What type of hair do you and/or your family members have?
Thick, very slightly wavey, blonde.
How long have you been 'poo free? What are the changes, if any, that you've noticed in your hair/scalp?
8ish years. My skin (both scalp and in general) is much clearer (and yes, this is definitely because of no-poo and not because I'm older). I think shampoo was my entire acne problem. My hair feels more course unless I've just done BS/ACV in the past few days but looks fine, at least IMO.
What is your no 'poo routine?
Water daily. Conditioner once a week usually. BS/ACV about once every 3 weeks or so when I feel like I'm getting buildup - more often than that and I lose too much hair.
When I do BS/ACV, I take a tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with just enough water to make a paste, which I then rub directly into the problem areas. Let it sit for a few minutes (this saponifies the hair oils), then, when it is a little lathery, rub through the rest of the hair and rinse well. Then I do a few tablespoons ACV in a cup of water (I just eyeball this, not actually measure) to neutralize any remaining baking soda.
My relationship with no-poo changed when I found this - before, I didn't think it worked well with my hair. Now, if I do this, my hair looks and feels shampooed.
What "products" do you use? (baking soda, ACV, oils, lemon juice, etc. etc.)
Baking soda, ACV (or white vinegar if we don't have ACV), conditioner (Suave works best for me. I found that natural brands tend to give my scalp a musty smell after a few days. Same with flax seed gel when I tried that). I've tried other random things in the past (tea and coffee rinses), but they haven't given me exciting enough results to do faithfully.
What gets rid of dandruff/flaky scalp?
Not my problem, so I don't know.
What are your recipes, if any?
I'm not that creative.
Do you ever wash your hair? (When it gets cut, if it gets really dirty with dirt or smoke, etc.) If so, do you have to start from square 1?
I wash my hair regularly, as described above. Just without using shampoo :) Saying people who do no-poo don't wash their hair is sending the wrong impression - we're just using alternative cleaning products. Specifically, products that many people use to clean bathrooms and kitchens and other places that need to be clean.
I used to shampoo before special occasions. Then I finally made the connection that this was why I always (and only) broke out on special occasions. Now I do BS/ACV instead on those occasions and it works just fine. Usually I do it a day or two before if I have enough warning, because I feel like my hair behaves better after a day or two.
However, when I did use shampoo, I definitely wasn't starting over from square 1 when I did.
If something really horrible got in my hair I'd shampoo and deal with the effects, but that has yet to happen. ACV is often recommended for getting smoke out of hair.
What are people's reactions when they find out you are 'poo free? Any funny stories to share?
I don't tend to talk about it except on the rare occasion that someone else who is interested in it brings the topic up.