On November 2016 I stopped using regular shampoo. I started the “No Poo” (no shampoo) method and haven’t washed my hair with commercial shampoo since… Honestly, I haven’t been happier with my hair!
To go “No Poo” is to stop using shampoo and use natural ingredients like rye flour or baking soda instead. Why would you want to do this? Chemicals in shampoo can irritate and dry out your scalp and hair. They can be hazardous to your health and to the environment. And the most important reason is that your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
In a past post I explained my reasons why I stopped. You can read more about it here.
Today I want to give you an update of how is my life is going without commercial shampoo.
To my surprise, the first week went OK. I washed my hair for the first time with a mix of rye flower and water (two spoons each). At the tips of my hair I used apple vinegar as conditioner. My hair was clean but greasy, it was a different kind of grease than it was in the past. This didn’t bother me much. I played around with hairstyles and wore hats, braids and beanies. That week I washed my hair twice. My advice is to strain the rye flower a couple of times and put away the waste. I didn’t do it right the first time and I got little white pieces of the flour in my hair. Once my hair was dry, the white pieces fell down and my hair looked fine. From that time on, I strain the rye flower a couple of times before I mix it with water.
The first and second week went the same but from the third week on my hair got a little better. I could see some improvement, which inspired me to continue with this method. My hair was less oily and my natural waves came back! The back of my scalp was still the oiliest part, but it did not look bad. That week I washed my hair only once with rye flour and apple vinegar. And in between days I used corn flour as dry shampoo.
By the end of the fourth week I washed my hair only once per week and I used dry shampoo in between washing. My hair was clean and normal. Only the back of my scalp was still very greasy. But I was very happy to see my natural waves again!
A little problem occurred in week five. I had developed dandruff. To remedy this, I took one lemon. Before I washed my hair I cut the lemon in half and massaged my hair with it, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinsed it off. After that I continued with my washing method. Since then I massage my hair with lemon once per month.
From week 6 on, my scalp and me were use to this method and finally my hair started looking less greasy and more like it used to look before. During that week I was traveling, but I still didn’t had any problem with my shampoo, because I still was only washing my hair once per week, and using dry shampoo in between washes.
From week six on, my scalp and me were used to this method. Finally my hair started to look like how it was before. I still washed my hair only once per week and used dry shampoo in between washing.
Since then my hair and my scalp are back to normal. It´s been fourteen weeks since I started and my hair looks good and healthy!
This is my routine:
- I wash my hair once per week with rye flour as shampoo and apple vinegar as conditioner. I only use the vinegar for the tips of my hair. Every 3-4 washes I use baking soda as shampoo.
- To prevent dandruff, I massage my scalp with lemon every three or four weeks.
- I use corn flour as dry shampoo once or twice in between washes. I apply the shampoo to my hair with a make up brush.
- Once per month I use 100% natural argan oil as hair serum.
- If possible I let my hair air-dry. If this is not possible, I dry my hair in the lowest heat of my hair dryer.
- To strengthen my waves, every other day I sleep with my hair breaded.
This is my experience with the no poo method. So far I like it and I will keep doing it. The coming month I will be traveling to Colombia and I am looking forward to see how this experience is going to be over there! Don´t worry, I will keep you posted 😉
If you feel inspire and want to read more about the no poo method and the different kind of ingredients you can use as replacement of commercial shampoo, I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there ,a lot of inspirations and options to start this journey.
Do you feel inspired and do you want to read more about the no poo method? I recommend you to read more about it here. I found there a lot of inspiration and ingredients options to start this journey.
Do you use this method? Please let me know in the comments what your routine looks like! You might have tips as well.