There are a lot of people out there giving up shampoo. So many, in fact, that there’s a name for it. The “no poo” method (I kid you not) is when people skip the shampoo and use something else – namely baking soda and maybe vinegar – to clean their hair.
Yes, I too thought this was crazy when I heard of it. How can you be clean without the lovely fragrant bubbles? The bottle says you’re supposed to apply it twice for crying out loud.
But I’d been skipping the conditioner for months, so when my mega sized bottle of shampoo finally ran out, I thought I’d give it a try. The following is my “no poo” diary.
Day 1 – I tried using straight baking soda on my hair. The lack of bubbles is disturbing. I wasn’t sure how to apply it, so I just took a handful of dry powder, put it on the top of my wet head, and massaged my scalp for 2 minutes. It felt pretty clean when I rinsed it out, but I definitely miss the ‘clean’ smell of my shampoo.
Day 2 – Doing well. Hair looks normal, smells normal, etc, etc
Day 3 – My hair smells terrible. Really dirty. As if I hadn’t washed it in a week, but it’s only been 2 days. It’s also frizzy. . . is my scalp itchy, or am I just more aware of it because I’m thinking about my hair all the time? I washed it again. This time with a solution of baking soda in water as I’ve read about. It’s rather cold, and because it’s basically just water, it just seems to just run right off my head, so I hope it’s getting enough time to clean.
Day 4 – This is great! My hair feels squeaky clean. The baking soda: water ratio must have mattered.
Day 7 – Once again, my hair is seriously dirty. It actually looks greasy (which is a rarity for me – I’m usually more of the dry and frizzy type). Wait a minute. I just realized it has been 4 days since I washed my hair – no wonder it’s dirty.
Day 11 – Once again, it looks like 4 days is the limit. I can handle that – twice a week with the no poo method. I can’t say my hair looks awesome, but then again, it never does. And it’s not like people are stopping to stare or make comments like “what the heck did you do to your hair”, so I think I’m ok.
Day 14 – Yesterday I mixed up a new batch of water and soda. In retrospect, there was obviously too much soda because it fizzed everywhere. Today, there was a rim of crystals in the glass, and my hair looked terrible. It was limp and felt waxy – worse than just regular ‘dirty’. I caved and washed my hair with whatever shampoo I found under the sink. Feeling a bit guilty for my binge. . . .
Day 17 – Back on track.
So as you can see, I’ve been having an emotional with my hair the past couple weeks. I can honestly say that, although I have never thought as much about my follicles as I have in the past two weeks, I think I am finally at peace with the “no poo” method. It definitely takes some getting used to. But in the end, the fact that there’s no plastic bottle, no sketchy chemicals, and no debating between the million different brand names at the store wins over the fact that I don’t get to bathe myself in luxurious bubbles.
Anyone else out there tried it? Loved it? Hated it? Think is the weirdest thing ever?