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How To Cheat No Poo – Stop Suffering From Greasy Hair

How To Cheat No Poo: Stop Suffering from Greasy Hair


Is no-poo not working for you? There is a simple and easy way to make it work. And it’s not harsh on your scalp and will leave your hair shiny and bouncy.

If you oil your hair, no poo can be a little challenging and unpredictable. Those with dry hair will remain unaffected with some oil still left on. But if your hair is fine and oily, like me, even a drop of extra oil will make hair look flat and limp. And that’s not nice.

Going back to normal shampoo is not an option for me, even if it is SLS free or paraben free. This is because any detergent on my scalp makes it go itchy and flaky. And it also causes hair loss. This is what led me on my no poo journey.

I get several emails from women who want to convert to no poo, but they are left with greasy head, especially ones with long and oily hair. I completely feel their pain.

I have a good news for those of you who want to go no poo, but are still in transition phase for months. You can cheat a bit and get squeaky clean hair. Plus, it won’t affect your scalp and leave your hair shiny, bouncy and beautiful looking. Here’s how…

How I Cheat No Poo: Simple, No Fuss Way

My hair is fine, oily.

I wash it twice a week.

Oil massage once a week.

The day I don’t oil my hair, I use my favourite ree-shi shampoo (reetha-shikakai). It cleans the hair beautifully.

But the trouble is when I oil my hair and have to wash the oil out.

This is what I did previously

I used homemade egg shampoo, followed by a hair rinse. Most of the time this method was successful – but not always.

A few weeks ago, I ran out of eggs and was wondering what to use to wash the oil from my hair.

I was looking around the house for options and found a bottle of shampoo that had a natural tag on it.

Because I can’t use it on my scalp (as it makes my scalp sore), I thought of using the shampoo on the length of hair. That’s how the new method was found.

Shampoo-cum-rinse: New Method To Wash The Oil Out

First I wet my hair. I slightly bent my neck back bringing all hair together. Then, I apply shampoo to the lengths of the hair, leaving the scalp at least an inch, then rinse hair thoroughly. Next, I use ree-shi shampoo for the scalp.

The results are stunning.  No oily residue. And my hair looks bouncy with added luster and gloss. And my scalp is happy too.

I have not given up on the egg wash. I still use it. But when I have some event or party to attend and I want my hair to be squeaky clean, I use the shampoo-cum-rinse-method.

Points to consider when using the shampoo-cum-rinse-method:

  • Use a homemade shampoo to remove the oils from the scalp.
  • Let your hair air dry as it leaves hair looking naturally beautiful.
  • If your hair tends to go frizzy, apply a leave-in conditioner while your hair is still damp. A few drops of almond oil or argan oil make a great leave-in conditioner.

Extra Tips:

  1. Ree-shi is not the only natural shampoo you can use. There are many other options to choose from: You can use rhassoul clayshikakai and honeyrice water shampoo and more.
  2. If you have blonde or red hair you can use reetha shampoo, baking soda or clay wash.
  3. If you live in a soft water area, you can use castile soap for shampoo (I like this). You can also use soap bars (I likethis and this).

Buying natural shampoo

Since you are not touching the scalp, you can use any shampoo for this method, with SLS or SLS free. The problem with sodium lauryl sulfate is that it can irritate the skin and is also bad for aquatic life.

Here are some natural shampoo options that you can use:

Thick, coarse hair: Jamaican black Castor oil Shampoo

Curly Hair: Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Shampoo

Dandruff: Juniper Oil Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Dry, Damaged Hair: Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo 

Fine, Oily Hair: Amla & Shikakai shampoo (contains SLS); Himalaya Baby Shampoo

Do you have any no poo trick to share? 

Leave a Comment:

Michelle H. says

Hi Minaz,

Why do you say to only do this technique once a week? In my weekly hair care routine, I was planning to do an oil massage once a week and a hair mask once a week, thereby requiring that I perhaps do this technique twice a week to successfully clean my hair.

    Minaz says

    Hi Michelle, you can do it twice a week, it’s fine.

Genevieve says

I’ve just discovered Hair Buddha, and I’m thrilled to find so much great information! I’ve recently gone ‘no poo’ and have discovered rye flour works really well to cleanse my hair. However, I wonder about pH and hard water…

After I use rye flour, I may use some gentle conditioner and a rinse of ACV, which all seems to work well at the moment. But as our water is hard (pH about 8 or so), I wonder, even after rinsing out the ACV under the tap, doesn’t that undo all the smoothing action from the ACV?

I’ve been doing a final rinse with water from our tumble dryer, which seems to be about a pH of 6, just so I don’t leave any hard water in my hair. I wonder if ACV is strong enough to hold the cuticle flat, following it with a normal rinse of hard water, or is it a good idea to continue to do a final rinse with the lower pH water?

Thank you!

Adelaide says

So I’ve have been using a sulfate shampoo because when i tried no poo it wasn’t cleaning my hair.I think it could have been because I have very hard water where I live. My roots are clean but the ends my hair seem permanently oily. Do you have any advice?

    Minaz says

    Just use more shampoo on the length of your hair.
    You can also try egg or ree-shi shampoo, it works really well.

Sienna Eskildsen says

Hi, I’m really tempted to try this after
reading what you all have to say but I’m afraid because I have dandruff
and hairfall issues. My hair starts falling if I don’t wash it every
alternate day.

MOLLY Essex says

I need help! I have quite greasy roots but the rest of my hair is bleached so it’s a bit drier ? What would you suggest would be best for my hair?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Use homemade reetha shikakai shampoo. And apply a leave in conditioner to lower 2/3rd of hair.

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