I’ve become fascinated with this trend, have you heard of it? Some call it the “No Poo Method”… I’m calling it the Shampoo-free lifestyle. I look at this as less of a trend but more as one of the best kept secrets in natural beauty.
To give you a little background I’ve never been one to spend much time on my hair. I’ve always had long, thick locks, a head of hair really easy to style… but seriously – I never curl it, rarely spend more than 5 minutes on it, I wear it up every day… it’s getting old! So I’m starting to care more for my hair. And this no shampoo concept seems like a great gateway into a new, natural way of hair care.
You can start this process too! And I hope this post will help get you started. Before jumping in read on for more background on the true benefits of skipping over those traditional shampoos..
What shampoo and conditioner actually do
Traditional shampoos are actually detergents, yes DETER-agents. (Doesn’t that tell you right there that they work against you?) These chemicals are supposed strip your hair and scalp of dirt and oil to “wash your hair”. What they actually do is strip the hair shaft and all the wonderful, natural oils (called sebums) that your scalp creates. And the conditioner? That is meant to replace those natural oils in your hair, the ones that your shampoo has just stripped away. Well how does that make sense? All this does is require your scalp to be shampooed/conditioned on the daily. Or you just feel gross right? Dry, itchy, greasy and irritated!
This is not a good cycle for our hair, period. Because of shampoo and conditioner, our scalps overproduce sebum in attempts to replace what is being stripped away from the agent. When it comes down to it our scalps just want to work naturally for us. But they’re suffering! Our scalps are desperately trying to reach balance…
Let’s get our locks back to equilibrium!
Tips before beginning the process…
1). Plan this process. Try doing it when you know your hair does not need to be flawless like for a Wedding, portrait, job interview, etc. (This whole process takes time)
2). Clarify your hair before you start —- Since most chemical products contain silicones in them (which are not water soluble) there are many still stuck in your hair, and these are damaging. Get a “Clarifying Shampoo” to use as a final shampoo wash 🙂 (*do this whenever you’d normally wash your hair next) This final step helps ease the transition period. But if you skip it as I did, it may just add a week or two to your transition. I’m cool with it!
3). Remain open-minded and read into this. It might not work as desired right away, just keep adjusting and trying new things for your hair type, color and thickness. (more articles below that can help with this)
Getting your hair’s natural balance back…. THE BASICS
Goal? Use Baking Soda and Vinegar as Shampoo and Conditioner replacement once or twice a week or less (as needed) – to gain back your hair’s natural oily balance, giving you BETTER hair in the long run.
Baking Soda = cleaning agent applied to roots and massaged into scalp
Vinegar = conditioning agent applied to length of hair
For oily hair — reduce vinegar + increase baking soda
For dry hair — increase vinegar + decrease baking soda
For long or thick hair — increase ratio of soda to water
For short or fine hair — decrease ratio of soda to water
Main tip? Be patient and just try for *balance – try different ratios of product and/or different variations of the product to get better results
Keep in mind
This whole Baking Soda and Vinegar thing is working to bring your hair to its natural equilibrium. Some do this about once or twice a week, but some get to the point where all they need to do is rinse their hair in hot water for their “wash.” It’s really quite intriguing! ****REMEMBER**** you really want your scalp to produce its natural oils, so try hard to refrain from using any additional products (besides essential oils). It’s hard! You might want to stick to hats, head bands, and an up-do for a while… but it’s so worth it! Once the transition phase is over – product can still be your friend. But I’d still recommend the most natural products you can find.
Today marks day one for me. I will be posting more pictures and comments as I continue this transition into a Shampoo Free lifestyle! [Here’s Day 1 – 2]
Other great blog posts I’ve referenced on the subject:
Leah of Code Red Hat posted a more detailed article about the No Poo Method > Never Shampoo Again!