The no shampoo challenge!

4 Jul

Every once in awhile I come across a beauty trend or article that sparks my interest. Typically, its Skincare or makeup related but I’ve become more obsessed with natural beauty and hair care products. My hair has always been an issue, or I should say, after I had my son I’ve had issues with my hair. Plus I constantly go back and forth with highlights and dark hair so my hair is stressed.

Issues like 1. Dryness 2. Flakey Scalp 3. Frizziness (I have naturally wavy hair) 4. Breakage 5. Hair Loss When Brushing 6. Dullness (unless I really layer on the glossing serums or oils)

But the biggest issue for me has been sensitivity. I have tried early every shampoo on the market in all price ranges – natural, organic, etc and after about three weeks my scalp is already irritated. I was nearly ready to give up and just settle on what I was using (Enjoy Shampoo and Conditioner and the Hair and Skin oil). This was until I heard of a crazy little challenge called “The No Poo Challenge.”
Before I go into detail, let me say that I HAD to change the name. I prefer the Lose the Sham challenge, because it’s more more accurate considering we are all programmed to believe that we NEED shampoo for our hair to be clean and healthy. The truth is, shampoo is a detergent and we are stripping our hair of its natural oils. When we do this we have to put them back in. Conditioner fills that role as we layer synthetic and heavy wax substances on our hair.

So I read more, and found others who have done the challenge and will never go back to shampoo ever again. It was a little scary at first to consider. What could it hurt, right?

Here is my journey (complete with photos) of my no shampoo challenge that I started in mid may, and am still doing.

1/4 cup Baking Soda
6 Cups hot Water
*Let dissolve and then work into scalp, will not lather. Feels almost Slimy. Rinse well.

1/4 Apple cider vinegar
3/4 water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (skin grade)
12 drops peppermint essential oil
*put on ends mostly, then small amount on scalp. Feel the tingle!! Rinse well

Optional: use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair and scalp at night to stimulate the natural oil production and distribute through ends.

Wash One Week One: (Photo on day one of wash)


My hair wasn’t so great here. It’s dry everywhere and oily on my scalp. Really rethinking the challenge at about the week and half point. Read someone else used orange oil to speed up the detox stage. Trying to add that in at this point. But adding a few drops of enjoy hair and skin oil.

After the second wash (photo on day 8 of challenge)


Hair is already getting shinier and smoother. The main thing I am noticing is ZERO scalp irritation or flakiness and also no flyaways or frizz! Sticking it out!

After the third wash (day 14 of challenge)


Shiny happy hair so far and really starting to love the results. This is air dry with no frizz and a pretty natural wave. It’s soft, smells good and I love it so far!

After the fourth wash (day 16 of challenge)


Really loving my hair. Less breakage, no frizz, shine, almost dreading my hair appointment next week because I know she will have to shampoo it!!

**Update** Hair appointment – My hairdresser even noticed a huge difference in my hair!! Big plus for this challenge!!

Shampoo set me back about two washes but was very easy to catch back up to amazing hair again.

I can even do water rinses in between shampoos and still not use any other products and be tangle and frizz free!

Wash Five (36 days of challenge)


Looking great again! This is 5 days after I washed my hair and still looks great!

I am now in about two months on this challenge and I am the happiest I have been in a long time with my hair. I honestly can say I will NEVER go back to regular shampoo or conditioner again.

Here is a photo of my hair from a professional shoot I did last week. Can you see the difference from when I started? I can !

If you have any questions or need encouragement, please let me know!! Don’t miss out on the hair you have always wanted, try your own challenge. The first two weeks are rough, but its worth it!


New photo from 7/21/13 the day after I washed it, with NO styling product, NO artificial shine, NO flat iron, just brushing!!



7 Responses to “The no shampoo challenge!”

  1. Karen Elizabeth July 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    This sounds really interesting! Is this method ok for colored hair?

    • kimberleypatterson July 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      Yes! I have all over color and highlights in my hair and it keeps the colors really nice without turning it brassy. My hairstylist loved the way my hair looked and said its completely fine. πŸ™‚

  2. kimberley July 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on Lavender N Lashes and commented:

    Updated photo of my hair with no shampoo!!

  3. theunicahija July 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Oh man, I can’t stand not washing my hair, but my hair is so unhealthy I’m actually willing to consider this challenge! Do you make the ‘shampoo’ and ‘conditioner’ right before you wash or do you have some stored away in a fridge or something? πŸ™‚ The results look so nice. πŸ™‚

    • kimberley July 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      I used to have to wash my hair everyday too, now I’m only really washing about 4-5 days and it doesn’t feel dirty or smell dirty at all. It sounds gross, but if I didn’t wash my hair before (even the next day) my scalp would itch and I would get crazy dandruff. Now it doesn’t do that at all, and no awful little white flakes either.
      I usually just make a batch up when I’m going to use it. It takes all of about 3 minutes to mix up. Initially, a little longer until you get the formulations memorized. I have a friend who tried this and she is on week two, and loves it so far as well!
      The main thing is when you start don’t wash your hair every day, do it every three days approximately and you will not like it for about the first week and a half. I spent that time with a ponytail or bun. But after about the third wash you really start to see the changes…
      Good luck!! If you start it take pictures πŸ™‚

  4. Chloe January 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi, I was just wondering do you still use the baking soda”shampoo” and the vinger”conditioner? Do you know if you would get the same results with just using water nothing else?i’m just interested as my hair is like yours when you started and the research I have found showed there are several short haired people who have gone cold turkey and had fab results but I have little info on people with longer hair.

    • kimberley January 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi there – I’m not sure with longer hair initially if I would try just water only because you have more of a risk of drying out and tangling. My hair was already awful until the third wash with this. Yes πŸ™‚ I am still using the same recipe with my hair and love it!! I can wait about 5 days in between a wash and sometimes now just wash with water. I would say maybe do your first five washes with the baking soda mix and then if you want to do just water switch from there and the transition should be much easier. Good luck!

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