The no-pooing method
I was recently introduced to the idea of not using shampoo, also known as “no-pooing.” I was fascinated by the concept of never having to use shampoo again. But like many of you most likely are right now, I was worried.
However, I told myself that if all the claims were true, then I have definitely found an easy, economical, non-toxic means to keep my hair clean and shiny!
Off to the store I went to purchase my baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) concoction. I bet you are thinking… Baking soda? Apple cider vinegar? What, am I cleaning my floors?
You may be wondering how you can possibly live without shampoo because your hair would become an oily mess. Well, actually, the opposite will happened. Your hair will have never looked better. I know it, because I tried it.
When you shampoo your hair, you are stripping the natural oils away. Therefore, you are creating a demand and dependence on shampoo, because of all the oils that are being produced. However, when you stop shampooing, the oils will keep producing until they naturally find a balance.
Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on a bottle of shampoo? It can be endless and usually contains ingredients that most of us can’t identify. But we don’t question these products because we think they must be safe, or they wouldn’t be selling them.
Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are surfactants and detergents that may cause serious health issues. They are most frequently found in detergents, household cleaners, as well as personal care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and shampoo to act as a foaming agent. Many studies have shown that these chemicals can cause eye damage, skin irritation and diarrhea.
Propylene Glycol is a cosmetic form of mineral oil, which is a byproduct of gasoline distilled from crude oil. It can be found in antifreeze and brake fluid, as well as shampoo. It is added to shampoo to help give hair that shiny look.
Whenever we wash our hair, we often forget the impact that it has on the environment. All the harmful ingredients get washed down the drain, polluting the lakes, rivers and oceans around us.
By not buying shampoo, we are reducing our consumption and demand for plastic that either needs to be produced or recycled.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are much cheaper than shampoo, so you will definitely be saving some money in the long run.
Now for the fun part! How to “no-poo”:
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with approximately 1 cup of water. However, not everyone’s hair is the same, so this can be tweaked to your needs. You can mix the baking soda and water in a squeeze bottle, which might make this process more manageable.
Add the baking soda and water to the ends of your hair as well as your scalp. Massage your scalp to incorporate the baking soda.
Now, do your regular body cleaning while the baking soda sits in your hair for about a minute.
Rinse your hair thoroughly.
Baking soda does wonders for your hair! It’s very gentle, and it cleanses your hair from harmful chemicals.
Mix a small amount of AVC with about a cup of water. I used a glass spray bottle to spray my hair, which made it easier. Again, spray or apply the diluted AVC to your roots and a very little on your scalp. Massage once again. Rinse after a minute.
AVC detangles the hair follicles, seals the cuticle and balances the hair’s pH levels.
Yes, your hair will smell a little vinegary, but you can always add some essential oils such as tea tree, lavender or rosemary. I found once I dried my hair the smell went away.
If your hair is too dry, try adding some oil such as coconut oil, which can do wonders for your hair!
If you find your hair is becoming too greasy, try adding less ACV. You can also try lemon or lime juice in place of the ACV.
You will have to remember, there will most definitely be an adjustment period which can last a few weeks to a few months. Your hair will be reacting to the surplus in oils, due to the lack of shampoo. Play around with the amounts to find the best fit for you.
It took me four washes for my hair not to look like it belonged on the head of a gross, greasy participant on Survivor. I don’t wash my hair every day, so I would say after a week and a half, my hair looked awesome!
So, who’s up for no-pooing? Come on, I know you want to! Enjoy the ride to a healthier you and environment!
Please let me know how it all works out for you!