The No Poo / BS Hair Wash

For years, I’ve really struggled with finding the perfect toxin free, ethical shampoo.  During this journey, I’ve found some really lovely ones that don’t cost the earth but they ALL come in plastic bottles.  Damn plastic.  It’s the bane of my life, particularly during Plastic Free July.  Enter the No Poo Method.

Here are my current hair care products.

bicarb hair wash


A Discovery

I really enjoy watching vlogs.  One of my favourites is Eco Boost.  I blooming love Kate Arnell.  She’s so smiley and ethical and honest and bubbly.  She’s just a really lovely vlogger to watch.  I’m sure I first learnt about #PlasticFreeJuly in one of her vlogs last year.

Aaanyway, following one of her videos recently, I got chatting to a woman in the comments section.  Like you do.  We talked about the “no poo” method.  This lady had never heard it being called this before but has been using the BS wash successfully for years.  Sometimes it’s called the No-Poo Method or the BS (Bicarbonate Of Soda) Wash.  She gave me very specific instructions how to do this, which I will share with you now.


The Recipe

no poo hair wash


Does It Work?

During the last week, I’ve used this twice.  The first time was just over the kitchen sink.  We’ve all done it.  Hair needs washing, can’t be bothered to shower, dangle your head over the sink and use a jug – perfect.  Not rinsing out the vinegar seemed really alien.  All I could smell was the vinegar.  I snuck around like an escapee crazy person from a chip shop.  No one else could smell it, just me.  It did work at conditioning my hair too.  I thought trying to brush it through would be a total nightmare because this isn’t my first BS and ACV rodeo.  The only difference is that I rinsed the vinegar out last time I experimented with this.  The second time, I used to BS wash and the ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse in the shower.  Again, it’s worked.

Enjoy a terrible picture of me with clean hair.

BS Hairwash

Cracked It?

I really do love shampoo.  Not toxic shampoos.  I’m deeply suspicious of anything that lathers up.  Shampoo should not lather!  That sets alarm bells ringing when that happens.  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – Argh!!!  I do like the feeling of clean hair.  Not squeaky clean because I don’t want my hair stripped of its natural oils.  Oh, I don’t know.  I’d just like a lovely, non-toxic shampoo in a lovely glass bottle for less than £15, but until that magically appears, I’m going to stick with this.

If you try this, I’d love to hear about it.  Ooor, if you’ve discovered the Holy Grail of a good shampoo in a glass bottle, I’d love to hear about it.


Lu Lovely

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9 replies on “The No Poo / BS Hair Wash”
  1. says: Tanita

    I tried going shampoo free a while ago and used soap nuts. I didn’t do it for very long as it requires a lot of patience while waiting for your hair to get used to it. But I did it on my daughter and she was shampoo free for about 6 months. It worked really well on her hair as she was only four. Glad your recipe is working well I would have loved to try it out when I went shampoo free a while ago now. xx

    1. The very day after I posted this, my hair looked like an oil slick. That evening, I tried something different. A couple of egg yolk with an acv rinse. I read the yolk is a perfect emulsifyer. Going to try it again today. Seems to have worked really well 🙂

  2. says: Sabrina

    I’ve used bicarb and ACV, and it cleaned my hair but damaged it. So I’ve started making egg masks. I made one last night with 1 egg, 1tbsp honey, 1tbsp olive oil, and 2 tbsp water. I put it on and put my hair up in Heidi braids for about an hour while I did some housework, then I rinsed it off with tepid water and a plastic comb (wooden ones don’t seem to work for me). This is the closest to shampoo-wash-look hair I’ve had since I started no-poo 🙂 I’m still going to try a few tweaks, but this is a good start and my hair doesn’t look so flat as it did with bicarb and ACV 🙂

    1. says: Lu Lovely

      Washing my hair with egg yolks has been the best thing I’ve used next to actual shampoo. It worked so well. Your hair mask sounds brilliant. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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