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i've been no-pooing for about 4 years now, and i noticed that my hair got a lot darker. i used to be a dirty / strawberry blonde, but now i'm almost a brunette, but the hue is not nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
anyone noticed hair getting darker? or is it more likely that the colour changed naturally because of me getting older?<br><br>
also, i rinse with regular diluted vinegar. what are the benefits of the apple cider one?
 

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I have dirty blond hair and been no-pooing for about 1 month now. I noticed that my hair colour looked different after using ACV almost all month. So i switched to regular vinegar. I find that the texture of my hair is AWFUL. today was my first time using lemon juice as a rinse. it improved the feel a bit, but obviously haven't noticed a change in colour.
 

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I don't know the answer, but my aunt used to no-poo my cousins when we were all little girls. She only used dilute lemon juice rinse and it made their hair very blonde (they are sandy brown naturally). Whether it is natural or due to the vinegar, I would give lemon juice a try.
 

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For the last 18 months or so, I've been using shampoo pretty rarely (like, once every couple of months), due to an intolerance to the fragrances and various other ingredients. My hair is definitely darker. It's gone from "dark blonde" to "dull brown." Like the OP, I don't find the shade attractive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> FWIW, I haven't been using ACV, lemon juice, baking soda, or anything else... just water and (sometimes) shampoo.<br><br>
Also, my hair used to get a lot lighter in the sun, but I've been getting lots of sun in the last few weeks, and there's been no change at all.<br><br>
I should note that, around the time that I started cutting back on shampooing, I also made some nutritional changes (e.g., getting more trace minerals), and we moved into a house with very hard water. So it's hard to say exactly what the reason is. I just hope it's not permanent.
 
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