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  1. Michigan Julie

    This is awesome, and has been working for me for quite a while. Thank you!

  2. Where does one find coconut milk?

  3. Tina

    I’ve been desperately trying to go poo free or even sorta poo free. I’ve tried various amounts of baking soda in water (1/2 TBSP up to 2 TBSP), coconut milk, Castile soap(various amounts of this as well from big to little), lemon juice, salt, honey, glycerine, eggs…. And just plain rinsing only. NOTHING is working. I’m in week 4 and my hair is either just plain greasy… Which I’m willing to tolerate for a bit for the “adjustment phase” or it’s so heavy and weighed down. The later being mostly If I use Castile soap. I’m going crazy here. The best one so far was the eggs, lemon juice, baking soda, olive oil and tea tree oil shampoo I made. But I can’t use the lemon juice to much (darnit) or it will lighten up my hair to much. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS!!!???? Next up is aloe gel

    • Amy

      Try Dr. Bronner’s castile soap as a shampoo followed up with their Shikakai citrus hair rinse. Lisa Bronner has a blog and is wonderful about answering questions about their products. There is a lengthy post about this topic.

    • April

      Tina, I have the same problem on and off but just last night I tried something that worked twice so far, I make my coconut milk shampoo ( coconut milk, Castile, few drops of tea tree or whatever, and distilled H2O), this batch I cut with more water. I had about a half cup of poo in the bottle, I added about another half cup of water. I have thin wavy hair so what I was using was too heavy, I figured I just try thinning it out, why not, can’t hurt right? Then I did the rinse with about eh, 2 T of acv mixed with about 2 1/2 c water, rinsed out with water, then last, I used a tiny bit of (store bought I know) renpure organics color protecting conditioner on my tips left it in for about a min, rinsed, I don’t dye my hair but for some reason my hair likes it better than the green regular bottle. But anyway, it worked! No heavy, no greasy feel, I was happy I finally found something that worked twice in a row.

      • April

        Oh sorry, btw, I use the baby mild bronners in the shampoo.

        • April

          Ok sorry a couple more things, I have been experimenting with sorta poo methods on and off for the last year, so you don’t think I’m a total noob, and also, I make my own coconut milk and freeze it in ice cube trays, once frozen I pop them out and bag them for future kinda poos and body washes :). Great job btw Betty. You have a good site…

  4. emma

    hi betty, I’ve been using this shampoo for almost three months now and I’m seeing awesome results. I’ve even received several comments on how long and luscious my hair looks. It’s become wavier and blonder, and I’m only “washing” my hair once every 7 days (with the shampoo, otherwise, I’ve just been rinsing it when I shower every day) as oppose to every other day- which I was doing before. The only complaint I have, is how dry my hair seems to be. Even though it doesn’t look greasy or dirty, it doesn’t feel soft as it used to be. Is there any way I can make a moisturising conditioner which I can use alongside this shampoo once a week? I don’t have time to sit with a hair mask on for thirty minutes :/ By the way, I’m in Melbourne, Australia writing to you, and this is one of the best DIY websites I’ve every come across.

  5. Erin

    Hi! this is long winded but there’s a question at the end. I have tried to go no-poo many times with no luck, maybe because of my hard water, but I have tried to tough it out and just havent had good results yet. I’ve also tried to make coconut milk/aloe vera shampoo, my hair was sooo soft but was so greasy it looked wet even when it was dry lol. I’ve tried castile soap recipes and even using a vinegar rinse have a white waxy coating on my hair. I’ve noticed though when I take the gel out of an aloe leaf, blend it with water, and put it on my hair, it almost lathers, or feels like it at least. Makes it very soft, and it isnt super greasy after but also not clean feeling (weighted down still).So I’m trying to come up with a way to use it in a shampoo recipe that will still give me fluffy, bouncy clean feeling hair (anyone have any tips!?). Anyways, besides all this, I’m just wondering if there is any sort of natural home-made .. hair perfume? My boyfriend is really big on the perfumey smells of store bought shampoo, and the happier he is the easier my life is lol (hes not happy with the vinegar rinsed hair). Should I just mix some EO’s with water in a spray bottle and spray it during styling/air drying? or does anyone know of another option? I havent found that adding EO’s to vinegar rinse has made a difference. any tips are HUGELY appreciated, I adore this blog! maybe theres something already on here and I just havent found it yet, if so I’m sorry! :)

    • Ruth

      Have u tried to infuse the vinegar with the herbs instead of the EO? It’s made using similar methods as Crunchy Betty does in her herbal infused oils, just over a longer period of time, two to three weeks in a cool dark place, shaken once a day or so.

    • April

      I have to agree with infusing.

  6. Laurie

    Hi everyone, I’ve been at it for 2 weeks and I’m not having much luck so far, my hair is far from light and bouncy like Betty mentioned above. It’s heavy and oily and not shiny at all. I used to use quite a bit of pruduct plus I coloured my hair often. Am I just having a longer transition period or should I be adding more castile? Or more avc in my rinse? My hair feels so gross :(

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  9. elly

    It says to use homemade coconut milk…how does one make this? I have store-bought coconut milk, will this do just as well?

  10. Emily

    I’m surprised this works for anyone. Terrible results and broke out my back and shoulders after one use. Nappiest hair I’ve ever had. Ick, never again.

  11. Cat T.

    Thank you! I’ll try this.

    All the natural, super gentle things have failed for me. BC, shikakai, tea rinse, etc, etc, etc.

    I’ve been using natural SLS-free shampoo bars, which are great, but now that my hair is getting pretty long, not enough for my ends.

    I will try this next.

    Honestly, I think the reason real no poo doesn’t work for some people is because of our environment. I live in a city. My water is dirty. My air is dirty. I can’t expect clean hair using something with low cleaning power when I’m rinsing it off with dirty water. I can’t expect to go two weeks without needing to wash my hair when my head is surrounded with pollution 24/7. That’s just how it is. And when I read of other people having problems with no poo, it’s almost always people in cities, like me.

    The other thing is that BC can actually be insanely drying for some people. I know it’s way too harsh for me (and yes, it doesn’t clean my hair either!!).

    So those of us living in the denser parts of civilization often need a little more kick.

  12. Belle

    I’ve been doing the no-poo method for about 2 months now and I’ve never experienced the greasy “transition” stage most people have mentioned. I think this is because I also use cornstarch, not just plain baking soda. Cornstarch helps to absorb the grease and rinse it away better. My hair is waist-length fine blonde hair, and it’s never looked better since I stopped using shampoo and conditioner. So for those of you who are experiencing the greasy woes, I cannot stress enough that you should try cornstarch too. I use 1/2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/2 tbsp baking soda mixed together with about 1/8 cup of water. And of course, I always rinse with a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and plain ole tap water (great for detangling).

  13. Coconut smells delicious on the hair.

    For the no poo thing, you can also try to skip washing your hair a few days a week. It will actually make your hair look better and softer. Plus the natural oils of your scalp helps to protect your hair from damage.

  14. Angelina

    I have been using Dr. Bronner’s castille oil diluted with water for a few months and now it is starting to make my hair oily right after my shower. (it feels super uncomfortable. its like i washed my hair with castille oil straight out of the bottle) Now i have “oily” hair… Well im not sure because it looks like it… Do you think the coconut and castille will be suitable for my hair? Also, i used to use pantene and i got pimples on my scalp so now my scalp is a bit sensitive and i sometimes get pimples.

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