Friday, May 15, 2009

Take the Go No Poo challenge!

No, it's not what it sounds like.

Imagine never having to buy shampoo or conditioner again, and having perfect hair all the time. If you color your hair, imagine the color staying vibrant for twice as long. That's the No Poo way.
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My hair has become impervious to shampoos. No matter what brand I buy, my scalp gets really oily, with dandruff on top. Ewwww! I was starting to wonder what to do next, when my friend Victoria posted about this in her LiveJournal. I'm going to give it a try.

I washed my hair last night with 2 tablespoons of baking soda diluted in one cup of warm water. Not only is my hair cleaner than it's ever been, it has tons more volume! It does feel a bit dry, so I think that maybe one tablespoon or less of the baking soda will work better for me. (I was skeptical - and I have long hair, so I had started out with the larger amount). I didn't use any conditioner or detangler, but I did take some extra time with my hair, using a soft brush I started working from the ends, and went up my hair a few inches at a time, in sections. My hair is so fluffy this morning, and not weighed down with product! It looks like I have twice as much hair as I used to.

Once my ph and oil production gets back to normal, I'll probably only have to use the baking soda once a month, and just use warm water to rinse my hair. The baking soda helps keep bacteria and fungal infections in check - that's where the smell comes from, not from YOU. If your scalp is healthy, it won't get stinky.

I'm thinking that this would be especially good for teens, who's bodies are going into massive oil overproduction. When I was a teen I'd wash my hair every day, and I still looked like Severus Snape. I would have been so grateful for a way to have nice hair, and not to have to wash it so often!

(PS: If you have flyaway frizzies, use an apple cider vinegar rinse. It smoothes down the cuticles in your hair and makes it really shiny.)


Designs by Victoria said...

This made so much sense when I read it, because I've been bemoaning for a couple of years now how my daughter's hair is so wonderfully curly, like mine was at my age, and nowadays mine is just limp and frizzy and I don't get amazing ringlet curls anymore.

And you know why? It's probably because we have my daughter wash her hair maybe once a week, and she does it herself so the washing is pretty minimal.

So I tried it myself for the first time last night too. My hair is more flyaway and frizzy, but that's because I also skipped my styling products, as the whole point of this is to get rid of the gunk on my hair. But I'm sure when my oils equilibrate, things will be much happier.

Leah said...

Interesting, and definitely not what I thought based on the title of the post! I might try this, I'm all for inexpensive, natural solutions, if they work.