It’s That Simple

After such a great response to my post on my noshampoo adventures, I am thrilled to know that some of you are interested in a “how to” so you can try it for yourselves.  For males, it is easier to go noshampoo, because with less hair, they truly can also just use no shampoo.  For females, however, with all of our lovely locks, it requires a little more effort and a few more steps.  But believe me, it’s totally worth it.

Baking Soda and Vinegar No Shampoo Method


  • 500 mL Plastic cup
  • Baking soda
  • Apple cider vinegar


  1. Using the plastic cup, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 3/4 cup of hot water.
  2. Mix with your hand, or by swirling the cup, until all the soda has dissolved.
  3. Pour this mixture onto your scalp along the part in your hair, massaging it in as you go.  I usually pour a bit, massage, pour a bit massage etc., working from the front to back of my part.
  4. Wait 1-2 minutes and then fully rinse your scalp.
  5. Once your soda mixture is gone and rinsed, pour two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the cup and dilute with one cup of water.
  6. Pour this mixture into the bottom parts of your hair (not your scalp). I usually do this by just lowering sections of my hair into the cup and submerging them in there for a few seconds. To get the rest of my hair, I tilt my head to on side and pour on, and then repeat on the other side.
  7. Give your hair a final rinse and voila: clean!


  • I have thick, long, wavy hair, so these amounts have been adjusted to the amount of hair I have and the amount of soda/vinegar I need.  Play around with the amounts to find the right ratios for your hair.
  • I keep all of the materials in the bathroom, pour the soda in the cup on the counter and take that and the vinegar in the shower with me. I add the water in the shower as I stand there.
  • I wrap my hair in an old t-shirt to dry, not a towel.  When I went noshampoo, I did some reading and learned that this alternative may also help with frizzy hair.  Give it a try!
  • The instructions above are the method I have used for the last ten months which has brought me overwhelming success.  Because it has been working for me, I have not tried anything else, but I have heard of other options you can try as a noshampoo regime.  See below for some links on other alternatives and further information:
    1. No Shampoo News Article
    2. Another Bloggers Methods
    3. Curly Girl No Shampoo Methods

It really is that simple.  It takes a couple times to get used to in terms of mixing everything up, figuring out the ratios etc., but once you do, it all happens in a jiff.  Eventually you won’t even need to measure any more and you will get good enough to just eye ball it!  Let me know if you have any questions, comments or feedback on how it works for you. For now, go buy yourself some soda and vinegar and go for it. You just might be surprised at how well you like it!




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10 thoughts on “It’s That Simple”

  1. Hey Laura,

    Great how to guide. As a male noshampooer, I literally use only noshampoo and have found that my hair is just fine. I know that with longer hair it may be different, but my daughters have long, thick hair and I don’t find that they need any type of shampoo at all, even baking soda and vinegar. I think for those used to ‘shampoo’ hair (most adults), it might be a difficult adjustment, but I still think it’s worth it.

    Now for your guide, my main question is: how often do you find you need to use baking soda and vinegar?

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for the feedback. I tend to use the baking soda and vinegar 2 -3 times a week, but have been doing it less and less as of late, stretching it out to 7 or 8 days. I am finding, as you suggested, that I don’t necessarily need anything at all!

  3. I’m getting ready to give up on the baking soda and vinegar. It’s only been about two weeks, give or take. I wanted to try a healthier alternative to washing my hair with shampoo. I also bought essential oils that help with hair not falling out so much (lavender, sage with jojoba and sweet almond oils as carriers) – I’ve been washing with the basking soda and vinegar about every other day to three days.

    My hair might be starting to get better, but it still looks so oily and frizzy! I feel like maybe I did too many changes at one time. Still, I really want this to work! Any suggestions?

    P.S. I’m 34, no gray, rarely color my hair. I do have three kids though and they say sometimes after pregnancy your hair isn’t as healthy.

  4. Hi, I just started this today! I’m super not excited about the nasties at the beginning haha. I just used baking soda and ACV and now I’m seeing that you don’t use anything except water. I am super curious about trying this since my experience so far (just today) hasn’t been fabulous. The baking soda seemed to give me a burning sensation on my scalp and the ACV seemed to leave me a little too “stripped”. Basically it felt like I had just swam in a way too chlorinated swimming pool in the sun and now was over bleached, or something. I’m thinking this won’t last but at this point I am too nervous to even brush it. I have very curly hair and the conditioner is what made it slick enough to comb through. Now if I comb it I’m afraid half my hairs will be pulled out 🙁 Also, if I ever plan on being successful with this then I may have to blow dry at some point again and I’m wondering about using any heat protectors? Anyways, I’m really confused about using only water as water and oil don’t mix therefore I would think the water would just run right off the hair making it pointless? So, how does just water take care of greasies? I am a girl so maybe you will have no idea how to answer my rediculous questions.
    I’m sorry for the lengthy comment but I really needed some guidance I think 🙂

  5. Been a non shampooer for 2 weeks and totally loving it! I had begun by using the baking soda and acv method but heard that too much of the baking soda, or too frequently, can bleach your hair or make it fall out. Not sure if there is truth to that but there must be a reason they say to only do the soda part 1-2x every few weeks. Now I just use Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water. I pour it over all my hair and rub it in like shampoo, even though it doesn’t foam up. I like that each person can vary it to their liking. No more being a slave to those brainwashing shampoo ads. What freedom!

  6. I had similar experiences with Tiffany upon first try- my hair NEVER knots (to the point that I don’t even own a hairbrush!) and after this my hair was incredibly ratted up. I have it drying in a t-shirt now and will see how it goes. I desperately want to be shampoo free, and this is such a simple and straightforward method- so thanks for sharing! I will keep it up for the next few weeks and see what methods work best for me. Thanks =)

  7. I have been no-poo for close to three months now! At first it was a struggle, and today I had the urge to buy some yummy coconut scented conditioner but I pulled through. I have curly hair, and sometimes I like to add some coconut, or olive oil to the ends because they get so dry and coarse. Regularly I was it once or maybe even twice a week with just water and scritch at my scalp. Then I use vinegar after washing my hair with really cold water, and squeeze out the extra water with a microfiber towel. Then I just air dry and that’s that! I absolutely love it!

  8. Hello, I’m a guy with short hair, it never gets longer than 4cm(about 1.5″), but is usually between 1.25 to 2.5cm. I obviously can’t dunk it in the ACV, so would dipping my fingers in the solution and rubbing the ends of my hair work or should I just pour it on my head since my hair tips will be on my scalp anyway, I think?

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