ShamPHree basic mix and apply directions.

Basic cleanser recipe

Mix 2 tbsp baking soda and 8 oz warm water in a squeeze bottle. Shake well. For oily hair, try 2 tbsp of B.S. For dry hair, try 1/2 tbsp B.S.

Basic conditioner recipe

Mix 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 8 oz warm water in a squeeze bottle. Shake well. For oily hair, use 1/2 tbsp ACV. For dry hair, try 2 tbsp ACV.

      Basic application instructions

 1. Shake bottles to mix solutions.

2. Apply approx. 2 oz of cleanser to dry hair. Gently disperse directly into the scalp in lines across the head. Saturate the roots.

3. Work through hair with fingers. Brush or comb. Leave in 3-5 minutes

4. Rinse hair thoroughly.

5. Apply 2 oz of conditioning solution to wet hair, concentrating on the mid-strand and ends.

6. Work through hair with fingers, brush, or comb. Leave on 3-5 minutes.

7. Rinse thoroughly

*Adjust freely to meet your hair length and needs. Click here for more troubleshooting for your hair type.

 ShamPHree application video, check out this post!

xo, HTHG

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ShamPHree Mix and Apply video and a little teaser.

freeI have spent the last 6 months researching and testing the best applicator bottles, funnels, scents, raw ACV’s and BS, labels, logos, packaging, and general esthetic to put together a ShamPHree kit to sell on HTHG for those of you who are already ShamPHree and want an upgrade and for those of you who are curious about going ShamPHree but waiting for the whole system to be handed to you in one pretty and easy to use package:)

Today, I give you a look at what is coming soon on HTHG…..A full on ShamPHree shop with delux starter kits, streamline kits, scent mixers, perfect fit funnels, and general more. HTHG will soon be your one-stop SHamPHree online shop. Over time, I hope to add simple natural hair products that I make to the shop, as well as some of my favorite ShamPHree items ( Hair powder, brushes, etc)

Check out this video to see the ShamPHree kit, how I mix and apply my solutions, and get the feel of the ShamPHree system. It is a long time coming that I update my ShamPHree how-to video. The early days of ShamPHree were messy and experimental. Now, I’ve got it down.

Can you DIY your own ShamPHree kit? absolutely. But I have made it much easier on you.

I am so excited by all of you who are jumping on the ShamPHree bandwagon! I fully enjoy your comments and your #shamphree instagram photos. It is your feedback that inspires me to create. Thank you all for being here and being interested in ShamPHree. IT is a drop in the bucket towards independence and sustainability through beauty, hair and identity. Please share this post and spread the word! XOXOXOX

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Troubleshooting: ShamPHree (No-poo) for different hair types

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 4.59.55 PMAre you ready to embark on an adventure in learning and loving your natural hair? Have you checked off your ShamPHree supply list? Have you watched my ShamPHree method video to get a feel for how I do it?

Here is a little rundown of how you will start your journey. Keep in mind that all hair is different and there are MANY ways to experiment to help you find the routine that is PERFECT for you.

Start your first ShamPHree by mixing your BS and ACV formulas.

*Things to consider-

If your hair is very dry, porous, or colortreated.…..

- Cut your BS measurement in half and double your ACV. Why? because you need a lighter cleansing (dilluted BS) and a stronger cuticle sealer. (Double ACV.) -Also for these hair types, you will want to wet hair FIRST before applying your BS

Another thing you can do if your color seems to be stripping out a bit is to add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit.

- Do a dry coconut oil treatment before you ShamPHree. Apply the oil to your dry ends and brush it through with a boar bristle brush. Let it sit overnight, and ShamPHree it out in the morning. Sometimes it will feel greasy for a couple hours after drying. Be patient. Your hair will thank you.

- Add organic honey into your hair routine for added moisture, shine,  and slip for detangling.

- Skip the BS every other time you ShamPHree, and just ACV it.

If your hair is thick, coarse, unruly, curly…..

- Make sure you brush your dry hair vigorously with a boar bristle brush  thoroughly at least once a week to help distribute the oil that gets trapped at your scalp. I recommend doing this prior to every ShamPHree. Your ends need this oil.

- Do an extra ACV rinse in between full ShamPHrees to make your hair shinier and more manageable.

- Rinse out ACV with cold water if you can stand it. This will help smooth the cuticle of the hair.

- Do regular coconut oil treatments.

- If your hair seems dry all the time, consider dropping the BS all together and just using ACV with a weekly coconut oil treatment.

- Use liquid gold curl polisher for extra moisture.

If you hair is very fine, oily and limp……

- Brush your hair daily.

- Double your BS and leave it on your dry hair for a couple minutes before rinsing.

- In between ShamPHrees, sprinkle a little cornstarch or rice powder  (or my fave, Naked Eye Beauty natural hair powder!) into your dry roots and brush it through to help soak up extra oil and give your hair a little lift and body.

-Try this fantastic DIY Sea Salt Texture spray to add extra body and help soak up oil.

- Use water as hot as you can stand to rinse out your ShamPHree.

-Try using distilled white vinegar instead of ACV. It has a higher acid content and will cut through oil more thoroughly.

- Just apply your ACV to the ends of your hair, leaving the scalp out.

If your hair is dull, brittle, and hard to de-tangle…..

-Brush your hair before ShamPHree-ing while dry.

-DEFINITELY add honey into your routine.

-Add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit.

-Stock up on shea butter, and use it with your coconut oil treatments.

If your scalp is very dry or irritated….

- Add a couple drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil to your ACV to help calm irritation.

-Mix your ACV with chamomile tea instead of water.

-Add a teaspoon of honey to your ACV for extra moisture and soothing power.

- Make sure to brush your hair regularly to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp.

- Do extra ACV rinses with essential oil in between full ShamPHrees

- Once a month, massage coconut oil into your scalp in the shower and brush it in with a paddle brush. Wrap your head in a towel or t-shirt and sleep on it. ShamPHree it out in the morning, doing 2 rounds of BS and 2 rounds of ACV to remove the oil from the hair.

If your hair is oily at the roots and dry at the ends…..

- Brush it every day. Make sure to rinse your brush well in between uses.

- Coconut oil treat your ends weekly.

-This is a common occurrence for newly converted Shamphree-ers. Be patient, and stick with it. Your hair will balance out.

- Do extra ACV rinses in between full ShamPhrees.

- Apply your ACV mix to the ends of the hair, leaving out the scalp.

- Definitely get yourself some 3rd Day Bangs Dry ShamPHree powder to soak up from your roots in between ShamPHree-ing.

Have you been using the ShamPHree method and are you finding that you have a dry, itchy, white buildup on your scalp?

Switch to alluminum-free baking soda!

Are you concerned about brittle ends?

7U6A8999Apply your favorite hair oil to your dry ends ( ends only!) before you ShamPHree to protect them. Call it a pre-poo. Liquid gold hair butter is my favorite end protector:)

If you have brittle hair to begin with, add a teaspoon of ACV to your BS mixture to bring the PH down a bit. It will be a gentler solution.



Are you concerned about the smell of ACV in your hair?

freedomA couple of tips……Remember to apply your ACV to the bottom half of your hair. If you put it on your scalp, your scalp will retain the scent of the ACV, and it can make your hair a bit greasy. Remember! ACV is your conditioner!

Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils into your ACV. My favorite scent blend is Freedom, which you can now purchase in the ShamPHree Shop!

Are you having static issues in your ShamPHree hair?

First off, be sure you are using a natural bristle brush. This means boar bristle or wooden bristles. Plastic will make your hair more static-y. Use a light silicone-free serum or hair oil to smooth the surface of the hair. This too shall pass.


After your first 2 weeks of ShamPHree-ing notice what you like and don’t like about what is happening. Is your hair too oily seeming? too dry? smelling too much like ACV? is your hair and scalp happier than they have ever been?

Make necessary adjustments and experiment until you find the perfect routine. Remember…..BS is like your shampoo. It is a base element. It is your cleanser. ACV is your conditioner and your acid element. It seals the hair back up.Together, they balance. But different hair types will require more of one and less of the other. There are no rules with ShamPHree.

The point of SHamPHree is to keep your hair and scalp in balance. The point is not to clean and strip your hair. The need for styling products should be eliminated with a healthy scalp. I encourage you not to load up with products when you use this method……But, it is allowed;) I won’t tell anyone.

Good luck on your journey, and please check out HTHG’s answers to frequently asked ShamPHree questions for more info.

IF you like this post and are interested in learning more about the chemistry of beauty products, please check out this fantastic website, called Beauty Brains!7U6A9681

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No-poo Supply list!

ShamPHree supply list

Hi guys. I am trying to consolidate all my ShamPHree info into easy to understand posts so that if is more straightforward. So, I made a ShamPHree checklist for all of you who are ready to embark on your own journey.

Initially, your supplies will run you about 70$ and last a year or more. That is as much as a shampoo, conditioner, and styling products that will last you 3 months or less. After your first investment, all you will need to buy is more B.S. and ACV, essential oils and coconut oil.

Here is what you will need……

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Buy a big jug of it at your local grocery store or click the link to buy it online. I like Bragg’s because it is alive with good bacterias that help to balance your scalp and hair. Some people use white vinegar, and some people like lemon juice instead of vinegar all together. Experiment!

Baking Soda

I have never lived in any house that didn’t have a 5 year old box of Arm and Hammer B.S. hidden in a cupboard somewhere. Any brand of B.S. will do, some people like the aluminum free B.S. Get it at any grocery store, or click the link to get yours online.

Denman Large Paddle Brush
For distributing your ShamPHree mixtures in the shower! Great for detangling coarse and curly hair. Get one at your local drug store or click the link to buy yours online.
Denman boar bristle Brush
Great for helping distribute healthy scalp oils into dry ends. Also, great for general scalp health and hair growth stimulation! Get one at your local drug store or click the link to buy yours online.

Small medium mouth funnel

You will need one of these babies to help get the B.S, into your bottle! Click the ling to get yours.

Squirty bottles

Get 2 of them, and decorate them with pretty stickers. Also, get travel sizes! They really come in handy. Click the link to get yours, or go to your local art store and buy paint mixing bottles. You can also use your old shampoo and conditioner bottles.

Essential oils (I use peppermint for a fresh tingle:))

Choose your favorite scent to add to your ACV for yummy smelling, fresh hair. Citrus scents blend beautifully, as well as mint, tea tree, lavender. Experiment with making your own blends! Click the link, or get yours at a local health food store.

Coconut oil
Your conditioning and smoothing secret weapon. I use mine in my hair, on my skin, I brush my teeth with it, and I cook with it. Get yours online or at your local health food store.

With these supplies, you are ready to start your ShamPHree journey! Best of luck to you and your reclaimed hair.

Are you ready to embark on your ShamPHree journey? Check out Troubleshooting ShamPHree for different hair types and HTHG’s answers to frequently asked ShamPHree questions to get you going in the right direction!

Don’t forget to hashtag your #shamphree photos so we can see and inspire this hair revolution!

7U6A9681ShamPHree starter kits and products are now available in the HTHG ShamPHree Shop. Get yours today and Free Your Hair!


No-poo and brushing

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 11.29.58 AM Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 11.30.49 AMI know we have talked a bit about using a brush regularly if you are going ShamPHree. Today, I want to stress this point. You need to brush your hair if you are using the ShamPHree method. In fact, no matter what method you use, you should brush your hair.

If your scalp seems very oily and your ends seem dry, or your scalp is flaky at all after experimenting with the ShamPHree routine, chances are you just need a good brushing. Using a brush does 3 important things to your hair…..

1. It stimulates the scalp. This is good for promoting healthy hair growth and cell turnover, which is very helpful if you have any sort of scalp condition or very slow growing hair. Also, brushing feels really good to the scalp!

2. It pulls the oil from the scalp down into the ends, where it can be absorbed by the dry tips of your hair that are thirsty for moisture. This creates consistency from scalp to tips.

3. It helps to clean the hair in general. A brush catches build up and debris from the hair and scalp and removes it, helping to keep it clean.

7U6A9681If you are going ShamPHree, make sure you have either a paddle brush ( better for coarse curls and brittle hair) or a boar bristle brush     ( better for very oily hair and fine hair.)

ShamPHree starter kits and products are now available in the HTHG ShamPHree Shop. Get yours today and Free Your Hair!

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