After some research and the visiting of a few YouTube videos and several blogs and websites, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and try out what’s being called the “No ‘Poo Method.”
The no-shampoo method is an all-natural, homemade method of cleaning hair. Its benefits? Saving money; no chemicals in your hair/skin/body; hair that’s healthier, softer, shinier, and has more volume. It also helps with the appearance of hair — less frizziness, and other things I’ve mentioned — sleekness, shine, and volume. You may have gone through life thus far thinking your hair is a frizzy, thick mass of wave and stress. However, I’ve read the personal testimony of many people who say that after switching to “no ‘poo” their hair has been frizz-less, full of body, and much more healthy-looking.
It’s not hard to get sold on the “no ‘poo” method. Here are a few links I’ve read:
The No Shampoo Method (www.naturemoms.com)
How to Clean Your Hair without Shampoo (simplemom.net)
2 Years of No ‘Poo: Questions & Pictures (www.uniquelynormalmom.com)
Natural Hair Care: Eggs, Vinegar, Lemons? (aponderingheart.com)
Mousse and Hairspray — Homemade Style* (aponderingheart.com)
*This link explains how to use egg whites for a natural styling mousse. 🙂
So if you do this “no ‘poo” method, what does it mean? It means you make a homemade substitute for shampoo and conditioner. If you Google the “No ‘Poo Method,” you’ll get plenty. How do you make this substitute shampoo and conditioner?
About 1 tbsp baking soda mixed with 1 cup water (that’s the most common ratio). Distribute evenly over scalp, massaging into roots. Rinse out.
About 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 cup water (most common ratio). Distribute over ends of hair only, work through hair with fingers, detangling majority of knots. Rinse out.
I’m trying this out myself. Usually you have to play around with the amounts, based on your hair. However, you won’t get a lather with the shampoo, so it’s important to directly put it where you need on your scalp — it won’t spread easily by itself.
There will also be a “transition period” while your hair adjusts to the new washing. This could be anywhere from a week to a month; maybe not at all. What happens when you use your shampoo is the shampoo strips your hair completely of all natural oils; thus, your hair produces a lot of extra oil, so you use more shampoo, and more oil is produced — it goes on and on. When you stop using shampoo and you start using your own homemade substitute, you aren’t stripping your hair of those natural oils anymore; yet your body doesn’t recognize that right away. It continues to produce that much oil for a while; this is the “transition period.” Your hair may be greasier; a simple solution to this is to wear a cute hat when you go out like a beret.
I’m still getting the hang of it — I’ve only tried it twice, and I’ve been experimenting with different ratios and ways of washing; it is a bit more difficult when it won’t lather and spread on its own! But I’m getting used to it and looking forward to great results.
Shampoo didn’t actually become a product common stores sold until about the 20th century; so what did people do before that? I’ve seen references in books to using eggs in hair back then (yolks for washing and whites for conditioning; I have heard of people doing this as well). Shampoo is a pretty recent thing; and with how self-promoting our culture has become, it’s not surprising when people are shocked over the fact that shampoo might actually not be the best thing for your hair.
Shampoo and conditioner commercials advertise shampoos and conditioners that smooth, volumize, and beautify your hair. The thing they aren’t telling you is that they do all the above promises with chemicals which won’t actually make your hair better in the long run.
So I’ve decided to try this. I’ll do follow-up posts to let you know how it turns out! Looking forward to the results! I have very thick, naturally wavy hair, and I’ve tried various ways to pronounce those waves — messy buns with wet hair, mousse, hair spray, rope braids with wet hair (which actually worked pretty well for defined curls and look cute!) — but nothing (besides rope braids) really helped. And even rope braids didn’t enhance my natural wave; they simply re-designed my hair to make “springlets” (as my mother called them 😉 ), which looked like a tight curl that had been stretched out.
As I said, I’ll be doing follow-up posts to let you know what my results are. No more buying the “perfect shampoo” for your hair type, then finding out it doesn’t work and trying different brands until you’re paying $30 + for shampoo and conditioner! Finally, something that works for any hair type…and enhances the natural style: baking soda and vinegar. 😉