The No Poo Method - Read This Before You Ditch Your Shampoos

No poo has come to stay - read about the most natural hair care!

No poo - my life without shampoo

At some point we've all been there: browsing through blogs and getting excited about the idea of no poo. I mean, what's not to like: no more shampoo bottles lying around the bathroom and so much time saved since you don't have to was your hair! And it's ecological: you stop rinsing sulphates into the water, reduce plastic waste and let the hair live it's real, natural life. 

What is No Poo?

Regardless of what so many blogs will tell you, there's no one right way to go No Poo: Some change from regular shampoos to natural alternatives, such as shampoo bars. Some just head to the kitchen for alternate ways of washing their hair. Think of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. And some just cut it cold and endure some weeks of really, really oily hair before it starts to get better (they say). 

Have it how you will, the no poo method and all of it's variants have started to appeal to the masses. And me too. But I actually made a couple of mistakes when I started testing a shampooless life. To spare others I collected a couple of tips so your no poo life might start off on a better track.

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Get things clean before you start your no poo life

So I tried a method where I tried to ease into the shampooless life. I switched to Burt's Bees natural shampoo and then to a shampoo bar. Soft landing is quite a common way to start the no poo life. However, both of the alternative shampoos left my hair waxy. Later, I read that the reason might be in our sewers: certain areas have what's called hard water and that can react badly with natural shampoos.

I was set to go no poo so I stuck with it and tried to lengthen my washing interval. But my hair was getting more and more waxy. So googled I did and learned I had skipped a really important step in going no poo.

The no poo method should always be started with a natural deep cleansing. Save your nerves, do not skip this. I read more about the instructions in the No Poo -method site. Wash your hair with a mixture of baking soda (1 part of baking soda and 3 parts of water) and rinse with apple vinegar (the smell is a little tedious but the smell leaves when you rinse and dry).  And behold! My hair was shinier and airier than ever!

Ireally need to point out that using the baking soda method for long periods of time can be brutal to your scalp. Those who wash solely with baking soda use about half a teaspoon of soda and the rest water.

Get a natural brush and brush, brush, brush

At the beginning of the no-poo life, your hair will get oily. Natural brush spreads the natural oils of the hair from the scalp to the rest of the hair. Brushing with a nice natural brush gives the scalp a treatment as well. With time, the situation calms down and you can go longer with out washing!

So how did my trial with no poo go? I would say that I still have to get used to it. I will not be going full on no poo, but I have traded my shampoo bottles for a natural shampoo bar.