Wash Your Hair Using Only Natural Ingredients

You’re thinking you could never do without shampoo, that your hair would be a big oily mess — but it’s quite the opposite. It’s a supply and demand relationship, much like nursing a baby. The more your baby wants to nurse, the more milk your body produces. If you suddenly stopped nursing your baby there would be a lot of excess milk, engorgement, etc., for a while until your body returned to a state of balance.

The oily secretions of our body are very much the same. The more we strip away the natural oils, the more demand we are creating and the more oils our bodies will make. So if you stop using the surfactants cold turkey, your body will still be overproducing oil and there will be a lot of oil until your body reaches a balance again.


First Method

  1. Dissolve about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste. Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.
  2. In order to stimulate blood flow, clean your pores and get off built up grime, use your finger tips to scrub your scalp. Start by making a circle on the top of your head in the area you’d wear a crown. Focus on the back of this circle to begin with. Next, fill in the circle. This is where your part will be; grease here affects the way your hair looks. Trace while still scrubbing with your fingertips around the bottom edge of the circle. Keep making scrubbing circles underneath each one, drawing lines in circles around your head.
    1. Lastly, scrub the back of your skull and your temples/sideburns. This will result in less grease and more growth. After doing this, your scalp will feel alive. Many women swear their hair grows faster after a visit to the salon — it does, and this massage method is why.
  3. Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water. (I keep two plastic 12-ounce cups in my shower and just mix when I get in.) After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the apple cider vinegar over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out. That’s all there is to it!

Second Method (Using Soap Nuts)

  1. Soak a handful of soap nuts (about 8-10 for medium-length hair) in about 300 ml of water overnight.
  2. Next morning, squeeze and pulp the softened soap-nuts with your fingers. Discard the seeds.
  3. Use the resulting liquid just as you would use a shampoo, only more liberally.
  4. Apply, leave it on for 2 minutes, and wash off.
    • It's okay if some of the pulp gets into your hair - it'll all wash off. It will leave only a fresh clean feeling and a faint whiff of leaves.
  5. Use a natural conditioner if you find your hair too dry. You can use a beaten egg (leave it on for a few minutes,once you are ready in the shower), or coconut oil (applied and massaged into the hair 30 minutes in advance) before using the soap-nut solution.
  6. Discard any leftover liquid and all the pulp, as it can get smelly the next day.

Things You'll Need

  • First Method:
    • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • 3-4 Drops Of Your Favorite Essential Oil
    • Lemon Juice
    • Honey
    • Virgin Unprocessed Coconut Oil
    • Beeswax
  • Second Method:
  • Soap-nuts (called 'ritha' or 'areethhaa' in India, and available at most grocery shops)


  • When scrubbing, you’re actually rubbing your fingers back and forth in short movements. Be gentle; you don’t want to break your hair.
  • Virgin Unprocessed Coconut Oil locks in moisture and is a life saver for dry brittle hair.
  • For longer hair needing more conditioning use honey diluted in water as a rinse; it adds shine and smells amazing.
  • Beeswax is great for styling.


  • If your hair becomes frizzy, try using less baking soda or leaving it on for a shorter period of time. Adding honey may also help.
  • If you’re thinking about trying the first method, be forewarned! Most people experience a week or two of "icky hair" while their scalp struggles to adjust to the new routine. I did not experience this transition time, but many do. If you can outlast this period, though, you'll be rewarded with beautiful, all natural hair and scalp!)
  • Ready to make the change? Sure! Don't be afraid to go no 'poo. You know how to do it! Enjoy the journey – you're on your way to a healthier you!
  • If your scalp itches, try the following essential oils: tea tree, lavender, rosemary. If your hair becomes dry, try a tiny bit of oil (any oil; I use olive) smoothed on the scalp and the ends of the hair.
  • If your hair becomes greasy, try using less apple cider vinegar, switching to lemon or lime juice, leaving out the honey, and/or using a comb instead of a brush. Also, make sure you're applying the apple cider vinegar just to the ends of your hair.

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