no-‘poo friendly deep conditioners (no oils!)

a lot of you guys have gone no-‘poo and experienced dry, brittle hair. and a lot of you are only using the baking soda method, so doing the coconut oil mask is (sadly) out of the question.

well my dear readers, i have scoured the internet world for a way for you to moisturize your hair, be able to stick with the baking soda, be able to stick with the organic/natural route, AND not break the bank! *high five*

natural deep conditioners (no-poo friendly)

here are my personal top choices that will wash out easily for you no-‘poo-ers.
MIX & MATCH the following, based on what you need!

RAW HONEY (my top choice for moisture, softness & shine!)
– moisturizing
– humectant

ALOE
– remedy for itchy scalp
– moisturizing
– humectant
– adds shine

PLAIN, ORGANIC YOGURT
– softening
– strengthening

AVOCADO
– softening
– adds shine

EGG YOLKS (my top choice for strength & shine!)
– reduce breakage
– strengthening

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV)
– adds shine
– softening

and here are some POPULAR COMBOS:
*ideally, you want to do these in the shower after you wash your hair, but beforehand is perfectly fine! also, these will drip, so put your hair up in an old plastic grocery bag or shower cap :)

ALOE & HONEY
– homemade aloe gel OR a store bought one with NO fragrance, alcohol, or dyes!!
– raw honey
1. blend (yes, in a blender) 1/4 cup aloe gel and 2 tablespoons raw honey until smooth & consistent
2. apply all over hair (root to ends) and leave on for 15-20 minutes
3. rinse with water

EGG YOLK & YOGURT (intensive protein treatment for brittle hair!)
– 1 egg yolk
– 1/2 cup plain, organic yogurt (because you don’t want sugar in your hair lol)
1. mix egg yolk and yogurt in a small bowl until consistent
2. apply to hair and leave on 15-20 minutes
3. rinse with water

AVOCADO, HONEY, & ACV (for dry hair!)
– 1/2 ripe banana
– 1/2 avocado
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1. blend all ingredients in a blender. you may need to add water if it’s too thick
2. apply to hair and leave on for 15-20 minutes
3. rinse with water

that about does it for now! i’m sorry i haven’t posted these miracles before now! forgive me, yea? :)

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223 comments

  1. I haven’t found an explanation as to why coconut oil and the baking soda acv method is incompatible. Could you expand on that?? Most everywhere else doesn’t mention it at all
    Thanks for your time

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    1. It’s because coconut oil is really hard to get out without shampoo. I put coconut oil in my hair and tried washing it out with baking soda and ACV, but the next day my hair looked super greasy.

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      1. An egg yolk and water wash will take coconut oil out of your hair. 1/2 an egg yolk whipped into 1/3 cup of water slathered onto hair is NOT wet down beforehand. Gently massage it in, and let it sit for about 10 mins. after those 10 mins, re-dipped hair into the egg yolk mix, massaging gently again. Then rinsed with cool water.

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  2. I’ve used raw honey before, and really love it. The problem I have is it molds really quickly when I dilute with water in a small spray bottle. Any advice on how you use it?

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      1. I have a pretty tiny spray bottle, so I could mix it up every day, but the honey seems to get stuck in the crevices and grow mold anyway :( Just curious to know how you use it. Thanks for the quick reply!

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      2. If you use distilled water, it should help with mold. I always use it when mixing recipes that may mold, if that doesn’t work, try adding more honey (antibacterial) or keeping it in the fridge.
        Hope this helps!!

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    1. Anything you dilute with water will run the risk of going bad. When people use essential oils, they store them in dark-glass bottles to aid in bacteria prevention. Maybe if you change your container it will help, but you will likely have to make small batches weekly to be able to use it up before it grows mold.

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  3. I started no-poo over 3 weeks ago now, i only used to wash every 3-4 days and i’m not sure if i’m transitioning yet, i do bs/acv once a week but will try to go longer till the next one. my hair feels SO SOFT and much softer than before. roots are still oily! do i need to deep condition yet? or should i wait til the transition is over (if that’s what this oily roots business is?) Thanks!

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    1. I would use a boar bristle brush to move the oil down to the ends of your hair. If you want to embrace the natural waves of hair, what I do is brush brush brush. When I feel like I have moved all oil I can I stop. At this point my hair looks stiff and is in general limp. So I wet it with distilled water or from a distilled shower head and let my hair wave. I may scrunch it up with my hands a little bit. I will say layers help for being no poo. And if you ends start to feel dry, then I would do the bbb then add a little coconut oil to the ends. Or I just do a avocado treatment and let sit for an hour and wash out. For the first day its oily because you just cant rinse it all out, but man three days later its like a thick silky sheet.

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  4. I’ve been no-poo since January 1st. I use Dr. Bronner’s every 3 days or so (sometimes every other day if I’m tired and forget), with either water rinse or nothing in between washes. I’ve only been doing ACV every other wash (or every 3rd). I’ve just found your blog (YAY!!) and figured out that I need to dilute the castile and ACV more (itchy scalp). My question is this: My scalp gets oily (visibly oily hair, but not too clump), but the ends are dry (and tangly). Should diluting and doing ACV every time I wash help with that? Should I condition also?

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  5. Great website! I think I’ve read all of your “no poo” related artices at least three times.
    Anyway, the reason I’m commenting here is because I found a way to use coconut oil on your hair which washes out without shampoo, and I’m very glad it works!
    For me, the bs+acv method doesn’t work (maybe due to hard water). Washing with a shampoo soap bar left a waxy residu, in spite of vinegar rinsing afterwards.
    Someone at work told me about egg yolk washing and how great and easy that is. So I mixed two egg yolks with a big squirt of honey and it worked! So that has been my washing routine for quite some time now. I wash my hair 1-2 times a week and use cornstarch+cocoa powder on my roots between washings.
    Lately I’ve been swimming 2-3 times a week, so I searched (Googled) for ways to protect hair during swimming. I tried slathering my hair with (silicone free) conditioner and coconut oil, but since shampoo gave me massive acne breakouts I’m hesitant about using store bought conditioner for fear of new breakouts. Anyway, washing my hair with the conditioner after swimming worked wonders and washed all coconut oil out . But still I wanted a natural way to clean my hair. This week, I went swimming again and used a different conditioner and scoops of coconut oil on my hair. But this time it didn’t wash out! My entire hair was an oily slick. Sunny side: now I know that oil protects hair against chlorine like nothing else!
    At home, I used the first conditioner again, but I didn’t wash thorough enough (too much coconut oil), so my hair was still oily. So I powdered my bangs with my dry shampoo, which worked great, put my hair in a pony tail and decided to do an egg yolk wash the next evening to see if it would wash the rest of the coconut oil out.
    And it did! I’m thrilled!
    Next time I’m heading for the swimming pool, I’ll comb a tinier amount of coconut oil through all of my hair, and when I get home, I’ll do either an egg yolk wash, conditioner wash or just a water rinse and use dry shampoo.
    For those wondering which conditioner worked: I live in the Netherlands and used AndrĂ©lon Natuurlijk Puur conditioner. The conditioner that didn’t work was HEMA Natural conditioner.

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  6. Hello!

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading & research (thanks to your blog, mostly!), and I just got back from the store with my starter tools for going no-poo! I do, however, have a question regarding your deep conditioners…. I want to start tonight, but the only natural conditioning ingredients I have right now are eggs. I can’t find how to mix/apply the conditioner without adding olive oil (darn you, Pinterest!). Any info for using the basic conditioners would be VERY much appreciated!

    Sierra

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    1. Also…I went ahead & tried just egg last night. I whipped it up, worked it into my hair, let it sit, and then rinsed it out (lol moment: even using barely lukewarm water, I ended up with scrambled egg-hair!!). Hopefully I didn’t miss a step I didn’t know of… :)

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    2. hey sierra! you can simply whip up an egg yolk or two, and slather it all over. let it sit for 10ish mins and rinse with Cool water (to avoid scrambled egg hair) lol. hope this helps! good luck!!

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      1. No worries, I’ll definitely be using cool water next time! haha I do have one more question. After 4 days (1 water-only wash) I did my first bs/acv wash, but I’m worried I somehow didn’t get all the bs out (I rinsed forever!) because I see tiny little white specks in parts of my hair. I’ll definitely be even more diligent in the future, but if this does happen again & I’m in too much of a hurry to hop back in the shower, will it be ok? I just don’t want to damage my hair by leaving baking soda in it. Thanks again!!

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    3. Hi Sierra! did you use the whole egg or the egg yolk? I know I used a whole egg the first time – read read read.. :-) – and its the white which seems to scramble, for me the yolk doesnt’ even with reasonably hot water (normal temperature..), and man it works like a charm. Then again, I am now going to type up a question about hair breakage to Alexraye… cause I seem to notice this now…

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  7. First of all, thank you so much for all of your help. This blog is great.

    I just dove into a No-Poo routine about a week ago, and so far so good! My question to you is if you thing the baking soda will be too damaging to do every other day from here on out as long as followed up with ACV and I try to deep condition here and there?

    I just cannot get past wanting to wash my hair frequently.

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    1. great question, jessica! i think it depends heavily on your hair type and your dilution ratios. generally speaking, for a long term, every other day washer, i’d try to steer them clear of no-poo for that particular routine. if as time passes you still want to wash your hair often, try low-poo or a clay/honey mix :) hope this helps!

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  8. hi alex, i have a troubleshooting question with no-poo and deep conditioners. I have been 3 weeks no-poo, washing with BS/ACV every 5th or 6th day. my hair seemed a little frizzy so I figured it was time to deep condition. I did the banana, avocado, honey, and ACV mix as instructed (BS wash first, then deep condition, then rinse with water). I rinsed extensively but once my hair dried it was heavy and thick-feeling, like not all the conditioner got washed out. I tried rinsing well again the next day with just water but it is still really heavy, borderline greasy. will a BS wash get the remainder out of my hair, or do I need to use castile soap? did I do the deep condition correctly?

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  9. I use 1-2 T Lavender Castile Soap and 2 T Baking Soda in 8 oz of warm water. and I have waist length hair and lather the entire length then repeat just on my scalp. I rinse well and then use 2-3 oz of fresh Lemon Juice diluted in with 4-6 oz of water. This process gives me the best results so far and I only have to wash every 4-5 days,
    When I used Apple Cider Vinegar as a final rinse my hair was tacky and waxy which made it look oily the next day.

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  10. Quick question… Can we put the mixes (like the last one) in the freezer?! Im WO with jaw-long hair so i really dont use much nor often deep conditioning :/
    Thx for your oooooh-so-awesome blog!!

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  11. I have a question. I notice on all “nopoo” blogs that you mention a greasy/transition period. My question is this. Is your hair greasy all the time or just on non-wash days? In other words, will my hair be clean and not-greasy on the day I use the bs/acv wash? So if I have an event, or church or a date with my hubby, I can look normal? and then on days when I’m just around the house with the kids I can go without washing and have the greasy look? Or will I basically look greasy every single day for weeks? If the latter is true, is it very counter productive to wash with a castile/shampoo on the days you need to look good (as described above)? And what about getting hair colored or highlighted? Is that also a no-no? I’m afraid of going to the salon after trying this and my hair is in transition and brittle etc and then the color fries it or something.

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  12. I made up a mixture of avocado, honey and ACV and let that sit for an hour. I had to wash my hair three times with the bs mixture and then once with Dr. Bronner’s to get the smell of avocado out of my hair and to make it look normal as opposed to stringy and greasy. I also noticed that my hair seemed to be breaking during the process because when I rinsed, it looked as if I had just shaved my legs and emptied the razor on my head. With all that said, after having to wash it everyday for a few days, my hair was SOO soft!

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  13. Hi Alex Raye!
    Love your blog here! And the no ‘poo pointers are tremedously helpful! Have been recommending your blog to many people already, hope you will not have too many questions :-). I’ve been at no poo for about 4-5 weeks now cause I want to cut down on plastics involved with cosmetics/personal care, and the washing of chemicals down the drain while Im at it. I reckon I am doing fairly well, went to the transition period in a 1,5 week or so (an egg yolk got me right through I think) but have a few specific questions for you if you don’t mind..

    As a background: basically I started out as you said, with BS and vinegar diluted and clarifying first. I did not deep condition the first week though as my hair still felt quite healthy generally and I still had a lot of oil to get rid off I felt (I guess I maybe should have though..) . In that first week I used the diluted BS/acv 4 times (I was an every day washer, with ‘envrionmentaly freindly shampoo) , and tried one wash with ryeflour, as it was recommended on Instagram and sounded good to me- did not do anything for me sadly. From week 2 I’ve started to add egg yolk washes to my routine, since the BS/acv was not really making my hair clean I felt and it was really hard to dry my hair. These egg washes were basically 5-7 min hair masks, of half a yolk for shoulderlenght, on wet hair, no BS wash before or acv, just egg yolk. These eggs made my hair amazingly clean and and I immediately could go relatively OK with 3-4 days no washing in between. Then my hair became a bit heavy after the second egg wash in a row, maybe because I also added a splash of diluted vinegar to the second yolk (I was afraid that the yolk has too high PH at 6.5.-7..?) Since then I am more or less trying: 1x BS /acv p.week and 1x yolk mask p.w week, with 3-4 days in between no wetting. I use the BS/acv mostly on my scalp and upper hair where its oily, the egg goes all over.

    I did not use any of your other conditioners yet, apart from adding a teaspoon of diluted plain organic yogurt (2-3% fat..) to one of the yolks, cause my hair has been feeling rather good and looking healthy generally – apart from a few tiny dandruf specks and a bit of itching after 2x yolk washing in one week.

    Soo.. than for those questions…. :-) (i’m sorry this is getting wordy..):

    1) since two days I am noticing variying shorter hair strands all around the fringes of my hair/bangs . This suggest breakage to me.. yikes! any thoughts? you recommend egg for this..? I am now thinking advocado, or raw honey… but as said, I am afraid it will make my hair heavy as it still feels healthy generally. Its not been dry at any point either, a bit tangly perhaps, mostly at the bottom.

    2) about combing/brushing; I’ve been using a wooden comb to get oil down a bit, yet normally this process gets the hair more oily all around..? Also, how do you get your brush clean properly??

    3) about the looks/movement of your hair: I wonder if you hair(s) still ‘flows’ freely/naturally with ‘natural oils’ taking over? My hair often looks rather good and impressive ‘on the outside’, yet I only seem to be able to ‘move’ my hair as a whole, or in ‘chunks’, like it has been hairsprayed..? I feel that is because the natural oils are bit more sticky and less flexible than the ‘thin layer that a shampoo would normally put around your hair, it does not seperate indivdiual hairs out so well? Personally I am not really liking this stiffer hair that much.. I mean, my hair looks rather shiny and healthly ‘on the outside’ which I should touch too much (apart from the ends which look a bit tangly and really need cutting, yet don’t dare to go hairdresser yet, maybe after my egg wash this week..:-) and the fact that sometimes the invisible roots ‘under’ my outer layer of hair are quite oily, – do the oils also evaporate I wonder..??), but I feel like am wearing a bit of a wig when I have my hair down..! :-) Its not naturally flowy or ‘blowing in the wind’ or something? :-) it’s been like that only shortly after an egg wash, but then it becomes more stiff soon, as the oils start to get flowing? or maybe the cuticles are not closed enough? Is this something you recognize? is it the result of no ‘poo? or can you do something there?

    Thanks a lot!! Am very dedicated to see this through and figure this out, would be great to be able to wear my hair down again a bit again too :-). And please keep up your nice blog! it’s great!

    Best,
    Marlies

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  14. Just wondering if you have any idea if Hair Chemist Macadamia Oil Deep hair Mask is an ok deep conditioner for the WOM? I currently have it and read the ingredients and most of it seems fine but I’m not a pro lol

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  15. Hi! This blog post is great! I just started no’poo last week, went 4 days with just water, and then my head was so itchy and oily a friend told me to use baking soda. the bs made it clean, but I didn’t use acv or a deep conditioner. I am going to get Bragg’s organic acv…can I use essential oils like tea tree and peppermint to make it smell better? I also wanted to know if after a few weeks of just using the bs/acv/deep conditioning method if I can switch to just water? And if I go to the just water method now how long will it take to stop being icky? TIA!

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