There is no denying it, but the ‘no poo’ method has been gaining quite a lot of popularity these days. But just because your friends are jumping off the “shampoo bridge”, does it mean that you should too?
Before you trade in your favorite bottle for baking soda or some homemade recipe (which we will touch on a little bit later), Here are some things that you should know about ‘no-poo’.
What Is The No Poo Method?
Just as it sounds, no poo pretty much means no shampoo— and conditioner too. Hold on. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop washing altogether. Remember, your hair is your crowning glory, and it should be kept clean! No poo just means NO STORE BOUGHT SHAMPOO or CONDITIONERS. Which brings us right up to the next question…
Why Should You Stop Using Shampoo?
Again referring to the store bought kind, shampoo may contain some harsh if not downright harmful ingredients. Anything from Polysorbates, which can mess with the pH level or your scalp all the way to Lauryl Sulfate and Propylene Glycol, both commonly found in commercial shampoos, both believed to cause cancer. Yikes!
- In case you wanna stick to regular shampooing, make reading a habit and watch out for those ingredients on the label!
Aside from that, ironic enough, shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oil, so although it cleans it, your hair then naturally produces more oil than it normally would, which then makes it oily, which then makes you want to shampoo it again. It’s a vicious shampoo cycle.
- Again, in case you feel that no poo just isn’t for you, a great tip would be for you not to shampoo everyday, but at least every other day. This will help break that cycle plus it will let your hair reap the benefits of it’s natural oils the day you don’t shampoo.
No poo, if done correctly and given enough time, will give you healthier, stronger, shinier, and fizz free hair.
What Should You Expect When Transitioning To No Poo?
Just like any other change, going no poo takes time. So be patient. Also, going no poo is totally different from those lathering shampoos that you have grown to love but decided to ditch, so it will feel different, it will look different. And unfortunately, it will be UGLY before it gets better. BUT IT WILL GET BETTER, MUCH, MUCH BETTER.
Your hair will go through a detox, so to speak. Have you ever noticed that when you don’t shampoo for a day or two, your hair gets pretty oily? Well, think of that but up it’s oiliness, especially in your roots. You see, it is just your hair’s natural way of adjusting as well as regenerating. Some people have it worse than others, and then there are the lucky few.
- If your hair is pretty damaged, switching to no poo can be rather tough. So ease into it. Start with switching to a clarifying shampoo first, the go low poo, and finally no poo!
What Should You Wash With?
Commonly, people trade in their shampoo for baking soda mixed with warm water, and their conditioner for apple cider vinegar also mixed with warm water. The ratio is basically like this:
1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda: 1 Cup of Warm Water
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 Cup of Warm Water
Mix, massage on, leave, rinse.
What Are Other No Poo Alternatives?
- DIY Shampoo (Check out this great Argan Oil Shampoo Recipe here!)
- Soap Nuts
- Rhassoul Clay (Rhassoul means washing)
- Dry Shampoo (Get a super simple Dry Shampoo Recipe here!)
- Just Water (Hard water can be harsh! The minerals and sediments can leave your hair feeling heavy. So make sure that you shower head has a filter!)
- Shampoo Bar
What Is The Best No Poo Method?
Remember, different people have different hair types. So what may do wonders for one may not work for someone else. Which one is best for you? Well, only you can answer that one.
- One thing that everyone should do though is to deep condition every once in a while.