Sunday, May 20, 2012

No Poo

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you already know that fugal, green solutions are one of the things I am passionate about.  God only made one amazing Earth and commanded us to take good care of it.
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.                                "Genesis 2:15  
And if we take a closer look at the word to "keep", we will see that in the Hebrew it means to care for something completely and gently ensure that no harm comes to it.


Today I wanted to share my No Poo hair cleansing recipe.  I have been No Poo for a few years now and really love it.  I can't imagine ever spending money on shampoos and conditions especially knowing how bad some of the ingredients are in most of them.

Ingredients

  • baking soda
  • rosemary essential oil
  • water
Tools
  • funnel
  • container to mix in
  • container to store No Poo solution
Mix about 1Tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water.  Mix to dissolve.  Add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil.  Mix again.  Pour into storage containers.  Let sit for about a week before you use.

To use wet hair.  Massage about 1/8th of a cup into scalp.  More or less depending on the length of your hair.  No need to drench all you hair.  Let mixture sit on your hair for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.  If you have hair that tangles easily you may want to follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

Dry and style as usual.

So why rosemary essential oil?  Well it has long been know to nourish hair and help with scalp dryness.  Some even say it promotes hair grown and treats dandruff.  It is also known to promote memory an added benefit for getting your day off on a good foot. 

And just a few added notes in case you are wondering.  I have hair more than half way down my back.  We have hard water.  If you are not having results you like, before you through in the towel, I would play with the amount of baking soda per cup of water.

I'm linking this post up over at Make Your Own Monday and Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.


7 comments:

  1. Thanks for your recipe! I tried for months going no poo using baking soda for the wash and apple cider vinegar for conditioning. Unfortunately my hair is so fine that I looked too greasy (this is after many months of trying different things). I have now settled on a watery baking soda rinse, then I use a watered down organic shampoo, then finish off once in a while with a watered down apple cider vinegar conditioner rinse. Works great for me.

    My boys are completely no poo and it is working out great. My husband is no into this idea at all for himself =)

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    1. Glad you found something that works for you.

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  2. Hi Elizabeth!

    Great idea for a recipe. I've been no poo for about 2 years and just using lemon juice and baking soda. I love how simple and cheap it is.

    I was wondering. What's the benefit of leaving the solution to sit for a week?

    I've recently been experimenting with different formulas to try and get my hair looking even stronger and healthier though so I'll definitely be trying rosemary essential oil soon.

    Thanks!

    Rob

    http://www.naturalshampookits.org

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    1. Rob, I'm not sure what is happening while it sits for a week. All I know is that when I started mixing up larger batches I noticed it worked better for me after some time had passed. Now I have three bottles rotating. As they empty I make another batch and they sit as the bottle made earlier are being used. I have tried to search what may be happening on a chemical level but haven't found any answers. Just know that it works for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. We are no poo here too. I like to rub a little coconut oil in my hair if I have been in the boat or at the beach for the day right before I no poo just for a little extra 'something'. :) It also works great for the skin.

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    1. Oh Tracey we love coconut oil too. I usually rub a bit on my ends to control the frizz. Works great as a deep conditioner!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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