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ShamPHree method video!

I’m reading this book right now called Little House in the Ozarks, by ( you guessed it) Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was raised on her earlier books and consider her a personal hero of mine. I like her so much that I gave my second child her last name. I consider myself a pioneer woman and wife of a farmer stuck in the body of myself. And, by some random stroke of weirdness I find myself living in the Ozarks, which is where she settled.

This book is a collection of short stories, thoughts, and opinions of Laura’s from her mid-life. She was a contributing writer to many worldly publications and was a very smart and sophisticated farm wife with very strong views on what it meant to be a woman in the early years of last century during war times. Her words are concise and witty, and her viewpoints are practical and economical with a touch of humor and childish wonder. I like to think that if she were alive today, she would be an enthusiastic blogger like myself, HTHG.

Anyways, in a chapter about taking care to look your best Laura writes about using baking soda in the hair to cleanse it and make it soft and fluffy, and vinegar for shine. She used the ShamPHRee method!!

Reading this validated my own no-poo journey and made me so happy that I decided to make you a video!

For all of you that have asked me how exactly I use the ShamPHree method, here you go.


Do you need help troubleshooting your Shamphree routine for your hair type? Check this post out.

And click here for your complete Shamphree method supply list where you can browse and buy your supplies.

Are you considering going #shamphree? If you are currently using the nopoo method, what are your thoughts?

Don’t forget to hashtag your #shamphree photos so we can see and inspire this hair revolution!

Are you ready to embark on your ShamPHree journey? Check out Troubleshooting ShamPHree for different hair types and HTHG’s answers to frequently asked ShamPHree questions to get you going in the right direction!

ShamPHree starter kits and products are now available in the HTHG ShamPHree Shop. Get yours today and Free Your Hair!

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  1. Hairlicious

    I just want to start by saying you are AWESOME and I just love that you take the time to share such amazing hairstyles.


    ACK!! Never brush your hair whilst wet, ever. It will cause breakage. If you feel the need to do so, please, use a wide tooth comb (smooth wooden is best). Better yet, gently work it in with your fingers.

    Brushing while wet = hair nono

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Lets talk about this hair rule. You are the second person who has been quite shocked that I would suggest brushing hair while wet. HTHG likes to break hair rules, because I think that many of them are out-dated and not true for everyone (like shampooing hair, hence the no-poo journey;)
      I have been in the hair industry for ten years and counting and have never seen or heard a reported problem with hair breakage from brushing it while wet. However, this does not mean that it might not work for you. And if it doesn’t, please don’t do it! I am sharing my tips for what works for me personally. If you want to modify the routine to suit your own hair’s needs, by all means please do:) But major hair no-nos? I don’t generally buy ’em. Thanks for the comment. And a general note: I am sharing my personal tips, I encourage you try them but please feel free to modify them to suit your own beliefs. XO

      1. Hairlicious

        Hey what works for you is gold 😀
        To each her own.

        And once again thanks for all those pretty hairstyles.

  2. Richard Brown

    I finally took the no-poo plunge and love it. I tried it about a month ago and found that my after putting the baking soda in, my hair felt really slimy. So I washed it out with shampoo. My wife convinced me that although it has that feeling at first, it really works better than shampoo. So I tried it again today. This never happens, but she was actually right! My hair, short as it is, came out clean and shiny. I’m hooked. Now I don’t have to pay for expensive shampoos that are harmful to the environment and that support multi-national corporations. And its better for my health. Thanks How To Hair Girl!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Shamphree is the best. Glad it’s working for you!

      1. ark

        I am just starting to try the ShamPhree method! I just read the above post that said his hair felt slimy. Is that the norm?? I wish mine felt slimy! Mine just feels dry and dirty all at the same time 🙁 Not sure what to do… I like the slimy feel that you get when you use soft water. My hair is so soft & fluffy when I use soft water.

        1. roxie.hunt Author

          Give it some time, be patient. Try using less BS in your mixture and more ACV. Be sure to brush your hair regularly to help distribute the oils. Hang in there!

  3. Kiriko

    Ah, so amazing to read your Laura Ingalls Wilder reference. I also grew up on the entire series! I’m pretty sure I inherited my DIY spirit from LIW. I’m about to go take a shower to give my first go at nopooing and also try a baking soda scrub. Thanks lady!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      LONG LIVE LIW. keeping her spirit alive! She was such a badass.

      1. Kiriko

        3 weeks into no-poo and the hair is softer and seems to be growing faster than usual. My scalp is also noticeably healthier. I just ordered a custom consult from you– I want to achieve no-maintenance haircut and color next. Love your website! Thank you!

  4. Jane Terry

    Just found this site thanks to Bust magazine. Thank you – I am going to try this! Your whole website is a lot of fun – I appreciate your generosity in sharing, and was happy to hear you live in the beautiful Ozarks, as do I. 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Glad you found me. No-poo ( I like to call it ShamPHree now because I don’t like using the word poo to talk about my hair;) has worked beautifully for me and many others. Definitely try it, and stick it out for a while because sometimes it takes a couple weeks for your hair to adjust to the change. xo

  5. Kels

    Hey Rox,
    I’ve been meaning to explore your site for so long and feel guilty it’s taken me this long to look at it for more than 10 minutes here and there. I do, however, send everyone I know to check it out! Finally I have made a little time to really get into it and I’m so glad I have! For one thing it’s lovely to see your beautiful face. I’m super excited about this shamPHree method!! I already only wash my hair on Saturdays, but I think this will be even better! I’m starting tonight 🙂 I hope to see you soon!
    Much much love!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Kels!!!!I want to see you soon! Come over and see us?

      1. Kels

        absolutely!! when and where?!? email me – i’m not on the ‘book, so i’ve lost touch with too many

  6. Jamie

    Hi Roxie,

    I found your site through Jen’s (from Naked Eye Beauty) link to your hair powder video on her Facebook page. I’ve been reading through for the past few days, and I love it! You have so much great information. My hair is wavy/curly, sometimes frizzy, and I read Curly Girl years ago so I’m familiar with the method. I had tried it years ago and given it up. Long story short, I recently moved to a new city, and my hair was NOT happy. It was drier, frizzier, yet oilier and itchier on my scalp. I tried your ShamPhree method a couple of days ago, and although my scalp is still a bit too oily for my liking, it finally feels good (calm and not itchy/irritated) for the first time in months! Needless to say, I’m thrilled, and hopeful that the oiliness will disappear with time. Thank you for this awesome site!!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You are most welcome! I predict that your scalp will calm down quickly. Make sure and work a good brushing into your weekly hair routine, too. This helps stimulate the scalp into balance.

  7. Jaimie O

    Hey, I just found your site from Offbeat Empire. I had a question for you: I have super curly (permed) hair that I never ever ever brush. Do you have an alternative? Or do you think brushing it wouldn’t affect my curls to bad?
    Also, I love your site. 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think that using a paddle brush would be fine with your perm. I think the key with perms and brushing is that you don’t want to use tension on it when it is wet. ( no boar bristle brushes on wet hair)

  8. Krista Howard

    Hey, quick question.. do you feel the baking soda removes product? Like gel, hairsprays or mousse? I perm my hair and use product to define the curl but am very curious about the no-poo methods.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think that if you are using the ShamPHree method, it works best if you don’t use products that coat the hair like gel, spray, and mousse. The cool thing about the method is that it really eliminates alot of your hair’s need for products because it keeps it in balance and much more manageable. Try using coconut oil to define your curl. Here is a recipe for a fabulous natural curl definer…..

  9. Julie

    Found you through Offbeat Home & am excited to start trying this method as I’ve had hair battles for years and recently have become acutely aware of just exactly what ingredients are in the products we put in and on our bodies. This is a great way to have total control over part of my beauty routine! I wonder how often you Shamphree? Is it daily? Thanks!!

  10. Aimee

    I used to shampoo and condition my hair everyday…if I missed just one day it would get so greasy and my scalp would get so itchy. This method is a blessing! I do have some questions though…I have curly hair and I don’t brush it…I used to use a wide pic comb in the shower after I put conditioner in, but that was it. Since I have been using the brush with the no poo method, my hair has been so frizzy…and I’m worried about damage because its near impossible to get the brush through my hair after spraying on the baking soda. Is using the brush an essential part? Could I just dunk my hair and scalp in the baking soda mixture? Are there any other tips? Thank you!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think you can get away with not brushing if you make sure to massage your scalp with your fingers when your hair is dry, before rinsing your hair with water in the shower:)

      1. Aimee

        Thank you for that! Another question…my hair *feels* dry and like straw, but then again I have always used conditioner everyday. So I guess I’m wondering if this is a normal sensation because I’m not used to the feel of untreated hair, or do I need an additional moisturizing thing?

        1. roxie.hunt Author

          My first thought is that it can take a couple weeks and rounds of ShamPHree before your hair fully evens out and adjusts to not being treated with conventional hair products. In the meantime, definitely do coconut oil treatments.

  11. itsG

    Hi, this is the first time I’ve ever checked your page. Could you explain me this whole no-shampoo thing? I wash my hair everyday with shampoo and conditioner, sometimes I try to wash it alternating days but by the morning of the day I’m supposed to wash it my roots and bangs are really dirty and oily. That’s really noticeable because my hair is dark brown and now I got the ombre look done. I have oily hair. Any advice? I really want my hair to look good everyday. Thanks!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I call it Shamphree, and It is basically using baking soda and water mixture as your shampoo, and apple cider vinegar and water mixture as conditioner. It balances and evens out the hair and slows down oil prodution so that you dont need to wash frequently, and your hair looks basically great all the time. Low maintenance and easy on the pocket book, my hair has never looked better.
      Read through HTHG’s shamphree category for all you need to know on the how to’s and why’s of going shamphree. Free your hair!

  12. Jessica

    Started the shamphree journey today, and I’m amazed. My hair feels and looks great. I can’t wait to see the changes a couple of weeks from now. I might even start my kids on it as well.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I started ShamPHree-ing my kids, now they ShamPHree each other!

  13. Marisol

    What about the smell? Will the vinaiger make ur hair smelly?

  14. Jessie

    Hi! I’d love to watch your how-to video on shamphree, but it’s a kid’s video called Feed Your Face instead. Please fix it so I can figure out no-poo! Thanks!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Should be fixed!!! sorry about that!

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