Let me start out by saying this method for cleansing and conditioning your hair is not conventional. It goes against everything you know. It goes against our natural couponing instinct to pick up as many fifty-cent bottles of Garnier Fructis as you can haul home. But, since we all love a great bargain on our toiletry products, let me introduce you to an amazing way to save on shampoo and conditioner!



It's called "no-poo" (as in no-shampoo). It's an all-natural alternative to traditional shampoo and conditioner. A quick Google search will bring up multiple blogs and articles about success stories using the "no-poo" method. Here’s how it works:

“No-poo” Shampoo

Mix 1 tbsp baking soda with 1 cup warm water.

Pour into an empty container (empty shampoo bottle or condiment squirt bottle.)

You can also just keep a watertight container of baking soda in the shower and rub about a tablespoon into the scalp.


In the shower, squeeze the baking soda mixture all over your roots and massage into the scalp.  You can let this sit for a few seconds and rinse (it will clean the rest of your hair as you rinse it out).

Once your baking soda mixture is completely rinsed out, you can start with "conditioner."


1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1-2 cups warm water.


Pour the vinegar mixture onto hair, concentrating on ends. You can then apply to the rest of your hair if you choose.

Let that sit for a couple of minutes and rinse!

It doesn’t feel the same as rinsing conditioner out of your hair, but trust me, your hair has been conditioned!
You can add essential oils to your mixtures as well (I add tea tree oil). You may want to do a deep conditioning treatment from time to time.

Deep Conditioning Treatment

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1-2 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)


Combine ingredients thoroughly. Leave on hair for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool/lukewarm water.

You can also distribute warm olive oil or coconut oil through your ends. Leave in overnight, then thoroughly rinse and wash in the morning!


Before you call me crazy (or krazy), please give it a try! I've been doing it for a while now, and my hair has never been softer. Your hair will go through a transition while it tries to regulate the natural oils your scalp produces. This is because these mixtures don't strip your hair of their natural oils like regular shampoo! I recommend trying it for a month or so before you give up. You may find that your hair becomes much more manageable and shiny!

So if you want a cheap, green way to transform your hair without chemicals, just go to your kitchen and whip up some “no-poo”! You may never go back — I know I won't!

This is a guest post by Angie from Pioneer, CA
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Save on Shampoo with the "No-poo" Method