Monday, March 9, 2015

No Shampoo: My first reactions

For a while now, I've been toying with the idea of trying the whole "No 'Poo" thing that's sweeping the nation. Well, maybe it's not "sweeping," but I'm sure you've heard of it. If not, here's the tl;dr version: instead of washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner from the drugstore (if you're me) or salon (if you're not me), you use products that you find in your home like baking soda, honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. It's supposed to be much better for your hair and scalp in that it doesn't "strip" away your natural oils, resulting in over-production of even more oil. 

So anyway, back to my "toying with the idea". I first read about it about two years ago. Actually, I'm pretty sure I wrote a post about never wanting to try it because it just seemed too far-fetched. The transition period was too long, my hair was already so oily, I couldn't go over 24 hours without washing it, I sweat too much at the gym, etc, etc. But after careful consideration and a little preparation (I'll write more about that in another post), I tried it for the first time this weekend and here are some of my (initial) thoughts on the process/results.




Before:
-I wasn't sure of how much to use or what the water:baking soda or water:vinegar ratio should be. The general consensus was about 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda/vinegar, BUT the difference was in how much water to add. It ranged from 1/4 cup to 16 ounces. I just winged it.

-Was this going to make my hair smell bad?? There were several suggestions to over come the Easter-egg-dying smell, I ended up using honey. 

-My husband is probably thinking I'm a loon, measuring out these things and taking them into the shower.

During:
-It was hard for me to tell if it was "working" because it never lathered. I knew it wasn't going to, but it was still a different sensation - it felt like I was just dumping water on my head.

-I was nervous that I would get it in my eyes or ears (it definitely got in my ears). I used a 16 ounce cup filled a little over half way with warm water from the shower - it seemed to be enough but since I was already wet it was hard to tell if I would get it all over my head evenly.

-Like I said, I mixed about one tablespoon of honey in with my vinegar, but it still stank a little. But it went away almost immediately after I rinsed.

-I knew going in (from the internet of course) that I needed to keep my hair as tangle-free as possible, so I brushed before showering, after I wet my hair with water, after I washed/rinsed with baking soda, while the vinegar mixture was still in my hair, and again after I rinsed the vinegar mix out. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but still pretty tangled.

After:
-My hair definitely did not feel like it did after using a "normal" conditioner (kind of slick) but it didn't feel horrible either. I used the wide-toothed comb to dry my hair initially before switching to a round brush.

-I have naturally wavy hair, but because I had company coming over shortly, I didn't have time to let it air dry. When I blow dry my hair, I usually don't have to use a hair straightener if I take my time with my round brush - this time was no different. My hair dried/styled almost exactly the same.

-My hair did feel a little drier than usual, but not like a piece of straw - it's hard to describe but at the same time it felt drier, it also felt a lot lighter. 

-I'm (writing this) one day after the wash - my hair is just a little oilier than it would be on day two after a "normal" wash/condition. BUT I thing this could be attributed to not actually getting all of my hair/head when I washed because it's mainly the back of my head, the front still looks pretty good!

Other thoughts/what I'll do different:
-I'd like to get some kind of squirt bottle so that I can aim a little better when I put this stuff in my hair. I think it will help with (1) not getting it in my eyes and ears and (2) covering my whole head.

-Since my hair felt a little drier than usual, I'm thinking about trying some type of leave in or spray on conditioner so it doesn't dry out. Or maybe a once per week deep conditioning treatment. What are your thoughts?

-I'm not going to quit! If after a month, my hair continues to be dry or I just don't like it anymore, then I'll give it up. I've heard (mostly) good results from all of my internet browsing, so we shall see!

Have you tried the "No 'Poo" method? What are your thoughts on the process?


14 comments:

Kasey At The Bat said...

I want to try it! But I have so much hair that I don't know if I can get it to be completely detangled before getting in the shower, haha! also my hair is very dry, so I'm worried that it would definitely feel like straw.

ohshellsbells said...

I have a scalp condition flares up by sulfates so I tried no poo in hopes it would be good for my scalp. I really liked how the vinegar made my hair feel, but not so much the baking soda, it did weird things to my hair: the ends (which have dye on them) were very dry but my roots were really heavy. not greasy, its hard to explain but basically I felt like it affected virgin undyed hair differently versus dyed hair and I didn't like the effect. I've started using sulfate free shampoos, which take some getting used to too.

Kalyn P said...

Sulfate-free is definitely a good alternative, I've been using a sulfate free shampoo & conditioner for about 2 months.

Diane said...

I have always wanted to try the more natural no poo method. I gave WEN a try but it was conditioning overload for my already oily hair. Can't wait for more updates, like you I wash my hair daily because of the oily - if you see an improvement I'd love to know! Not having to wash every day would be incredible!

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

I tried baking soda/water and then apple cider vinegar for a while (like a month or two) but eventually just got tired of it! I didn't notice anything drastically different so instead I have just cut back on how often I was. I'll be curious to see what you think after this month is over!

Brooks Oakwood said...

I've been wanting to try this, but definitely after I cut my hair. I don't see it working well on long hair.

Alexandra Stacey said...

I've really been wanting to try this. I've been doing "low poo" for about three months, and it has actually made my oily hair seem less oily if that makes any sense? Try a boar bristle brush to distribute the oil through to the ends, that made a world of difference to help extend my washes.

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I've never tried no poo but heard of the idea before. Can't wait to read more of your thoughts! (:

Rachel Emily said...

I used to have the same problem - I couldn't go over a day without washing my hair! The I committed to only washing it every other day and there was a transition period but now I can totally do it! I keep hearing about this no poo thing too though. I've heard so many different opinions on it - I can't wait to hear your's!

Evy Floria said...

If I read this right you washed twiced with baking soda?!. You always want to use the vinager wash after the baking soda, to balance the PH levels of your scalp. Baking soda can cause damage if not done correctly/too much or in the wrong ratios. I'm no poo, but I won't touch anything with a high PH content, so no baking soda or castle soap bars. There are TONS of other options other then baking soda, if you feel any breakage or hair damage, don't ignore your gut and look into it.
Also, the first week-month, your hair is in a detox/repair mode. So being extra dry, frizzy and staticy are common. Don't give up or use a conditioner with it yet!. No poo is all about experimenting. :D

Evy Floria said...

If I read this right you washed twiced with baking soda?!. You always want to use the vinager wash after the baking soda, to balance the PH levels of your scalp. Baking soda can cause damage if not done correctly/too much or in the wrong ratios. I'm no poo, but I won't touch anything with a high PH content, so no baking soda or castle soap bars. There are TONS of other options other then baking soda, if you feel any breakage or hair damage, don't ignore your gut and look into it.
Also, the first week-month, your hair is in a detox/repair mode. So being extra dry, frizzy and staticy are common. Don't give up or use a conditioner with it yet!. No poo is all about experimenting. :D

Kalyn P said...

I only washed once with baking soda! Thanks for the info!

Becca @ Becoming Adorrable said...

Good luck! I don't think I can do this because of some skin issues, but it seems so interesting to me!

Tami @ Friday Morning Buzz said...

Ahhh good for you! I don't think I could do it. I've had too many hair disasters in my life to risk the horror stories of all your hair drying and breaking. But I'm sure if you follow the routine like you're supposed to you'll be fine. And your hair always looks great so I can't wait to see it after a few weeks of no poo!