I’m finally taking the plunge and ditching shampoo. Lovingly referred to in crunchy organic circles as the ‘No Poo’ approach to hair care, not using shampoo can apparently make your hair:
- More manageable.
Pretty much all the descriptive words you will find in a standard shampoo ad. Ironic huh?
As I mentioned in my previous post, the decision to go ‘No Poo’ has not been an easy one. I promised myself that I would do it as soon as my current shampoo bottle ran out and I have been watching it go down with intrepidation. Between you and me I even snuck a few extra hair washes out of other shampoos which were hanging around the house. But this morning I woke up, feeling tired and oh so ready for our Christmas holiday, and I couldn’t be bothered to wash my hair so that was that. I had an extra 15 minutes in bed and my journey into the ‘No Poo’ method began.
Over the next few weeks I can expect my hair to get either very dry, very greasy or a combination of both as it adapts to the lack of shampoo and rebalances itself. Once it calms down though my hair should be completely capable of managing its moisture levels without the help of expensive shampoos and conditioners. I’m hoping that Santa will bring me fabulous hair for Christmas but we shall see.
The good news is that there’s a way to help clean your hair during the transition period, without shampoo and without messing with your scalp’s natural oils. The answer lies once again with good old baking soda! Apparently you just put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a container and add water to make a cloudy smooth paste. Spread this throughout your hair for a minute or two then rinse out. You can also use a little vinegar to help condition your hair afterwards. I haven’t tried this technique yet but will keep you posted. Once my hair settles down I should be able to wash it using only water with the occasional baking soda wash if needed.
Wish me luck and if you see me greasing around anywhere please don’t judge me.