No 'Poo in Nairobi

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Created October 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I???ve been debating going no ???poo for a while but have a specific work day environment that gives me pause. I live in Nairobi and bike 12km every day to work, most of this down industrial highway or traffic jammed roads. Nairobi???s air quality is poor to begin with, and it doesn???t help to then bike through miles of unfiltered diesel exhaust. I wear a Totobobo mask every day. Without it, my lungs ache and throat burns.

Needless to say, when I get home I feel filthy. Sweaty. Exhausty. Muddy. Though I don???t notice anything discernible at the end of each ride in my hair, I can???t imagine that the environment isn???t damaging it in some way. So, does no ???poo work in such an extreme situation ??? will simple water/baking soda/some other treatment remove whatever???s accumulating in my hair?

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on July 09, 2013
at 03:52 AM

I use a cleansing conditioner. I don't think it had unnecessary chemicals and it cleanses really well. (not many ingredients)

If you don't want to use shampoo... rinse your hair with water. Or use your body soap and quickly scrub your scalp, let the suds run through your strands.

(I hope you're using some kind of soap, since you claim to feel so dirty!)

Short hair, apple cider vinegar on the scalp, I used to use a mud wash that works nice


Idk about the egg thing... or the baking soda (I'm sure it cleanses but... yeah no. After the vinegar-baking soda experiment in elementary school, it just seems weird to use it on hair)


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on June 10, 2013
at 04:11 PM

I am no-poo and have found great success with using egg yolk to clean my hair and doing a cucumber juice rinse. My hair loves it and gets very clean. I also use distilled water to rinse it out and it works every time! The egg yolk is really great for removing oily residue.



on February 08, 2013
at 04:13 AM

Jake, does your hair feel clean after your no-poo wash? Baking soda is a surfectant, so it will help break up and disperse whatever is deposited on your hair, as well as helping to neutralize acidic compounds, and break up grease and oil. My hair stylist says she recommends it to people who want to remove every trace of styling gunk and hair treatments from their hair.

I took a look on Wikipedia, and learned that baking soda used during the Manhattan project to remove uranium from clothing and fabric. It takes the tarnish off silver, removes tea and coffee stains, controls fungal growth, and absorbs odors. My guess is that it probably does a pretty good job on your hair.

You might want to treat your hair with coconut oil or olive oil first (perhaps every few days instead of daily?), since the oil would help dissolve and remove fat-soluble gunk.

Doug, commercial shampoo contains unnecessary chemicals and fragrances, and the packaging is not environmentally friendly either. Shampoo and conditioner leaves residues on your hair your hair and scalp.



on December 27, 2012
at 11:10 PM

What's wrong with shampoo?



on October 16, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Short hair is a must. Bar soap works well as well as some cold tea. Try different things. I don't use ,poo anymore.



on December 13, 2012
at 09:41 PM

head and shoulders is pretty good

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