I know I am a little late to the “no-poo” train, but I have decided to finally give this lifestyle a go.
To go “no-poo” is to stop using shampoo. Why would you want to do this?
1. Shampoo is expensive.
2. Chemicals in shampoo can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair.
3. Chemicals in shampoo can be hazardous to your health.
4. Your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
It has been only five days and I definitely feel the urge to wash my hair. I workout almost everyday and I am so used to washing all that sweat out.
I have read some good blogs and articles on the no-poo transition and found out that it is enough to just rinse hair with water to wash away the salt from the sweat.
My other lifesaver has been dry shampoo. In the morning I spray on my Paul Mitchell Express Dry and style as normal.
I want to share some of my no-poo research findings and updates as I transition.
The first thing I need to do is invest in apple-cider vinegar and baking soda. These will be used to make some “non harmful” cleansers for my hair.
The magic ratio is 50/50
When you stop using shampoo, you will probably experience a transitional period while your body gradually adjusts to produce just enough oil to keep your hair healthy. During this time, which can range from a few days to a few months, you’ll probably have some extra oil and grease that you may want to take care of to look presentable. The cheapest and most effective way to handle this is to use baking soda and apple-cider vinegar. The baking soda will act as your shampoo and the vinegar will act as your conditioner.
Take a bottle and fill it with half baking soda, half water. Then take another bottle and fill it with half apple-cider vinegar, half water. Keep the bottles in your shower. This seems to be the optimal level of dilution—not too basic, not too acidic (though of course all our individual scalps require their own unique and disgusting balance of oils, fungus, and bacteria). Shake before using as the materials will separate. Use as much as you need.