Do or Don't? :: No Poo
Lately my hair has been so dull and coarse. I’ve done a bit of research to see if there are ways to add a little life to my tresses and I came across the most surprising method for healthy hair:: Stop using shampoo. Crazy, huh? Lots of women have quit shampooing and have dubbed the trend No Poo. Before you get totally grossed out by the idea and the awkward nickname, let me give you a quick rundown. The point isn’t to stop cleaning your hair, but to stop cleaning it with shampoo. Turns out that shampoo is a cleanser in the category of a detergent and as such it strips your hair of all its natural oils each time you use it. Besides drying out your hair, this ironically causes your body’s oil glands to overcompensate and produce more oil, causing you to shampoo more often, etc. etc…
The solution? Surprisingly simple. Start using something else to clean your hair. Here’s the 2-part method they suggest ::
- Baking soda is used to clean the scalp. Fill a small squirt bottle with one cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda. Wet your hair completely and rub the baking soda mixture onto your scalp (and only your scalp) for several minutes. Rinse completely.
- Vinegar is the conditioner. Fill a spray bottle with one cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar (apple cider or white). After you clean your hair with baking soda, spray the vinegar onto your hair, concentrating on the ends, until it’s thoroughly soaked. Don’t spray your scalp. Leave it in for the remainder of your shower (at least 2 minutes). Rinse completely.
That’s it. The women who use this method say their hair is shinier, stronger, and softer. Also, they like all the money they save once they stop using expensive shampoo and the fact that baking soda and vinegar is all natural. However, they do warn that there is a “transition period” during which your body tries to regulate your hair oils once you stop stripping them every day. It usually lasts between four days and two weeks, but then your body figures itself out and stops producing as much oil as it did when you used shampoo.
Pro Tip :: If you decide to go No Poo, make sure to do one last final use with a clarifying shampoo. If you do this, your transition period will be shorter.
If you’re interested in No Poo, Amanda from Living In Another Language has written the best description and tutorial that I’ve found.
So what do you think? Have you or anyone you know ever tried it? Would you be brave enough to go through the transition period? What’s your best tip for healthy hair?