Tuesday, February 19, 2013

No Poo

This is my current collection of shampoos and conditioners. Unfortunately, this is just what was in the shower. I love hair products. I would buy a new one everyday if I could. I have tried many of the hair products out there. 



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And I have spent a lot of money on hair products. And when I think about that, it makes me cringe a little.




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Not only that, but lately my hair and I have been at odds.

I have very thick hair and I dye it. These days, when I wash my hair which is only 2 or 3 times a week, there is a lot of breakage. I also have a problem with my blonde hair turning brassy because of our hard water. So I use a purple shampoo which makes my hair feel rougher and then I use several different conditioners that I like which aren't helping anymore. Then I end up using a lot of argan oil. Which makes my hair greasy the next day.

 So I'm fed up with my hair right now!

I've been reading up on this method of washing your hair called no poo (you might have heard of it, very weird name. I thought it would make a fun title for this post. You're welcome). 
Basically you wash your scalp with baking soda to cleanse, unclog pores and to allow your own natural oils to balance and condition your hair and scalp.

I'm not an idiot when it comes to my hair. I know what products are good; I've tried a lot of expensive ones and a lot of inexpensive ones. I know how to style and take care of my hair and I also know that dying it dries it out. I believe in natural methods but I also believe in products. So I'm trying this because my usual stuff isn't working anymore. And I guess if nothing else trying no poo will give my hair a break, like a cleanse from products!




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No poo does make sense. I got my information from this lovely blogger who does a great job of explaining how no poo works and why it works. Shampoo strips your scalp of it's natural oils so they can't coat your hair. So you condition. And your scalp over produces. So you wash again. And your scalp's natural oils are really the best for your hair.

In a nutshell, but read her blog for more info, you mix baking soda and water in a squirt bottle. You pour that over your scalp in the shower after you've wet your hair. Massage it into your roots only. Then you rinse it well and then spray apple cider vinegar on the length of your hair. The smell goes away after you rinse but let it sit for a bit. I take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar when I have a stomachache (sounds gross, but believe me it works!!) so the smell doesn't bother me. But it might take some time to get used to. I used an empty spray bottle I had in my bathroom.

So anyway. I'm going to give it a try. The only thing I'm worried about is the transition time from when your scalp oils have to get back in balance. I could have straw like hair for a few days/weeks. 

 After the transition period I should have soft, shiny bouncy hair that rarely has to be washed. I will save tons of money on hair products. 

We'll see!

Bonus: No poo is supposed to make your hair grow faster! After a few years of loving my short hair I've been trying to grow it back out so it's long again. Hopefully this will speed up the process.

Have any of ya'll tried no poo?





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