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Going without shampoo

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Created July 12, 2012 at 5:40 AM

I have tried this a few times, I always get bad dandruff and itchy pimple like lesions at the back of my scalp. I know the theory is that soap removes sebum and the skin overcompensates, but I wash my hands quite frequently and they are never excessively oily.

also what are peoples thoughts on face washing. yes/no.

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Hi, try researching the various types of folliculitis for your symptoms.

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I second using an ACV conditioner, definitely a must!

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:50 PM

In what ratio do you mix the baking soda with water (if at all?) I too have very fine stick-straight hair that gets super greasy if I go more than a day or two between washing it.

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:47 PM

An apple cider vinegar rinse after the baking soda wash is supposed to brighten everything up.

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on July 12, 2012
at 07:52 AM

just a personal experiment - it has been more than a few years now since i last washed my face with anything more than just water. and honestly, my skin is very good indeed - i used to have breakouts (adult acne) once in a while, but i cant recall the last time. ofcourse it has a lot to do with what you put inside yourself, much more so with just your cosmetics routine... but if your diet is spoton then id say quit the soap. the same gos for hair. i still do an occasional eggyolkwash or vinegarrinse... like once a month or so.... i do remember igot dandruff in the beginning (very first month of nopoo) but i bore it out and it never came back.

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I started washing my (fine, stick-straight, oily) hair with baking soda a couple of years ago, and won't go back to shampoo. For me, it really works; my hair is a lot less oily and doesn't tangle so badly anymore. I did try washing with only water, however, and it was a greaseball nightmare.

I haven't used soap on my face in over a decade, as even the mildest soaps leave it stripped dry and subject to breakouts. Other than getting it wet in the shower, I don't really wash it at all. I don't wear makeup, either, and most of the time my skin looks good; I only break out when I'm eating crap or under a lot of stress.

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:50 PM

In what ratio do you mix the baking soda with water (if at all?) I too have very fine stick-straight hair that gets super greasy if I go more than a day or two between washing it.

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I used to have dandruff and acne lesion itchy godawfulpainful lesions on my scalp and no conventional shampoo, organic shampoo, or no 'poo would work. The only thing that's worked for me at all are J.R. Liggett's shampoo bars, which are basically just old-fashioned soap (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.), with tea tree oil. I wash twice a week or so, and once or twice a month use a straight white vinegar wash followed by the shampoo bar. The tea tree oil keeps away the bumps/sores and also helps mildly with dandruff, and the vinegar wash really eliminates the dandruff.

I've tried other shampoo bars from small businesses and Etsy, but only the J.R. ones have ever worked (for me, at least). Bonus, they're pretty cheap and make my hair look great.

In regards to face washing, the best balance for me is to wash every second or third day using real soap (no Ivory, Irish Springs, crappy chemical "soaps") and moisturizing after with jojoba, olive, almond, etc. oil. I have very sensitive skin with occasional acne, so washing more or less than that makes my skin quite unhappy. Unfortunately, washing with water only doesn't work for me (at this point in time), but I'm nourishing my skin with healthy products so I don't feel bad at all.

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on July 12, 2012
at 08:34 AM

I tried no poo for a while and I personally think it does not work well, it leave your hair dull and dry. Use baking soda as a mild scrub to remove dirt, then wash out and apply conditioner to the tips, leave that in while you wash your body then wash it out at end, done

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:47 PM

An apple cider vinegar rinse after the baking soda wash is supposed to brighten everything up.

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I second using an ACV conditioner, definitely a must!

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on July 12, 2012
at 06:01 AM

The palm is very thick and can survive a lot more chemicals than the rest of the skin. It also does not have hair that can be damaged. Head on the other hand has a very thin skin with a lot of hair. Yes that is a vulnerable part. The head will secrete oils to preserve it. And because of the oil the hair will become messy. The same may happen to the face as well, and it may become oily.

But and its a very big but. There is a lot of individual variations in how much oil different tissues can produce. Some tissues produce more, others less. This varies by person and by tissue. So your mileage may vary.

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