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Happy Skincare Saturday!

This week we’re featuring another Q&A session with the Purely Primal Skincare Team!

We got some great questions for our new Q&A feature, and we’re answering them right here on the blog. We’ll be adding some of our other FAQs to the mix to bring you even more skin care help.

(For more in-depth information on each topic, be sure to check out the Purely Primal Skincare Guide.)

Today we’re answering a few questions about the no ‘poo method, which is fully outlined in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide. In short, it simply means using baking soda (diluted in water) to wash, followed by apple cider vinegar (diluted in water) to condition!

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Q: Is there an adjustment period when switching to no ‘poo?

This varies from person to person. Some may experience no adjustment period, while others may experience an adjustment period that lasts for 2+ weeks. The success of your no ‘poo experience can depend on many factors as described here.

If your adjustment period lasts longer than 2 weeks, you may need to experiment with tweaking proportions or amounts of products used. It depends on the length and thickness of your hair. For long-haired gals, we recommend 2 tbsp baking soda with 2 c water and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar with 2 c water every 3-4 days max. The shorter the hair, the less is needed.

Again, be sure to check out this post for more on whether your “adjustment period” is actually due to water that is not compatible with the no ‘poo method.

Q: I’ve heard the no ‘poo method can actually be damaging to the hair, as baking soda is very alkaline. Is that true?

It’s true, baking soda is alkaline! But the alkalinization of the hair shaft is transient and absolutely nothing to be concerned about. The vinegar rinse returns your scalp and hair shaft to its natural pH while sealing and protecting the hair.

Interestingly, people with hard water actually are using an alkaline substance to wash their hair just by virtue of the water they use. So please don’t worry! If you’d like something with extra oomph and extra nourishing minerals, try Dirty Poo from Primal Life Organics.

Remember, however, that no ‘poo doesn’t work for everyone, just like the same soap doesn’t work for everyone! If you simply feel it’s not for you, that’s ok. There are many other options for a great, non-toxic hair care routine.

Q: Is no ‘poo safe for color treated hair?

We have spoken to many people who do great with this routine over lightened hair, as long as you’re not using apple cider vinegar more than 3-4 times per week (it can impart a brassy tone to light hair when over-used). If you’re concerned, you could always do a patch test before using it on all your hair.

You can use distilled white vinegar as well – it will work too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Liz & Amanda