Until about a week ago, I ‘pooed in the shower at least every other day. But now, I think I may have decided to stop ‘pooing altogether.
That’s right folk, I’m going no ‘poo. Wish me luck.
**By ‘poo, you go know I am referring to shampoo, right? Because if you didn’t, um… ew.**
I’ve been doing all kinds of
weird crunchy things with my health and beauty routine lately: making homemade deodorant, washing my face with honey, making translucent powder from eggshells… It was only a matter of time before I started fiddling with my haircare products. I’m going to do a little experiment – no shampoo for an entire month.
I hear that we don’t really need shampoo to have clean, healthy hair. In fact, frequent shampooing may actually be counter productive. The theory is that shampoo is drying to your scalp. Your scalp gets grouchy about being stripped of it’s precious oils and responds by opening the oil floodgates. You respond by washing your hair more frequently – and so it goes.
It’s a vicious cycle, and one that reportedly takes a little bit of time to break. If you see me in person over the next month or so and my hair looks like… well, poo, please be kind. It takes courage to break the cycle.
In the last seven days I have not used shampoo at all, but I have washed my hair.
Goodbye Shampoo, Hello Baking Soda (and apple cider vinegar)
To wash, add about 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water and mix it well. (I use a pop-top sports bottle to ease application.) Squeeze it onto your hair in the shower and rub it in well, focusing on the scalp. Rinse very well. Hair will feel somewhat slippery.
If I remember my chemistry correctly, baking soda is alkaline. I understand that this can be drying to the hair. We need something to bring the PH back into balance and act as a conditioner. Apple cider vinegar to the rescue!
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of ACV in a cup of warm water. If you like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Massage through hair, concentrating on the ends. Rinse well. Any lingering vinegar odor will disappear when hair dries.
I have read that one of the no ‘poo adjustments some people go through is dry ends. I have not noticed that for my hair.
Another adjustment is excess oiliness. Yup, that’s me. Though it’s not as bad (yet) as I had anticipated.
I am used to shampooing my hair every other day. For this experiment, I’m trying to stretch things out and wash with baking soda every third day. I washed my hair today. It feels silky and smooth. Yesterday, it was pretty oily. I may have to go every other day for awhile. As my hair adjusts I may be able to cut back to once a week.
Cons- My hair is noticeably lighter. I have colored my hair darker in the past. Perhaps the baking soda is stripping it out? I don’t’ have plans to color my hair again soon, but I’ll have to keep this in mind if I do.
I did get one tiny pimple on my forehead at the hairline, but it cleared up quickly.
Pros- Holy shine, Batman! My hair is very shiny and bouncy. I also notice more body and even a few waves.
Less tangles. I’m not really prone to what my mother used to refer to as “rat’s nests” but my hair is quite long and does tangle a little. Especially if I have been outside in the wind. Today I spent all afternoon in a breezy pasture but was still able to run my fingers through my hair and easily pull out the few knots. It’s feels smooth, not dry.
So far, things are going better than I had expected.
Anyone interested in joining my no ‘poo experiment? Here are a more few articles you may be interested in:
Confidential aside to Walt: I’ve seen you looking at me with fear in your eyes. I hereby pledge to continue shaving my underarms every day and my legs at least three times a week, to shower every single day and to never use patchouli for any reason whatsoever.
And also to never go with a hippie to a second location. (10 nerd points if you recognize that quote.)
Do you no ‘poo? How’s it working out for you?