No Poo Help for Dry, Waxy, Straw-Like Hair

No Poo Dry Hair HelpIs your No Poo Method experience leaving your hair looking like well, like poo? No Poo can be a challenge, especially if you are experiencing waxy, dull, dry, straw like hair. Review these recommendations to get No Poo help for your hair and return it to a soft, shiny, manageable mane.

Recommendations for No Poo Dry Hair

Choose Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for your vinegar rinse. It will condition your hair more deeply and help to keep it from feeling dry.

Once you have switched to ACV increase or decrease the amount in your rinse solution based on your initial results. If your hair gets limp or heavy after using the ACV reduce the amount in your solution. Use the ACV rise until your dry hair is gone. Once your dry hair is gone IF your hair starts to go the other way (oily, limp and heavy) swap out the ACV for distilled white vinegar.

Remember: Apple Cider Vinegar provides deeper conditioning so decrease or switch to distilled white vinegar if your hair starts to get oily or limp. Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar provides the deepest conditioning.

Decrease the amount of baking soda you are currently using.

I recommend doing this in small increments and tracking your results in your hair journal.

Use the Aloe Honey “Shampoo” between your baking soda and vinegar washes.

Adding the Aloe Honey Shampoo to your hair care routine will help add moisture to your dry hair and help it to shine. The aloe actually helps to get rid of the build up on your hair and nourish it at the same time. You may experience white flakes from all the “crud” being released from your hair and scalp. You can opt to finish with a vinegar rinse, the choice is yours.

Use a Boar Bristle Hair Brush & an Anti-Static – Detangling Comb

A natural 100% boar bristle brush will distribute the oils from your roots down through the rest of your hair. It also helps remove debris as boar bristles are like little “micro-fiber” cloths that trap debris from your hair onto the brush. If your hair gets static OR tangled I highly recommend getting the awesome Anti-static Detangling Comb (it inexpensive too!)

Keep your hair journal up to date.

Using a hair journal will help you track the adjustments and tweaks you make, track your successes and record the days between your washes.

Be patient.

Hang in there! With the small adjustments listed above you will closer to No Poo Nirvana.

If are aren’t already, please join our No Poo / Low Poo support group on facebook.

I hope you found this No Poo help useful and good luck!

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  1. I just BS/ACV this morning for the second time in 4 days. My first experience wasn’t great either, but right now my hair seems to be dull, waxy, greasy, limp, dry – basically, I’m having all of the problems. My hair feels filthy. I feel like I smell. My roots look powdery (probably need to rinse more). I feel like I’m supposed to use more BS because my hair is so filthy, but rinse more – but then again, I feel like I might be using too much (1 TBS). I’ve boiled my water in case my water is too hard and heard that could be the solutions, but my hair is worse than the first time.


    • Laura, you are in hard core transition. It sucks. Hang in there. Boiling water doesn’t actually remove the minerals from it. It just kills any bacteria and allows the chlorine to evaporate. Try mixing your baking soda with distilled water. The key is make sure you are getting that “slippery” feeling. That’s when you know it’s time to rinse. It won’t feel slippery after you rinse, but it should feel that way before you do. Try the Aloe Honey “shampoo” between your BS/Vinegar washes. That usually helps shorten the transition phase. You can also read the article about oily, limp, No Poo hair. Keep a hair journal. Record your tweaks. Do them one at a time so you can isolate what is working and what isn’t. As always, keep your chin up. It will get better. Come join the No Poo group I have on facebook. There are 300 of us sharing our No Poo experiences and answering questions. :)

  2. Thank you so much for your amazing advice! I will check out your FB page.

    I am a bit of a failure. I was super itchy so I cowashed. It felt like heaven. This morning I just rinsed, so I’m back on the wagon. I think I’m going to try something other than BS. I don’t think my hair likes it at all!

    Thank you again!!

    • Laura, you are NOT a failure. You have to do what works best for you and your hair. :) That being said, itchy head is usually caused by not rinsing away all the baking soda. You can always try the Aloe/Honey “shampoo”. Even if you just end up using a Low Poo product it is still much better for your hair than commercial shampoos. I look forward to seeing over at the No Poo group on facebook!

  3. I think low pooing is a huge step up from my shampooing daily! I’m cowashing every other day right now and I feel so much better. I’m going to look into maybe a clarifying low poo every other week or so. I’m going to try to use BS again over the weekend to see if I can get the results everyone is raving about, wait for the slip and rinse forever!

    Thanks for your help and accepting my FB request!

  4. Lindsay says:

    I just started no-poo (yesterday was my first official day!) but I have a question. As far as I understand, you BS&ACV one day and then what do you do on those days you “don’t wash your hair”? Does that mean you only use the ACV as a rinse, or you just completely use nothing and only rinse your hair with water? And as a follow up, when you’re just starting out and feeling that waxy feeling, do you do the whole BS&ACV process every day until your hair finishes it’s transition?

    I don’t want to end up drying out my hair or make it worse than it was.

  5. I have been reading about no poo for a while and almost two weeks ago, I finally took the plunge! Your article about no poo was the most helpful. I think my hair is in the transition phase and I had a couple of questions. When I am washing my hair, the BS solution slides down from my scalp to the rest of my hair and each strand that the BS solution touches becomes dry and rough. Is there anything I can do to keep the BS solution from running down my hair? I use 2 tablespoons of baking soda per cup.

    My hair falls out like crazy when I am in the shower. The day I wash it, it feels rough and dry. It also feels waxy towards my scalp. It is painful to run a comb through that day (because the hair feels so rough) and a lot of hair falls out. Then the next day, it is a little better but it is very painful to run a comb through it (and it still falls out a lot). And the day after that, my hair feels almost smooth and soft but it still falls out a lot when I run a comb through it.

    Is there anything I can do to stop all the hairfall? My hair naturally falls out a lot but ever since I’ve gone no poo, it is falling out 3-4 times as much as before.

    Please provide guidance -_- Thank you!

    • Lindsay says:

      On my first day of no-pooing with this method, I read this article:

      Super eye-opening. I definitely stopped doing this that same day. I’m currently looking for a different no-poo method. Perhaps this could answer your questions.

      • Thanks for your feedback. I visited the link you provided and this is the first time that I’ve read that baking soda is bad for your hair. Now I am very confused. Maybe baking soda works for some people and not for others?

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