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Everything You Need To Know To Go 'NO POO'
If you haven't heard off the term "no poo" trend, you have to give me a second to explain before you write off the term. To go no poo is to go without shampoo and conditioner and either wash your hair with alternate products, or go cold turkey and just use water. Now you may be wondering why? Why would anyone want to have a gloomy mess of unwashed hair on their heads! Well I’m going to tell you that by following this you could have soft, silky hair that isn’t frizzy, needs minimal styling and can become several shades lighter in colour.
If your still not convinced, there are several other reasons:
- Because the chemicals irritate your scalp
- Because you don’t want to plaster your hair with chemicals that are hazardous to your health
- Because hair products are expensive
- Because you can have enviable hair without taking time to tediously wash and style it.
- And because your scalp produces natural oil to keep your hair healthy
My no poo experience started when l began searching for a solution to my insanely itchy scalp! i had herd of this method and was eager to try it, although l did not know how successful it was going to be as l have extremely thick hair that needs to be washed every 2 days to stay nice. But l decided to give it a go anyway!
I first started my experience by using a clarifying conditioner that can be brought at a supermarket. l recommend that you use this to begin with once to remove the chemical buildup from your hair or you really will end up with a mess on top of your head.
ACV and Baking Soda
After this i made myself a solution of Baking soda to shampoo and ACV to condition. The solution goes as follows:
-1tsp of baking soda to 1 cup of water
-1tsp apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water
Many web sights that l found recommended that you use more of both but as l will explain later, this is not a good idea.
To apply, pour baking soda on your scalp and rub in before washing out well (baking soda left in the scalp will irritate) and then dip the ends of your hair into the ACV solution and rinse.
I used this method for about a month with great success, although l found that it made my hair feel dry and brittle, not silky as l was promised.
Researching l realised I was damaging the hair as The bi-carb is too high in ph and the ACV is not as high it still too acidic.
It is ok to use this for the first 2-3 weeks to prepare your hair for going cold turkey.
Coconut Milk and Alovera Gel
So from her l graduated to a mix of coconut and alovera. HUGE mistake! the oil from the coconut milk sat on my scalp and l was unable to remove it as l had nothing to get the grease out. This road bump almost had me washing my hair, but after about a week, l was able to finally remove the grease.
After the coconut milk fiasco, l returned to ACV and baking soda and decided to just do what l had been planning on from the start. Gozing cold turkey and just using water to wash my hair. And nothing else!
And surprise surprise, lt was a huge success. My hair, surprisingly didn’t get anymore oily than it was on ACV wash, which would have got it used to no poo. In one week it was improving and looking healthier than it had ever been.
- DO use Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar for a short period to begin with as it makes your hair easier to deal with when (if) you go cold turkey
- DO NOT use Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar for an extended period of time as it is too acidic for the hair and makes it brittle and prone to breakage.
- Invest in a Boar Bristle Brush ($10); it disperses oil through your hair so that it docent just sit on your scalp. This brush must be washed in soapy water after use as it collects oil.
- For occasions where you need your hair to look good, wet it, you cant tell