Okay, now that I have your attention with the title of this post, “no-poo” is just a popular internet term for alternative hair washing methods that don’t use commercial shampoos. It’s been a while since I posted about this, so I thought I’d give you all an update. First of all, here’s a gratuitous shot of my freshly washed hair:
This is shortly post-wash, brushed, air-dried, no product whatsoever. For a full description of my hair washing method, please visit my page devoted to the No-Poo Hair Routine, but in short, the process is as follows:
- Scrub scalp with a baking soda paste.
- Rinse bottom of hair with (very) watered down vinegar.
- Use natural bristle brush and water washes in between.
I’ve been doing this for over 2 years now, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. When I used to use shampoo, I would have to wash my hair every other day to keep from having a matted down oil slick. Now I only do the baking soda wash once a week, with a water wash in between – two if I get dirty or sweaty. Usually my hair looks passable even the day before the wash.
One hair stylist told me she’d never seen hair so healthy. Another remarked that I had very few split ends considering I hadn’t cut my hair in nearly 6 months (I do that a lot). I have gotten a funny look or two when I ask a stylist not to wash my hair, but most of them have heard of it before so it’s really not that big of a deal. A bonus to this method is that your hair is always ready for an updo, since your hair is basically the same all week. No more having to skip washes to get curls to set.
I really encourage those of you that are curious to give it a try. Be warned: there is a transition period, and it can be rough. Mine took about 6 weeks before the oils in my scalp calmed down. You can soften this by starting out with watered down shampoo, then alternating shampoo and baking soda, but be aware that this will just stretch the process out. It took me over a year to get to the 1 week wash – I started with 3 days and slowly moved up.
Liberate yourself from the tyranny of shampoo!!! 🙂