Everyone with hair knows it can be difficult to find the right shampoo and conditioner for your type. It’s just so easy to find yourself switching from product to product, especially when we aren’t seeing positive results immediately But unfortunately, all the chemicals we put on our hair, plus the blow-drying and hot irons, damages our hair more than we realize!
As a result, many women have turned to what’s now being referred to as the “No Poo” method! There are a few variations to this new method, but ultimately it’s simply the process of washing your hair without using shampoo! Crazy, right? Plus, Some methods even allow you to get rid of your conditioner as well. I know this might sound ludicrous at first, but once you find the right method for you, and stick to it, it can be totally life changing!
First, here’s the scoop on what really happens when you use shampoo?
Our scalp produces a natural oil known as sebum that prevents the skin from drying out. An excess of sebum, however, can make skin or hair oily, and it begins to smell bad when broken down by bacteria outside the body. So this is where shampoo comes in!
Shampoo is more like a detergent that strips our skin and hair of all its natural oil, which is actually not very good for us. But once all the oil is removed, we usually apply conditioner to replace the sebum. But unfortunately, when the natural oil is taken away, our scalp begins to produce an excessive amount of oil to compensate for what was lost. This over-compensation of oil under the conditioner we apply after shampooing, causes our hair to have a greasy or gunky feeling. This leads to more frequent washing, the loss of your hair’s longevity, and worst of all- frizz, especially for curly hair.
If you go by the directions the manufacturers give you, (lather, rinse, repeat) this process not only destroys our hair, but our environment as well. Imagine all the bottles we go through, and the money we’re spending on all these products.
If anything, the “No Poo” method is worth trying, first to save you some money, and next to save your hair’s shine and texture. Of course, any new method will take some time to adjust to. Everyone has different hair types and different routines with different results. Here are a few different methods you can try before you decide which one is best for you.
The Co-Washing Method
The co-washing method is a good transitional method to get your hair used to the absence of shampoo. (I currently use this method, and I have already seen positive changes in my hair’s look and feel!) Here’s how it works....
Step 1: Rinse hair thoroughly
Step 2: Apply a small amount of conditioner to scalp and massage all over, starting at the crown of your head and working your way around.
Step 3: Rinse well with warm water and apply conditioner to the length of your hair.
Step 4: Detangle using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.
Step 5: Rinse well with cool water for an extra shine.
This simple and effective method works well with straight and curly hair, even though curls tend to be more porous; which can make it harder thoroughly rinse. Using the simple method above can can quickly and easily ban that frizzy head of hair you hate so much, in just a few minutes.
The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method
Baking soda acts as a shampoo, but since it is not a detergent, the sebum is not stripped away. The vinegar is used to condition the length of your hair. As I said before, these methods vary depending on the person’s preference and hair type. There are two ways to go about this method, a solution or a paste.
Step 1: Create a solution using 1-2 tbls of baking soda and 1 cup of water and store in a squeeze bottle.
Step 2: Create a solution of 2 tbls of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
Step 3: Apply baking soda solution to the roots and massage with fingertips until it feels slippery, then rinse well.
Step 4: Spray the vinegar solution on the length of your hair, starting with the ends. And let sit for a minute or so before rinsing.
*Hair Paste Method
Until your hair and scalp adjusts to this drastic change, your hair might feel slightly drier or oilier, depending on your hair type. It might seem weird, but with patience comes change, until your hair can adjust.
Step 1: Fill a container that has a tight lid with baking soda to keep in your shower.
Step 2: Take about 1-2 tbs of baking soda in your hands. The water from your hands will turn it into a paste.
Step 3: Using your fingertips, thoroughly massage the paste onto your roots. Do not apply the paste to the length of your hair.
Step 4: Allow it to sit for a minute. Then rinse well.
Step 5: Spray vinegar solution to the length of your hair and let it sit for a minute before rinsing well.
If you’re still not totally convinced to get rid of your shampoo, or these methods are not doing the job for you, you can still take a step towards healthier hair with a clarifying shampoo alternative.
What to look for: Clarifying Shampoo Alternatives
First of all, you will want to eliminate the excessive use of silicones. They can be helpful, but not when used daily, otherwise they can cause frizz. So remember that when shopping for a clarifying shampoo and conditioner.
First: Emollients soften, smooth and give your hair a bit of shine to it.
Second: Too much protein like silk, soy, wheat and keratin can cause build up on your scalp.
Third: *Humectants such as Panthenol, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol and Honey absorb water and hold in moisture.
Fourth: *Amino Acids and Aloe Vera are also great moisturizers.
Check Out The Process:
1) Take half a tbs of shampoo and apply to scalp.
2) Using fingertips, massage into scalp starting at the forehead and work your way around.
3) Rinse roots thoroughly.
4) Using a tbbs of conditioner, use your fingers to lightly coat the length of your hair from the ends to the shaft.
5) Rinse thoroughly and blot dry.
A Word To the Wise, Also Known as Tips:
*It’s best to use a t-shirt or cloth like material instead of a towel to dry your hair. They tend to cause more frizz.
*Add a fragrance to your hairbrush or a little to the vinegar solution for a more pleasant smell.
*You might not want to try a new method before a big event or meeting until you know how your hair will react. So, be prepared to wear your hair up quite a bit in the beginning.
*Have patience. Your hair needs time to adjust to the change, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t see positive results right away. Once you figure out what works best for you and your hair, the results will show soon enough.
GOOD LUCK! And May “No Poo” Gorgeous and Memorable Locks Be With You!