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  1. Kamille @ Redeeming the Table
    December 21, 2011

    hot mama!!

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      right back atcha Kamille!

  2. Erin
    December 21, 2011

    Donna! Your hair looks awesome!! I’ve seriously considered doing this (after reading Simple Mom’s post about it a while back)…now I feel even more inspired. I was a bit dubious about the transition period, but your hair says it all. It definitely looks worth it!

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      Thanks Erin! The transition period is not fun, but wasn’t terrible for me either. In the end I’m pretty sold on it, mostly because I can tell that my hair is clean and not coated with a bunch of waxes and other gunk from the conditioners I was using.

  3. Christin @ Joyful Mothering
    December 21, 2011

    Oh wow! Very interesting!! I’m going to consider trying this. Thanks Donna! :) I think your hair looks great! And, it’s better for your hair if you don’t blow dry it. 😉

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      I love that I can let it air dry – my hair takes forever to blow dry and honestly I’m always afraid to wake the kids with the dryer!

  4. Carla
    December 21, 2011

    OMG! I love it and am tempted to try it out even though I don’t have lovely curls like you =)

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      It’s nice too, if you have oily hair – it cleans up your scalp so your natural oils chill out. You might want to grab a cute hat or two to help you through the 3rd week. You look cute in a hat anyways!

  5. {darlene}
    December 21, 2011

    for realsie??? truly? this will really work??????

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      I was doubtful, to tell the truth but once week 5 came around I was thrilled. I still think I might use a light non-junk-filled conditioner on the ends of my hair once in a while just to ease my tangling. Other than that I’m sold!

  6. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy
    December 21, 2011

    I tried that, but I was disappointed b/c no matter how much I rinsed, I always had bits of baking soda in my hair that looked like dandruff:( I even dissolved the baking soda in hot water, so I don’t know how that happened. I would love to use this method because it’s so safe, but for me it was not effective at all, which really bums me out.

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      I haven’t noticed any baking soda in my hair! I add the Tbs of soda to room temp tap water and shake it up. I don’t even see chunks in the water. hmmmmm… That stinks!

    • Monica
      October 16, 2012

      I’ve been using this method for about 7 weeks now. It worked great at first and then I started noticing white build up in my hair and a waxy feeling all the time. I thought it was baking soda and I just wasn’t rinsing it out. Well it wouldn’t go away. Finally I found this blog called ecocatladyspeaks or something like that. She said that she uses a fine tooth comb after she puts the vinegar rinse in her hair. This manually gets out all the build up. Traditional shampoos have chemicals that literally dissolve the oil on your scalp but baking soda and vinegar don’t do that. So anyway now my secret to living with this method is using a fine tooth comb while I have the vinegar in my hair. You will be amazed/grossed out by all the gunk that comes out of your hair. I think it makes my shampooing last longer too.

      • Donna
        October 16, 2012

        That’s a great tip. I use a boar-hair brush before getting in the shower to lossen up the gunk too. I had never noticed a build up – you may be using too much vinegar too. I made sure I only used the vinegar on my roots not on the scalp. I hope it continues to work for you. I’ve fallen off the no-poo wagon and really really need to get back on it, I can tell a difference since I stopped even though I use all organic shampoo!

      • Monica
        October 16, 2012

        Your hair in the above picture really looks great! I was hoping I would have some magic transformation of my wavy hair going curly but I’m still just wavy.

        I think there are multiple reasons to do it and keep it up I like the fact that I’m not buying a ton of plastic bottles of shampoo/conditioner and products anymore. I can go several days without washing my hair! And I’m not using crazy ingredients on my body.

  7. Sam @ Sam’s Noggin
    December 21, 2011

    I have lots of fine, straight hair. I don’t think I could ever give up the hair dryer-especially since it is short. I wonder how this would turn out on my kind of hair… cause I am happy with it now. interesting.

    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      Sam – I’d love to hear if you try it and how it works. For me it was more about my scalp feeling clean and not itchy anymore. The curls were just a bonus 😉

  8. Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms
    December 21, 2011

    You’re hair does look great. And I have hair like you – thick, long, falls out when I wash it ( but I have so much anyways I can’t tell I’ve lost any). I feel like I’m damaging my hair with today’s retail products (I use cheap stuff).

    I’m going to give this baking soda wash a try tomorrow. Just so happens I have 2 empty dish soap bottles ready to be used!
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    • Donna
      December 21, 2011

      Tracy – yes! Those clumps of hair in the tub were so annoying and sometimes I wondered if I was going to have thinning hair the way it was falling out. Just don’t expect a huge change unless you stick with it for a few weeks, although I do wonder if you do it every few weeks for a week if that will help to give your scalp a deep clean. Hmmm.. something to ponder.

  9. Flamingo
    December 21, 2011

    You are so brave!! I’ve read this but don’t think I will ever be brave enough to try it!! Your hair looks amazing!!

  10. Dina
    December 22, 2011

    That P shampoo you mentioned I cannot use either. It makes my scalp hurt so bad. Anything that is shampoo and conditioner in one does that to me. I will have to try it!

  11. Rebekah from Simply Rebekah
    December 22, 2011

    Very impressed my dear….. very impressed….

    I really should TRY it, but it just seems so scary. That’s probably silly, huh?
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    • Donna
      January 1, 2012

      Rebekah your hair would LOVE THIS!! Maybe you should add it to your Insane list for 2012??

  12. LoveFeast Table
    December 30, 2011

    Va Va~voom!! Your hair looks amazing!!
    I use to do a vinegar rinse on my hair when I was a teenager ~ along with other home spa things like oatmeal face scrubs etc… and I do remember I had great results ~
    somewhere along the way I’ll have to rummage through my pantry again! Remember lemon juice for highlights?

    • Donna
      January 1, 2012

      Awww… thanks! :)

      I remember using lemon juice to try to bleach my hair when I was a teen. I would soak my hair in it and sit in the sun…. then I broke out the Sun In. Do you remember that stuff? LOL

  13. Carley Evangelista
    April 8, 2012

    Hey Donna! Your blog is awesome btw =) And my roommate and I were just talking about doing this no shampoo thing!! Question though – I have very curly hair and use mousse and hairspray to keep it contained…will I still be able to use the products I am using and still do the no shampoo thing? Will the baking soda get all the product out?

    • Donna
      April 25, 2012

      If you try it just remember that the 3rd week can be rough. I love how clean my hair is now and I love having new curls! It really gets rid of the frizz too. I’ve been going back and forth between the baking soda / vinegar method and organic shampoo and conditioner. I like how the baking soda really cleans the hair so much better than any shampoo!

  14. Diana
    June 13, 2012

    I just tried this for the second day, so far so good! I have fine, medium curly hair. I used the baking soda with water, rinsed, then used a spray bottle for the vinegar and rinsed. After that, I put some conditioner, just because my hair is super tangly. I did this last night before I went to bed and didn’t pay much attention, but when I woke up my hair was super soft and frizz free with more curl. I should have left it but I wet it and put some gel just to see because that is what I am used to. But honestly it looked better without the gel, the gel seemed to make it look heavy so I’m going to experiment without any product next time! Just to let you know my hair is usually frizzy, fine and gets greasy if I don’t wash it everyday so I am crossing my fingers that this works!!!

  15. Andrea M.
    January 8, 2013

    I have long hair and the top gets SO oily after 2-4 days (I usually wash it every 2-3 days, but I’ve got three kids, so I am not gonna lie and say I’ve never gone longer!!)
    I hate that the ends get dried out when the top is still so OILY! I also get an itchy scalp after 1-2 days and when I itch it I get white stuff under my nails (yuck!). I think I read where you said this is good for people with oily hair?
    How/why does this help oily hair – and why are weeks 3/4 so rough!? I am tempted to try this, but not sure what to expect!

    • ‘Becca
      January 10, 2013

      The reason it helps oily hair is that shampoos/detergents strip so much oil that your scalp is triggered to make MORE oil! As your hair adjusts to the new method, you’ll produce less oil.

      I was able to minimize the transitional side-effects by using shampoo every other time for the first few months. When one day shampoo made my hair feel and look awful, it was time to stop using it at all.

  16. Rebekah
    January 9, 2013

    For a great, organic conditioner, I love Amazing Miracle by Renpure Organics! Makes my hair incredibly soft and feels weightless.

  17. Rachel R.
    January 10, 2013

    That is a huge difference!

    And one blog I read said that the blogger’s family discovered that with their hard water, they had to *boil* the water first and dissolve the baking soda in the boiling/boiled water. I wonder if it’s actually baking soda buildup in the hair in that instance, or if it’s the minerals from the water. (I know they leave somewhat powdery-looking white stuff all over our teakettle, sinks, etc.)

  18. ‘Becca
    January 10, 2013

    Nice article! I’ve been washing my hair with vinegar for almost 9 years now, and I love it! I don’t use baking soda; I’ve tried it, but it didn’t seem to do anything.

    I still shed a lot of hair every time I wash or even rinse it. I’m not sure why, but since I still have plenty of hair on my head, I don’t worry about it.

  19. Zoe @ecothrifty
    January 10, 2013

    That’s so great that it works for you! I have just given up no ‘pooing’ after 6 months as my hair got progressively greasier and more dandruff ridden :( Still on the look out for a more natural alternative to shampoo though…

  20. Andria
    January 12, 2013

    Your hair looks awesome. Thanks for some of the troubleshooting tips; they will help me greatly if I get the guts to give this a try!

  21. LaDonna @ Santa Beso
    January 13, 2013

    Your hair looks great. Really, it does. I think it’s a great before/after shot and is very convincing. Lookin’ good lady lou.

  22. Brittni
    May 6, 2013

    I started this 4 weeks ago and I literally love it. I’ve dyed my hair a lot (I’m 21), and I used to straighten the hell out of it, but now I’ve gotten rid of ALL of my extra hair products besides a little oil for the ends occasionally. I have long, thin, colored hair. I started with using too much vinegar because my roots were pretty oily the day after, but now I’ve pretty much perfected it. I started this method while in my dorm building, so I mix the bs with water in a tupperware bowl in the shower, then use my toothpaste-rinsing cup to mix the little bit of vinegar with water. I use like half a teaspoon of vinegar for the small cup of water. I just experimented and eyeballed until I found an amount that worked for my hair. But I definitely know what you mean when you say you felt the oil rinsing out of your hair. I still get that when I initially rinse my hair. I’m keeping on this method, it’s so awesome. I can’t wait to let my hair grow longer than it is now!!!

  23. Milena
    July 15, 2013

    Donna you look really nice :)
    I want to ask you if this method will help to prevent hair loss either?
    my hair fall out, scalp itchies, no shine and getting thinner…

  24. Ann
    October 10, 2013

    Hi Donna. Same thing here. The shampoo just dries my hair out and poof! I am going to tey the Eggs , vinegar and baking soda, not sure of the>> how much of each yet. But like it goes the eggs can cook in the warm water, so,. I am going whip the eggs 1rst with my mixer and add the vinegar the baking soda and some water, maybe that will prevent the eggs from cooking and help remove the oil from my hair. If you try this, email me and let me know what happens? Okie?

    • Ann
      October 11, 2013

      Oh yes, the vinegar I will be using is acv apple cider vinegar.

  25. susan
    October 25, 2013

    hate that the ends get dried out when the top is still so OILY! I also get an itchy scalp after 1-2 days and when I itch it I get white stuff under my nails (yuck!). I think I read where you said this is good for people with oily hair?

  26. vito andolini
    November 22, 2013

    this tip worked on my wife as i shared the information with her.. so happy to get the results. Thank you for sharing this helping tip with all of us :)

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