The No Poo Movement

I’m sure by now, you have already heard of the no poo movement. If you haven’t, it’s basically where you stop washing your hair with shampoo, and you switch to using natural products (some people end up using water only). Now before you throw up a little, this movement is based on the fact that chemicals do more damage than good. Some swear that washing your hair with man-made shampoos only makes you need to wash your hair with more of the same product, basically creating a demand for the stuff.

I was fascinated by this concept, because at first it sounds so gross that you just need to keep on reading, and then it starts to make sense. I did fair amount of research and came up with the following conclusions.

  • Most everyone who has embarked on the no ‘poo movement said that they had to not shampoo for at least 6  to 8 weeks before they had a breakthrough.
  • Weeks 1-2 are the worst because your scalp is recalibrating. Your scalp is so used to being stripped of all natural oil, so often has to compensate by producing excess sebum, This is what makes your hair so oily, and what also keeps you hooked on shampooing your hair every day or every second day.
  • Your hair could start to smell (a little ewww) but you can mask the smell with some dry shampoo or tea tree oil (added to the bicarb that you ‘wash’ your hair with.
  • When their hair was at the peak of its greasiness, some wore hats, other wore scarves and some blasted their hair with dry shampoo and did a topknot or side braid.
  • Brushing (with a natural fibre brush) is important in ‘distributing’ the oil from your roots to ends.
  • The results (if you’re able to brave the transition phase) include frizz-free, shiny, more bouncy and voluminous locks. It seems if you’re brave enough to wrestle through that phase, you will be rewarded with frizz-free, obedient and never-behaved-better hair. One lady said that her hair has never looked or felt as good as it does, post no ‘poo.
  • The biggest thing you need is patience as this isn’t a quick fix method. You have to teach your hair differently.

Keen to try this?

To begin with, you will need a plastic cup, some bicarb and some apple cider vinegar. Before you get in the shower, add 1 tbsp bicarb to the plastic cup and fill with water. Stir until the bicarb is dissolved. You should have some cloudy water at this point. Apply the mixture to your hair, concentrating on your roots, and massage it in with your fingers, gradually distributing it throughout the rest of your hair. It won’t lather like shampoo, but it does give your hair a distinct “smooth” feeling when it’s properly distributed. Once you’ve rubbed it around a bit, you’re ready to rinse.

Some people find that bicarb is damaging and makes their hair feel like straw, so there is another ‘shampoo’ alternative in the form of a honey shampoo. Take 1 tbsp raw honey and mix with 3 tbsp filtered water. You might need to slightly heat the mixture over very low heat to help dissolve the honey. This shampoo is really watery, and is supposed to be. Pour into a bottle and make as you need to, because it doesn’t really keep. Wet hair, then massage the honey shampoo, concentrating on the scalp. Massage it in distribute all over the scalp. Don’t worry too much about the ends, that’s where the ACV rinse comes in.

The simplest way to condition is to use apple cider vinegar, because it’s a natural moisturiser. The best way is to take a spray bottle and add some ACV and fill the rest with water (use a ratio of 2:5). After you’ve wash’ed your hair, spray your hair with the solution, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse. Pay more attention to your ends and rinse thoroughly.

And that’s it!

You don’t use bicarb or honey and ACV every single day – start with every third day and then push it out by using water rinses where you use water only and massage your roots. Also, avoid using lots of different method to begin with. If you continue to throw different products (natural or otherwise) at your scalp, it will be forced to keep trying to adjust to these new methods. Basically, your scalp will continue to overcompensate and create more oil than is necessary for your hair. And then your transition period will be drawn out even longer.

Here is a really helpful website for you to check out, and has lots more info on how to go no poo.

What are your thoughts on the no poo movement? Would you ever try it?