So for the basic no-poo recipe all you need is baking powder/bicarbonate of soda, which is just as cheap as 59p from ALDI, water and whatever essential oil you like the smell of.
When I started out I used food flavouring which, though it sounds odd, actually worked a treat and kept very well (I used an orange flavouring). I’ve also experimented with herbs such as fresh basil, too, though to avoid spoiling it’s best to make your own essential oil from that- which you can learn how to do here if you have a little extra time to give.
Getting a glass bottle extends the life of your shampoo and maintains the idea of green living, but reusing used recyclable plastic bottles is also an effective method of storage. Reused plastic bottles are arguably a lot safer, too. I have recently shifted to using an empty spray bottle which I’ve found is a lot handier to use in the shower owing to the no-poo’s lack of foam and I haven’t wasted as much as a result. Being a hoarder comes in especially handy for this- you’ve finally found a use for all those super useful bits and bobs that your home is bulging with!
Using a funnel (or if you are a funnel-less person then just twist some thick paper into a cone) gently spoon in one dessert spoon of baking powder (initial recipes I followed advised 1tbsp but I found that this was too much for me).
Next add approximately 5-10 drops of your essential oil- completely depending on your potency preference.
Finally add a cup of water straight into your bottle (this recipe is for a bottle of approximately 150ml). If you’re feeling confident about the results and want to make an extra large batch then feel free to do so, just make sure you multiply the measurements accurately.
Once everything is in the bottle you just give it a good shake and you’re ready to skip off to the shower. Feel free to pretend you’re in a Herbal Essences advert whilst you’re at it. Don’t worry that the baking soda settles- just give your no-poo a shake and voila!
Don’t forget that because your hair has become used to the chemicals in your everyday hair products it will take some time, maybe a few weeks, for your hair to adjust. But don’t worry- your hair will be happier and healthier because of it!
Some people have found that over-use of baking powder can dry out their hair, so it’s a really good idea to check out alternative recipes such as Castile Soap, Coconut milk and Coconut Oil here if you find that baking powder isn’t the no-poo for you.
N.B As I have stated previously- no-poo made with baking powder can dry out your hair, so I don’t recommend that you wash your hair more than three times a week. Twice to three times is best and, whether no-pooing or not, you really shouldn’t exceed that anyway as it rinses out vital hair oils.