No poo - Yogurt as shampoo? What do you think?

Asked on April 12, 2017
Created April 30, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I have thick, coarse, curly hair and 'no poo' isn't working for me.. Baking soda made my hair dry and brittle.. I've also read that using baking soda and ACV can cause damage to the hair shaft because of the pH extremes:

"Using highly alkaline solutions on your hair (baking soda, bronners soaps, etc.) though it feels soft and manageable that is really the disulfide bonds in your internal hair structure being weakened by the alkaline solution.The colors and perms that are performed use this method to work, they ???open up??? your hair to deposit the color or permanent, then a clarifying shampoo is used to ???close??? your hair and lock the color or permanent in. To then bring your hair down to it???s proper pH a acidic solution (apple cider vinegar) when using a alkalinic cleanser is used, this is called clarifying. This dual process is not healthy for your hair or your scalp. (???) This is why so many shampoos on the market advertise that it is pH balanced. Because that is very important. So forcing your hair to go up to an 8 or 9 and then forcing it back down to a 4.5 in a short period of time is very damaging. "

So I've been looking for alternatives and that's when I came up with yogurt. Yogurt is slightly acidic and has the same pH range as hair, scalp and skin (4.5 - 5.5). It has a similar texture to shampoo.. The lactic acid works as a mild cleanser, the protein repairs hair.. while the fat conditions and moisturizes.. It's all natural and easily available. So why isn't it more popular? I tried it today and the results aren't bad - my only complaint is that my hair smells yogurty, but I guess I will have to rinse longer, and add essential oils to mask the dairy smell. Also, it doesn't lather, and doesn't get your hair as squeaky clean as commerical shampoo, but I don't mind that..

I've googled "yogurt shampoo" and I haven't been able to find much information.

What are your opinions on using yogurt as a shampoo base?

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on December 20, 2014
at 02:30 AM

I'm allergic to essential oils. You can use essential oils but they can add to the problem. Also, fragrance is an irritant. 


on December 20, 2014
at 02:24 AM

I've thought of trying yogurt as a shampoo. I'm going to try it tonight. I'm allergic to shampoo and my hair is dry and my scalp is cracked and irritated after using a shampoo that dried out my scalp and my hair and then, a natural hair coloring. 

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