Lauren McKenna, who lives in New York and is a tech startup cofounder, has very fine, very straight hair. And no matter how many times she rinses it when using conventional shampoo, she finds that there’s still residue. She says her best washing method is using baking soda — to which she adds a “couple drops” of water, applies like a paste to her roots, then rinses out in the shower — and that her hair has never been healthier.
The first month of switching over to baking soda, however, wasn’t fun: Lauren’s hair hung dull and greasy. “Once I got it down, I didn’t even have to think about maintenance or anything,” she says. “The thing I like about it the most is that my hair grew several inches and has more body than when I was using shampoo.”
Baking soda (and, for some people, apple cider vinegar as a clarifier to remove any buildup and help condition) is undoubtedly the cheapest option for people who are looking to move away from the ‘poo.
Ultimately, all of us have hair-care needs that are unique to us. If you’re looking to quit shampoo, though, you may want to give one of these methods a try; like all four of us, you might be surprised by how much you love the results.