May 1, 2014

Who needs shampoo anyway?

{:This picture was taken 4 days after washing my hair.:}
Can I share a dirty little secret with you? I don't shampoo my hair anymore. No, no I haven't gone all "European" on you and stopped shaving and showering daily. I just don't shampoo my hair anymore. I no poo. I am sure you have at least heard of it. If not, let me fill you in. {:I am no hair guru or no poo expert, so if you want a fancy explanation with big words you'll need to go to someone else's blog!:} When you purchase and use shampoo, the chemicals in it strip your hair of its natural oils. This causes your scalp to produce more oils leaving you with a greasy head and in need of another shampoo...using their product. It's a vicious cycle. Using the no poo method will slow the amount of oil your scalp produces, because its not being stripped of its oils, allowing you to go days without washes and improving the health of your hair.

Starting to have some questions that this no poo bliss may be too good to be true? No worries, I did too. I was a wash my hair everyday kind of girl. If I didn't wash my hair, the second day it was pulled back for sure and loaded with dry shampoo. My hair was just naturally oily. 

What made me really interested in no poo-ing was that I am soon to be moving to Australia where everything is incredibly expensive and this is one way I could save some money. AND I really wanted my hair to grow and the no poo method causes your hair to grow one to one and a half inches a month. {:This part is absolutely true!  Below is a picture of my hair the 2nd week of no poo-ing to the 8th week no-poling:} 

What you need:
  • baking soda
  • vinegar {:apple cider for dry hair, white for oily hair:}
  • squirt bottle {:I use a water bottle:}
  • spray bottle
  • coconut oil
  • clarifying shampoo 
  • boars hair bristle brush {:this brush helps evenly distribute the natural oils your scalp produces to the rest of your hair:}
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup water in your squirt bottle and shake well. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 cup water in your spray bottle and you're ready to go.

If you are going to try the no poo method, there is something you should know. There is a transition period. This period is the time it takes for your hair to learn that it no longer needs to produce as much oil as it once did when you were using the shampoo. You are basically retraining your scalp. To cut down on this transition period I suggest using a clarifying shampoo {:I used the $1.50 bottle of Suave Clarifying Shampoo from Wal-Mart:} to get rid of all the buildup your shampoo has left on your hair.

Okay, now you are ready to begin. Wet your hair thoroughly in the shower like you would when you are getting ready to shampoo. Apply the backing soda mixture to your scalp and roots only {:not the length of your hair:} and massage the mixture into your scalp well. The messaging of your scalp will also help stimulate hair growth. Leave this on for about 2 minutes before you rinse thoroughly. Next, spray the vinegar and water mixture on the length of your hair and leave it on for a minute or so before rinsing. {:Doesn't your hair smell like vinegar? Yes and no. The moment you spray the vinegar on you will smell it, but I guarantee by the time you wash it out you can't even smell it much less anyone else.:} The vinegar mixture acts as your conditioner.

Don't be surprised if your hair is a bit tougher to comb through. Spray a small amount of coconut oil on and it will help detangle. Style as you normally would. I still use hairspray and mouse.

Try to wait three to four days before washing again. {:The longer you wait, the better:} During the transition period this is tough. Wear your hair up, wear headbands and just know that it will be worth it. My transition period only lasted about a week, but I have heard of peoples lasting up to a month. My hair wasn't super oily, it was just limp and didn't want to do anything. Most people either quite no poo-ing during the transition period or stick with it for years. If you can make it through the transition phase I promise it will be bliss. 

Some tips on changing your mixture: 

If you are washing with the mixture and you find your hair is...

...Too Oily: increase the amount of baking soda and use white vinegar

...Too Dry: decrease the baking soda and use apple cider vinegar.

Like I said, I am no no poo guru but if you have any questions, just leave a comment and i'll get back to you.

Below are some of the blogs I read before diving in to no poo:

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  1. I was just thinking about this this morning and how to get started. Thank you for the tips. I will definitely try this.

  2. hmmmm I am getting my hair cut tomorrow - it's now too long and getting annoying. But I may have to try this too!!!

  3. I am really nervous about trying this with working out but maybe on an off-week I will have to try it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes


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