I've taken the plunge. I've been wanting to go no poo for awhile, however after trying the traditional method of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, I was not happy with the results. First of all, it did not feel good on my scalp, way too rough for my fine hair. Second, I kinda felt like dried my hair out. Granted, I didn't give it much of a chance, but in my opinion, it's too harsh. If you read my blog, then you know I'm more about gentle skincare and essentially, when you wash your hair, it's still a form of skincare for you scalp.
So I gave up for a while, but then I came across an article about a girl who only washes her hair with water. Sounded interesting and unbelievable. She rinses her hair about twice a week and her hair looked good. It looked like clean hair. I was intrigued. So after reading that and really looking at how much happier my skin has been the last six years since only washing it with honey or oils, I decided, why not do the same with my hair?
Hmmm, honey and my hair at least don't seem to mix well. I've read other others washing their hair with shampoo or using honey as conditioner, but um, negative. My hair felt really weird afterwards. But then I just said screw it, I'm going hard core with just water. I'm just gonna wash my hair with water and see how it goes. I read up on it and this is what I did...
I clarified my hair with some old shampoo that I had lying around. Actually it was with this shampoo that I gave up on a while ago because it was drying out my hair, but the point with the clarifying wash is to remove everything from you hair. No oils, or silicon or waxy ingredients. I am so, so glad I did this. Why? Well, because even the natural shampoos seem to have ingredients that leave a filmy texture to it. And if you know your hair has to go through a major transition period, removing all that gunk will shorten it.
First let me say, that I've had the worst time trying to find a shampoo and conditioner that is all natural and works well! It seems to be impossible! They either dry out my hair or weigh it down. So for a couple days after clarifying it, my hair surprisingly felt pretty good. Definitely not as oily as when I was using my most current shampoo. Good sign.
What I Used to Wash My Hair Instead of Shampoo
Alright, so hair clarification, done. Next step, don't wash hair. Kinda sucks. Feel gross, but from everything I've read, it will be worth it one day! And I believe it will. My skin has balanced out completely since I've stopped washing it with traditional soaps. Here's the kicker. I do hot yoga and get super sweaty. This is my major concern. I tried rinsing it once with just water, hmmm, no go. Maybe it's because I'm just starting out, but man, it was bad. I was desperate. I didn't want to give up my experiment because I was literally just a week into it. So I washed it with egg. Yup, sounds super weird and it is, but by gosh, it freakin worked. It literally washed my hair (one egg, beaten) and my hair felt good afterwards! So weird. I guess me out of all people shouldn't be surprised.
So now I'm almost done with week two. This will be a work in progress. It's not magic yet. I've heard varying times regarding how long the transition period is. But I'm trying to wash it as infrequently as I can. Here's what I've noticed. My hair does feel oily, but it doesn't feel as oily as when I used shampoo. I can put it up and it will look okay. Not great mind you, but okay for now. Also, I can run my fingers through my hair which I've never been able to do before. No tangles and I'm telling you, this is a big deal for me.
I still think it's important to hydrate the ends. So after showering I have been using a tiny bit of leave in conditioner (John Masters) on just the ends, meaning none of it touches my scalp. And I just received my Baobab oil from Mountain Rose Herbs today which I will be replacing the leave in conditioner with. I will keep you posted on how that goes.
So I'm feeling pretty positive about this. That someday soon it will pay off. This will be the first post in my No Poo Journey series. I'm still up in the hair about the egg. I'd like to be able to wash with just water, but we'll see.
That's all I got. If any of you have any no poo tips, I'd love to hear them...
Please check out my post, My No Poo Experimental Journey and Failure to see how my no poo adventure turned out...
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