I tried the whole ‘no-poo’ thing before. It was awful.
I went from using a high-end salon products that is toted as being very natural (ahem, Pureology) to scrubbing my scalp with just baking soda, or simply rinsing it out, depending on the day. It was a mess. My hair would be greasy after just a day, I had to wear it up all the time, it wasn’t cute at all. I’ve never been a ‘wash every day’ kind of girl, but I though that maybe that’s just how no-pooing had to work. So I quit. I ran to the nearest LUSH store and grabbed a shampoo bar and didn’t look back for a year.
Now, LUSH’s shampoo bars are wonderful, don’t get me wrong. They are solid, so they don’t contain preservatives. They cost around $10, and if you take good care of them, they’ll last you six months. I, however, inevitably end up leaving it on some ledge somewhere where it gets soaked and disintegrates after month three or so, and end up buying a new one.
As I eluded to in the deodorant post last week, a change in finances has led to even more frugal decisions in our home. So, when I (yet again) accidentally melted my shampoo bar about a month ago, I decided that enough was enough. I needed to figure out a way to homemake my shampoo.
I read blog after blog on no-pooing and finally came up with a simple plan that everyone *said* would work. Basically, it goes like this:
Go into the shower with a mason jar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Fill the jar with around a cup of warm water, swirl to combine with baking soda.
Pour the mixture all over your head and massage into your hair for a few minutes.
Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the mason jar. (I leave the bottle on the floor of the shower)
Fill the jar with around a cup of warm water (notice a pattern?) and swirl to combine with ACV.
Pour the mixture all over your head, with just a bit on your scalp, the rest rinsing your ends.
Rinse immediately! Leaving too long will make your hair smell like vinegar.
The first time I tried this, I swore that there was no way it would work. I took a scarf and a hair tie with me in my bag in case my hair dried into a greasy mess. Boy, was I wrong! My hair was amazing. Seriously. It was borderline miraculous. Not only that, but it didn’t get greasy AT ALL until day 3! (Yes, I only wash my hair twice a week). I am hooked.
So why didn’t it work for me before? Here’s my thoughts:
-My scalp was detoxing from using normal hair products. Even though they were ‘natural’, they still contained chemicals that clogged the scalp and built up in my hair. The LUSH product didn’t contain that stuff, so I didn’t have a detoxing period.
-All I used was baking soda, and rather than mixing it, I scrubbed it straight into my scalp. This probably messed with the pH of my scalp and further added to my mess in my hair!
-I didn’t do any type of conditioning rinse, like ACV or lemon juice. These help balance pH also (they are acidic to baking soda’s alkaline), but add to manageability, shine, texture of hair- all of which were definitely lacking for me previously.
So, it’s been almost a month of no-poo, and I am only falling more in love. It’s so cheap, so natural, and my hair feels better than ever. I have heard that in the winter you need to supplement with some deep conditioning every once in a while (which I do anyway) so I’ll be keeping the coconut oil and honey handy for when that rolls around!
Have you ever tried no-poo? Do you have a method that works for you? Please share!