"No Poo" is short for "No Shampoo" - it's a movement encouraging us to cut chemical-filled, hair damaging conventional shampoos and conditioners. Instead, encouraging us to embrace our natural hair cycle. That "oil" you viciously scrub away is meant to be there. I ditched chemical shampoo and conditioner at least four years ago and my hair's healthy, frizz-free, tangle-free and manageable- which is a miracle because I have extremely dry, mixed-chick (I'm part afro-caribbean) curly hair. I want everyone to save money, stop buying into chemical products that actually make you dependent on them, and help you reveal your healthiest hair. Here's what you need to know:
1) Your hair will not be "too oily," don't worry:
The biggest rebuttal I get on the no poo lifestyle is "I can't go without shampoo, my hair is too oily [and/or] will get too oily." I honestly believe no one needs shampoo. Anyone can work your natural hair's oils (no synthetic can match your hair's natural protectant) from the root to the tip gently in the shower and/or afterwards with soft bristle brush. Boar's hair brushes are recommended. You can also rub a small amount of baking soda into your scalp or use an organic shampoo judiciously to get the level of "clean" desired.
Alaffia African Black Soap (or 100% pure African Black Soap purchased anywhere, the bars you often see at flea markets or "ethnic" stores work, too) makes an amazing shampoo and all-purpose soap. Griffin Remedy Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner are inexpensive and are among the cleanest (AKA, non-chemical) products I've ever seen. They work well and smell amazing. 100% Pure has great looking clean shampoos and conditioners as well, treat yourself and play around! Buying new goodies makes it fun.
2) It Takes Some Trial and Error:
Figuring out which natural remedies work for you, and how often you need to shampoo will take some time and is highly individual. Diet, activity level, and heredity will affect how much oil your hair produces. You can start by subtracting a shampoo or two a week and experimenting from there. I only shampoo my hair when I'm going to straighten it because my natural oils will make my hair curl. Otherwise I only rinse my incredibly dry hair or wash it with conditioner. (You rub the conditioner into your scalp the same way you would with shampoo.)
3) Remember, Healthy Hair Starts From the Inside:
Nothing will affect your outer beauty more than ensuring your inner machinery is filled with the vitamins and minerals you need for cellular repair. Your hair, skin and nails receive nutrients and are repaired last, they're at the bottom of your body's to-fix list. This makes your hair a great indicator of your internal health. Fill your body with water (8 cups at a bare minimum, I go for 13+ since I'm active and out in dehydrating heat often. You need more if you have a high fiber diet, too) and as much nutritious whole food as possible and you will see a big difference. Exercise increases blood circulation improving hair quality- do it for healthy hair and a healthy body, too!
Quick shot to see mah hairs with all bad ends freshly chopped by my aunt. She claimed I had the healthiest naturally curly hair she's ever worked with-- and she's in Puerto Rico, it's 99% curly hair she works with. I'm still trying to grow improbably long hair (waist length). I will follow-up on what works. No-poo is a given of course, I shampoo 2-4 times a month max with natural shampoo and just rinse it or wash it with conditioner otherwise. Yep.
I love the simplicity of the no-poo lifestyle. Utilizing my hair's natural oils or organic edible oils, I don't need mouses, gels, or de-frizzers. I can use the same items I have beside my blender for smoothies and salad dressings in the kitchen to keep my hair healthy. My bathroom counters and cabinets aren't cluttered. I just put on my clothes and go. The natural life is so perfect: cheaper, faster, and it just works better!
Are you a fan of the no-poo method? Any tips to share or questions? Let's discuss in the comments.