no 'poo method

PSA for my lovelies with curly hair.

So, I went so long not knowing how to look after my curls and how to make them pretty that I hated them and always put them up or straightened them. So, I thought why not share what I’ve learned.


  1. Use a cotton shirt or a microfiber towel instead of your usual towel (Your hair will be less frizzy and less dry)
  2. Only shampoo your scalp or go the “no-poo” method. (Shampooing all over your head drys your hair out and can ruin your curls)
  3. Only use conditioner on your ends (Putting it all over your hair flattens it)
  4. Only comb your hair when your in the shower, when you put conditioner in (Combing after your shower ruins your curl pattern or combing when your hair is dry will make your hair poofy)
  5. Do not use brushes. Brushes are damaging to curly hair. Finger-comb or use a wide-toothed comb instead. 
  6. Try to blow dry your hair as little as possible, the best thing for curls is to air dry but if you’re in a hurry use a diffuser which minimizes frizz by evenly distributing the heat.
  7. If you have frizz issues get a Frizz cream but don’t overuse it or your hair will be hard, sticky or just gross.
  8. If you can afford it (as it can be expensive) try to not use products with  Silicates, Silicone’s or Sulfates. If you can’t avoid them try to only get Moisturizing/hydrating shampoo and conditioners 
  9. If possible get a satin pillowcase, scarf or cap to put over your hair while you sleep to help keep your curls intact and less frizzy.
  10. Wait till your hair is 100% dry before going to sleep or you WILL ruin your curls. 
  11. Don’t put your hair up in a wrap/towel turban after you wash your hair as it wrecks your natural curl pattern. Instead, wring your hair out over the tub then do the scrunch and squeeze method to get out more water while encouraging your curls. Then use a cotton shirt or microfiber towel to scrunch your hair more.
  12. Get layers in your haircuts the more layers the more bouncy and curly your hair will be, the fewer layers to the more weighed down and less curly your hair will be. 
  13. Do not wash your hair every day, Curly hair tends to be naturally dry and this is damaging. I personally wash mine every 3-4 days and it works for me. 
  14. When your hair is wet is the best time to do anything to it. Once curly hair is dry there is no changing it.
  15. Avoid products with alcohol as they are very drying. 
  16. Don’t use heat. (I haven’t used heat in my hair in 4-5 months and my hair is doing so much better)
  17. Try the pineapple method when going to sleep. Gather all your curls into a loose ponytail at the top of your head. (I recommend not doing this tell you absolutely gonna lay down and go to bed cause for me, I get a headache from sitting up with it. 

Also, check out this video as it was super helpful to me!

Curly hair routine by curlypenny

I hope this helps and any questions you have, send me an ask and I will try my best to answer it :)

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My hair evolution since September. My hair was soooo damaged with bleach! I can’t stop cutting my hair because of dried ends! The three last pictures are recent, I’ve finally redyed my hair with henna because it’s so much healthier. It’s feels so much soft just with this and now I’m using sidr powder for wash my hair, it’s less drying than a classic shampoo and more economic!
And look at my undercut, it’s grow so much during less than 5 months (the last trim was in the beginning of September, I’ve trim this in 0,6mm with my hair clippers)! Let it grow!

As of today, I haven’t used commercial shampoo for 5 months and commercial conditioner for 3!! It IS possible after all 8O
I now wash with 1 tsp shikakai, 1tsp white vinegar and a drop of argan oil. That’s it.
Pros:
- My hair is healthier
- I don’t lose nearly as much hair as before
- Henna lasts longer
- It’s cheap (three months worth of shikakai cost me around 2/3€)
- I don’t pollute the water with artificial chemicals
- I don’t need to wash as frequently

Cons: literally nothing, except from the fact that it took me a while to figure out the right combinations/ratios.

This was a shameless advertisement post about the no-poo method. 

No poo Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

So many times I have been asked why isn’t something working out, or why is this happening to my hair!?! Most of the time it is an easy fix like switching the recipe around or trying something else instead. Here are some No poo dilemmas you may face and how to deal….

Dry Hair

Your hair isn’t coated in silicones anymore so it is going to feel a little dry!

You need to try:

-using less baking soda in your wash solution

-using more apple cider vinegar in your conditioning solution

-adding 2-3 drops of favorite oil into your conditioning solution

-using raw honey in your wash solution and conditioning solution

-deep condition more often

-deep condition..period.

-using coconut oil, argan oil, or any oil your prefer on the ends of your hair

-wash less often

Oily Hair

-try adding more baking soda in your wash mix

-less vinegar in your conditioner

-not applying the conditioning rinse to your scalp. Just apply from ears down

-use your boar bristle brush to distribute oils from the root to the ends

-use dry shampoo

If you’re transitioning just stick with it!

Waxy hair

-Use your boar bristle brush to clean off the gunk

-Use a cap of vinegar in 8-10 oz of water and rinse with it twice. It will help get rid of the build up.It could be your hair detoxing. Use the brush to slough off all the build up

-If you use shampoo bars or castile soap they can leave a film if you have hard water. You need to use an acid rinse to get rid of it! Use the recipe above twice or use lemon juice diluted in water. You may need to boil your water or use distilled water (if your water is hard)

Dandruff

-Use less baking soda in your mix

-use tea tree oil in your mix (just a few drops)

-use the vinegar solution on your scalp

-use raw honey in your shampoo solution

-deep condition with aloe vera gel, coconut oil or any oil of your choice

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use castile soap, baking soda, or shampoo bars?

Use whatever you want. I love them all and they work for me. What works for me might not work for you. Know your hair type and read the ingredients lists of products to know what is good for you and your hair. If you do go the baking soda route do not use a paste! This will dry your hair out and break it. Wash 2-3 times a week at the most with the baking soda too….again it can be very drying if you wash it more!

I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and Chagrin Valley Shampoo bars.

How often should I deep condition?

I deep condition once a week, it works for me and my fine hair. Your hair might be more damaged or just dryer and you will need more moisture. I would say deep condition every week to every other week if your hair is not damaged. IF your hair is dry and or damaged I would deep condition once a week or twice a week. It just depends on your hair!

Can I use hairspray/gel/mousse?

You can do what you want. The point of no poo is eliminating the chemicals and build up. If you keep applying them you will have a hard time with no poo, but if you have no problems washing it out….go for it.

Doesn’t your hair stink?

NO. I wouldn’t do something that made me stinky. My husband would tell me if my hair was rank and he hasn’t yet! You can spray a mix of baking soda and water into your hair to freshen it up! Add some essential oils to make it scented!

If you don’t wash your hair everyday…do you not shower?

I love and adore you all and appreciate all your questions….but this is one I can’t believe ya ask me! haha. I shower everyday!!! I just stuff my hair into a shower cap or bun it up and avoid getting it wet! : ) 

How do you deep condition with coconut oil and wash it out?

I am able to use oil to deep condition because I wash them out with shampoo bars. If you use the baking soda mix you will not be able to rinse this out!  Use raw honey, egg yolks, yogurt, or aloe vera to deep condition your hair while using baking soda as your shampoo!

I hope that this helps you out! I hope that this answers some of your questions too! If not you can ask me anytime on here or on Twitter (@NoPooGal)

Good Luck!!!

The "No Poo" movement and why (scientifically) it's terrible for your hair.

Okay, I’ve been seeing a lot of people going for the “no poo” thing and not shampooing their hair… but instead, washing it with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

Now, I’m glad people are reconsidering normal daily habits, but you might want to delve a little deeper and not just assume that the people making these movements popular… actually have any idea what they are talking about.

Now, for some really simple science:
Your hair has a natural pH of around 4-5, making it acidic. Baking soda has a much higher pH of around 9, making it alkaline. This leads to a breakdown of the di-sulfide bonds in your hair.

Now… I’m going to pretend this means nothing to you. Not because I assume you don’t know, but because I’m a junkie for explaining things.

So, breaking down the di-sulfide bonds is what leads you to THINK that this method is working. It makes your hair feel soft and shiny. YAY! 

… No! Bad!

The reason your hair feels soft and shiny is the same reason your skin feels soft and smooth after you’ve had your hands in bleach: you are dissolving the outer layer of keratin every time you do it! So the more you do it, the more you damage your hair, and eventually… it will all break off and you’ll be left wondering what the heck just happened.

Apple cider vinegar is okay for your “conditioning”, if you’re into smelling like a salad during your shower. It has a pH of around 5 so you’re safe. But if you really want to stop using store bought shampoo, consider a more acidic option.

Cheers,
~Bonnie

Manic pixie dream girl

(I don’t even say that with irony, I’ve finally come to terms with being a Mpdg and it’s incredible ❄)

I was sent this boucle blazer by Choies to review. I do have a few things from different parts of SE Asia, and sizing is always the biggest issue. I picked this blazer from Choies’ pretty sizeable collection of coats and jackets as it felt like it could fit, and it’s rather lovely, as you can see. It’s pretty lightweight and I don’t plan on using it for everyday wear - in any case, it’s nearly summer in the tropics. I went for the XL, and even though it doesn’t actually go upto the 46.5" bust that it’s supposed to have, it fits me fine. I was hoping it might be oversized, but I think this looks hella cute anyway. In other news, I finally perfected my nopoo routine by switching to reetha (soapnuts) from baking soda and I’m ridiculously in love with my hair now ♥

Wearing>>

Blazer: c/o Choies // Blouse: ASOS // Shorts: Zara // Bag: Pull&Bear via ASOS // Stag Pin: eBay // Knee socks: ASOS // Vintage monk shoes 

Summer Dreams

There was something niggling at the back of my mind when I pulled out this blouse and pinny from my closet but I simply couldn’t put my finger on it. It was only while editing the photos later that I realised that I had ended up wearing something very similar to this summer 2012 outfit by Calivintage! Erin has singularly been one of my biggest style inspirations since I discovered her blog in late 2009, so I see it as a sort of subconscious homage. I’ve been rediscovering pieces in my wardrobe which I haven’t worn in ages, but which somehow seem to translate perfectly to current trends, I guess. A corduroy pinafore? Nailed it. 

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Although I shampooed the night before these photos were taken (I’m temporarily back to ‘poo washes’ and olive oil deep conditioning while I switch from baking soda to reetha) this is what 'no-poo’ makes my hair look like with airdrying and no products. I guess I could tame the remaining frizziness with a few spritzes of coconut oil solution and heat styling, but honestly, I just LOVE the way my hair is finally falling into its natural waves. My ultimate goal is to have long, flowing, wavy, hippie hair ♥  

Wearing>>

Blouse, cord pinny, tights, beret, faux fur collar: ASOS // Pixie boots: Vintage // Bag: Aliexpress // Faux fur tail: H&M 

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