I have a lot of hair. It’s long, curly, and incredibly thick. I get a lot of compliments on it, but more than a few raised eyebrows when I explain that I do not use shampoo on my locks. Here are some reasons why:
1. The Dangers of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
According to Paula Begoun , author of many books on cosmetics and health, the sodium lauryl sulfate found in many shampoos is “one of the most irritating cleansers” that we use. In fact, it’s so aggravating to human skin that it is used as a standard against which to judge other skin irritants! I don’t want to rub that into my scalp! According to the Natural Hair Rules website, sodium lauryl sulfate can strip hair of its protective oils, leading to dry and damaged curls!
2. Shampoo Is New
According to an article from the Live Science website, shampoo as we know it has only been around for about a hundred years. Before that, the idea of lathering the head with a slew of potentially toxic chemicals was unheard of. It was basically a marketing ploy by shampoo companies that convinced people that they needed to use this product.
3. Shampoo is Bad for the Environment
According to this article, the chemicals in shampoo that get washed down our drains can be incredibly harmful to the environment. It can endanger animals and pollute the water supply. People rarely consider the fact that such a common household product has repercussions to the natural world, but it certainly does.
4. Shampoo Costs Money
As someone who tries to save money whenever possible, yet is always trying to be mindful of harmful chemicals in products, shampoo presents quite a conundrum to me. One the one hand, I could buy cheap shampoo that would be affordable, yet would contain potentially harmful chemicals. On the other hand, I could buy expensive, all natural shampoos that would be less harmful, but that would take a toll on my wallet. In the end, I chose a third option: the No Poo lifestyle!
5. Baking Soda Works Just as Well!
When I need to “wash” my hair, I use the advice from the Mind Body Green website: simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and gently rub the mixture into my scalp as I shower. . It cleans and de-greases my hair, and leaves no odor. After it is thoroughly rinsed out, I’m free to condition my hair with whatever I see fit. Usually, I choose to condition my hair with some diluted apple cider vinegar mixed with lavender oil for a pleasant smell. My hair is softer, smoother, and more manageable than ever!