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By Sara Baker, Contributing Writer
Going no ‘poo has been a big craze over the last few years.
Many wonder if it is just a fad, or worth looking into. Does it really have benefits or is it just a “hippie thing?” How does one go “no ‘poo?” And of course, the big question: “Does it work?” Let’s find out!
Why Going No ‘Poo is More Than a “Hippie Thing”
When I heard about no’poo a few years ago, I brushed it off as one of those things that only crazy people did. But it turns out that pretty normal people aren’t using shampoo either!
Our scalps secrete oils. When we use shampoo all the time, we wash all of those oils away and our scalps are forced to secrete more oils than they were intended to. Oil is often seen as a bad thing, but we actually need these oils to have healthy scalps and hair!
Shampoo wasn’t invented until the early 1900s! How did women before then wash their hair? There are different ways (some including washing with eggs!)…but how does the modern woman (or man) go no ‘poo?
How to Start
Going no ‘poo is so much easier than you may think! All you need is
- baking soda
- apple cider vinegar
That’s it! The general consensus is that 1 Tablespoon of baking soda mixed with 1 cup of water is the best ratio. If it dries out your scalp or hair, you can look into using less or an alternative. A tip: put the baking soda into a cup before getting into the shower, then fill the cup with warm shower-water so you aren’t dumping cold water all over your head!
Scrub the baking soda water into your scalp and hair and rinse very well.
The ratio is the same for apple cider vinegar to water. Pour onto your hair (not on your scalp entirely) and rub gently. Rinse very well!
And you’re done! Easy, huh? Cheap too!
Some Things to Add
It is very normal to go through a transition period of a few weeks! So many people try out the no ‘poo method for a few washes and then give up when their hair doesn’t look good. But it is a good idea to commit to 3-6 weeks before giving up! Your hair may not look the way you want it to, but what is happening is that your scalp is trying to adjust how much oil it is producing. You need this transition time.
Rarely, going no ‘poo doesn’t work past this transition time. Some things to consider if your hair doesn’t adjust after 3-6 weeks:
- Perhaps look into getting a shower water filter. Chlorine does damage to hair, as does hard water. Many people report better experiences after getting a shower water filter.
- Consider an alternative to baking soda…some people just don’t have a good reaction to it, but only a few. Most people tolerate it just fine. You can also adjust how much baking soda you are using.
- Some people wash with just water and love it!
Going no ‘poo eliminates the need for chemicals and products to use on your hair that are often expensive or just another cost. Your skin does absorb the chemicals you put on it, and shampoo is full of them, even “natural” ones! Going no ‘poo is definitely worth considering and trying!
If you would like to read a personal account of my journey going without shampoo, check out the following links: