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Going poo-less: No Shampoo/Soap in the Shower

 
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We did the baking soda wash + apple cider vinegar conditioner thing for a hot minute. Also made soap nut juice a couple of times. Both work fine and all, but then we realized we can just literally wash with nothing but hot water and we look and smell fine. Here's proof: 2 months since anything but water has been in my hair. And I haven't combed it properly yet today either or it would be even nicer looking.

I have super wavy hair. It gets snarled pretty easily is my only complaint about being pooless, but it's a small price to pay to not be soaking myself and my septic tank in toxic gick!
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Heather Scott wrote:I’m SO glad this discussion came up💕 I’ve been telling my Husband I’ve wanted to go more natural with all my products. We are def greenies with all of this as we are city dwellers soon to become mountain earth dwellers. Every part of my being is screaming natural. From detoxing my body via gut and down to a cellular level to my environment. I have Usnea growing on our mountain acreage and I desire to be just as pure as the air quality where we will build our circular  earthen home. Right now as city dwellers we have treated water.... once we get to the homestead we will collect rainwater and get from the waterfall stream (no icky foam..... happy dance as up in My area even the cleanest rivers and streams are polluted) we will only filter for drinking.... so going no poo....... could I start now, with the treated water we have, or wait till we get to our mountain land..... what type of results have you all had with different water types??


My reaction can be too late for you. Do you live in the mountains now?
No problem. It can be helpful for anybody living in cities or other places with 'treated' water.
Where I live the water is 'treated' too. But still I am a happy poo-and-soap-less person for many years now. I think different people can react different, but it has nothing to do with the water. Different people have different skin-types and hair-types. And i.m.o. what you eat has its influence also on your skin and hair.
 
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I don't remember when I went pooless. Six years ago? Eight? It's been a minute.

I feel beyond ridiculous taking these pictures. I hope it helps someone, or at least gives someone a laugh.
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Now you've done it.  I'm still new here, so I was forced to read just to find out what exactly you meant by going "pooless".  I had just read the other day about bucket toilets, and I can't remember what they were being called, waterless?  flushless?  I can't place it. You all know.   But then to thumb over an article about going pooless, and how it doesn't stink like you might think it does.  Just stop.   I'm still absorbing the terminology as fast as I can!
 
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Michael Shwartz wrote:Now you've done it.  I'm still new here, so I was forced to read just to find out what exactly you meant by going "pooless".  I had just read the other day about bucket toilets, and I can't remember what they were being called, waterless?  flushless?  I can't place it. You all know.   But then to thumb over an article about going pooless, and how it doesn't stink like you might think it does.  Just stop.   I'm still absorbing the terminology as fast as I can!


Poo-it!

Oh, I mean, Doo it!
 
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Another guy here with thick, shoulder length hair. I've been pooless for a few years, no-one has said anything.

It's cool there's some mainstream backing for this.

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marshmallow root pieces (1 tbsp) steeped in 1 cup of water overnight are good hair rinse for conditioning and doesn't smell like vinegar. Marshmallow root gel can be used as anti frizz if you have curly hair, or Flax seed gel for making your curls nice.

I've heard of rice water left to ferment for a day is a starchy rinse good for making hair grow faster and longer and retail color into old age but that's just a rumor and old wives tail that hasn't been studied.... Just japanese lore. But maybe I'll try it since I make a lot of rice.
 
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I went no-poo over a decade ago. I have fine, stick-straight hair that was always prone to greasiness and tangling, and washing with a baking soda solution solved both of those problems. Before, I absolutely had to wash my hair every day; now I can get away with washing it every third day.

The vinegar rinse only made my hair go greasy even faster, so I didn't bother with it for a long time. But the alkalinity of the baking soda eventually leaves me with dry, split ends. Not wanting to cut my hair shorter, I've solved the problem by putting a 1:2 vinegar-water solution in a re-used hairspray pump bottle, and spraying it on the ends of my hair after towel-drying it. The only time I use it on my entire head is when I'm visiting family in SoCal; the water there tends to be much more alkaline than it is here in Western Washington State, and my hair doesn't like it. It's that, or buy bottled water just to wash my hair, and--no. Just no.
 
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My wife and I both look for the products that can help prevent fast greasing. We rinse hair with chamomile, it works great. Moreover, it is excellent for my wife (she is a natural blond). But I've found several great ideas here. Thanks a lot! Maybe we should start with making shampoo.
 
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Can any of you experts  make some recommendations  on how to moderate greasy hair? I have been mostly shampoo less for several years I just do a daily rinse. Once I get to day 5-7 I have to do something to cut the grease. In the past I have used conditioner or a small amount of shampoo  on the really oily spots. I gave vinegar  a shot this morning.  I do think it helped but I would like a bit more advice.  I don't  want to strip all the oil, just keep it in check. We have very hard limestone water around  here.
 
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