Free your hair with How-to Hair Girl's ShamPHree product line!

Updated Oct 12 2015
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7U6A9164Are you one of the many Homies who read "why I decided to stop shampooing my hair" and thought, "Holy shit! I want to do that, but don't know how to start"? Well, get ready to start…

How-to Hair Girl — Offbeat Empire sponsor, contributor, and inventor of the term "ShamPHree" — has created a DIY hair care kit based on the ShamPHree (or no-poo) method. Roxie Hunt (the How-to Hair Girl) spent the last six months developing and testing her DIY hair care kit, and now it's for sale on her website!

Check 'em out…

shamphreeThe deluxe kit (featured above) consists of:

  • 16 oz raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 16 oz aluminum-free Baking Soda
  • 2 lovely 8oz applicator bottles for your ShamPHree mixtures
  • 1 perfect-fit funnel and scoop for easy mixing
  • 1 high-quality waterproof boar-bristle cushion brush
  • 1 10ml ShamPHree signature essential oil scent blend dropper
  • Complete quick-start instructional brochure

Along with some other fun add-ons that totally make the ShamPHree process both inspired and accessible.

Here's how it works:

Oh, and did I mention the the fact that you could win a free kit?

From now until February 14th, if you subscribe to the How-to Hair Girl newsletter, Roxie will choose one of you at random to win a free ShamPHree kit.

shamPHree your hairOf course, if you still need help and info regarding using the "no poo" method, the How-to Hair Girl website has an entire section devoted to shamPHree tips and tutorials. Basically, ordering shamPHree products is like having hairstylist Roxie right there with you… in your shower… making your head hairs healthy and happy. Head over to How-to Hair Girl, get a little ShamPHree in your shower, free your hair!

  1. i'm just curious about how this works with other hair products. i admit, i'm a mousse-and-blow-dry-er (sometimes i use a root booster instead), because i have really fine, limp hair, and currently i have it in a short disjointed cut. does it wash out products effectively, or is it best for hair that you don't mess with? also, how does it treat color-treated hair? i dye purple in the front, which is NOT shampoo-friendly anyway (even permanent dye over bleached hair washes out within a month if i use shampoo), so i'm partially poo-free anyway to keep my purple as purple as possible for as long as possible (i section off that part of my hair and only condition it, and only cool water ever touches it too). will the baking soda leech any of that color out?

    • When I attempted the shamphree method I did a ton of research because I wanted to be able to still use the products too(it didn't work for me, I gave it 6 months and the straggly limp hair didn't go away with my thin hair). As long as there is no silicone in the hair products, they are ok to use with this method. The problem is figuring out which products have silicone and which don't. I'm not sure about the hair color though.

      • thanks so much for your input! my hair isn't especially thin…there seems to be plenty of it, it's just really fine and limp. that's part of the reason i went so short with it in the first place (as short as my square jawline will allow, lol). i'll have to start reading some labels and maybe give this a try.

    • I have lots of very fine hair that gets greasy quickly. When I tried this method, I gave it about two months before I quit. I was using the baking soda/acv every 3-4 days, with a water rinse in between as needed. My hair was gross. It never got used to it. It was greasy and limp and straggly, and after I gave it up my boyfriend admitted that my hair had smelled pretty gross during the experiment.
      I also dye my hair red (bright auburn/ginger that's almost a nature-occuring color). The baking soda stripped the color. It faded it to a really dull color right away.
      I didn't use hair products at the time, so I can't comment on that aspect.

    • I only tried shamphree-ing briefly (my ends are just too dry for vinegar to do the trick, and I wasn't into putting mayo on them) but it seemed like the baking soda did leech the color a bit more than a gentle regular shampoo. Vinegar is used to set dye on things like wool, though, so maybe if you keep the baking soda very dilute…?

  2. Lol, I just got back from a pretty hilarious experience at my hair salon.

    I don't do shamphree – it's just a psychological bridge too far, I need lather – but I do make my own shampoo with Dr. Bronner's, coconut milk, and olive oil. Works great; I thought I had permanently damaged my hair with years of bleaching and perms when I was younger, and within six weeks of doing this my hair had returned to childhood thickness. Looks good, feels healthy, smells awesome. Husband approved. If the shamphree doesn't work for you, this is definitely worth trying.

    Anyway, onto the salon. Apparently the woman my hairdresser had had before me did do shamphree, and the hairdresser started complaining about it.

    "Was her hair all nasty?" I asked sympathetically.

    "No – it was fine."

    "Um…was it difficult to work with?"

    "Not really. You're just supposed to use shampoo every three days."

    "But..her hair was clean and easy to cut?"

    "Yes. But you're supposed to use shampoo. Anything else and eventually your scalp leaves a residue. You can't see it or feel it or smell it always, but it's there."

    She then proceeded to load my hair up with three kinds of pomade.

    • I am going to try your shampoo recipe! Do you have the ratios? I loved the idea of not using all sorts of chemical laced products on my hair, which is why I gave the shamphree method so long of a chance (hair is way too oily). I love Dr Bronners too.

      Your story is hilarious by the way!

    • Straight Dr Bronners is the BEST volumizing shampoo! I usually use Giovanni (which is a mostly-bad-stuff-free, pleasant-smelling-but-not-perfumey brand) but if I want my hair to have a bit more life than usual, I'll Dr Bronner's it. It does seem a tad drying though which I imagine is where the coconut and oil comes in handy.

    • Yes, please give ratios! I can't use Dr. Bronner's straight up as it leaves my hair totally stringy, but it may work better with coconut milk and olive oil.

    • Hah, sure! I make it in small batches because I'm afriad of the coconut milk going rancid – I don't know if that is likely, since it's dissolved in soap, but it never hurts to be safe.

      1/3 cup Dr. Bronners
      1/4 cup coconut milk
      1/2 TEASPOON (not tablespoon, I made this mistake once) of olive oil

      I use the coconut milk in the can, what I don't use I freeze and thaw as needed in the fridge. Shake it up in a squirt bottle and apply it to the roots of your hair like you'd do with hair dye rather than the shaft, and massage it into the scalp. It also needs a slightly longer rinse than regular shampoo, IMO. Rather than 2-4 weeks, as I've heard is common with shamphree, the acclimation time for this for me was under a week. I've been doing it for about 2 years now and it works.

  3. "it's just a psychological bridge too far"

    Sigh. THIS.
    This gets me every time.
    I've also tried the method where you make a paste out of the baking soda and rub it around the roots. But then I just start rubbing more and more paste into it to simulate lather. Finally I just give up and grab the shampoo bottle. I never last more than 2 weeks so I also never make it through the greasy phase.


    • I made the switch to ShamPhree about eight months ago, and I thought the no-lather thing was really, really going to drive me up the wall. But I wanted to make ShamPhree work for me because I was just so sick of spending so much time and money on products, so I gave it a shot and you know what? I did drive me crazy… for about a week. And then it was fine! I just brush the baking soda and ACV solutions into my hair really well and then massage my head a bit, like I would if I was using shampoo, and when I get out of the shower, my hair feels just as good as it used to after I washed my hair, and it looks even better!

  4. I'm not on total shamPHree yet, but I ditched the conditionner more than 8 months ago to go ACV and I never looked back. My hair is so SHINY! I still use shampoo, but it's Lush's Soak and Float, which is better than what I had before. Smells like a campfire, but took care of my itchy scalp like a boss.

    I went to the hairdresser in december for a pre-holiday cut. I hadn't gone in more than a year since I let my hair grow out for my wedding. She commented on my tips having very little damage considering how long it had been since the last cut. I told her about the ACV and trying to avoid blow drying as much as I could ('cause, you know, life is life and I'm not going out in -20 degrees celsius weather with a wet head of hair!). She said she'd give it a try. 😉

    • i only use shampoo now too, no conditioner, and i don't even own a hairdryer. My hair is just past my shoulders now, but it was about 5 inches longer about a month ago. I live in Toronto. You would be amazed at how fast your hair dries on it's own just while you are getting ready in the morning, but i admit it is always still damp/wet when i leave in the morning. I wear a wool hat (not a toque, a hat) and honestly, i don't freeze at all waiting for my bus. (wear a scarf too!) 🙂

      All that said – it might be time for me to jump to sham-phree-ness….

  5. I've been "no-poo" for over a year now (I know some people don't like that name, but I'm mentally five years old and think "poo" jokes are hilarious, so…), and in general I really like it. I'm scent-sensitive, so I can't use most commercially available shampoos and conditioners, and I don't like spending the extra money for natural ones without chemical perfumes. I've had to wash my hair more frequently since I cut it (I went from once a week to three times a week), and with the super-dry winter we've been having, I've had to add in some coconut oil occasionally, but mostly it does pretty well for my hair. I actually used lemon juice instead of ACV the other day, and it left my hair feeling super-soft (and looking a little bit lighter), so I might add that in occasionally, as well. My only problem is that it's a bit of a pain when travelling — I can't just use the mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner anymore, and I need to have my no-poo paraphernalia with me. Of course, if I'm only away for a couple days, I can get by on washing my hair before I leave and after I come back, but short hair has definitely reduced the number of days I can go. Washing with just water will usually get me by for another day or two, but if I'm gone for a week, I need to have everything with me.

    • It can be a challenge when you're travelling. If I'm travelling within NZ it's fine – I just get little jars from things like mustard and put some BS and vinegar in those, but overseas it's a pain. I went to America for three weeks last October and debated long and hard about what to do – I mused that putting white powder in my suitcase might not go down well with the TSA!

      Also, where I live we have soft water and I had no idea how it would work in California. In the end I actually did just use the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner, just not as much as I would have. Some were better than others, so I kept those ones.

      I was surprised to have no problems transitioning back when I went home. I think it was because I kept my usual 4-day washing cycle (water only just makes it greasy for me) and used a minimal amount of shampoo just at the roots. Two years ago, I was washing it every two days.

  6. I've been using baking soda and ACV for my hair for about a month, now. It's been working really well, and I didn't even have a "greasy phase." Although, it probably helps that my hair is REALLY thick and absorbs oil for a long time before it starts to look greasy, and my previous method for washing my hair was using shampoo when I couldn't remember the last time I used shampoo. So, I had already only been using shampoo about once a week, with a water-rinse or two in between. The best difference I have noticed, though, is that my hair doesn't turn into the dreaded poofy triangle the day I wash it!

    It'd be cool to win a kit. Those bottles are so pretty (and much nicer than the wonky set-up I have going at the moment)! 🙂

  7. This is awesome! I tried going ShamPhree last year for a while and it worked great. I was using a lot of styling product then, so I had to wash it at least every other day. The bottles look more user friendly than the awful spray bottles I bought back then–the one with the baking soda/water would always get clogged. Super annoying.

    What I really had a hard time with was the smell of the apple cider vinegar–it just turns my stomach and makes me think of the apple tree we had in our yard as a kid. The apples would fall, rot on the ground and attract tons of bees and the smell was atrocious.

    Help me–what can I add to the ACV to make it smell more pleasant??

    • One thing you can do is use lemon juice instead of ACV.
      I found that just adding my favorite essential oils to my ACV totally leaves my hair smelling great when it dries. You can also massage a couple drops of essential oils into your scalp pre-shamphree and it kind of masks the whole smell situation.
      My favorite essential oil mix is amber and grapefruit:)

  8. Awesome, thanks! I always have lemon juice on hand, so I'm going to give that a try starting today. =) Amber and grapefruit sounds like an fantastic combination too. Thanks again for the tips!

    • Lemon juice will tend to lighten your hair somewhat, especially if you go out in the sun. Of course, how much will depend on the concentration. Lightening isn't necessarily a bad thing (one of my friends used to give herself highlights by putting lemon juice on her hair and going out in the sun), it's just something to be aware of.

  9. I LOVE my ShamPHree kit from How to Hair Girl! The kit conveniently provided everything that I needed to get started. My curly hair looks, smells, and feels great.

  10. I used baking soda and a mixture of tea+apple cider vinegar or lemon juice for a year and was really happy with my hair. Then I moved to a country where I can only find baking soda in small quantities that isn't worth the price I would be paying to use it for no-poo and cleaning. I can still go longer periods between washing my hair, about every five days, where-as before trying no-poo my hair was greasy slick after just one or two days. There's a nice cultural shift here where no one expects anyone to shower every day. While I appreciate that, I still wish I had easy access to baking soda or something else that would work similarly. Simply going without has not worked well for me, though maybe I didn't try long enough for my hair and scalp to adjust.

    P.S. Thanks to Dootsie for the encouragement to actually post a comment.

    • I read on facebook (different group) that some use egg yolks, idk how well it works or if thats easier for you to get but I thought I'd share.

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