No ‘Poo for Dreadlocks

dread bun - 15 months

I’m sure there are all of two of you with dreads that read my blog, but when I was curious about this and searched my booty off for info, I found zilch. So, I’m filling a gap. :)

What is no ‘poo you ask?

It’s a method of washing you hair based off the belief that shampoo is a conspiracy; actually causing our scalp to create more oil, thus perpetuating the false idea that we need to buy massive amounts of expensive, highly-scented shampoo to fix our greasy, smelly, embarassing problem and be forever scalp-beholden to “the man”. ;) (kidding! …..mostly)

Okay, anti-consumerism tendencies aside, shampoo is a completely useless product that does cause us to produce more oils. No ‘poo uses baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash instead and break the cycle. Read more about it here.

I’ve heard of no ‘poo from so. many. bloggers. but everyone seemed to wash their hair several times a week and I wasn’t sure if washing once-a-week was feasible. But seeing as how dread shampoos either left me greasy, gave me dandruff, cost too much or include ingrediants I don’t want to use, what were my options? Still, I was a bit unnerved about playing guinea pig with my precious’s.

Silly me. I’ve been doing it for two months now and am here to tell (both of) you, it’s great!


1 TB of baking soda
1:3 or 1:4 ratio of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to water
Essential oil of your choice (no, I don’t use patchouli!)
A jar or squeeze bottle or whatever

I dissolved the baking soda in a smallish recycled glass jar and filled it with water (about 1-1.5 cups of *warm* water unless you’d like a shock). I just pour small amounts over my scalp and scrub as usual. I don’t rinse yet.

I have a squeeze bottle – similar to the beauty store type – that I fill 1/4 of the way with ACV, then the rest of the way with water. I add about 10-15 drops of essential oil to the bottle and shake it really well. I like the squeeze bottle because it makes it easy to apply the ACV. This I apply to my scalp and dreads. (I only use about half of it so it last at least 2 washes.)

Oh, then I rinse. And wait an insane amount of time for them to dry. :sigh:

The Verdict:

Since I’ve been washing my hair once a week since before I had dreadlocks, I noticed no difference in the amount of oil my scalp produced. I’ve had no “adustment period” that others have. And my husband *promises* the essential oil leaves me smelling lovely.

Do you no ‘poo? Do you have dreads? Do you still think I’m crazy?

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