ShamPHree Myths De-mystified

Hi everyone! For all of you PHree people, I wanted to update ShamPHree FAQ’s to dis-spell any myths and help you debunk so you can de-gunk (Your hair, that is!)


Feel free to post more Q’s in the comment section and I will try to answer them all. It is important to me that you all have the support you need to get you past that initial transition period and any ShamPHree hair road-blocks so you can be informed and empowered to troubleshoot your own hair into perfection.



Can I still use my favorite hair products?


Yes! absolutely. ShamPHree is not an exclusive club. It is not us against them. This is not highschool. You can love your ShamPHree routine and use your favorite hair products……One tip, though, try and avoid silicone in products because it does build up and gunkify the hair, which kind of defeats the purpose of ShamPHree. If you are addicted to Morrocan Oil, try Shiny Dancer instead;)7U6A9542

The beauty, though, of going ShamPHee is that most people find that their hair doesn’t need the products it once did!


If I fall off the wagon, will I have to go through that whole adjustment period again?


Nope. You might find that your hair doesn’t respond as it once did to Shampoo and Conditioner, though. I still Shampoo every couple months, just to remember why I gave it up in the first place:)

That initial hard adjustment period is all about breaking yourself and your hair of synthetic chemical ingredients and a life-long belief system. Once you get through it, you are free for life, even if you fall off the wagon.


Do I have to do it every day?


No. I suggest starting off by doing it as often as you normally would Shampoo. After a couple weeks, experiment with cutting down to one less ShamPHree a week. See how your hair likes that. Give it another couple weeks, then cut back one more time. Keep doing this until you reach a routine that suits you and your hair. And remember, you can tweak your mix ratios ( how much BS/ACV you use in your mixes. ) ShamPHree is all about learning, paying attention, experimenting, understanding, and then applying.


Why do my ends feel so dry?


7U6A9661Well, because you aren’t using a conditioner that artificially seals your ends with a waxy-like substance!

If you have dry ends, the Pre-Phree oil treatment is a godsend. Seriously. I use my Liquid Gold in my dry ends before every ShamPHree. If your hair feels generally dry, Shiny Dancer is a fantastic over-all moisturizer and protectent.


Will my hair grow faster?


This hasn’t been scientifically proven, but people tell me constantly that their hair is growing like gangbusters since going ShamPHree.


My hair feels greasy and tangly, does this mean it’s not working?


No. It either means that you are still transitioning or that you haven’t found your perfect balance of how much BS and ACV to mix, how often to brush, how to apply, how long to leave on, etc. Keep adjusting! Don’t give up!


What if I use shampoo because of traveling?


No Biggie! Just get back on the PHree when you get home. Or, you can get little 2 0z containers and fill them with BS and ACV, and get some small applicator bottles and bring em on the road.


It worked for my friend, but not for me.  Maybe my hair isn’t the right type.  Is that correct?


It is rare hair that doesn’t respond well to ShamPHree. The cool thing about it is that it is a method that can be completely tailored and personalized to your specific hair type. However, it does take time and patience and experimentation to make it work some times. But once you get it, it’s yours for life:)


Does it work for everybody, or just some people?


It can work for you, no matter who you are and what your hair is like. But only if you want it to……The ShamPHree method is not for everyone. It takes commitment and patience, and curiosity and a knack for alchemy and DIY.


My hair doesn’t seem to be getting clean enough.  It is okay to use 3x or 4x the baking soda?


Yes! Find the amount that works for your hair. Make sure to apply the BS at your scalp only, when your hair is dry before you jump in the shower. And also try letting it sit in your hair for a little longer. 2-3 minutes is fine and it will leave you feeling cleaner. Also, be sure you are applying your ACV at your ends, not at your scalp:)


Will it work if I leave the B.S. and ACV in for only a minute?

It will work, but if you feel like you need a bit more cleansing, leave them on longer. Again, 2-3 minutes is perfectly fine.


Do I really have to brush my hair?


It is essential to help physically move and distribute oil from your scalp to your ends. If you are super curly or anti-brush, just make sure you give your scalp a nice massage before ShamPHree-ing to help loosen up those oils to be carried down into your ends where they are needed!


I didn’t have dandruff before.  Now, after ShamPHree-ing, I’m starting to get some.  What should I do?


Sometimes, the adjustment to ShamPHree causes the scalp to react at first by shedding a bit. This will pass quickly. Be sure you are using Aluminum-Free BS. If it keeps up, try using less BS.


I have a lot of fly-away hair now.  Will that go away?


There are a million and one reasons for fly-aways. If you feel like you are getting more than usual, invest in a good boar bristle brush. You will use it your whole life. Also, you can try a smoothing hair balm like Liquid Gold Hair Butter.


Can I still color my hair?


7U6A9530Absolutely. If you plan on transitioning to ShamPHree and you want to color your hair, I suggest getting through the adjustment period, getting your routine worked out, and THEN coloring. If you are a regular colorer, here is a bit more on ShamPHree for color treated hair. Infused Beauty Vinegar is great for color-treated hair.


Can I still perm my hair?


Yep. Go for it.


Now that it’s summer, my hair feels extra dry.  Should I change the formulas?

Yes! I change mine with every seasonal/weather change, based on how my hair reacts. I tend to use less BS and more ACV in the Summer and Winter dry months. I also load up on Liquid Gold in my ends before and after ShamPHree-ing in the dry months. And Shiny Dancer is a fantastic heat-protector and moisture restorer for hot summer beach days!


7U6A9633Day four or five scalp build up…is it time to ShamPHree again or are there any other secrets?

You might just need a good thorough brushing and a warm water rinse. Dry-Shampoo is also great for this. 3rd Day Bangs is made for your 3rd,4th, and 5th day hair! Here is how I like to apply it.


I’m really worried that I am going to smell like Vinegar all day with the ShamPHree method. Is there anything I can do?7U6A9685

The key is to apply the ACV to your ends, not at your scalp. It is when it gets into your pores that the smell sticks around even after your hair dries. If you just apply it to the ends, the smell will completely evaporate. IF you want your hair to dry and smell just lovely, try one of my scent blends added into your ACV!


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.

DSC04092I have spent the last 6 months researching and testing the best applicator bottles, funnels, scents, raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Aluminum free Sodium Bicarb, labels, logos, packaging, and general esthetic to put together a Shampoo-free kit and system 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, you are in the right place!

Today, I give you a look at what is coming soon on HTHG…..A full on Shampoo-free shop with Deluxe ShamPHree kits, essential oil blends, styling products, andl more. HTHG is now your one-stop SHamPHree online shop!

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 do a beautiful science;)

I have been so excited hearing from all of you who are jumping on the ShamPHree bandwagon with great success! 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!


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