No poo: Aloe vera, honey and a haircut

Sweet honey on the spoon

The long-awaited day finally arrived – haircut day! If you’re wondering about my excitement about getting my hair cut, I’ll provide a little context.

When I was a high-heeled career woman, way before children, I would get my hair done at a salon approximately every 2 or 3 months – wash, cut and blow. It was a real treat I would look forward to, usually timed to coincide with special occasions. When Arnan arrived spending so much time and money on my hair became impractical, so salon visits were one of the first luxuries to be cut out of my lifestyle. My last professional haircut happened just after Arnan turned one in January 2012. In between, my mom gave me a trim (without any layering or anything fancy) about a year ago. As you can see from my photos my hair was getting terrible at the ends, and a cut was long overdue.

Since my last wash I had done a lot of reading on no poo recipes in the No poo & low poo hair care group on Facebook. Their files section is a treasure trove of information! I came upon a honey and aloe vera recipe, which is said to be very moisturising, so I thought I would give that a try this time. Plus the benefits listed were what really sold me!

  •  Feels kinda like real shampoo (kinda)
  • Is really good for adding moisture to your hair
  • Makes hair shiny
  • Can help shorten your transition phase if you are dealing with cotton/strawlike hair

– Code Red Hat: Moisturizing Aloe Honey No Poo Recipe

So I went searching for Aloe Vera gel, which was not an easy task. The closest I could come to pure Aloe Vera gel was Lifestyle Nutrition’s Aloe Vera Concentrate at Dischem. The ingredients listed are: Purified water, Glycerine, Potassium Sorbate, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera Gel, Colourants (E104, E110). According to the nutritional information there are 55.2mg Aloe Vera Gel per 100ml.

Honey and Aloe Vera wash, still wet

Honey and Aloe Vera wash, still wet. My hair seemed very dull and lifeless this week.

I was super excited about this wash, I had my hopes up very high, and yet again I was rather disappointed. This time I washed all the hair from roots to ends. I skipped the apple cider vinegar rinse altogether so that I could get a feel for what the wash was doing for my hair. It turns out what it was doing was leaving my hair oily, dull and heavy. Not that great.

Dandruff! This could be the silicones shedding, which happens in transition

Dandruff! This could be the silicones shedding, which happens in transition

Before my hair cut, I can't believe my hair was so long

Before my hair cut, I can’t believe my hair was so long

The hair cut went well though, even with my oily hair. I decided to go a bit shorter than was planned since my hair grows very quickly, and I wanted to get rid of those dry frizzy split-ends. The hairdresser had even heard of the no shampoo “thing”, as she has a client who practices no poo due to allergies. I decided not to have my hair blow dried, both because of the oiliness (it really would be a waste if my hair didn’t look good!) and because I wanted to avoid unnecessary use of high heat.

After my hair cut, oil slick deluxe!

After my hair cut, oil slick deluxe!

Most of the "damage" seems to have been cut out of my hair. My hair feels much lighter after the weight of long hair.

Most of the “damage” seems to have been cut out of my hair. My hair feels much lighter after the weight of long hair.

 I was very pleased with the hair cut, but wore my hair in a pony tail for the rest of the week because of the oiliness. In hindsight I should probably have used the opportunity to try out a dry-poo recipe! I have been very busy with some work I have taken on, so to be really honest my hair was right at the bottom of my priority list.

Have you tried a honey no poo recipe with any success? Do you use natural ingredients in your no poo or personal care recipes? I would love to hear about your successes or challenges, leave your stories in the comments!


  • Michelle 2016-09-19 at 08:16

    Yay, someone else has gone the no poo route. I’ve got this wild untamed, Daisy de Melker hair and the only way I could keep it under some kind of control was to ditch shampoo. I use beer (Castle is my brand of choice, lol!!) and baking soda.

    • Victoire 2016-09-21 at 04:51

      It sure feels good not to be alone in this no poo journey Michelle! I have just about tried it all… except beer! ? Recently I went water only but my hair was getting too greasy, especially at the roots… I found myself looking at photos of other people wondering whether shampoo is “all that bad” ? ha ha!


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