UPDATE: I have now been no-poo for eleven months! Check out my update and tips I’ve learned along the way in my Naturally Frugal post earlier this summer.
Hold on to your hats, because I’m going to tell you something shocking:
No-Poo is short for No Shampoo. It is a movement of people who want to cut down on the amount of harmful chemicals they use daily on their hair, all the while increasing their hair’s overall health. I stumbled upon the concept while researching the homemade dry shampoo recipe I published recently, and was intrigued enough to give it a try. As I was contemplating trying it, a few of my friends told me they’d been doing it for a while. You would NEVER guess they’d been doing it! My one friend had discovered that her heretofore straight hair actually had a pretty natural wave and curl to it! You need to understand that while I normally don’t fret too much about my appearance, my hair is my one thing that I fuss over. I am fairly vain about keeping it nice, keeping it healthy because I have such a nice natural shade of blonde. I won’t just go out with bad hair. So whatever I do with it, it must make my hair look GOOD.
Why would someone go no-poo?
- The most common reason is because there are a lot of harmful chemicals in most shampoos. Sulfates, for one. Over time they can be harmful not only for humans, but for the environment as well.
- Did you know that your shampoo–even many pricey ones–have the same ingredients in them that are in your favorite dish soaps and laundry detergents? I don’t want to wash my hair with my dish soap!
- The second most common reason is for financial health. We spend a lot of money every year on shampoo and conditioner, when we don’t really need to. My current no-poo hair wash and rinse costs me less than $1 a month.
- A lot of people find their hair gets healthier after eliminating shampoo from their beauty regimen. I’ve definitely found that to be true, and I’m only ten days into the process.
- Many people find that they only have to wash their hair once every two weeks or so, once they’ve gotten through the first phase of the process. Water rinsing alone is enough to keep their hair clean and shiny in between washes.
Two of my favorite bloggers, Tsh from SimpleMom.com, and CrunchyBetty, have explained No-Poo way better than I can. If you’d like more information on no-poo and how you can take the no-poo challenge, check out these two posts:
I use a homemade solution of baking soda and some natural herbs to wash my hair with, then follow with a rinse of lemon juice and water to balance out the ph. You can find many recipes for these solutions online, but I wanted some extra herbs and scents in my hair wash, so I added some dried herbs I had at home. You could use scents you like, like dried lavender or dried rose hips.
Baking soda wash
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons coriander
- 2 tablespoons dried lemon peel
My hair is softer than it has ever been, even with a counter full of top-line Aveda products. style. I put all of those away last night. Won’t be needing them!) The last week has been a real lesson in how my hair cares for itself. I tried a few things that didn’t work. (Friday was not the best day ever for my hair. It was…waxy. Odd.) I found a few things that did work. I’m told there is a 30-45 day detox period, in which my hair will get waxy and oily from time to time, but other than Friday, I haven’t really experienced that yet. In the end my hair is clean, it is softer than ever, it has more shine than ever, and it takes zero products to style. Zip. Nada. I blow dry it with a brush and go. That’s it. It’s shocking how simple my hair care process is now!
It’s even shinier and softer now after I washed it this morning (day ten.) My hair apparently doesn’t miss the shampoo. Who knew?
So, I know I can’t be the only one in town who’s tried this. Are you no-poo? Have you tried this? I’ve started a thread in themessage board for comments and questions. I’d really like to meet others who do this too!