Tuesday Tips: No shampoo for 3 weeks

So, I began this trial on December 26th and decided to try the no shampoo trend that has been popping up constantly on my computer! I dropped my normal cheap shampoo and conditioner and exchanged them for Apple cider vinegar and baking soda. I found this recipe on another bloggers site. (You can find it here). Based on what I read, I made up my own measurements for this experiment and kind of perfected the amounts through trial and error. Before I conducted this experiment, I do what I always do...RESEARCH. I didn't want to fry my hair because conditioning with any type of vinegar just doesn't sound too beneficial. Here is what I found.

What I found on the internet:

  • "It is softer, shinier, and less frizzy than before."
  • "The biggest hurdle for me was psychological and getting over the fleeting smell of salad dressing in the shower"
  • "My hair is getting healthier and more manageable the longer I avoid shampoo."
  • "It’s a great way to treat itchy, dry scalp, and it leaves my hair soft, smooth, and shiny"
  • "Balances pH level"
What I experienced:
  • After the first wash, my hair felt greasier than before (perhaps due to improper portions of ingredients.)
  • Hair felt smooth within the first few days, but tangled easily and knotted more often than usual.
  • I hated doing this from day 1, until about the first full week in. My hair started becoming smooth and didn't smell, and I also noticed I was shedding less hair.
  • Perhaps my hair is still adapting, but I have many mixed feelings about this method. My hair is very frizzy and hard to keep smooth and tame.
  • It is easier for my hair to hold a curl or style and definitely feels stronger.
  • Very natural, but mostly doesn't look good. (On me, anyway)


What you need:
  • 2 TBSP of Baking Soda
  • 2 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 TBSP of water

1.) Put 2 TBSP of Baking Soda with 2 TBSP of water into a cup and stir until      baking soda is dissolved.
2.) Wash hair thoroughly with baking soda mixture,
3.) Put 2 TBSP of  Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 TBSP of water into the same          cup and stir.
4.) Condition hair with vinegar mixture.

I did this trial for 3 weeks and only wash my hair roughly 3x - 4x a week. I have naturally red hair and it's a decent thickness. Not overly greasy or dry hair, fairly normal. Thanks for reading!