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I haven't washed my hair in a few months. *ETA* PHOTO and no poo technique

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Okay, I am lazy as fuck so I am just going to C/P a few paragraphs I posted to a local "Beauty" FB group. About 2 months after I posted this, I weaned myself off the baking soda and vinegar completely and now I just rinse my hair really well when I shower. 


NO POO! 

Let me preface this by saying I am about the least "crunchy" person you'll meet. I love plastic and convenience and don't believe "the man" is out to destroy our hair, or that shampoo is full of chemicals that are poisoning my children, etc, etc. A lot of the things I have to say with regards to no poo sound "alternative" or "hippie" and I just want to assure you all that I am no patchouli-waving barefooted guitar strummer trying to change your life. I just want to share what fixed my hair. Before/after photos to come. 

So here is the basic rundown on No-Poo. The idea is that our hair has a natural balance of oils to keep it healthy and protected. When we use shampoos that contain foaming agents (look for "sulfate" on the label) that give consumers that "clean" feeling, all of the natural oils are stripped from our hair. In order to be able to style our hair after being stripped, we use conditioners, cremes, serums, and other products in an attempt to recreate the natural oils. Meanwhile, our scalp senses the stripping of the oil, so it goes into overtime creating more in a failed attempt to compensate. THIS is why many women's hair is instantly oily if they go a day or more (or even LESS) without shampooing. Sometimes our scalps give up; which is why hair can get SO dry without the addition of commercial hair products. 

No Poo is a process by which regular shampoos and conditioners are replaced by natural alternatives; some advocate going totally "natural" and just "washing" with water (basically giving yourself a scalp massage) but I have been happy with a simple baking soda "wash" and a vinegar "conditioning". Most people use apple cider vinegar; I use white because it's what I had on hand when I started and I just haven't made the switch. 

A word to the wise: No Poo has a 1-3 week "break in" period when your hair will be super oily. This was less intense for me because I'd already switched to Wen; I only had about 3 days of oily hair. But if you are going to do No Poo and want the full benefits, you just have to suffer through a week or so of wearing hats and scarves on your head! The reason for the "break in" period is because your poor scalp is so used to extruding ridiculous amounts of oil to compensate for the sulfates. The best thing you can do for yourself and your hair is to commit to ONE MONTH of No Poo NO MATTER WHAT. If you stick with it, you will be SO happy with the results!

The routine:
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup water. The water should be cloudy; NOT gritty. Slowly pour this mixture on your scalp, rubbing it in and lifting hair to get it all over the scalp. Massage the hair around your scalp until it "feels" clean (you'll know it when you feel it). Rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse. Rinse till you think it's all gone, then rinse one more time. 

Mix tablespoon vinegar with 1 cup water. You can also add a drop or two of lemon juice or essential oil for scent, if you want. Repeat the same process you did with the baking soda, concentrating mostly on the ends of hair. 

I use red plastic Solo cups and estimate my amounts. Theoretically you should be able to gradually reduce the amounts of baking soda and vinegar, but like I say, I haven't done so and am still happy. Your hair will smell strongly of vinegar while it's wet, but as soon as it dries the smell disappears COMPLETELY. I haven't added any scents to my vinegar rinse but I have read that when the vinegar scent fades the essential oil scent will remain. 



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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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.Funfetti.
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

I wash my hair daily. I would feel just dirty if I didn't. But whatever works for you. 

mommyrustina
by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

So will going no-poo help with a dry flaky scalp? I wash my hair every day so it does get super oily if I don't. Plus, I use the super strong selsun blue to avoid flaky scalp which I know is awful for my hair. Would the flaky scalp issue resolve itself if I stuck to no-poo? I really want to try it because I think my hair would have really awesome curls if I did not have to wash it every day.

tairakittie
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

SO had BAD dandruff, he was using Selsun and something else I dont remember, he didnt go no poo but switched to peppermint castile soap and his scalp has gotten a LOT better. I also started doing a coconut oil rub on his scalp which has been helping even more, but going no poo would help with dandruff since its caused by a dry scalp and irratation. Using a liquid castile soap with peppermint  or tea tree oil will also help with dandruff, and coconut oil heals the scalp and moisturizes the hair without being greasy, its great for eczema and rashes too.

Quoting mommyrustina:

So will going no-poo help with a dry flaky scalp? I wash my hair every day so it does get super oily if I don't. Plus, I use the super strong selsun blue to avoid flaky scalp which I know is awful for my hair. Would the flaky scalp issue resolve itself if I stuck to no-poo? I really want to try it because I think my hair would have really awesome curls if I did not have to wash it every day.


Twix.Leigh
by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM
I want to try. I hate how much products cost, and how many I have to use..can you still dry and iron your hair? Like does it get super fried? How How about for coloring??? So many questions :-(
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laineysmum
by Silver Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:36 AM

My hair straightens SO MUCH EASIER and "holds" the straightening longer. I used to get mad flyaways and stray curl-ups, but I don't anymore. If anything, it gets less fried because you have the protection of your natural oils. 

I am not positive about coloring because I have never dyed my hair, and I guarantee your colorist will try to talk you out of it (because he/she will want you to buy more products ;) ). But I think it would be fine. Color as usual, even use the post-color shampoo and conditioner you usually do. After that, go back to the BS/ACV rinses. I hope you go for it. I have never been happier with my hair (and neither has my checking account!) 

Quoting Twix.Leigh:

I want to try. I hate how much products cost, and how many I have to use..can you still dry and iron your hair? Like does it get super fried? How How about for coloring??? So many questions :-(


laineysmum
by Silver Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:37 AM

I had terrible dry flaky scalp before no-poo. And it comes back immediately if I use regular shampoo! You should try it. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain! 

Quoting mommyrustina:

So will going no-poo help with a dry flaky scalp? I wash my hair every day so it does get super oily if I don't. Plus, I use the super strong selsun blue to avoid flaky scalp which I know is awful for my hair. Would the flaky scalp issue resolve itself if I stuck to no-poo? I really want to try it because I think my hair would have really awesome curls if I did not have to wash it every day.


teaspring
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

I'm ready to try this.  I bathe regularly, but only wash my hair twice a week.  I have very dry skin and my scalp and hair tend to be dry as well.  Tomorrow would be wash day, so I'm going to give this a try methinks :)

Thanks for posting about this OP - I've never, ever heard of it.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 26 on Jan. 12, 2013 at 4:56 AM
I have heard of this before and have always wanted to try it but I just don't feel like I have enough information.

Can I really just rinse my hair and scalp and be done with it? How ling will my hair be greasy for?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 27 on Jan. 12, 2013 at 4:58 AM
I wouldn't be able to do this.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 18 on Jan. 12, 2013 at 5:01 AM
Water by itself does a piss poor job of actually cleaning unless you're pouring boiling hot water on your head. Think about it. Do you wash your hands with soap after you use the bathroom? Would you feel clean if you washed them with just water? Meanwhile your scalp is shedding oil and skin particles, you're out in public and people are coughing and sneezing their germs into the air, not to mention the dust and fine dirt particles just floating around, and your nasty oily scalp is a magnet for germs because you've been washing with WATER, which does nothing for grease or oil or whatever you want to call it. Have you ever fried chicken then washed the pan with just water and said "wow that seems clean!" Your hair isn't clean and all the germs stuck in the nasty glue paste made by your greasy scalp and dead skin is probably breeding the next pandemic. And when you sleep its on your pillowcase, and your face is getting in it! That is so disgusting it's unreal. LATHER RINSE REPEAT!

Quoting laineysmum:

I'm not really fighting the natural process - I'm working with it. I still "wash" - my title is obviously misleading in order to gain clicks (muuhahahahaha). I just don't use harsh detergents. I wash with water. Because it works. If I never rinsed or combed my hair, yes, I would be fucking disgusting and the body wouldn't have a "natural process" to compensate for that! It's just what works for me. 

I may go back to vinegar rinses and add some essential oils or maybe a little vanilla extract just because I do miss my hair smelling like a scent instead of just smelling like clean hair. But whatever.  :)

Quoting Anonymous:

I've seen a few of these no poo posts and i dont get it. Why is it a problem to fight your body's natural process? We all do it, all the time, or we'd all be stinky and gross. The body doesnt have a perfect system for a lot of things or else we wouldn't need to wipe our asses or wear deoderant. Whats wrong with washing your hair with some damn soap like the rest of your body?


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