I dye my hair every 2 months black (Henna Black + Indigo - both products of "Khadi" and vegan/natural/chemical-free as well as healthy for the hair).
I've been reading posts by some people here who have beautiful hair and don't use shampoo. One example is using baking soda in the hair.
^^My one concern would be if the baking soda would interfere with my black hair colour (from Henna Black and Indigo) because I don't want to lose my black hair colour.
Also I'm keen in general to hear experiences - positive, negative, and neutral - from living a shampoo-free hygienic lifestyle.
Many thanks in advance. :)
Hi there, I've been completely 'no poo' since January 2012, and before that I only washed my hair about twice since the August before.
I started out using lemon juice straight on dry hair then rinsing it out and now I don't tend to use anything.
I occasionally (every few weeks) use baking soda then cider vingear but try not to use that too often. My hair is blonde and I have found that I am getting a bit of build up on my brush, but as my hair is fine anyway, then I find this gives it a bit of body and fullness which I've never had before.
I bought some soap nuts at the weekend, so I'm looking forward to trying these out....
Loulou, I've heard of soap nuts for laundry, but not for hair. Please keep us posted.
Athena, thanks for the post. I'm just transitioning to no-poo and blonde henna, so interested in what others with more experience have to say.
Hi Loulou and Freshenista, :)
thank you for your replies. :) Unfortunately it doesn't exactly answer the part of my question regarding my black hair. Maybe are there some "blackheads" here who use henna black and/or indigo who could answer that part of the question?
Baking soda pulls colour out of the hair. Yes.
I dye my hair red.... so I had to unfortunately go back to sulfate free shampoos because baking soda would have ruined my colour! I only wash my hair once a week anyways so I personally don't feel that the shampoo is making or breaking the condition of my hair. I use "Living Proof".
Thanks Love. :) Yeah, I thought that would happen. I use my shampoo and conditioner from Alverde (vegan and silicon-free).
Maybe something from Star's (our group leader) book? Very well reviewed on the Amazon UK site, and available at Amazon U.S. I'm going to consider it.
Amazon UK would be where I would order mine, since I live in Germany.
By the way, that's an adorable rabbit with you Freshenista! :) What's his/her name?
That's Ashley, who was living at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (Virginia), but has since found her "furever" home.
I did a photo shoot there for my book, "Animal Impact: Secrets Proven to Achieve REsults and Move the World." It's about how advocates can be more effective in motivating people to take animal-friendly actions (http://Animal-Impact.com)
I use black vegetable-based dyes on my hair (I'm naturally blonde) and use the no-poo method for washing and I haven't noticed any fading. Towards when it gets time to do my roots, i notice it has a bit of a red sheen in the light, but the black color is still nice and strong.
Hi Ashley, :)
How long have you been poo-free? How long was your hair when you began? How long did it take for your hair to go through the "transitions-phase"? Could you please tell me how your hair has changed since then as well as if your hair before that was thin or thick? :)
if you don't care to buy coffee or black tea, you can use them as rinses to dye your hair.
I've heard some negative feedback on that, though it my work for some people. Thank you though for your input. :)