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Questions about daily routine for the No Shampoo/Soap experts!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

It's been 10 days for me with no shampoo, conditioner, body soap, facewash, deodorant, cologne, or toothpaste (water brushing/flossing 2x/day)!

Going great so far and never felt more clean, hygenic, and chemical free in my entire life!

Was trying to perfect my daily routine and wanted to know how you all shower in the mornings:

Do you find that it is important to massage/touch all parts of the body (similar as to if you had a soap bar in hand?). When I step in the shower I get all areas wet, massage my hair (similar as I was using shampoo), and same with armpits/privates.
But I was wondering do I need to actually touch/rub my legs and feet area, or is it enough that the water gets to these areas? Do most of you just use your hands to clean off in the shower, or is that not even really needed on a daily basis?

Also, I'm looking for the perfect towel to dry off after this chemical free shower - if you have any recommendations please share!

Thanks!

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

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on January 30, 2013
at 12:40 AM

Cool! thanks for sharing, I will remember that! :)

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on January 30, 2013
at 12:02 AM

Agreed, big time!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:53 PM

i actually wouldn't use it for skin problems- it might spread them or make them itchier. i use it for cleansing my lymphatic system, improved circulation, skin tightening, and cell renewal. i used to do it every day but now it's just a few times a week.

B5bd19e76142cca78c869d146ba4182a

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:08 PM

One more thing, then, about the hair: I know it might sound gross, but sweat is the BEST shampoo. Greasy hair? Get sweaty and rinse off...problem solved!

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Thank you for the details! - it's exactly what I was wondering :) What you mentioned about distributing excess oils in the hair makes a lot of sense. I need to spend a few more seconds making sure I'm doing that properly.

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

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on January 29, 2013
at 10:59 PM

no, i've actually never heard of that, but just pulled it up on amazon to see :) i'm male and would really like to keep my shower routine as simple and product/accessory free as possible, so i'm not sure if i will have a need for the skin brush (haven't noticed any skin issues with these cleaning products - only improvements!) do you recommend using this brush if i were to notice skin problems of some sort?

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B5bd19e76142cca78c869d146ba4182a

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on January 29, 2013
at 10:59 PM

Here's way more detail than you wanted:

I have been no-poo, no-soap for more than a year. My daily shower routine takes about 5-10 minutes, and it's a little more involved than most no-poo routines because I came from an OCD, Proactiv-abusing hygiene history.

I have long, curly hair, so I 'scrub' my head with my fingers under the water and then work my fingers through my hair. I find that this distributes any excess oils nicely along the length of my hair, and makes it easy (REALLY easy) to comb through later.

Then I take a pair of shower gloves and gently brush, under running water, only the parts of my skin that get super sweaty/dirty (face, upper back, armpits, etc). I do the face first and work in order of skin sensitivity so that any transferred bacteria won't make me break out.

I usually never bother to touch or scrub my legs/arms/etc because they don't seem to need it. I hand-rinse the ladyparts. So far, my S/O hasn't complained :)

After the shower, I do wash my pair of shower gloves using castile soap (I know, I know; but I use these gloves for...um...ALL parts of me, and I don't want certain bacteria on my face). If I wanted to avoid this step, I would get a pair of shower gloves/scrubby dedicated to just my butt!

I also like to put a thin layer of Jojoba oil on my face before the skin dries. I used to have really bad acne, and this no-poo + oil has cleared my face up like magic.

And finally, as for the towel, I like the older, threadbare kind, but I find I barely use it except for my hair. We're pretty waterproof animals.

B5bd19e76142cca78c869d146ba4182a

(120)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:08 PM

One more thing, then, about the hair: I know it might sound gross, but sweat is the BEST shampoo. Greasy hair? Get sweaty and rinse off...problem solved!

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 30, 2013
at 12:40 AM

Cool! thanks for sharing, I will remember that! :)

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 30, 2013
at 12:02 AM

Agreed, big time!

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Thank you for the details! - it's exactly what I was wondering :) What you mentioned about distributing excess oils in the hair makes a lot of sense. I need to spend a few more seconds making sure I'm doing that properly.

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:13 PM

I will "hand-scrub" if I'm feeling gritty, like post-workout or if I haven't showered in a couple days, or if I've been down at the beach. Otherwise, I don't worry about it, a rinse does the job just fine.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 29, 2013
at 10:10 PM

do you skin brush before you shower? i'd recommend it if you don't. your skin will be super smooth and it's kind of like a mini skin shower before you actually get wet.

i don't think touching your body parts is necessary. just standing under the water should be fine.

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

(224)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:59 PM

no, i've actually never heard of that, but just pulled it up on amazon to see :) i'm male and would really like to keep my shower routine as simple and product/accessory free as possible, so i'm not sure if i will have a need for the skin brush (haven't noticed any skin issues with these cleaning products - only improvements!) do you recommend using this brush if i were to notice skin problems of some sort?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:53 PM

i actually wouldn't use it for skin problems- it might spread them or make them itchier. i use it for cleansing my lymphatic system, improved circulation, skin tightening, and cell renewal. i used to do it every day but now it's just a few times a week.

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