It turns out that the sulfates, foaming, and grease-cutting detergents found in shampoo aren’t actually positive for our hairs health and people are catching on. Research has revealed that 34% of women are now opting for chemical-free hair products and that more and more people are turning to natural beauty products. Shampoo is a product that has become easy to market to different target groups. Some shampoo’s claim to repair dry, damaged hair while others promote volume and strength. However, shampoo should be first and foremost about cleaning your scalp and hair and not fancy marketing strategies.
Shampoo is an important part of our daily routine and for many of us, giving up shampoo simply isn’t an option. But for some ladies, who are choosing to lead simple and natural lifestyles, going “poo-free”. So if you’re interested in going without shampoo, here are a few ways to do it and some helpful tips.
Alternatives to Shampoo
Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar
For this alternative, all you have to do is head down to your kitchen pantry and pull out some baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Measure 2tbsp. of baking soda into a 500ml (1 pint) glass jar.
- Fill the jar with water and stir to dissolve the baking soda.
- Pour over head and scrub into your hair.
- Measure 2tbsp. apple cider vinegar into the same jar and add water.
- Pour over your head and rinse out straight away.
Use this rinse every 5-7 days. You can just use water on the other days.
Note: These amounts are for long hair. If your hair is short or medium length, use 1tbsp of baking soda and vinegar and 1 cup of water. If your hair doesn’t feel clean enough, use more baking soda next time.
However, if you don’t feel like going through that mixing process each time you need to wash your hair you can use the 50/50 ratio. Fill one bottle with half baking soda, half water and another with half apple cider vinegar, half water. Keep these bottles in your shower and make sure you shake them before use.
If the idea of going completely poo-free is a bit drastic for you, then a cleansing conditioner is a great alternative. They are sulfate-free, non-foaming creams that you use in the shower. They make it easy to quit shampoo without actually quitting washing your hair.
Benefits of Quitting Shampoo
Your Hair Will Look Ridiculously Healthy
When you start going poo-free, you might have that adjustment period but within a short time you will have noticeably softer and fluffier hair. For a lot of women with curly or wavy hair, they have claimed that once they went without shampoo, they had less of a need to style their hair because their natural locks looked simply great. Also, a lot of women’s hair gets naturally lighter – no need to get those highlights anymore!
Less Environmental Footprint
In a few months, you probably go through a bottle or two of shampoo and conditioner. However, with the natural rinse, you’ll maybe go through a cardboard box of baking soda and half a jar of vinegar in the same amount of time. There are no empty plastic bottles to toss nor do you have the need to use an arsenal of hair products to tame your hair.
Things to Consider Before Going Poo-Free
There Might be an Adjustment Period
For some ladies, particularly those with fine hair, there might be an awkward adjustment period. This is usually between day 3 and 6 without shampooing. But don’t worry, your hair might look greasier than when you were using shampoo but that will pass. The grease period might last 4-5 weeks and your hair might seem a little “dirty” but your hair will be healthier and happier and soon it will show it. However, for ladies with thick or coarse hair, there usually isn’t much of an awkward adjustment period.
For some ladies, the adjustment is getting over the idea of not washing their hair or the smell of vinegar on their hair. However, the smell actually doesn’t linger on your hair long and you can guarantee you will always pass the “hair smell test”.
You Can’t Use Products
One sacrifice you will have to make during the process is you have to avoid mousse, gel, etc. because that will mess up the whole “hair finding its natural balance of oils” thing. You could use baking soda to absorb the excess oils around your hairline but seriously, after the first week, no one will think you look any different.
The More You Sweat The More You Need to Wash
This one is kind of a no-brainer but if you work out a lot or live somewhere where its hot and humid, you’ll probably have to use your natural rinse more than once a week but probably no more than twice a week.
If the no ‘poo method has intrigued you for a while, give it a try!