Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm

Pretty Pooless

This business of switching to shampoo-free living has gone much, much more smoothly than I could have hoped. I’m just about to wrap up Week 2 of Project Pooless…and I think the project might be over. Transition complete. Lifestyle element integrated. Deal sealed.

After Week 1, which ended with a Monday morning shampoo before going to the office, I got a little bolder:

Tuesday — Salad Treatment (baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar conditioning). My hair was soft, shiny, and manageable all day at work. Ironman noted he didn’t even detect the vinegar odor, let alone become bothered by it.

Wednesday — No poo. Water rinse only. I noticed while combing out my wet hair that it was much less tangle-prone than usual. I’d go so far as to call it tangle-free, which is a near-miracle for my long, fine, straight hair.

Thursday — Egg wash and ACV conditioning. Still looking good and feeling fantastic.

Friday — No poo. This was a risk. This was the fourth day since I’d used shampoo, and I was going to face the office after only a water rinse. I used my new boarshair brush to smooth the natural oils along my hair, then rinsed for a couple minutes with medium-hot water. It worked. My hair looked clean all day, and even shinier and softer than before.

Saturday — No poo. It was a dusty, sweaty day on the farm, and I wore a hat until my cool late-afternoon shower, which left my hair slightly oily but certainly acceptable for a weekend evening on the deck swing.

Sunday — Salad treatment. I almost went with just another water rinse, but I’m planning on a de-greasing egg wash tomorrow before work, and I thought it would be considerate of me to bother with a deodorizing baking soda wash in case my coworkers are more sensitive than I to any lingering scents of livestock and sweat.

I think I’ve done it. I’m free! My hair looks and feels fantastic. It styles fine even with air dried, which it never did before. I even “shed” less. Seriously. You have to try this! If I can do it, with my long hair (see my “about me” photo at the top of this page), so can you.

But watch out…it’s a slippery slope. I’ve progressed to natural varieties of almost all other bodycare products. Details to follow.

Go forth and go pooless!

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5 responses

  1. I have curly hair which is very frizzy without some type of product like a curl cream. Right now I generally only use shampoo once or twice a week, not because my hair is oily (I don't think my hair could be come oily if I tried) but to remove any product or chlorine if I've been swimming (or it will turn green). Any pointers?

    July 19, 2010 at 5:42 am

  2. Kim

    Thank you for documenting your journey into poolessness! I am very curious/nervous to start on my own, so knowing that it can be done successfully (even while having to go to work) is a great encouragement! I especially like the idea of using a boar hair brush – I wouldn't have thought of that. I use a non-conventional deoderant (I make my own or use Thai Crystal) and I'm looking forward to more of the natural care product trials. Keep us posted!

    July 19, 2010 at 8:07 am

  3. Glad it worked for you! It sounds exactly like the kind of thing I'd be interested in, but I'm just not. I love my 2" bleached blonde spiky hair, and once you bleach it blonde and cut it that short, it's fried. If I had long natural hair, I might try it, but as it is… poo is way easier.A request: What's good in primal beef stew? I have fantastic chicken stock and some natural beef. But I keep mentally getting stuck at "potatoes."

    July 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

  4. Catcreek

    I tried going no-poo for a while, but just couldn’t manage the bs/acv thing. It seemed to make my hair simultaneously dry, staticky and greasy. Ew. I tried and tried, but it just didn’t work. I have fine shoulder-length hair. Since then I’ve switched to a natural bar soap shampoo, and I’ve weaned myself a bit. I typically go 2 or 3 days between shampoos and use nowhere near as much.

    Something else for you to try is tooth soap. I use a regular natural soap with the occasional baking soda brushing. This has been going very well and has whitened my husband’s terribly stained teeth. However, for whatever reason I find that now, after 2 years of it, but also after a pregnancy, my teeth are feeling more sensitive, and I’m now considering what is called “oil pulling” with coconut oil. It makes sense to me, although I instinctively shy away from anything that seems overly time consuming. Anyway, I’m giving that a go.

    Natural deodorant… well, I’ve had issues with the Lush products (they really burned my underarms, esp. after shaving), and some of the other commercial “natural” deos don’t seem to do the job really. I’m eager to try your mix. 🙂

    Something else I’d love to do, but haven’t yet is start using reusable toilet paper, at least for pees. For me, anyway. I’m sure there’s no way I’ll get the kids or my husband on board, but I’m already washing a load of cloth diapers every two days, what’s a few more cloths?

    Loving the blog!

    April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I’ll have to check into the oil-pulling thing — I’ve heard of it but never investigated. Have you seen the “Teeth Cleaner” products from Tropical Traditions? I’ve been using them instead of toothpaste for several months now, and my teeth are noticiably whiter. Cool.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

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