Do you have absolutely no idea what this means? The No Poo Shampoo method is specifically not using shampoo to wash your hair. Whaaaat?! You may ask. How do wash your hair with no shampoo!? Easily, actually. I have been washing my hair using this method for almost 2 years, and I totally love it.
Why Should You Try It?
- Shampoo is expensive. It really is. Once you buy shampoo, you’ve got to buy conditioner otherwise you don’t end up with that silky smooth hair afterwards. Whether or not you’re buying the cheaper or expensive brands, you’re going to be regularly out of pocket. It’s not only going to be costing you money, but think about how often you’re going through those plastic bottles, and the expense to the planet.
- Shampoo is full of nasties. Unless you’re going out of your way to buy a nice eco brand (and even then, there are a lot of brands out there saying they are green and are anything but!), your shampoo and conditioner is going to use nasty ingredients to strip your hair of its natural oils, only to use conditioner to put moisture back in.
- You will always be reliant on the store for your hair cleaning needs. If you run out, you’re going to the store, or you’re ordering online. It’s really as simple as that. Unless you are making it yourself, you are going to be forever putting money into the pockets of big chain companies, to which you are nothing but another consumer number helping their profit margin. No thanks.
So, what can you do about it? Go shampoo free!
I’m going to go and put this disclaimer here first, and say that in the first couple of weeks, you’re going to considering changing your mind. This is the time where your scalp is going to freak out as it tries to balance itself out with its natural oils. You could end up going pretty dry and frizzy or pretty oily and thinking “those dirty hippies have no idea what you’re on about…” Don’t give up!
It does eventually get better. Eventually, your scalp figures out how to cope without it and not only that, it begins to thrive and become healthier.
There are so many recipes out there for going No Poo and unfortunately, the hard part is trying to figure out what works for you. No two people are rocking the same hair, so of course we need to figure out what works for us. Some methods might dry your scalp a bit because you’re sensitive to certain ingredients, but persevere, you will find something.
What Do We Do?
In our house, we were using the baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is not only a natural cleanser for hair, it also has so many uses for cleaning in the home. Apple cider vinegar on the other hand, has numerous health benefits and can balance the pH level of your scalp. This had worked well for us, but after I started reproducing, my hair changed and has since decided that I need something else.
I am going to point out that you should never get too routine with any hair products because it is actually healthier to mix it up now and again to prevent build up. To do this, you can find a deep clean recipe online or even swap to another method for a bit. For now, I’m just using the ACV rinse while I trial new herbal rinses to find out what my post-baby hair needs.
How Do You Do It?
I have two recycled plastic bottles in our bathroom. Not ideal, but after seeing what happened when Mr Zed washed glass baby bottles, glass was taken off the list. I would mix up the concoctions at the start of the week. In one, I mixed up baking soda and water in a 1 Tbsp to 1 Cup of water ratio, and in the other, I used the same ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar.
To use, I would shake the crap out of the bottle (yes, you do want to do this) and then pour some of that goodness over the roots of my hair and massage that bad boy in. Rinse out with water, and then do an all over hair rinse of the ACV mix. My hair was always super soft! Somethings that people may get nervous about is using vinegar. You won’t end up smelling like vinegar. Once your hair dries, the smell will disappear, so chill baby.
No Poo is cheap. I know what’s in it. I can make it at the drop of a hat and they’re typically ingredients I have on hand anyway. Win win!
A lot of people get put off because they hear horror stories about “No Poo” and baking soda. It’s not going to work for everyone. There are, however, other recipes to try that all qualify as “No Poo”.
Let’s be honest, I’m just happy I made it to the shower without a baby attached.