I’ve been shampoo-free for over 3 years now (the end of August marked the official anniversary) which basically means I wash my hair with baking soda and water, and then condition it with apple cider vinegar and water. Occasionally I wash + condition with one or two eggs.
I wash my hair twice a week, and this year I researched and experimented with the water only wash (hated it) and sebum only (hated that even more). The baking soda / acv combo has never failed me in all this time, and I have very happy, healthy hair to show for it.
That being said, today I used products! Oh my!
During my no-poo experiment, I’ve gotten a DevaCurl cut 3 times in Waterloo and my stylist used the No-Poo DevaCurl line on my hair each time. When I went there during my visit home a few weeks ago, I decided to buy the kit and today I used it for the very first time.
Being that it’s no-poo, the shampoo doesn’t lather (not that baking soda does so I’m used to it), but it, along with the conditioner, left my hair looking and feeling lovely (as seen in the photo).
It smells nice but the smell is not strong. I am very sensitive to scents and even the Live Clean brand (which I used before going poo-free) is too scent-strong for me despite it being 98% plant based. I knew this kit would be ok for my nose because it had already been used on my hair during my visits and I didn’t get headaches like I often do from products.
So, I plan to alternate between this line and my natural mix now. 50/50. I don't know how that will play out because the products may cancel out the work I've done to be all-natural, but I'm willing to take that risk because I'm craving something different.
FYI, The No-Poo DevaCurl line is cruelty-free, and 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free as well for those who might be interested in trying it out.
Below are two comments I received when I posted this on my personal Facebook page. I included them here in case you had similar questions.
Question: "Your hair looks always healthy and sexy. I wish I had a curl specialist near me. I had very curly hair and now is just wavy, I also wash it twice a week and I do co-wash in the middle, which is basically washing it just with conditioner. Did you do the porosity test on your hair? If you did, can you tell me what kind of porosity your hair has? I am willing to try new stuff to restore my hair's natural curls! Thanks Mandy!" Lily Rivera Contreras
Answer: Thank you, lovely! You can definitely get those curls back! I remember many years ago when one stylist didn’t believe I even had waves when I told him I did. My hair was pretty short at that time but I was starting to see glimpses of waves. I think he thought it was just an accident if they ever popped up LOL Once I stopped going to hairdressers that cut my hair as if it was straight, things really turned around. Wavy and curly hair should be cut while it’s dry and each curl should be cut separately. That’s what a DevaCurl cut does. It works with how your hair naturally grows and shapes itself. You could honestly do it yourself curl by curl if you wanted to. There are lots of videos on YouTube to show you how! Even the best curls can be ruined with a bad cut.
Really curly hair absolutely benefits from conditioner only and even if you only ever used conditioner from now on, your curls would thank you for it. Lots on YouTube about that as well!!! Curls are hella thirsty!!
As for my hair, I did do the test by putting some hair in a glass of water and it didn’t sink at all. So I think that means it’s extra porous (or not porous at all?). I don’t remember offhand what each one meant but at the time I knew it meant my hair really did suit the use of baking soda because it can handle something that gritty on the regular.
Also keep in mind that products really do affect our hair. I never got these waves with regular shampoos. I would get a frizzy blob instead of individual waves. The quality of your water might have an impact as well. But essentially, curls need a ton of moisture to be happy. FYI, I always let my hair dry naturally. I never put a towel on it. I don’t comb or brush it. I just let it do what it needs to do. So I don’t apply heat and I don’t add actual products like gels or serums or hairspray. Sometimes I think we ruin a good thing simply by tampering with it. Hope that helps!!
Question: "I want to try that regimen too but everything I see online about it gives different ratios of baking soda and the vinegar to water." Debbie de Zwaan
Answer: Just try one of them to start and you can adjust as you go along. I don’t use a certain measurement or else I’d give you one. I found that part confusing, too, so I just did what I wanted. I eyeball it each time and don't worry about if it's too much or too little.