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I'm not ready to go without shampoo yet. I do occasionally use Dr. Bronners instead of shampoo but I'm not positive that I like the effect. I tend to use conditioner right afterwards. I have longer hair and find that if I don't use conditioner or use the wrong conditioner, I can really feel the difference in how my hair feels. Though I've tried so many many brands, from health food stores & otherwise, the one type of conditioner I love the best is Biolage's Conditioning Balm but I'm guessing it's really not very good for me or the environment. (I don't have time right now to look it up on Skin Deep)<br><br>
Anyway, what NoPoo alternatives are best for longer hair that wants mostly daily washing (I love daily showers) that is frequently in the pool (therefore in contact with chlorinated water)?<br><br>
Thank you in advance for your suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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How about trying something like a shampoo bar? Burt's bees makes a few, and I use those quite a bit followed by a vinegar/water rinse (definitely do the rinse as the bars make my hair sticky otherwise...I think I read that here).<br><br>
I do go through spurts of no pooing w/ baking soda/vinegar but after a while I start having problems and give up. I've tried tweaking my routine but find it frustrating. I fell of the wagon recently but I'm now back to at least doing a shampoo bar and vinegar rinse, which for now is a happy medium.
 

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I'm really loving the shampoo and conditioner I got from Giovanni. It's almost totally natural - lots of herbs and EOs and it's the only non-mainstream hair product I've used that I feel really works for me.
 

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I have long hair. I eased into no-poo, slowly.<br><br>
I started with using a dilute vinegar solution as the final rinse after my regular commercial shampoo and conditioner.<br><br>
Then I figured out that I could sometimes skip the conditioner, as long as I still used my vinegar rinse.<br><br>
I also tried (and still like) putting jojoba oil on the bottom 1/3 of my hair, then clean my hair (used to be with shampoo, now it's a baking soda solution), rinse, and of course final vinegar rinse. I just pour a small amount of the oil in my palm, rub my hands together, and rub it gently into the lower part of my hair.<br><br>
I also discovered that, with long hair, I can wash just my head (scalp and the hair closest to the scalp) with very good results. My dd holds my hair out of the way for the few moments it takes to wash and rinse just the head area. Then I put vinegar rinse on all of it. It helps to put your hair into a braid before you begin, and then you just keep the braid out of the way while you wash.<br><br>
I find that on some days, a thorough rinse with warm water (scalp massage under running water), followed by vinegar rinse, is all that is needed.<br><br>
Uhg, pool water and chlorine and long hair. I rarely get in the pool, but DD loves it (and has very long hair). I've heard that getting the hair wet with plain water before you go in the pool helps. I go the extra mile and put water AND jojoba oil on DD's hair before she gets in the pool. We carry small containers with baking soda solution and vinegar solution with us to the pool. And when it's time to go, we go to the showers. I pour the bs solution over her hair, have her rinse well in the showers (with her swimsuit on - she's shy about this) and then coat it in the vinegar rinse.<br><br>
OH, I also braid her hair "up" (a crown braid on her head, or two braids cris-crossed on top of her head) so that the ends of her hair (the most delicate part) are not soaking in the chlorine as she bobs and plays. PM me if you want more information about these types of braids - too long to include here.<br><br>
That being said, DD wants a good swim cap for this summer so there is less hair hassle associated with going to the pool.
 

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i switched from aveda (full of chemicals) to j.r. liggett's shampoo bar. loving it and don't need any conditioner. i used to use it every other day. no tangles no problems. have long hair -mid boob level. i keep mine upright to dry on a soap shelf thing but not the one they sell. sorry nak.<br><br>
edc<br><br><a href="http://www.jrliggett.com/" target="_blank">http://www.jrliggett.com/</a><br><br><br>
eta: bought mine at local co-op though.
 
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