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31 Comments

  1. leeapeea

    I just started my shamphree journey last week after you had answered my question about goalie helmet stink in my hair. Tea tree and peppermint oil has worked well! I have to shamphree almost every other day still, but I have noticed my ends are getting a bit dry while my scalp is still over-producing. I’ll try the coconut treatment on the ends, but already I’m noticing the texture of my hair is changing. Where it used to be silky to the point of being slippery, wouldn’t hold a curl (but would hold a kink), it would even fall loose from a braid, now it has some grip to it. It takes longer to dry, whereas with regular shampoo and conditioner it would air dry within 15 minutes on a normal day. It certainly has more body. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to really style it (have a wedding to attend in a few weeks) and see how it reacts.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      keep tweaking your routine. Glad it is working well so far (for the most part:)

  2. Jayme

    When you say Colour Treated hair, do you mean chemical colours or any sort of colour? I henna my hair, but it is thin and oily so I am not sure which of your advised recipes to follow?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      For henna, you shouldin’t have to treat it like color treated. Just ShamPHree according to your hair type:)

      1. Christine

        I actually have this question too, but I do have chemically color treated, but also very fine, oily hair. I am going to get started next week with this program, should I just start with 1 Tbs each of BS and AVC, or go with the recommendation for color treated hair to double my ACV for protection? Thanks!!

        1. roxie.hunt Author

          I would start out with 1 tblspn of each to begin with, then adjust from there:)

  3. Jessi

    Hi Roxie,
    I had a few questions, and am just starting shamphree. I have thick wavy course dry color treated hair. Should i do a coconut oil treatment before every hair wash? Also should i cut the bs in half? My hair takes about five days to start getting oily, so i was thinking of shamphreeing once a week.
    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I would shamphree once a week and do a coconut oil treatment every other time. Start without cutting the BS in half and see how it goes. Make sure to brush your hair vigorously before shamphreeing:)

  4. Kylie

    i’m in a similar situation to leeapeea.
    i have been shampoo-free for just about a month now. i didn’t seem to go through a transition period which i thought was weird because with shampoo i had to wash every day or else i would look wet with oils (gross sorry). my hair is definitely different – it takes longer to dry and has more body too but my ends are also very dry. I tried the coconut oil treatment but it didn’t fully wash out so again my hair looked wet when it was dry – maybe i just used too much?
    I have very long hair (about hips length) so my hair also gets knotty often – mainly the hairs just above my neck in the back of my head. do you have any tips on how to prevent tangles? and breakage when brushing?
    i still find i have to shampHree my hair everyday – will this improve over time? i was so excited about washing my hair less when i started shampHree-ing.

    thanks for sharing so much info about shampHree!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You should be able to cut down gradually. Make sure that you are brushing your hair and scalp really well at least once a week. When you do your coconut oil treatment, be sure to shamphree it out with very warm water. Also, sometimes that wet look that can happen when you use coconut oil should go away by the next day without re- shamphreeing. Try doubling your ACV for extra detangling. Also, instead of shamphreeing every day, try shamphreeing 2 times a week, and 2 acv rinses a week, and 3 hot water rinses a week. Something like that:) good luck, hang in there!

      1. Kylie

        I brush everyday with natural bristle and paddle brush but maybe i just need to take the leap to shampHree-ing less and my hair will figure it out – I’ll try spreading my BS & ACV routine out through the days of the week.
        Thanks!

  5. Stephanie Robinson

    I finally tried it last night and my hair feels great today!! I have struggled with oily hair for a while and have fairly successfully transitioned to shampooing (with regular shampoo) every other day – I’m excited to begin my shamphree journey! Thanks for the thorough tutorial – I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to try it without seeing how you do it first. I did use the white vinegar because my hair is so oily and I was surprised at how easy it was to detangle – I thought I’d have a lot of problems with that part of it! Thanks again! Love your blog!

  6. Sarah

    Hi! I have bright pink hair that is very processed due to bleaching and whatnot, and I cant find any information in regard to semi-permanent dyes or any unnatural colors. I was wondering if you knew whether the baking soda would very quickly strip the color out of my hair? I really want to stop using so many commercial soaps and things but I dont want to compromise my color. If it would strip the color, can you recommend any other natural recipes that would be less abrasive? Thank you!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      HEy there! SInce your hair is very processed and dry, I would use a coconut oil based cleanser like African Black soap by allafia. It will very gently cleanse and moisturize without stripping. You can also just brush thoroughly, rinse well, and do a bi-weekly ACV rinse to help moisturize and keep your color sealed in:)

  7. Alex

    Hi! I’ve been using your ShamPhree recipes/advice/tutorials for a month or so now and I’ve really been liking it. At first I made little single use batches until I was sure I wanted to commit to the method, & I’ve recently made a larger batch using 1 Tbsp of BS/ACV for every 8oz of water. However, with the larger batches, I notice the BS mixture turns my face/neck red and slightly burning after I use it. I’ve shook the bottle up before use, and the BS seems completely dissolved, so I don’t know why it seems to be too strong for my skin when I make larger batches when it wasn’t an issue with the smaller 8 oz ones. As for my hair, it doesn’t seem to be too dry, and my scalp isn’t dry or itchy. Has this happened to you? Do you have any suggestions? Should I dilute my BS mixture in some way? It doesn’t seem to be over drying my hair, and I worry it won’t do such a good job cleansing if I dilute it, but I was wondering what you thought.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Hey there! I would dilute your BS and give it a try. Sometimes I experience a bit of a tingle with the soda solution but it goes away as soon as I rinse:)

  8. Pamela

    Hi! So I’m totally new to the no-poo. I have long, thick Asian hair that’s color-treated a shade of red. I see that I should cut the baking soda in half and use more ACV, along with coconut oil treatments, which I already try to do on a weekly basis all over my hair (my hair is so dry with the winter that it can almost stand up on its own and I want it to be able to flop over again).

    Are we not to even just let water wash thru our hair between treatments? I work out and I sweat and I imagine my head could become quite unpleasant to my olfactory glands if I at least didn’t rinse off. Thoughts?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You can absolutely rinse your hair in between ShamPHree-ing!

  9. Meghan

    I switched to the ShamPhree method about a month ago. My biggest issue with conventional and even “natural” shampoo/conditioners was my scalp reaction. It was always irritated and flaky. Since transitioning that has completely subsided so thank you, thank you, thank you for that! It’s a life changer.

    However, I’m not sure what’s happening with my actual hair. It’s fine and on the shorter side (just above my shoulders) with a lot of natural wave. Since shampree-ing, it’s become sort of oily and incredibly static-y. I’m not sure what to do! My typical frizz is gone and the texture overall feels good but it’s very lank and can even look stringy.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      i think you should cut down on the amount of ACV you are using in your mixture, and be sure to apply it at the ends of your hair and not your roots. Try using half the amount of ACV, and doing it every other time you ShamPHree.

  10. Summer Jones

    Hi, I am getting highlights for the first time. what do you recommend to keep my color lasting the longest and still healthy? please reply.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Hello! Thank you so much for visiting the site. This post gets a huge volume of traffic and DIY color trouble-shooting questions. It would take me all day to keep up. I wish I could help you all on my off-time, but I would be happy to help you with your color via HTHG’s DIY color consultation
      It is a $10 charge, and will likely save you lots more $ in the end! xo

  11. Tasha

    My scalp gets quite grimy whenever honey is involved. Should honey only be for the ends, not the scalp? I’m still working on a baking soda ratio. Initially, 1 TB seemed perfect, but now it’s too drying and my hair gets too tangled. 1 TB of ACV in rinse seems right for the ends (helps with the finger-detangling, but possibly not enough).

    Typically, my hair is fine, limp, and oily (also very straight genetically).

    I was using silicone/SLS-free shampoos and conditioners (mostly conditioner-only washing) for the past year, so I don’t think my scalp is still transitioning.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yep you are right. Honey only in the ends. Also, FYI your BS should only be applied at your scalp, and your ACV in your ends. That should help with tangles:)

  12. Jae

    I was excited to try this, but it was such a disaster. First off, I don’t even understand how you can “massage” the baking soda/water mix into your hair. With 1 tbsp BS to 8 oz of water, all I get is a bottle that is mostly water. How do you massage water into you hair? I tried pouring it into my hand and rubbing into my hair, but it doesn’t “glide” like store bought shampoos, so I felt like I was just basically splashing it here and there in my long hair. When I tried to run my fingers through my hair to spread it, I ended up having so much hair breakage it was scary. I gave up and rinsed it out, then tried some coconut oil for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes and a hot water rinse, plus a dab of conditioner to help get it out, my hair was so greasy it was lifeless. I ended up having to wash, dry and style my hair all over again, which is a major ordeal since it’s naturally frizzy, dry and requires both flat iron and curling iron to get any kind of style. Furthermore, I had just as much hair color rinsing out as with store bought shampoos, so it wasn’t even worth it. Again, I really really wanted this to work as I have major issues with hair color not holding past a week, but I guess I just don’t understand the process.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Make sure to watch the how-to video to get the basic directions down. And having the appropriate mixing bottles really helps!!! Keep at it:)

  13. Lilly

    Hiya, I have been using the method for the last 7 weeks and it was going fine – there was a transition period when my hair got more oily but it passed fairly quickly.
    However, this week, the beginning of week 8, my scalp got very itchy and irritated and flaky. I am using alluminum-free BS and rinsing with hot water so not sure what to do? Any help would be greatly appreciated, I love ShamPHree and would be bummed if I had to stop!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Hello there! Here are some things you can try……Start by using half the amount of BS in your mixture that you have been using. That should help. Try rinsing with warm water, not too hot. Hot water can be a bit drying and harsh on your scalp. IT might be that a change in weather conditions are drying you out a bit in general so that is something to consider. Also, FYI, if you continue and your scalp doesn’t get better, just cut out the BS all together and just use ACV and make sure to brush your hair and scalp thoroughly before you jump in the shower. Some hair just doesn’t like BS. Other hair just doesn’t do well with ACV. You have to keep experimenting until you find what works for you:)

  14. Lily

    First of all, thank-you so much for this method. I have very long,thick hair and am extremely sensitive to chemicals; to the point that I wash my hair less barely once a week.
    Now, my doctor has told me I need to swim and I am concerned about how pool chemicals- specifically chlorine- will interact with this method. Previously (years ago), I would coat my hair with a balsam conditioner before swimming; but now pools won’t allow that. Do you think that the bs and acv will remove the pool chemicals? Wish I was able to just swim in a lake or the ocean…

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I do think that BS and ACV will help remove chemicals. You might do an ACV rinse before swimming to seal up your hair cuticle so that it doesn’t absorb the chemicals:)

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