Let’s face it, we all take Shampoo for granted nowadays. However, if we do some research on hair care throughout history, we will find out that shampoo and hair conditioners have not always been there. A fast-growing trend called “No-Poo” claims Shampoo is unnecessary for hair care. It also claims that better results can be achieved by giving it up altogether. Let’s find out more!
Shampoo is a recent invention. It made its debut in the turn of the 20th century. Drene, the first “modern” shampoo dates back to the 1930’s and it was made using synthetic chemicals just as today’s products. Hair cleansing before commercial shampoo was very similar to this No-Poo trend. Victorian women were experts at it. How did they manage to keep hair clean and fresh without shampoo? Well, the ladies had it all figured out: they just didn’t wash their hair too often. And when they did, they used a variety of natural ingredients such as soap, vinegar, rum, rosemary, black tea and egg yolks. As you can see, this has been going on for ages. As our great grandmothers did in the past, it’s all about going back to natural ingredients and giving your hair (and the environment) a break from industrial chemicals.
So, how do we do it?
First of all, stop washing your hair so frequently! Try washing it every two or three days. The longer you can hold on without washing it, the better. Also, drop all sorts of styling products you may be using before going No-Poo. Otherwise, it’s sabotage. Start by replacing shampoo with a mixture of baking soda and water (about 1 tbsp of baking soda per 1 cup of water). Replace conditioner with apple cider vinegar and water in the same proportions. Be warned: From this point on, your hair will go nuts.
Why does it work?
No-Poo allows hair to recover its natural scalp oil balance: Shampoo and conditioner wipe off your natural sebum so, when you stop using them, you will experience an increase in oiliness. The answer to this sudden change is simple: your scalp is producing more oil than usual to compensate. This is called adjustment period and it usually lasts between 2-4 weeks. No matter how greasy or nasty it gets, don’t panic and hang in there baby! That oily feeling will not last forever. Remember that you’re setting your hair free from chemicals so don’t expect glamour to happen overnight. No-Poo calls for commitment and self-sacrifice!
As you progress through the No-Poo experience, test drive the results, make adjustments and experiment until you find the right proportions that suit your hair best. Get creative and add essential oils to the mixture. Try honey or natural scents and fragrances. Customize it and have fun with different combinations. Last but not least, don’t forget to decide how you’re going to spend those bucks you won’t be using to buy expensive hair products anymore!