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.
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.
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.
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!