Can You Go No Poo? Why You Should Go Shampoo Free
Going shampoo-free is a pretty big commitment that renders a lot of people confused. How do you manage to keep your scalp clean? Better yet… how do you keep your hair clean? Will it smell? What if your hair revolts and does something disgusting (it will, but only briefly)? See, lots of confusion.
Instead of using regular shampoo, the no-poo method involves finding alternatives. Many of these alternatives are natural, safe for your scalp, and encourage your hair to be healthier. Cider vinegar, baking soda, honey, and lemon are all natural and you can use them to clean your hair.
Why You Should Go No-Poo
Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils and beauty. It’s a detergent which washes oils out. You need to put the oils back into your hair, which is where conditioner and styling products come in. Talk about successful marketing.
Another fact we’ve got to face is that shampoo gets all over the skin. Ever have a bad breakout on your back? It’s likely shampoo is the culprit. Since skin has so many pores and it is our largest organ, there are a great many places for shampoo to seep in. Do you really want to feed your skin chemicals?
The more you use, the more you need. Have you noticed if you can go a few days without washing your hair, it feels better? The longer you can go without washing your hair the better because shampoo deposits all kinds of things onto your scalp. These ingredients keep your scalp from creating its own oil that will benefit your hair.
As if you need another reason to try this… but cutting out shampoo will cut your costs. Why spend the money on the products if you don’t have to? Let your hair shine, the natural way.
How to Go No-Poo
Are you ready to try it? Fortunately, the steps of going no-poo are particularly simple, though it’s important to give a nice, loud Public Service Announcement: it will be greasy, at first.
Baking soda is going to work miracles on your hair. It will gently help clear your scalp of products, shampoo, or anything else that might be leftover from your shampoo days. A good recipe for your baking soda “shampoo” is to mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water. You can pick up a travel shampoo bottle to house this mixture to make it easier on yourself. For those of you with thicker or curly hair, you might need to try more baking soda. See what works for you!
Soak your scalp, then apply the baking soda mixture. Use your fingers to scrub the mixture into your roots. Rinse after a few minutes, and voila. You have a clean scalp.
Apple cider vinegar is your next step. It will work to counteract the baking soda, and add a bit of moisture back into your hair. The same recipe will work with the cider vinegar: one tablespoon, and then one cup of water. If your hair is oily usually, keep the cider vinegar confined to the ends of your hair. If your hair is really oily, skip the vinegar and substitute lemon juice instead.
What to Expect Next
The first two weeks might be tough. It’s entirely possible you’ll find your hair is greasier than a frying pan after fries, but don’t let that deter you. The best hair of your life is right around the corner. After the first two weeks, you’ll have to ween off of the baking soda mixture to let your hair cleanse itself.
Two more weeks will pass before you see signs that the grease is backing its bags and leaving. Brush your hair religiously which will help distribute the natural oils your hair is thirsty for. By the time week five rolls around, your hair will start to do its thing. Best hair of your life, remember? The waiting period is worth it.