Happy Hair: The No Poo Book!

Save money, eliminate chemicals and restore your hair’s natural beauty

Three years ago I wrote a little book about something I had come to be really passionate about: life without shampoo! I had discovered hair that was healthy, strong and shiny and I wanted to share the secrets! (I know. I try to be nice like that.)

Three years on and my e-book has sold thousands of copies, been translated into Spanish, and Portugese, and now I write about natural beauty experiments for the UK’s biggest beauty magazine, Cosmopolitan.

And I get emails every single week from readers who are so pleased with their new No Poo hair, who have been surprised by how problem skin and scalp issues have disappeared, and who feel super confident in their new no poo regime.
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New book published on No Poo
The Amazon Number One Bestseller as seen in The Telegraph, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

“This book is your one stop shop for everything NO Poo related, I can’t recommend it highly enough. There is a wealth of info on the internet for those wishing to explore giving up shampoo but a concise, inspiring guide to taking the plunge has been missing and this book is the business!” Amazon Reviewer

Read more reviews on Amazon.

I wrote a book about giving up shampoo because finding out about No Poo online is HARD. There is so much information (and also a lot of misinformation) it makes for disorganised reading and is hard to refer to on your No Poo journey. Happy Hair covers everything you might possibly want to know about No Poo and you will be able to refer to the recipes (over 30!) and advice time and time again. Also unique to Happy Hair is a long section about how No Poo actually works including the chemical make up of the hair and the structure of the hair shaft. I am yet to see this covered this accurately on the internet.

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At a mere $5.20 or £3.40 (purchase in your own currency) it is a SNIP – less than a bottle of swanky shampoo. But unlike your shampoo it comes with a full refund if you don’t like the book.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1-But WHY?

Chapter 2 – How it Works

Chapter 3 -Coping with the transitional period

Chapter 4 -Natural alternatives to shampoo

Chapter 5 -Natural alternatives to conditioner

Chapter 6 -Natural alternatives to styling products

Chapter 7 -Hair troubles during transition

Chapter 8 -Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 9 -Conclusion

Extra Resource: The Six Week Fail-Proof Transitional Period for No Poo Success!

Amazon Reviews say:

“This book is holding my hand through the tough transition to going shampoo free.”

“She is funny, direct, speaks in an easy language we can all relate too and she is clear. This ebook is an easy, informative read that will also make you giggle.”

“Googling the subject is great, but this book filters out a lot of the info that can be confusing and explains things very clearly and simply. I particularly enjoyed the science bit and ideas for waxy hair!”

To purchase simply click the Add to Cart button, pay in your own currency and then download the PDF! You will also receive it in an email so you can download it later.

For more information or if you experience any issues please contact me on lulasticblog@gmail.com

Buy it at a discounted price from my e-store here – available in any country and purchase in your own currency.
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Happy Hair Give up shampoo ebook

***UPDATE***
I am over the moon to bring you Happy Hair Detox – the e-course will help people detox their hair from chemicals and discover beautiful clean hair, naturally!

Let Lucy, natural beauty columnist for Cosmopolitan and author of Happy Hair: the definitive guide to giving up shampoo, hold your hand as you begin your shampoo-free life. Lucy will be like a mash up of a brilliant boyfriend and Oprah Winfrey – here to stroke your hair and point out your magnificent beauty whilst also giving you lots of helpful information and inspirational wisdom to get through your tricky detox page. Includes 8 online classes, a peer-peer support forum, interactive downloadable worksheets and a free copy of Happy Hair. Sign up now with this link and get $10 off. Available only to Lulastic readers and for a limited time only. This course also comes with a 30 day money – back guarantee. Happy Hair No Poo Ecourse

102 Comments

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    • Reply Kathryn 26 April, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Help! I Have been shampoo free for well over a year (using Rye flour) but am still struggling to stretch the time between washes for more than 2/3 days. On the recommendation of a friend I bought your book a month ago and have been following the plan in the back trying differernt alternatives, but I still look greasy after day 2! I have very fine, blonde hair- could this be the problem- will I ever get to the point I can go longer between washes??

      • Lucy
        Reply Lucy 26 April, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Have emailed 😀

  • Reply Kate 8 September, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been trying this “no poo” thing now for about a week and a half and it’s going really well. My hair is adjusting well and am looking forward to gradually stretching it out further between washes. However, I do have a question. The hardest part so far I’ve found is the application of the shampoo/conditioner alternative. After reading the book and websites I’ve used a squeezy water bottle for the bicarb and water, and a spray bottle for apple cider vinegar and water. But over the weekend I tried the egg, I was really happy with the end result, but getting the egg into my hair was a nightmare and a total mess. Any suggestions about how to apply this? What to pour it from or similar? Thanks!!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 10 September, 2014 at 10:04 am

      With the egg i just plonk it on in the shower – it goes all over my head and sholders but I just rinse it all. 😀

    • Reply Savannah 30 July, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I’ve been on the no poo, no baking soda and no vinegar. Only rinsing with warm/cold water, scrubbing and scratching method. Its going on 3 weeks now. So far i am pretty impressed. The only things that i am having issues with ( the reasons why im typing this/looking for insight) are the following: Hair styles… if i try to wear it up my scalp is very visible in random and weird places.its a short bob cut. and not all of it will fit in a ponytail or bun. i have been afraid to brush my hair thinking that it would look terribly greasy, which is a look that i cant pull of at work. i have higlights that are now growing out.. 🙁 i think i will start rocking the bandannas for a while. <3<3 how does the scalp usually react to this change in "hygiene" ?

      kudos to all you brave women giving this a try and sharing with the world your experiences. Peace and love.

      • Lucy
        Reply Lucy 30 July, 2015 at 7:55 am

        Ah yeah a bob is tricky! Can you use bobby pins to sort of back comb and clip up at the back? Yeah the scalp can freak out! Can get a bit itchy- it does get better! (A boar bristle brush helps a lot x x)

    • Reply LILI 10 August, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      I use the brush that came with my husbands clippers – it’s the cleaning utensil and looks a little like a brush used to apply hair dye. I then apply it just like a would hair dye – in sections, all over my head then put my head over the bowl and dunk the ends in. Place all the hair on top of my head and massage well to ensure every hair is coated, and then pour any remainder over my head and rub, rub, rub!!

      Hope this helps!! (ps my hair is 5 inches past my shoulders so not very long, but long enough!!)

  • Reply Siobhan 10 September, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hello…
    I’ve followed your blog for a while and would love a copy of the No Poo book – any chance it’ll be getting published into a real book with pages and everything? Would love to have a copy of my shelf… 🙂

    Siobhan
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 15 September, 2014 at 9:29 am

      It is – on Amazon 🙂

      • Reply Catherine 16 August, 2015 at 5:52 am

        I’d also prefer a hard copy, but it’s listed as £999.11 on Amazon for a paperback version!!

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  • Reply Madz 15 September, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    I wanted to let you know that my daughter (10) was staying with a friend a couple of weeks back and they got to watch some TV which is pretty rare for her, as we don’t have TV. She came back from the weekend raving about this lady that she saw on TV talking about how she doensn’t use shampoo or conditioner and had the most beautiful hair. She had memorised your recipe for baking soda and lemon, along with the occasional egg wash and has vowed never to use shampoo again (and has been following through with her plans). It’s pretty hilarious that the one take home message she got from that weekend of TV watching was a hippy mama inspiring her to wash her hair in baking soda aye! I’m sure that if I had tried to make her do it that way, she would just find it annoying. Anyway, I thought you would be interested to know that you are having an effect on hairwashing in our house!
    Love Madz

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 16 September, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Oh wow! That is so cool! What a radical young girl!

  • Reply Lucy 27 September, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Found your blog while randomly googling and loved it so much I bought the book right away. I’m a hairdresser and I have tried everything to make my hair grow and be shiny and healthy, every product under the sun! I’m on holiday at the moment and my hair was duller and more brittle than ever! The only things from the book I had to hand was lemon juice and eggs, tried it and cant believe how shiny it and soft it feels from one wash and got rid of the grease build up! I am definitely going shampoo and conditioner free and will tell all my clients with the same problem about your book! Looking forward to every improvement! Thank you so much!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 29 September, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Woah, thank you! Please spread the word!

  • Reply Nika 30 September, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Hi Lucy!
    My boyfriend read an article about your No Poo method, and got me excited about trying it out 🙂
    We’re deep in the No Poo for more than a month now – going really well so far!
    My scalp is white and calm. You don’t really notice how itchy it can get with shampoo, until you stop using it.

    A few questions to the wise:
    – Do you prepare the bicarb/vinegar mixture every time before you use it? Can it be stored for later?
    – I tried mixing a (very!) small amount of coconut oil with lavender essential oil, to these lovely smells in my hair. It did smell heavenly, but it was so greasy I had to wash it the same day. As an alternative, I’ve mixed the two oils with some water in a spray bottle, but that was more effective as a room refreshener, as the smell did not stick to my hair at all 🙁 Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 1 October, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Hello- yay for your boyf!!
      Some people mix it up in bottles ready to go. I use it sooo infrequently (like ever 10 -25 days) that I just mix it when I am ready to use it.
      I would only use the coconut oil on the very ends of my hair, if it was particularly dry or curly. I use about quarter of a tea spoon on the ends before I go to bed, about once every ten days.

      How about putting two drops of lavender oil in your ACV? xx

  • Reply Abstar 30 September, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Hey you

    I’ve been doing this now for about 2 months but my hair is still super greasy and waxy… any suggestions?

    What will happen when the ‘transition’ period ends? will my hair be just like it was before I stopped washing?

    A

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 1 October, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Abstar, ah two months is NOTHING! Haha, no, just kidding. You must be on the LONG end of the transition period spectrum. Try the super marvellous lemon / vinegar and egg recipe in the WAXY faq section. ONce your hair as adjusted it will go one of two ways- you will wake up and be like OMG MY HAIR LOOKS EFFING FANTASTIC! Or you will simply notice your hair going longer and longer between alternative washes. (This is what happened to me – then it dawned on me in the OMG styles!) xx

  • Reply Clara 29 October, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Hi Lucy,
    I’ve been thinking about going poo free for a little while and today I bought your book and am excited to get started. However, I’m wondering, and I’m sorry if this is covered in the book, what I should do with my daughter’s hair so we can avoid ever using shampoo. She’s 11 months and I’ve used shampoo a few times, mainly when she had cradle cap, but I’d like to avoid using chemicals on her as much as possible. For babies would you advise just washing with water, or are there alternatives you can use to moisturise their scalp and keep their hair in good condition? How often would you recommend washing it, even with water? I know it probably varies from baby to baby but I’d be interested in your views. Thanks!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 29 October, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Hello! Yes, tis in the book 😛
      But yep, water will be fine! Have heard that cradle cap has disappeared with the stopping of shampoo. Personally, I use coconut oil for my childrens. Whole question and answer on cradle cap too. I’ve never used ‘poo on my girls 😀

  • Reply HollyRae 9 November, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Hi there – just wondering whether your book covers chemically coloured hair? I’m 51 and aint ready to go grey so have a demi/semi at the hairdresser every couple of months! Cheers, Holly

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 12 April, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Holly, I do a henna and love it! lots of homemade dyes covered in my course, but also lots of no pooers continue to colour their hair. x x
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  • Reply Aleksandra 18 November, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hello! What an inspiring book!

    I’ve been on the “no poo” method for 4/5 months. So far, I can see that my hair is getting stronger from the root…and thicker and longer.
    Everyone has to find their own way or system with “no poo”. When my hair gets super oily I wash it with beaten egg white, rinse with cool water and then I put the egg yolk, which it moisturizes and nourishes. After washing – apple cider vinegar/lemon/hibiscus rinse.

    I also like to “coloring” my hair with…sweet paprika powder 😉 [I put on my hair the blend of peppers with water for 1-2 hours]. It gives my mousy-blond hair a little bit of ginger shine 🙂

    Thanks for all of your inspiring posts!

  • Reply Jane 13 March, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Lucy
    I’ve been slowly moving my hair from washing it less frequently, using natural (haha) shampoos, then Castille soap and ACV, and finally – nothing but water a couple of times a week.
    I just read your book – wonderful – and am now prepared for the next bit.
    I’ve been using a comb because I didn’t want to be distributing the oil – wrong! I know you said not to go out and buy a boar bristle hairbrush – but, of course, I did.
    I gave it 100 strokes last night – and it looks great. I did a bit of back combing this morning – even better.
    I’m feeling absolutely committed and doggedly determined to see it through the tough times – oily head, waxy hair, itchy scalp – whatever. I love the freedom of just running water over my head and going.
    I also use a lot of coconut oil – for deodorant, toothpaste, moisturiser, (and cooking), and lemongrass is my favourite essential oil. It’s all so simple.
    Thanks, Lucy.
    Cheers
    Jane

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  • Reply Natalie de Man 9 April, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hi Lucy,
    I read your happy hair book and loved it. I stopped using shampoo using BS and lemon instead. Got it down to washing once every 10-14 days after 9 months. Quite a few friends and my sister began shortly after me as well. I’m really pleased with how my hair looks and feels. Lately, I’ve been reading many posts about BS being bad for your hair because it’s so alkaline. Won’t go into all the details as to why exactly it’s bad. I was wondering if you’ve read these posts, whether you still use BS and have noticed any negative effects after years of using it and/or whether you have an opinion about this. I’ve been researching it extensively and even doing some home experiments with PH strips, but somehow it doesn’t entirely make sense. Thanks!

  • Lucy
    Reply Lucy 13 April, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Hello yes- I addressed this in this post> http://lulastic.co.uk/thrifty-2/healthy-hair-baking-soda-use-step-away/
    Basically, BS is great for transition, but I believe in using nourishing alternatives along the way too. 😀
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  • Reply Emy 13 April, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I’m very interested in going Poo free but does your book address what frequent swimmers should do to get the chlorine out?
    Also my toddler has gorgeous curly hair that rapidly becomes dreadlock like. I rarely wash it but I untangle it most days with a bought spray in conditioner as its fast and effective

    • Reply Emy 13 April, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      On a runaway head – any alternative tips?

  • Reply Magda 14 April, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Hi Lucy. Do you dye your hair? I was wondering if I could wash out the dye without any shampoo.
    Is it possible too?
    Thanks!

  • Reply Henrique 15 April, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Hi Lucy,

    I found your blog through a news article I read.
    I`m 37, my scalp and my hair are greasy and I have dandruff since some years ago. Does your book contain a natural solution to these problems?
    I wonder if you are thinking about doing the same type of research concerning to the face.

    Thanks!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 17 April, 2015 at 10:46 am

      It sure does! good luck!

  • Reply barbara pinto 16 April, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Hi there! My question is lucy do you use dryer on your hair? I’m interested in this free ‘poo 😉

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 17 April, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Very rarely, it is one thing I stopped when I saw the damage heat does to our hair shaft. If I do know I use it on coolm it takes longer but with same results x

  • Reply Mark 18 April, 2015 at 3:56 am

    In the book, in chapter 5, there is a recipe for “Occasional Hot Oil Treatment.” I’m reading the Kindle edition… the recipe lists coconut oil twice. I’m wondering if this is a typo…and then what it should be?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 18 April, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      It’s a typo, scrub it! It’s corrected in the pdf version but not kindle because it is such a mission! I really recommend an oil treatment, but also recommend an egg yolk or two as the best, easiest way to rinse it all out.

  • Reply Angela at Daysinbed.com 20 April, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hey Lucy, I stopped washing my hair regular due to my chronic fatigue and the pain using my arms. It turns out my hair is in the best condition it’s ever been in. Angela xx

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  • Reply Rachel 7 May, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Lucy, I have been shampoo free for three weeks now. Last night I put avocado through my hair and now its like an oil slick. How do you get this stuff out?!!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 7 May, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      You need an egg yolk- or three- rub it all thrugh your hair and leave for five minutes, get every strand, and then wash with cool water. Your hair is gonna ROCK!
      This is in the new edition of the book! Xxxx

  • Reply HAYLEY ROWAN 12 May, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hi there, I’ve not used shampoo or conditioner in 8 years. Best thing I ever did…. no itchy scalp, no burning eyes. Just water and combs. 🙂

  • Reply Eliza 20 May, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Hi Lucy, I have been no poo for 3 weeks now (I use baking soda and ACV rinse), but lately I noticed that I have dandruff and I used the egg yolk, ACV, and Water mixture (I can’t purchase coconut oil in my country) but I don’t know how often should I use it or if I can replace the baking soda and ACV rinse, that I use once a week, with it?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 20 May, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, I would simply replace one of your baking soda washes with the egg. And also, begin using a rosemary tea for the dandruff as a rinse.

      • Reply Eliza 22 May, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        Ok thanks I will try it and I will let you know how it worked 🙂

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    So I’ve been trying to find for ages an ethically produced boar bristle brush…does such a thing exist (available in the UK) and where have others bought theirs from please?

  • Reply Lili 3 July, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hi Lucy I’ve been no poo since easter weekend this year (roughly 2 months), and have washed my hair with bs/acv, Castille and honey mix, Rh. Clay but I’m still not out of the woods. I’ve only had one time that made me think wow my hair feels fabulous and clean and I want to scream it to the world, but the rest of the time my hair is thick, greasy and waxy with brittle dry ends and always in knots! I’m determined not to let it beat me and your book has helped. I’ve just finished my first wax busting egg wash and I’m desperate for my hair to dry to see what the results are but am worried that this too will bring failure. The water round here is easy London/Essex is tougher than the Krays so will be using kettle boiled from now on but I have a few questions. 1) when you say vinegar in the book do you always mean ACV? Or can we substitute for rice vinegar or white wine Vinegar? 2) when you give your measurements in cups are you talking about any cup and or the actual American cup sizes- silly question but just want to be sure. 3) I want to test the alkalinity of my water as well as start making my own coconut oil soap, what and where, if you happen to know, would I get decent litmus paper from?
    Thanks for the fab book, fingers crossed it solves my problems!!

    • Reply Lili 3 July, 2015 at 11:09 am

      4) dies the acv need to have mother??

      • Lucy
        Reply Lucy 3 July, 2015 at 9:55 pm

        Nope – although I find the better quality ACV is better x

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 3 July, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Hello!
      The Wax Buster is pretty magical! Hope it worked 😀
      Are you happy with your Bristle Brush? Can work magic for hard water peeps….
      ACV is kinder than other vinegars – but the principle is the same, it is about the acid contained within it. ACV is a really ideal pH.
      I mean baking cups – but to be honest, i just use whatever mug I have handy….
      no idea about litmus paper 🙁

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  • Reply CG 8 July, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Hello –

    I have incredibly fine hair that has been brittle and lusterless for as long as I can remember. Furthermore it gets so greasy, even within hours of washing it. I have been looking for alternatives and stumbled upon your book. My one question: In my job, I am often faced with my hair getting styled. There is no way of avoiding this for me. If I have to use products on the job, is it still possible to maintain a no-poo lifestyle?

    Thank you – CG

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 16 July, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Yep, most of the alternatives in the book so a good job of cleaning- egg for example is really powerful at removing products. Totally do-able. I’d just keep my eyes peeled for some really healthy styling products and use as little hear as poss. (There are some styling products in the book to make too)

  • Reply Clarie 9 July, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I loved your book, and gave it a go but after 3 months struggle with Bristol hard water and huge waxiness had to quit. Then the dandruff returned…. So I have persevered, and finally found a way to make it work. I hope this helps anyone else with hard water and finds their hair gets waxy with no poo.

    1) do not wet your hair first
    2) use an old sports bottle, and a pre made mix of bicarb of soda and pre-boiled water. (I use about a tbsp per 200ml). Squirt through your dry hair
    3) massage in until it feels soapy (slimey, not foamy)
    4) comb through
    5) give it a quick rinse in shower water
    6) use an old sports bottle and a pre-made mix of acid and pre-boiled water. Again I use about a tbsp, and have found lemon juice/acv/ wine vinegar all work. Squirt through your hair
    7) comb through
    8) do not rinse.
    9) Avoid getting your hair wet with ordinary hard water when you shower other times of week.

    So I’m doing this once a week, and using shampoo once a week, and it’s not perfect but finally when I wash my hair like this it is as clean and feels as good as when I use shampoo – no heaviness, no waxiness. So maybe I will be able to drop the shampoo altogether soon, hurrah. For me the real key was learning to not do pure water washes, and to avoid the hard water on my hair as much as possible.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 9 July, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      How great that you have found a solution! I shall have to copy and paste this whole thing into a new edition of the book! I also think water in cities is to blame, not just for the hardness but for the chlorination – I think it wipes out the precious acid mantle.

  • Reply Eline 16 July, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Hi! So excited to have found your blog! I have been on the nopoo method for two months now, and my hair just won’t make up its’ mind. The first three weeks were terrible! Then suddenly everything was great for about a week or two, but now my hair has gone back to being a greasy mess despite me washing it with baking soda once or twice a week.
    I had an almost-breakdown a few days ago and almost started using regular store bought garbage shampoo again. Instead I had A LOT of baking soda in my water and baking soda mix and also had white vinegar near my roots. My hair was great that day and the next day. I don’t like using baking soda since it dries up your hair in the long run, but I don’t see how I could stop. My hair breaks very easily and I want it to grow faster and longer – is there anything you would recommend me doing instead of washing my hair with baking soda every third day?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 16 July, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Of course! There are soooo many better options- egg, soapnuts, rye flour, shikaikai. All really kind and nourishing.

  • Reply Lauren 18 July, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    I love you blog and Happy Hair book! I’ve gollowed your giving up shampoo regime and I’ve been happily poo-free for 8 months and it has been going really well until……. A tropical island paradise holiday got in the way!!! The salt water has turned my hair into, um, something that hardly resembles hair! I’ve tried my usual bicarb mix followed by chamomile tea (easier to travel with than apple cider vinegar) and nothing seems to work. I’m not sure what to do. I’m determined not to go back to shampoo but I’m tempted. I’m guessing the saltwater has stripped my hair and I need to try a treatment of some sort. Please help! I’m so desperate to stay poo free but I’d like to have hair rather than a birds near

    Thanks for everything you do!
    Loz

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 21 July, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Hey Lauren 😀 eek – yep, too much salt water will be pretty drying 🙁 I really recommend blitzing it with some nourishing treatments. Leave coconut oil all over it, and leave for four hours, or smush a whole avocado into it, leave for ages. Then use egg yolks in the shower and use that to get all the oil out. One or two of these will get you back in the right state. Then also, consider going for a wash that is generally more nourishing- such as soap nuts as your Go To wash. More details about all of these things in the book, of course! You’ll get it back again soon! x x

  • Reply Vera 25 July, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I would like to buy your book as a paper version but on amazon it is coming up at £999.00 can you explain why this is.

    Regards
    Vera

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 26 July, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Hi Vera
      I actually pulled the paper version as I couldn’t. Justify the cost of printing- it made it prohibitively expensive, I felt. (Not a grand, but close enough hehehe)
      Buying from the above link sends it to your email as a PDF so you can open it on any computer or iPad (just need a pdf reader app) or you can print it straight off to hold in your hands.
      X

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  • Reply Laura 31 July, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Hi! I have not tried this out yet, but I me pretty keen on the idea. I have one question: Do you know how it works with a really thin hair? As my hair looks dirty even when washed, due to its being very thin. I would like to know if someone has tried this with thin hair, as it works differently than with thicker hair. Thanks!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 31 July, 2015 at 3:47 am

      Hi Laura! I have really lank hair but this has added a lot of volume. Transition harder I reckon for those with thin hair but definitely do-able!

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  • Reply Zoe Blake 6 August, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I’m half way through the 6 week transitional period but wanted to have my hair coloured soon… If I did and obviously they used shampoo would I have to start it all again??

  • Reply Deborah Cooper 17 August, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    I loved your ebook and no poo is going ok so far. I have been no poo for 10 weeks now and am going 7 days without using a shampoo alternative. However, my hair looks really greasy after day 4. Could this still be the transition or should I accept that my hair can only really last 4 days without a shampoo alternative. Aside from that my hair is in the best condition I have ever seen. P.s I use 1/2 dessert spoon of bs and lemon juice rinse on the ends. Many thanks

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 18 August, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Every month or so you’ll probably be able to add another day to that! So glad you’ve found great hair!

  • Reply Gabrièlle de Faria Sarro 18 August, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Hii, I’m Gabi and I’m brazilian. I’m not very good at English then forgive me for any errors, do three months that I joined the No Poo but still very lost, I wonder if you have any target date for the launch of his book here in Brazil (or already have the translation into Portuguese). thanks!! 😀

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 18 August, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      It is one third translated into Spanish- though not Portuguese! That one will be out soon…

  • Reply Pat 15 September, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Hi, my son introduced me to the idea of no shampoo a few years ago. He has had amazing results. He was very oily and very balding on top. Now, he has a balanced and full head of hair. Hist most important rule is to vigorously massage his scalp in the shower daily for minimum of 5 minutes. I was happy for him, but didn’t see the need for me to follow suite. Then, my aging hair all the sudden decided to just quit on me. No products work to correct the dry, lifeless, flat mess. Last week I went and got a “gloss” put on my hair as a last resort, I haven’t altered the color of my hair in over 7 years. The improvement was small and the products recommended to me were many and samples given. A week later the results were not there at all. Radical action needed on my part. I remembered what my son said and decided to try it. Just 7 days into the process, my dry, lifeless, flat hair is looking less dry and responding. I also have implemented my Grandmother’s wisdom of brushing my hair every night for 5 minutes (though I need to invest in a natural hairbrush). Result to date: hair loss is almost nothing (before large amounts of hair would come out with each shampoo), better feeling scalp -massages are always good and my hair looks and feels less dry, though it is not shiney yet. I researched today in hopes of finding more info on this subject and found you. I too am a hard copy book person and want your book in hardcopy. It is no longer available on Amazon or anywhere that I can find. Can you direct me to find a copy? Guess the other alternative is to ask a print shop to bind one for me, but that may be costly, haven’t checked yet. Do you recommend a natural bristal brush? Thank you for fueling the understanding of smart hair care where less is more.

  • Reply Pat 15 September, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Would like to add that after shower massage of hair, I use filtered water with organic vinegar as my rinse. I have tried in shower and this method and find a big difference.

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  • Reply Belén 3 December, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hi lucy, i´m from Argentina, i´m really happy to know there is someone like you in this wonderful world, and i know there are lots of people conecting with other ways of living, more in touch with nature, respecting it…you really inspire me with your creativity and knowdlege…so thank you for all the information, i love watching your videos and reading you, i learn a lot, i´m on this path too…i´ve given up shampoo and lots of other things i used to put on my hair…feeling that , that is not the way…i´m trying with apple vinegar, baking soda, coconut oil on the ends of my hair…i haven´t tryed the rye flour yet…and, as i am blonde, i sometimes use chamomile, lemon, honey…i´m just experimenting with diferent things …the only thing i can´´t figure out yet, is that my scalp is really..greasy…i have a lot of hair and its really long and a bit curly…and it tangles…i would like to know if this is only a moment os my scalp that is adapting to this change beacuse i´ve just began doing this…or i could try something else…all i know is that i dont want to use shampoo or conditioner again in my life hahaha 🙂 it´s like the rest of my hair is awesome but my scalp is grease…not with dandruff, just the hair on my roots with grease…thank you so much for any information you could give me, i´m sorry for my english it´´s not perfect…thank you again ! 🙂

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 3 December, 2015 at 10:32 am

      So great to hear from you! Sounds like you are doing awesome 😀 Best thing I can recommend it a good boar bristle brush! And lots of patience 😀

  • Reply Belén 3 December, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I will try with a boar bristle brush! I think patience is what I really need 🙂 thanks again !

  • Reply Jen 22 December, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Hi Lucy,
    I am loving your blog, which I found some of the interviews you did about your book. I have been no-poo for 6 months now, and recently moved to London. I had a wonderful stylist back in Canada, but I just returned from a pretty jarring experience at a hair salon, when I requested that my stylist not shampoo my hair. I am wondering if you/anyone else on this no-poo comment feed has suggestions of a stylist who will not recoil in shock/horror/disgust when I tell them I haven’t shampooed my hair since June.
    Thanks! 🙂
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 22 December, 2015 at 11:25 am

      I went to Cool Cutz in Nunhead/ Peckham if that helps – cheap and cheerful though! I find that if you make sure hair is SUPER clean before you go, and explain on the phone when booking it tends to be okay – Ive been to loads of hairdressers and never been met with disgust. (although I know it isn’t unheard of 🙁 🙁

  • Reply Samih Sheikh 18 January, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Hi Lucy,
    Wishing you a great 2016. I just wanted to share my story with you regarding the rye flour shampoo recipe. Iam based in London and Iam a male . I had a really sensitive scalp and had issues with dandruff for the past many years. I tried every shampoo expensive to organic. All herbal and other alternate options. So many oils just to solve my issue. I went to many dermatologists they gave me medication and gels but all in vain. I came across your blog while googling a remedy that could solve my issue. Its been 2 months and I cant imagine iam so happy and feels like I have a new scalp on my head.. No dandruff , no itching or flaking no dryness its just all so normal. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your blog and its like an inspiration for me . By the way I use rye flour (wholemeal) and it works great for me…
    Regards,

    Sami

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