HOW TO GO NO-POO (WITHOUT LOOKING GROSS)

HOW TO GO NO-POO (WITHOUT LOOKING GROSS) - This Wild Home

In about 2 days I will have not washed my hair for 3 months.

Somehow, it doesn’t smell gross and I still get good hair days. Maybe even more now that my hair isn’t super dried out all the time!

It took a combination of time, laziness, and up-do’s to get to this point, but I can definitely say my hair is much happier now.

WHY GO NO-POO?

For me, I am much drier person than I used to think. I’ve aways thought of my skin as oily AND dry somehow and my hair was right there with it. I had frizz, but if I tried to maintain it with any products, my hair would get way too oily. So eventually, I decided to just let it be. Don’t put anything in it and see what happens.

So, here’s what I found:

IT PREVENTS YOUR HAIR FROM DRYING OUT / BECOMING TOO OILY

The same way using harsh products on your face will make you break out, shampoo dries out your hair’s natural oils which forces it to over produce oils which makes your hair get more oily, faster. Conditioner may make your hair feel healthier and less dry, but it’s still not a viable replacement for the natural oils your hair produces. So basically, using these products, especially on a regular basis, can create the feeling of too dry AND too oily hair.

IT’S CHEAPER

The amount of care that goes into no-poo hair is very minimal. You don’t have to worry about finding a lot of products to maintain and care for it so you don’t have to buy a lot of products.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT’S GOING IN YOUR HAIR

I’ve recently made a big effort to only use natural products in my home and on my skin. I like using natural products as often as possible to reduce our toxin take in. With no-poo, I don’t have to spend a lot of time researching products and ingredients because most anything I put in my hair now can be found in my kitchen!

YOU SAVE TIME

With no-poo, you don’t have to spend a lot of time caring for your hair because it’s taking care of itself! The texture of your hair can become naturally full. People with curls don’t have to worry about frizz. In general, your hair will look healthy all on it’s own without having to spend time on creating a “healthy” image from unhealthy hair.

IT’S BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

For anyone who’s environmentally conscious, cutting shampoo out of your routine will prevent any chemicals from going down the drain and into the world as well as cut down on plastic waste.

GOING NO-POO

It’s not something you can do over night. There is definitely a process, especially if you want to leave the house and not look like someone who never bathes.

The way I see it, there are two ways to achieve the no-poo life. The first is to fast track and the second is to take it slow.

FAST TRACK

If you want to stop using shampoo immediately and never turn back, you could go the fast track route.

Here’s what to do:

  • It’s pretty simple, just stop shampooing all together and let your hair be very greasy for about 1-3 weeks.

  • I recommend learning some real cute up-do’s and taking a quick shower daily so you can at least rinse excess oil build up regularly.

  • At the end of each week, try using an apple cider rinse and after 3 weeks, use a baking soda rinse.

TAKE IT SLOW

This was the route I took. With this method, you don’t have to worry about your hair getting too greasy, but you won’t be able to jump right into the no-poo method.

Here’s what I did:

  • Every time you feel the need to shampoo, wait a day or two.
    So if you currently shampoo everyday, skip tomorrow and shampoo every other day for this week. Then next week, skip two days. The next week, skip three days and so on. Where every you are in your shampooing habits, add an extra no-poo day each week until eventually, you go a whole week without shampooing.
    - you can and should definitely get in the habit of showing or bathing everyday to help prevent extra oil build up.

  • Once you reach a full week of no shampooing, do an apple cider rinse instead of shampooing for 3 weeks.

  • After 3 weeks, do a baking soda rinse and then follow the steps below!

NO-POO HAIRCARE TIPS

So, once you are done with shampoo, what do you do?

For the most part, nothing. But this method will not make your hair look perfect every single day. You’ll have good hair days and bad hair days. For the most part, frizz will go away and you’ll have some pretty, natural curls. But greasy spots will still come around and life isn’t so easy that we can look perfect without doing anything at all.

So here are some tips for haircare with the no-poo method:

  • Use an apple cider rinse. Some people will do this weekly while others may just do it when they feel like they need to, but it’s a good way to keep your hair clean and balanced.

  • Use a baking soda rinse. This should be done very minimally. It’s basically considered a deep clean in the no-poo world. Baking soda is a fairly harsh product that is very effective, but can become harmful if it’s used to much. I would recommend once a month if not every other month just to be safe. Personally, I just use it when I absolutely need to.

  • Bathe daily. Whether it’s a bath or a shower, make sure you’re rinsing your hair on a daily basis. I’ll skip a day here and there when I’m feeling lazy and it’s fine. But for the most part I try and take a quick bath everyday. It’s relaxing AND good for my hair!

  • Use a hair perfume. I haven’t noticed any odor in my hair since going no-poo (and I have a husband who’s very sensitive to smells so he’d definitely let me know), but sometimes I miss those smell good smells that I used to get from shampoo. A simple DIY of essential oils, a bit of avocado oil (which is great for hair), and water would do just fine! - I’ll make a DIY soon!

  • Remember to eat well. Haircare is just as much what you put in your body as what you put on it. Healthy hair and a healthy diet go hand in hand. Lots of fatty foods (like avocados, nuts, and fatty fish), protein heavy, and iron heavy foods are all good to add to your diet for healthy hair.

And there you have it! No-poo doesn’t have to be gross or unrealistic at any stage and it’s really great for your hair in the long run.

So if you’re someone with dry hair, oily hair, color treated hair, hair that undergoes extreme heat often, curly hair, or a dandruff problem; try going no-poo! Shampoo will always be there if you hate it, but I definitely say it’s worth a try!

ALL ABOUT COCONUT COFFEE SCRUB

ALL ABOUT COCONUT COFFEE SCRUB - This Wild Home

In all of my skincare planning and researching, I tend to forget about my body. My face has been my top priority for so long that the rest of my body gets nothing more than basic “keep it clean” care.

So I decided it was time to add at least one more step to caring for my bodies skin. Specifically before shaving. Razor burn has always been expected for me after shaving. I’ve never really done a great job at making sure I’m following all the steps needed to make shaving a less invasive process for my skin. So that’s where I decided to start.

I know shaving isn’t the most necessary thing in the whole world and I honestly don’t get to it as often as I could. But when I do shave and my skin is soft and smooth, it adds an extra layer of confidence to my day. I just love it and now, I’m making it an act of self care more than quick necessity.

So I recently started using a coconut coffee scrub and I absolutely love it.

I spent a lot of time trying to find a body scrub because I’ve heard they are crucial in a proper shaving routine. I knew I wanted something hydrating and exfoliating but it was really hard for me to spend a lot of money on something I knew for a fact I could make myself.

I’m not a huge DIYer, but I still have a little bug that reminds me when something would be more beneficial to make than to buy.

As I threw away my used coffee grounds everyday, I couldn’t help but think, “this could get used again.”

HOW TO MAKE IT

ALL ABOUT COCONUT COFFEE SCRUB - This Wild Home

Body scrubs are super easy. Right now I just use two ingredients: left over coffee grounds + coconut oil.

Eventually I’ll add in some essential oils. Maybe lavender since I tend to shave at night and it’s very soothing and calming.

For the most part, I just throw my coffee grounds in a jar after brewing a batch of coffee and then add an equal part of coconut oil.

And really, a little goes a very long way so don’t feel like you need to save up a ton of coffee grounds before you make it.

HOW I USE IT

I like to use this scrub in the shower, but if you don’t mind sitting in oil and coffee grounds, I’m sure the bath would be fine!

It’s definitely kind of a messy scrub, but showers are super easy to clean up.

Basically, my process is this:

  • I’ll grab a little handful of scrub, start at my feet and work my way up.

  • Then, I grab another small handful and work from my hands to my shoulders. (I like to avoid my torso and back because that skin is pretty sensitive)

  • I’ll even, VERY GENTLY, put a little on my face. The course coffee grounds don’t require rubbing anything in at all, but getting a little bit of that coconut oil on your face is a nice way to give yourself a little moisturizing mask while you go through the process.

  • Rinse all the coffee off. The coconut oil tends to stay in place until you use soap, but I like to give it some time to soak in before I clean off the excess.

  • After a few minutes, I use soap just in my hand to remove any excess oil from my arms.

  • Then, I’ll take a loofa to lightly scrub any excess oil from my legs before shaving (the oil build up will definitely destroy a razor if you leave in on while you shave).

  • Before rinsing the soap off, shave your legs and call it a day!

After the shower, I’ll go over everything with a light body moisturizer or oil since the hot water and soap can dry things out a bit. Though really, leaving the coconut oil on for just a few minutes is like a moisturizing body mask. It’s amazing.

(also, getting a little oil in your hair while you’re in there is not the worst thing!)

KEEP IN MIND: While coconut oil is a great mask for your skin, it’s not advised to leave it on as a moisturizer. Make sure you use soap to wash coconut oil from your skin wherever it was used and then use a proper moisturizer afterwards. Basically, think of coconut oil as a lubricant for your skin more than moisturizer.

WHY I LOVE IT

  1. It some how makes my leg hair grow back very thin and not so course which makes shaving even easier the next time.

  2. I never have razor burn.

  3. I can get a really close shave which means having smooth legs for longer.

  4. My skin is super soft when I’m done (and for the next few days after).

  5. It smells like an almond joy.

  6. It’s super inexpensive to make.

  7. I’m not wasting as much.

  8. It gives me an extra step of self care which lifts my mood every time.

  9. I smell super good.

  10. It’s all natural so I don’t have to worry about anything unnecessary soaking into my body.

THE EVOLUTION OF MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

THE EVOLUTION OF MY SKINCARE ROUTINE - This Wild Home

I’ve been very vocal on here about my skin. It’s been a really big part of my life and in some cases, my identity.

Yes, I do hear how dramatic that sounds. But growing up with acne effects how you view yourself. It can make you feel like you’re not worthy. Like you have to hide from everyone which can translate into hiding yourself and your personality from everyone. For all I know, it could be a part of making me the extreme introvert I am today.

Now that I’m technically considered an adult and I’ve gotten my acne under control, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much embarrassment I could’ve prevented if I had only known how skin works in the first place.

THE EARLY DAYS

When I first started worrying about my face and I had some conscious thoughts put towards caring for my skin, I had no idea what I was doing.

My face was covered in acne and I was desperate to try and get rid of it. Of course, this was back in the early 2000’s before holistic and natural methods were common practice, so it seemed like all you needed to do was find some soap and clean your face. I was younger, so I wasn’t worried about wrinkles which means I wasn’t worried about moisturizer. (Now, a tip for people of all ages: you’re never too young for moisturizer)

Basically, my strategy was to find some 1,2,3 step cleanser from a brand I saw on TV and attack my face. The more red it became and the more stinging I felt, the more I figured it was working.

I didn’t think much about consistently washing my face. I wasn’t diligent with anything those days and my face was no exception.

I’m sure at this point it’s pretty obvious that my method for caring for my skin was A. non existent and B. not effective when I actually did something.

THE PROGRESSION

By the time I got into my 20’s, my acne stepped down a bit. It wasn’t as bad, but it was definitely still there consistently. All throughout my teens, I was convinced that if I could just get to an older age, my acne problem would solve itself.

It did not.

So I finally decided to do research. I looked into all kinds of different tips and tricks. I learned all about what acne is and why it happens. To my surprise, I learned that everything I had been doing was wrong and I needed to stop attacking my skin.

So I gathered up all the different tricks I could and changed my whole routine with different products that were much more kind and effective.

I ventured into Burt’s Bees skincare line. (they didn’t pay me for this, I just actually switched 100% to Burt’s Bees) Here’s what I used:

I highly suggest this routine and these products for anyone that is transitioning from unnatural products to natural products.

This was a really great step for me and honestly, it’s not a bad final step. The products are easy to find in stores and they work really well.

THE FINAL STEP

But I wanted to take it a step further and go 100% natural. My skin is very sensitive. Honestly, it’s a little high maintenance. So I wanted to find products that would be extra nice a gentle.

I’m in the beginning stages of figuring out exactly the right direction, but I’ve started with the company, Apoterra Skincare. They have a quiz to help you figure out your skin type and then suggest products based on your needs. they also offer so many resources to help you learn more about how acne works and how to properly care for your skin with tons of scientific reasons for why. Again, not getting paid, I just really love this company.

So now, I have an idea of how I want my routine to look. I haven’t determined all the products I’m going to use yet, but I have a good idea of what to look for to replace things as I run out.

MORNING

  • Cleanse - I know I don’t want to use an actual deep cleanser in the morning. Just something simple to wipe the grime away.

  • Tone - Something similar to what I have that can balance my skin tone (and potentially double as a morning cleanser).

  • Moisturize - Nothing too heavy. Just a light face oil. This one’s been working very nicely.

NIGHT

  • Cleanse - This will be where my deep clean will happen. I’m currently using this soap bar.

  • Tone - one for both morning and night will do.

  • Moisturize - This will be where I’ll use a heavier moisturizer to set overnight.

WEEKLY

  • Exfoliate - an exfoliating mask to give my face a fresh start.

  • Deep Clean - just to keep everything in check. This has worked well for me.

  • Hydrate - Possibly done 2x per week between the exfoliating and deep cleanse to keep my skin hydrated and happy.

Caring for my skin has become a big self care act for me. It’s an important part of my day, and on mask days, I can make a bath and add a little luxury to my day.

It’s a big change from the early days. My skin has responded much better to patience and products meant for healing rather than the “attack and conquer” method I tried for so long.

So when deciding how to care for your skin, just remember to keep the care part in mind. Your skin will thank you and you’ll get to spend every day feeling like you’re in a spa of magical things.