Recently, I’ve been seeing various articles on Facebook about the growing ‘no poo’ movement and I must say, it’s intriguing. Are women actually not using shampoo and conditioner on their hair? The answer is yes.
Apparently, the trend of ditching shampoo resurfaces every few years and it seems to be appearing again. The idea is to let your scalp’s natural oils be able to do their thing instead of being washed out by shampoo. It’s said that washing these oils out constantly is actually what makes hair look greasy–your hair is overcompensating.
So is it actually easy to go ‘no poo?’ From what I’ve gathered, no. Hair is a complicated thing and everyone has different types. For example, mine is so thick that I can usually go a few days without washing it while ladies with finer hair typically can’t. Which is why ditching shampoo has gotten mixed results.
Is there an alternative to shampoo? Actually, yes. Some veterans say that eventually all you’ll need is water and a scalp rub, but the most popular treatment involves baking soda and apple cider vinegar (another use!). Here is the most common method:
-Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water. Mix well before applying. Massage into your scalp, leave on for a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
-Next, take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix with 1 cup of water. Use this to wash your ends (not your scalp) and rinse.
-You can also add an essential oil if you want your hair to smell a specific way though it’s been said that the vinegar doesn’t make hair smell.
The most crucial thing to this method is time. It could take up to a month for your hair to adjust to it’s own natural state, so those who can’t stand having greasy hair might want to reconsider. Those who’ve persevered have reported thicker hair, a healthy shine, richer color, and it seems to grow faster.
So what do you think? Have you (or anyone you know) ever gone ‘no poo?’ I’m thinking that I might have to give this one a try. If you decide to go shampooless, feel free to share your journey here.