17 June 2012

Step Down Sunday – 'No Poo’: Week 12

No Poo Ingredients
It’s hard to believe I’ve been using the ‘No Poo’ method for three months now! I’ll admit there have been times when I nearly gave up – mostly when my hair started falling out.

Before you panic, I don’t really think it was the ‘No Poo’. This isn’t the first, second or even third time loads of my hair has fallen out. I suspect it's either stress related or an unfortunate side effect of poor health, but that doesn’t make it any less distressing. But I resisted the temptation to give in and use normal shampoo & conditioner – because really it wouldn’t help.

Instead I’m still tweaking my 'No Poo' recipe. Every time I get up to about four days between washes I decided my hair is still too dry and cut the amount of bicarbonate of soda, and move to washing it a bit more often. At some point I'm bound to decided I've gone too far, but I'm not there yet. At the moment I’m down to just 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a cup of pre-boiled water, which lasts about three washes. I’ve debated cutting the cider vinegar again, but between the hard water and the bicarb a stronger concentration doesn’t seem to hurt. So I’m using two tablespoons of organic cider vinegar in a cup of pre-boiled water, which lasts about three to four washes.

For several weeks I’ve known I needed to use something for extra conditioning. Those early weeks I used an awful lot of bicarbonate of soda, which thoroughly dried out the ends. But as I may have mentioned before, I really hate waffley recipes. I couldn’t find directions I felt comfortable following until AThriftyMrs shared her post “Using eggs as hair conditioner”. While not quite as precise as I like, she used measurements I could understand.

No Poo Egg Conditioner
So I used a fork to scramble one egg and added a quarter cup of lukewarm pre-boiled water. I applied the egg mixture after my normal bicarbonate of soda and vinegar wash, and left it for ten minutes. It’s made a huge improvement, especially to the ends of my hair. I think it will need another treatment before the ends are properly sorted, but I’m impressed with how well it’s worked so far.

To Read More:
Step Down Sunday - No Poo: Week One
Step Down Sunday - No Poo: Week Two
Step Down Sunday - Save Pennies & Planet
Step Down Sunday - 'No Poo' Goes Horribly Wrong!
Step Down Sunday - ‘No Poo’: Week 6
Step Down Sunday - 'No Poo': Week 12


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