It has been TWO MONTHS since I put shampoo on my head and I feel great.
My hair looks good! I need a hair cut and I have a few split ends, but that is because I’ve been letting my hair grow since last summer in preparation for a wedding up do.
I’ve noticed there is new growth! You might be tempted to think that my hair is breaking off or falling out, but I can tell you I am losing a lot LESS hair every day than I ever did while using shampoo. I believe those little baby hairs are regrowth. My hair is growing back! I have very thin hair so this is exciting. No more waxy scalp, no more itchy-flaky, no more scalp acne.
I spend no money on hair care products! Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are staples in the kitchen, and I use so little for hair care that the No Poo method is costing me virtually nothing. I will probably never get over not having to choose another bad shampoo.
I am down to washing my hair 2-3 times a week! You might be thinking, ewe gross! No way, it is awesome. My scalp and hair are now healthy enough that they don’t feel greasy after a day of not washing my hair, or two days, or sometimes 3-4 days. My scalp has stopped over-producing oil.
If you’re curious about the beginning of my No Poo adventure, check out the documentation of my experience on my No Poo page.
You’re convinced and you want to try it?
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Are you serious about trying No Poo?
Here are some things you can do to prepare.
1. If you are washing your hair daily with shampoo, try to cut down to washing it every other day, then every third day. Ween yourself off the shampoo. This will hopefully help lessen that unfortunate transition period.
2. So now that you are washing your hair a lot less often, it’s time to start with the No Poo. Wash as often as you would on your new 2-3 day schedule. You can wash more often, but the goal here is to train your scalp to produce a healthy/normal amount of oil so you don’t have to wash all the time. Remember 1 Tbs baking soda to 1 cup of water, and 1 Tbs vinegar to 1 cup water are the ratios to start with. You can use less baking soda if your scalp becomes to dry/waxy or less vinegar if you hair looks to oily. You can add a couple drops of essential oil if you miss scented hair
3. Find a “bad transition day” up do or favorite cute hat you can go to when your hair is less than awesome. Don’t give up based on a few transition days (weeks).
4. Hold out for finding your hair’s natural balance. It might take a few weeks or a few months to get there.
Maybe Some of Us Are Quitters, So What?
If you find you just can’t do it, don’t despair. Try to find a more natural shampoo. Check the ingredients, and you’ll find you still have lots of options to improve your situation. Just do your best to make sure you aren’t covering your head with chemicals for an astronomical price.