No shampoo for one year

How I lasted for a year of no shampoo and why I would like to continue

I spent the past year attending a lot of meditation retreats for work, and as you may know, they do not require you to look good, but rather not get attached to your appearance. And so, when one of the retreats in December began I decided to experiment with my hair, baking soda and apple cider vinegar

I found a couple of crazy people online who had done it before and had written about it and started getting used to the fact my hair would be constantly greasy. I prepared my new chemical free hair washing products and set out into the “no shampoo” journey.

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To start with I guess I need to mention the type of hair I had. I have thin soft hair that gets oily quickly, and I had to wash it every day with Head&Shoulders, but even then by the end of the day it did not look fresh anymore.

How do you wash your hair with baking soda?

  1. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water, rub it into the skin of your head, and scratch it with your fingers as if you are trying to scratch off the dead skin cells. Rinse off for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water, rub it in the skin of your head and your hair and rinse it off with warm water.

Baking soda  is supposedly cleaning off the acid from the skin of your head, and the vinegar returns the level of acidity back to normal and acts as a conditioner.

Use warm or cool water to wash your hair. If the water is too hot, your skin will release more oil. Use this method not more often than once every 4 days.

When I started the experiment, I did not feel fresh at all, but the longer I did it, the more acceptable it felt. I did not notice how I lasted for a month, and then five months, and now it has been over a year of no shampoo!

I do have to admit that I cheated a little bit

  • last February I shaved off all of my hair, so being bald really helped my skin to get used to no shampoo
  • I still dye my hair so a strong chemical impact happens to it every half a year
  • I had to allow a stylist to wash my hair with shampoo when I was preparing to go to a big party last October

Why do I want to continue the “no shampoo”?


My hair stopped getting as oily as before, and sometimes I do not use baking soda for over  a week, washing with kaffir lime blended with water. I am happy not to be wasting big plastic shampoo bottles and not polluting environment too much, and it  just feels so not mainstream and cool.

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