On Wednesday May 8th, 2013, I, Emily, quit using shampoo and conditioner. Why in the world would I do this? There are three main reasons...
1) BLAH HAIR: My hair has been through the ringer - dyed, bleached, products, hot tools, etc. Nothing makes it look really great anymore (at least in my eyes). I've used expensive shampoo (Pureology) for years and really stopped using hair dryers/hot tools and still my hair looked thin, limp and would get really oily at the roots on the 2nd day of not washing my hair. Even pregnancy didn't really jazz it up. It grew faster, but didn't really look fuller or extra saucy.
2. HEALTH CONCERNS: I am concerned about all of the different products I use and how they will affect me in the long run, Shampoo included. There are a large amount of chemicals in shampoo and your skin is the largest organ of your body, thus it absorbs all of the chemicals you put on it! Once absorbed into your skin it then enters your blood stream and WHAM! chemicals and toxins enter your system. No thanks!
3. MONEY!: Simply stated - I spend way too much money on hair products and I'm sick of it.
So when I read about this whole "No-Poo" thing (worst name ever I know) I figured I'd try it. I'm not working right now because I just had my son a few months ago, so I thought if my hair looked totally gross, it'd be okay and I won't use having to be seen in public as an excuse to "fall back" on my old shampoo-ing ways.
Here's how to whip up your own shampoo & conditioner and I also added my method of all natural dry shampoo. Good luck!!
"No-Poo" Shampoo is super easy to whip up. I like to mix it in these Rubbermaid containers and take them directly into the shower. I mix 1 Cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Some recipes say to make a paste, but I like to use the baking soda dissolved. Baking Soda can be drying so I don't like the idea of rubbing a paste of it on my hair which is already dry on the ends. When you pour it on your head be sure to massage it into your roots really well. It's not going to lather, but you can feel the difference in your hair after you've massaged into scalp and rinsed.
So here is your new conditioner! I know what you're thinking - "Gross, my hair is going to stink like vinegar!" I promise it won't! Mix up 1 Cup water with 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Make sure you pour it from root to tip and leave on while you do all the other stuff you do while you shower. Your hair will not smell like anything afterward which some people prefer. I wanted to add a little "something" to it so after experimenting a bit I now add Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil to my conditioning rinse. It makes for a really pleasant scent plus I really need that extra moisture on the ends of my hair.
So everyone is different, but you should really try to only cleanse your hair 1x per week if possible to allow your hair to adjust. The first week my roots were a bit of an oil slick. I used corn starch and just sprinkled it like crazy in my roots. It soaked up the oil really well and gave my hair amazing body and volume. The only problem? My hair is brown and I looked like Marie Antoinette with a powdered wig. Remember I have a newborn and for the most part don't need to worry about people seeing me in this state. I finally made it to Target today and whipped up a Dry Shampoo mix of Cocoa and Corn Starch to match my hair. PERFECTION! After you make a mix for yourself put it in a Salt and Pepper shaker and have at it!
I will update you all about my "No-Poo" journey soon (with pictures of the state of my hair), but for now I just wanted to share how I'm doing it because a lot of people have asked me. I will tell you that I'm absolutely sold on it and don't plan to go back to shampoo EVER!!