Do you know the secret behind commercial shampoos and conditioners?
They strip your hair of natural oils and then coat it with silicone and waxes to make it appear soft and shiny.
Hair that — underneath the chemical coating — is actually overproducing oil to compensate for being stripped by harsh chemicals.
Even as I nourished my body with nutrient-dense foods, I wasn't treating my hair the same way! And so, it was time for a change. My story is a slow, gentle transition to the “no poo” method of caring for your hair.
Why A Slow & Gentle Transition To No Poo?
I like to shower. So I used to shower every day!
However, in preparation for going “no poo”, I went down to showering every other day in an attempt to ease the transition. I wanted to avoid the icky, greasy hair stage once I stopped shampooing completely.
Then, it was time to go cold turkey. Goodbye, commercial products.
Now, it's been almost a month since I last used shampoo.
So, what are my new hair products?
1 tablespoon of baking soda + 1 cup of water doubles as my new shampoo. For “conditioner”, I use 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar + 1 to 2 cups water (2 cups of water if you have oily hair, 1 cup of water if you have dry hair).
I store and use my new shampoo and conditioner in a spray bottle each.
When showering every other day, I focused on my roots with the baking soda and massaged well before rinsing. You need to be thorough when rinsing, especially if you're used to commercial shampoo. It takes way more effort to get the baking soda out!
After my first wash, my hair clumped together. Then I noticed I still had unrinsed baking soda in it! So I dunked it under the faucet again. Then I conditioned just the ends with ACV.
From the first day on, my hair felt dry but looked greasy. I tried to hide it in a ponytail, but no luck. It still looked pretty bad. It even stayed in a ponytail shape when I pulled the holder out.
So… my 2 week period of every other day washing really didn't help ease the transition! Was there anything else I could do?
After a week of “no poo” washing every other day, I spoke to a professional hair stylist. She suggested a dry shampoo to hep on the in between wash days to help me move towards healthy, nourished hair.
The problem, of course, is that conventional dry shampoos are also laden with chemicals!
So I did some research online and came up with this natural alternative:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- additional cocoa powder (for brunettes)
Use caution if you'll be outside in the heat all day! This dry shampoo will drip down your neck.
I sprinkled a little dry shampoo on my roots, flipped my hair up to get the sides, and then brushed it out. And voila! Almost instantly my hair felt soft again. It certainly doesn't move or feel like commercial shampoos — but it looks a whole lot better. More manageable and less embarrassing.
I still wash every other day with baking soda and ACV, and use the dry shampoo in between. My hair is changing slowly, though it's still transitioning — even more slowly because of the dry shampoo.
Hopefully, I will eventually reach the point where I can wash weekly with baking soda and ACV, as most recommend. I'm not there yet, but I'm enjoying the process now!
After 4 weeks of “no poo”, this is my hair. Still a little flaky on top, but getting there!
Have you gone “no poo”? How is it going for you? Did you do anything to make the transition period easier?
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