To shampoo or not to shampoo, that is the question. Well, when it comes to the state of your strands, there are a lot of hair care extraordinaires that believe “No ‘Poo” is best for you.
Now, whether you’ve guessed it or not, No ‘Poo means no shampoo, the same goes for conditioner too. Yep, that’s right. But No ‘Poo does not necessarily mean no washing, you’re just ditching store bought brands for a safer and healthier (and cheaper!) alternative- Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar.
But before we get into that, let’s focus on why No ‘Poo id good for you, by focusing on why shampoo is not.
The Vicious Shampoo Cycle
Let’s keep things short and sweet, shall we? So, why do you shampoo your hair? Basically because it’s oily. Why is your hair oily? Because you use shampoo.
You see, your hair naturally produces oil, right? And shampoo strips that natural oil away. So naturally, kind of like your strands survival reflex, you hair will then produce double the amount of oil it naturally should.
Think about your hair, unwashed, for a day. Heck, I’m sure you’ve done this before. Oily, isn’t it? The proof is in the pudding. So, the more you strip the oils away with shampoo, the more oil is produced.
As for conditioner, it’s actually quite funny. You strip your hair of natural oils only to try replace them and moisturize with conditioner. But remember, no amount of conditioner can compare to what it naturally there.
What To Wash With
As mentioned earlier, No ‘Poo advocates wash their hair with Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar. Baking Soda as shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner.
Baking Soda “Shampoo”
1 Tablespoon Of Baking Soda : 1 Cup Of Warm Water
Mix together, massage on to your scalp, then run from root to tip. Let it sit for a good minute or so, this is the perfect time to soap and scrub away, then rinse off.
Apple Cider “Conditioner”
1 Tablespoon Of Apple Cider Vinegar : 1 Cup Of Warm Water
It’s pretty much the same banana. Mix, massage, leave, then rinse. RINSE THOROUGHLY. The smell might not be as pleasant as you slather this stuff on your strands, but as long as you rinse well, and rinse it all off, you have nothing to worry about.
NEVER MIX BAKING SODA AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TOGETHER!
Other Benefits Of No ‘Poo:
- It’s Safe
- It’s Chemical free– which is good for our water ways, which is goof for the environment.
- It’s Animal Friendly– Who ever heard of baking soda or apple cider vinegar being tested on animals?
- It’s Cheaper– No only because baking soda and apple cider is cheaper as is, but once you’ve made the switch, after some time your hair will start to produce less oil. Less oil means washing your hair less often.
So, is No ‘Poo for you? We’d love to hear what you’ve got to say. So weigh in or share you story.