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  2. Kate

    Hey, Betty!

    I’ve been on the no ‘poo and food beauty for years now. A year ago my mother would be horrified to find that I had gone weeks with only washing my hair with baking soda and ACV, a routine that still lasts now.

    However, something has run amuck. I’m out of Baking Soda! What can clean these tresses now?

    What’s a college girl to do, Betty?

    Kate

  3. Robin Edwards

    I want to start using Dr. Bronner’s soap instead of shampoo and was wondering how much water to mix with it? Is there a ratio that works best? Thank you!

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  5. I have recently become OBSESSED with this blog!! Ive done nothing else for the past 3 days but switch a lot of my products to natural homemade ones! Loving it! Question though: Im an elite competitive swimmer… meaning my hair is literally in chlorinated water 4hrs every day. Will the natural no-poo shampoo work? Ive started using it already (but Im on a little needed break from practices!) and my hair feels great. Does the baking soda, and ACV conditioner do enough on swimmers hair?

    Thanks!

  6. WookieMonster

    I tried the baking soda and ACV routine and it didn’t work for me at all, my hair was greasy and felt like straw. Not a fan.
    After much experimentation, my no-poo(ish) routine for fine wavy-curly hair:
    I use a light, natural (-cone and – xane free for sure, but finding one that cleans and rinses cleanly takes a lot of trial and error) conditioner to scrub my scalp and squish it through the rest of my hair. I currently alternate Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle sometimes with some honey mixed in or Everyday Shea vanilla mint. I run a wide tooth comb through to detangle and part my hair, then let it sit while I do everything else. Last thing I do before I turn off the water is rinse well, being careful to get it all out while preserving the part.
    Before drying at all, I use aloe to shake my curls to separate them a bit, then more aloe to scrunch the curls up. I use a camping multi-towel (microfiber chamois type of material that absorbs 8x it’s weight) to make sort of a hammock with the curls coiled up inside, then pull it up and tie it on top of my head. I leave that on for 15 minutes or so to pull out as much water as possible. When I take it off, I let it air dry into really nice soft, orderly, clean, shiny curls.
    I do use a gentle, sulfate free shampoo (John Masters Organic zinc & sage) or co-wash (As I Am Coconut Co-wash) every 2 weeks to a month as needed, usually with an oil treatment left on overnight the night before and a heavier conditioner after. I’m trying to ease back slowly.

    I have always hated my hair, and am just now reaching a point where I am somewhat happy with it.

  7. Rebecca

    Any ideas on how to straighten bangs naturally? I little ringlet type curls and some waves right around my brow that make me look 12. Wouldn’t be a problem if I weren’t in my 30′s. Thanks for the great recipes and ideas.

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  9. El

    Hi, just to say after reading lots of advice online I just tried the ‘no-poo’ method and I weirdly like the results! Following tips I made very sure all my Bicarb Soda had totally dissolved first so it felt ‘soapy’and washed my hair in the sink. Tried a rinse with White vinegar (as had no cider vinegar) then diluted Aloe Vera gel with water for a conditioner and rinsed it out. I was so shocked that when I looked at the rinse water from the BSoda wash, it was light brown! Is this residue from my shampoos & conditioners I wonder?

    My hair feels soft and took so little time to dry. I got my kids to smell my hair (as I was sure I didn’t smell but wanted to check), they said ‘It smells nice’ and ‘Mmmnn!’. When I asked what it smelt of my 6 year old daughter said ‘Like a fish and chip shop, yummy!’. I guess its meant to be Cider Vinegar for a reason! I think I’ll keep going though, for the first time in ages my scalp is not hideously itchy…

    Thanks for the wealth of advice and ideas on your blog…much appreciated…

  10. Pam

    I have looked all over this site for natural hairspray…HELP!! Thanks :)

  11. I use vinegar, 100% organic vegetable glycerine, and lavender essential oil for a rinse. I posted my recipe on my blog. Worked fine for my girls who all have different hair types..and one of them has curly hair. Her curls looked the best they’ve ever looked. Soft, clean, and bouncy.

  12. Samantha S

    What are some natural heat protectants?

  13. Deepa

    Hi Betty,

    I was wondering about the oils, how the sweet almond oil and other carrier oils in the beauty section are expensive especially if the natural or organic oils.
    So my question is can we use the oils in the cooking section(which are much cheaper) instead.

  14. Laurie

    Hi everyone I have a couple questions about no poo and shampoo bars. For no poo I started using the baking soda paste then acv rinse and was in the middle of my greasy stage when a friend told me someone from her makeup/hair group said not to use this method because the ph differences in the baking soda vs acv will eventually cause breakage. Is this true? I was skeptical cause of course a hair stylist may not entirely be on board with a natural way of cleaning your hair lol anyways I would like some in put on this from you ladies :)
    For shampoo bars I recently bought one from Chagrin Valley. It’s a marsh mallow & babassu. They said there would be an adjustment period but if you use a lot of product in your hair then do an acv rinse after as their gentle shampoo bars may not be able to handle that sort of buildup. I gotta say it’s really hard to go thro this adjustment stage (we all know how bad greasy hair feels and looks & needless to say I’m wearing a lot of top knots lol) but my question is if I’m still using hair product will this defeat the point of using a natural shampoo bar? I use drug store hair spray now and I’m looking for a safer more natural one. I mean most women use some type of product in their hair so for those of us that do is a shampoo bar the wrong way to go? Sorry for the long post ! I hope you ladies can help :)

  15. Aimee

    I’ve noticed that in the past 5-6 years my hair has been breaking quite often. Every single time i brush my hair there are strands falling out and strands that i need to pull off of my brush. Even a few here and there on my clothing! It is sooo frustrating! I thought maybe it started from a time in my life that was VERY stressful but it hasn’t slowed down with my hair. I have dyed my hair since i was 13 but i have stopped doing that for the last two years and i am also on week 3 of the no poo method. Hoping it works! Any advice?

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