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Can YOU No Po?

It’s actually not a new trend, it started in 2009.  It’s the art of having beautiful, healthy hair…by NOT shampooing!


My Niece after using No Shampoo!! She LOVES it

According to people who love the the act of NOT shampooing, these are some of the benefits they tout:

  • More body
  • Less oily hair days
  • Exponentially less frizz (This is what made my ears perk up!  I have very curly hair!)
  • More money in our pockets, because we’re not buying shampoo (LOVE this)
  • Even MORE money in our pockets, because the need for other hair products decreases a bunch
  • Shinier hair (Another plus for me!)
  • FAR fewer gross chemicals touching our scalp and skin and potentially causing nerve damage or even cancer
  • A fabulously decreased impact to the environment in SO many different ways (less plastics bought, less chemicals entering the water supply, less consumption)

So, what got me thinking even more about going the “no po” route?  My boyfriend, Greg (Or as Cornbread likes to call him 2by) has been going sans shampoo for over a year and he has amazing hair!  NOT ONE SPLIT END!  But as if that wasn’t enough convincing, when I was in L.A. last week I remarked at how beautiful my nieces red hair looked!  So healthy and shiny!  With a big beautiful grin, she said she was proudly NOT shampooing!  So….how to get started?

So, how does one DO the NO PO?  Here’s what I found:

This seems to be the most popular route.


No ‘Poo With Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar


Three times a week, you “shampoo” with a mixture of baking soda and water. The most recommended amount is 1 Tbsp baking soda to 1 C water. It also appears to be very important NOT to use more baking soda to water in the ratio. (I would think it would get a bit thick)


How you shampoo with baking soda: Put the mixture in a bottle (and it sounds like a squirt bottle is most handy) and shake REALLY well before applying. After wetting your hair in the shower, apply the baking soda mixture to your scalp and rub in a circular motion all around – focusing on the scalp, not the rest of your hair. Rinse well.


Then, you “condition” the ends of your hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.


How you condition with ACV: Mix 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar with 1-2 cups of water. Either just rinse the ends of your hair with the whole thing, or rinse your entire head with it. Or start by sticking with the ends, apparently some folks say  – especially in the beginning while your scalp is adjusting – too much ACV on your scalp could cause more overproducing of oils.


Here’s What To Expect:


  • Two weeks of a bit of freaking out, because our hair is overly greasy. This is okay. This is how our bodies have to readjust to the “normal” way of doing things. The scalp is going to overreact.
  • Lots of “ponytail” and “hat” days for these first two weeks. Just don’t book any big wedding dates during that time.
  • Increasingly better hair days after the initial breaking in period.
  • Then, luxurious, beautiful hair we never knew we had – all along. Supposedly one of those “AHHHH” moments!
  • Contrary to what you may think, not using shampoo does not lead to stinky hair. My boyfriends hair always smells clean and nice.  In fact, he smells like HIM.  Which I really love!


MOST IMPORTANTLY:  GIVE IT AT LEAST THREE WEEKS TO A MONTH BEFORE QUITTING. Every single “bad review” about this method includes these words:


“I only tried it for three days, but I hated it.”


Give it a shot!  Wanna do it with me?  Let’s take the challenge!  Take a before picture, then after 3 to 4 weeks, take a picture and post them side by side!  I’ll do the same!  Let’s see how we collectively as “Judi’s Chick Click” chicks think of our new No Po Do’s!  Are ya with me?



  1. Tammy Luetkemeyer-Williams

    So, I use either a leave in conditioner or sometimes a hair “lotion” before I flat iron my hair. Is this allowed? Or hair spray?

  2. Thanks for posting this! I have seen this method but I haven’t tried it yet. I already use coconut oil & baking soda for my face scrub now, & make my own deodorant, so why not?! I’m in if you’re in :)