A&L Series: Does This Shit Really Work? The Final Verdict


Apologies about the delay on my follow-up. Six-day work weeks, working on my novel, and getting things ready for my year abroad have sucked up most of my time. Also Game of Thrones.

You may (or may not) recall my beginning a grand adventure into the world of natural hair care by using baking soda and ACV in lieu of more chemical-laden commercial shampoos and conditioners. It all started out very well and good – hair was clean, didn’t smell odd, and the dryness was assured to eventually dissipate. And that’s cool, except for the part where it totally didn’t.

I’m aware of the fact that the aforementioned method should be stuck to for at least 28 days for a complete scalp skin replacement cycle. And I did that. Every day. For 28 days and beyond. And every day for 28 days and beyond, my hair felt like a pile of dead, dry straw. Once or twice, it seemed to abate, but for the most part, no matter how much or little I used, my hair simply didn’t adapt to the change. Then one day, I brushed my hair and discovered that less than two months since my last haircut, nearly every single shaft of my hair was split at the end.

Cue tableflip and a hefty dose of fuck this shit.

I’m not going to even bother going into the details, or try to explain away why it didn’t work like so many other apologists out there. The method sucks, like it or not. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I have fine hair or if curly hair is more prone to split, but a friend of mine who  tried the method and has thick straight hair ended up having the same results as me. She tried to warn me, and next time I know better. Tomorrow, I go in to shear off those split ends and I put down about 45 bucks for a higher quality line of hair care to see if I can’t breathe some life back into my poor hair.

So the verdict on the No Poo method? Don’t even bother. There are infinitely less disastrous methods of healthy haircare, but baking soda is not one of them.


Sorry for the brusqueness of this post, but I’m halfway through season 2 and stuff is getting good. Night all!

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