From fine with shampoo to itchy/flaky no poo?

Answered on April 06, 2013
Created February 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM

I have fine brown hair on the long side for guys. I am probably a month and a half into no poo, and while I don't get greasy until about 5 days without BS, I get flaky within one day. I rinse my hair in cold water to wash out any debris in the morning, and my hair will look and feel great, but in the evening it's back to flaky, which sometimes turns into itchy.

This flakiness is enough to cause a fine flaked snowstorm if I 'shake' my fingers through my hair. It's very annoying especially when it gets itchy, but looking in the mirror I don't think it's noticeable.

I have purchased some organic virgin coconut oil, which I read somewhere might be good to moisturize for a night before a BS wash, and I tried that. Afterwards my hair felt GREAT and super soft, but still, some minor flakes in the evening.

A few weeks ago I had tried mixing a few drops of tea tree oil into my BS after reading some stuff about 'maybe it being fungal'. No avail.

Considering I never had this issue on shampoo, I'm considering going back. But, I'd like to exhaust all options just because this is much cheaper and seems healthier.

Has anyone else had this experience with no poo? Does anyone have any suggestions to fix the rampant flakes?

edit: if it's important, I drink a ton of green tea and water everyday, so I'm pretty sure I'm properly hydrated.

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on March 07, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I hope you haven't surrendered to shampoo yet!!

1---First off: you haven't mentioned "diluted ACV (Apple cider vinegar)", are you using it as a rinse after BS? If not, then do this asap! It is necessary to balance the skin and hair's pH levels.

2---Second: Have you experimented with less/more BS? BS can dry out your hair, so maybe try using less if you haven't already, and up your ACV rinse a bit (the norm is somewhere between 1Tbsp and 2 Tbsp per cup of water).(BE CAREFUL A LOT OF ACV might grease up your hair, esp if you drown your roots with it.)

3--- Third: try using tea tree oil with acv, I'm not sure how well that would work, I personally haven't tried that yet, but will soon.

4--- Fourth: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with water into a spray bottle and spray your hair until it's all at least damp, and cover it overnight, then wash it with BS and ACV when you wake up.

here's a link that might be helpful: http://ecocrazymom.com/no-poo/


on April 06, 2013
at 06:02 AM


This is an awesome Aloe Honey shampoo recipe that will clear those flakes right up and has the following benefits:

  • Relieves Itchy Scalp
  • Reduces Redness & Imflammation
  • Adds luster, shine and strength
  • Promotes new hair growth
  • pH balacing
  • Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
  • Natural humectant
  • Help with dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhea

The article goes into detail on why it works, but it's really simple: 1/2 cup aloe gel 2 Tbs Honey (I'd add 4 drops of tea tree oil too)

Good luck!

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