I've attempting to go no 'poo* (*please note the apostrophe in front of "poo", it is a very important apostrophe... because it indicates that "poo" is not the entirety of the word that I am referring to - so no, I am not discussing my bowel movements [I'm not so short on material to discuss that I feel it is vital to stoop to that, at least not just yet]. The 'poo in question is SHAMpoo... in case you were wondering).
I have yet to find the right baking soda to water consistency, but so far it's not too bad. My hair is a little oilier than it would normally be the day after a wash but not as oily as it would be on day 2. I'm hoping once I figure out the right amount of water/baking soda that it will make a difference. I've also read that there can be an adjustment period of up to a week and once your hair/body adjusts to not having shampoo used on it, it won't produce as much oil (thus staying cleaner longer).
I was concerned that the lack of conditioner would make my crazy hair absolutely unwieldy. I have fine, thick wavy-ish hair. Hair dressers are always surprised at the amount of hair covering the floor when I come in (really, it's THICK... it just doesn't look like it... weird, I know). I can honestly say that I can't get a brush through it while wet (which I am aware is super no-no, but I do it anyways). And I hate smelling like a salad while my hair is wet (I'm thinking of creating an essential oil/apple cider vinegar solution so that it'll smell less salad-E). But I can definitely get a brush through my tangles the next morning, so that's good.
Now, you might be wondering what on earth prompted me to attempt to ditch shampoo... I was shocked (yes, shocked) when I realized just how much crap is in our hygiene and beauty products (don't believe me? check this out).
Since we've started our family, the hubs and I have made a concentrated effort to "do better". We make our pasta sauce. If it's between store-bought and homemade, 95% of the time we'll do it ourselves. We buy locally made handcrafted soap and I'm hoping that soon, we'll be a family of four no 'pooers