No 'Poo Challenge: DAY 23!!!

I did it! I reached my goal of not using shampoo for three weeks. Some days were easier than others, but I made it.

I'm still trying to decide where I want to go from here. After all that work, I don't know if I want to go back to my old ways of shampooing daily or every other day, but I'm not loving the waxy build-up that I get with using the baking soda. I also feel very accomplished to have gone this long without using a single product on my hair!

I DID end up washing with applesauce on Wednesday and it really helped. My hair felt much softer and cleaner than it ever has with baking soda. For about a day, my scalp looked a little flaky, but it got better after that. This picture was taken the next day. Once again, I used the no heat curl. You can find the tutorial here, at The Paper Mama. I've become a big fan of this hair style.


You can use regular store-bought applesauce, but I made my own. It's very simple:

Set the oven to 350 F.
peel and core two apples
Put them in an oven-safe dish along with 1/8 cup water, and bake for 15 minutes.
Run in the food processor until smooth.
Then you just use it in the shower, the same way you would with shampoo, being sure to rinse out as well as possible.
I used all of this in the shower, but I think you could EASILY split it between two showers.
Put half of it in the fridge and use a few days later.

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  1. Congratulations! That may sound silly, but I don't think I could make it that long. I'm impressed! And i'm excited to hear what ends up happening now...if you go back to shampoo, or maybe find something in between.

  2. I still can't believe you did it. Your hair looks great, it really does! And I am in love with your dress. It is amazing! And with the tights and the sweater? I want to raid your closet. :)

  3. What did you end up doing? I'm curious.

  4. update: 1-25-14 my habits are better than they were before the challenge, although i'm not as natural as i wish. i use 'say yes to carrots' shampoo once a week. I DO use a curling iron and hairspray probably once a week.

    I'd like to make my own shampoo with castille soap but never got around to doing it. i feel like the 'yes to carrots' shampoo is at least more natural than others and washing just once a week is really good for me (and it actually FEELS clean after washing, as opposed to when i washed with baking soda). my fine hair definitely looks greasy after that amount of time but it's worth it to feel like it's healthy.