The “No Poo” Method: What it entails and how it works!
If you’re like me, you may be struggling with finding the perfect haircare routine. I used to wash my hair every day, but I found the more I washed it - the more oily it was getting and the more I needed to shower. So, I started doing some research on how I could prevent my hair from becoming so oily, and I discovered the “No Shampoo Method”…
I learned that washing your hair daily only became the norm in the 1970’s; up until then it was recommended only twice a week, and before that - only once a month! So let me share with you what I’ve learned, and how to clean your hair without shampoo!
Washing You Hair With Just Water
There are many “no poo” benefits, one of the main ones is that commercial shampoos/conditioners contain synthetic and harmful chemicals that actually do more bad than good in the long run.
These products may provide temporary satisfaction, but your hair will thank you when you stop over-washing it. Here is what happens when you don’t wash your hair…
As soon as you stop using shampoo (or use it less frequently), the natural oils from your hair are able to build up and condition your hair while also acting as a natural moisturizer.
This method can be great for those with normal skin, you’ll be surprised at how easy and cheap it is! The first week you’ll need to wash the oil off your fingers and brush/comb with soap, but only for the first few days.
Using Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar
Personally, my skin is a lot more oily than the average person, so for me - washing my hair with just water wasn’t enough. I found that people who do the “no poo” method and have oilier scalps like to use a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda in place of shampoo/conditioner.
Baking Soda is an awesome way to get rid of oil build up in your scalp and hair - one tbsp dissolved into a cup of water is all you’ll need for one use. Pour it on your hair and gently massage it throughout your hair and into your scalp until it feels smooth (it will not lather, obviously), then rinse!
You might not even need to condition after this, but if you have dryer skin baking soda could make it even more dry - this is where apple cider vinegar comes in. Apple cider vinegar is a natural moisturizer and is perfect for use on your scalp if you’re finding that after a while baking soda is drying you out.
Also, ACV alters the PH levels of your scalp making it more acidic so that dandruff causing funguses can’t grow. Using baking soda and apple cider vinegar together has been known to have fantastic results.
Simply mix equal parts ACV and water, and pour the mixture over your hair after you rinse out your baking soda.
Our top pick for Baking Soda: Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
Our top pick for ACV: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.
You can watch a great explanation video of the process here:
“No Poo” Dandruff
One issue that can arise with the “no poo” method (and in general), is dandruff. Dandruff can be a result of diagnosed skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, but it can also happens when there is a build up of a fungus on your scalp called “malassezia”. Dead skin cells start to accumulate and they eventually get dry and itchy and flake off, causing dandruff.
This fungus tends to thrive on an oily scalp, which is another reason the “no-poo” method is better than shampoo. When you shampoo frequently it dries out your scalp, this leads to the overproduction of oil, which leads to build up and dandruff. So “no-poo” dandruff actually happens much less frequently, and the “no-poo” method is better for preventing dandruff altogether.
Other products that help with “no poo” dandruff:
-> Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is known to have some anti fungal benefits that combat dandruff, it will also act as a moisturizer for your dry, itchy scalp. Combine one part coconut oil to two parts lemon juice and massage it into your scalp, leaving it on for 20 minutes - then rinse. Doing this 2-3 times a week can be very beneficial!
Our top pick: The Finest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
-> Tea Tree Oil: With its super strong anti fungal properties, tea tree oil is an amazing dandruff-fighting agent. Combine a couple drops with coconut oil and massage it into your scalp once a week, let it sit for about 30 minutes for best results - then wash your hair with your “no poo” method.
Our top pick: Pure Body Naturals Tea Tree Oil.
-> Lemon Juice: Since lemon juice is acidic it too combats fungus growth that can lead to dandruff. Try mixing lemon juice with water, or even juice from half a lemon to 1/4 plain yogurt. Massage this into the scalp, leave on for a few minutes, then rinse.
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If you found this article and this method helpful to you, whether in treating your “no poo” dandruff, or in general with your hair health - let us know! Leave a comment and tell us about your experience, and any tips you may have.
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