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I've been trying out the no-poo lifestyle for about three weeks, and I would say it's generally a success. I'm still using baking soda every time I wash my hair, followed by a thorough rinse, a spritz of water/vinegar mixture, and a second rinse. I've read that many people don't use even baking soda after the transition period, but I'm still using it. My hair is pretty short (max 1.5" after a haircut), and not oily anymore, so I don't have split ends or oily roots to worry about. I don't style or blow-dry it. It's free-range hair.
The first time you try it, you will be weirded out by having no suds. It will feel the opposite of clean. Just give it a nice massage with your fingertips. [Do NOT use the plug-in muscle massager that promises to get the kinks out. It's not talking about your hair.]
The only downside I see right now is sensory deprivation. I'm used to my hair smelling like something - a tropical rainforest, a lemon grove, a rose garden - during and after its fauxpoo. Not that I can get it to my nose to sniff, but it's just there. Baking soda leaves me smelling like nothing, which is better than what I went in smelling like. That might not be a complete bummer, either, because Annie and I have a hard time agreeing on shampoo scents, but we want something cruelty-free and preferably without SLS or parabens. And cheap. Can This Marriage Be Saved? If we can't agree on a scent, maybe we can agree on having no scent.
Some of our face-friends read this blog, and I fear their fear. If I weren't writing here, I wouldn't talk about my toilette at all. If you're no-poo, do you tell your friends? Or do you wait until they notice how environmentally-friendly, preservative-free, and frugal you look?