the inside out 🙂



302 thoughts on “my transition to a clean, “green” beauty routine

  1. I love what all this blog says! I might be a little behind on the curve here, but I am very into it nonetheless! Haha. I have tried making my own shampoo and it leaves my hair INSANELY greasy looking and dense. I’ve tried it with coconut oil, Castile soap, baking soda and a couple other combinations of natural products that really doesn’t seem to do much good. I’m only on day 5 of this, but it has so far just left me super greasy looking and I need help. It looks like my hair is wet although it’s not. What am I doing wrong here, any suggestions from anyone??? Please help!

  2. hello… thanks for sharing all your info! I was just wondering what you would suggest i do because i am starting to get greys. I want to go no shampoo, and currently only wash my hair every 3 or 4 days anyway, but I’m worried even if i get past the ‘oily’ stage, it will all come undone next time I get my roots dyed (which i do about every 4 months). I know it seems crazy to avoid chemicals in shampoo and then get chemical highlights, but i really don’t want to have grey hair at age 35 with two small children!

  3. Holy smokes, I never knew about some of this stuff. I am so jealous of your hair that I just want to pluck it all out, I so wish that this will work for me too.

  4. Wonderful article! I will definitely be trying out these methods. Me and my girls have really long hair, so I will be interested to see how this does as far as tangles. Also, have you considered handmade soap? This is also a natural, chemical free alternative to your regular store bought soap. It is the only bar soap we use, and I also run a business selling it in our online store.

  5. Wonderful article! I will definitely be trying out these methods. Me and my girls have really long hair, so I will be interested to see how this does as far as tangles. Also, have you considered handmade soap? This is also a natural, chemical free alternative to your regular store bought soap. It is the only bar soap we use, and I also run a business selling it in our online store.

  6. Hi, thank you for your blog. It is very helpful. I am at the end of week two of no poo and my hair is still so oily and gross. I’ve been using your castille soap and water recipe. Ive washed my hair every other day or every two days. I haven’t tried the coconut oil mask because I’m worried about adding oil to my already extremely oily hair. I don’t want to give up but I’m beginning to become discouraged. Please help!

    1. Some people take awhile to transition, but you need to be washing your hair less often! Twice a week at most. Washing too much is bad news. There are Facebook groups for no poo that can offer lots of suggestions and recipes.
      First off, every kind of no poo doesn’t work for everyone. Figuring out your hair type and porosity can be helpful to determine what will work for you. Personally, I use acv only followed by homemade conditioner. Some people do water only, some do rye flour, some do raw honey, some aloe… there are tons and tons of options. I gave up baking soda after it started to damage my hair. The amount of bs used is important. Do some investigating and experimenting, but it’s very important to wash your hair less. If you can’t do it with what you’re using now, maybe go back to shampoo for awhile and wean yourself off until you only have to shampoo once a week (or less) before trying no poo again.

  7. Hi, I am need of some help going no poo. Thank you for your blog, it has really helped. This is the end of week 2 being non poo. I’ve been using your water/castille soap recipe. And my hair is so gross and extremely oily. I’ve washed it every other day or every 2 days. I don’t want to give up, please help!

  8. this blog is incredible! I just cut my hair from being almost to my belly button to the top of my shoulders because my hair was sooo dead. I want it to grow back because I loved my long hair but I want it to be like yours! I want long, luscious hair! I wash my hair about once every 4-5 days and use an organic shampoo but I want to switch to this. This is all so helpful I just don’t know where to begin!! I need you to coach me lol! I also have stopped wearing makeup to let my acne scars improve but I still use a harsh face wash. I’m scared to stop it because I’ll break out and scar again but I know I need to stop it. Ahhhh I need your help lol!! Hope this isn’t too confusing and keep posting this is wonderful!! ❤

    Alyson! 🙂

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