You’ve probably heard of the “no poo” movement by now, but have you actually considered it? “No poo” only has three steps and there are three great reasons to do it. You may be avoiding it because you think there is an “ick factor.” But, it’s actually relatively easy, quick and practical.
Reason #1: You save money. For some women, the cost of shampoo is not a big deal. But for women with thicker hair or with hair that is only manageable if you use one kind of expensive shampoo (I do not miss that!), then getting rid of shampoo all together might save you some money.
Reason #2: You save time. This may sound gross, but if you stop using shampoo, you will not have to wash your hair as much. Shampoo has chemicals in it that strip your hair of its natural oils, and this makes your hair freak out and produce more than you need. So, your hair gets greasy faster. When you put in the time to readjust your hair to life without shampoo, you only have to wash it about once a week, if that. This can save you time in the shower, which can also save water. That’s good for the environment!
Reason #3: Your hair looks amazing. It may sound crazy, but your hair will look amazing if you go “no poo.” I know for a fact that curly hair loves it. The curls are more defined and the hair is stronger and so soft!
So are you convinced? If you want to try, here is how!
Step #1. Buy baking soda and apple cider vinegar. “No!” you’re thinking. “No I will not put vinegar in my hair.” Don’t worry. You don’t need a lot and it is the main thing that makes your hair soft with this method. Also, apple cider vinegar, when rinsed out, just makes your hair smell kinda like apples. I assure you, my boyfriend loves it.
Step #2. Wash your hair. People think that when you go “no poo” you aren’t washing your hair. That is not true. You’re just not washing your hair with shampoo. Fill an air tight container with the baking soda so you can keep it in the shower without it getting wet. Fill a plastic squeeze bottle without one part vinegar to two parts water (you can mess around with this ratio over time). Put a small amount of baking soda in the palm of your hand and drop a little bit of water in it. Mix it around until it becomes a paste, and rub that paste into your scalp. Rinse. Then squeeze the vinegar mixture over your hair and rinse. Easy. Think of the baking soda as shampoo and the vinegar as conditioner.
Step #3. Be patient. For some, the hair goes through an adjustment period where it freaks out and is greasy and limp and begging for the shampoo that it’s used to. I did not experience this. My tip, wash when it gets greasy, but try to go longer and longer in between washings so that your hair gets the benefit of its natural oil.
And there you have it. That is everything you need to know about going “no poo.”