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;drversion: 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.
-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.
-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 theinternetof 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.
-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 myinternetbrowsing, so we shall see!
Have you tried the "No 'Poo" method? What are your thoughts on the process?