I’m Going No-Poo!

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Okay guys, I have some interesting news for you.  After listening to my daughter Nikki talk about this for a couple of weeks, I’ve decided to give it a try myself.  I’m going No-poo.  Which means, I will no longer be using shampoo.

Now, after you have cleaned up the coffee you just spit at your computer when you read this, let me explain.  Apparently, when you stop using shampoo on your hair your hair has more body, shine and is less frizzy.  Now, at first I was like, what?  No shampoo, eww, that is gross.  But, it’s a very interesting concept.  We, have been so programmed to think that the use of harsh, expensive shampoos are the best thing for us but it is completely the opposite.   Your hair will thrive once you get through the “detox” stage.

So don’t go thinking that I will not be washing my hair because I will.  Instead of a shampoo, I will be washing my hair with baking soda and water.  And, this morning was my first experience.  How did it go?  Well, so far so good.  My hair and head feel clean and my hair feels very soft.  I have extremely thin, fine hair and I had a lot of body in my hair today but it is only the first day. I will go a few days without washing (which I would do anyway) and then, once again, wash with baking soda and water.  Now, you can use a “conditioner” if you like which is apple cider vinegar and water.  I did not and it seemed fine without it, but I guess it would depend on your hair.

Now, back to the “detox” stage which I guess is the stage I’m not going to look forward to.  Apparently, your hair will, for a few weeks, become more oily as your body adjust.  See, when you use shampoo, you are stripping away the natural oils and your body creates more oils to compensate.  So, once you stop the stripping process, you will be overproducing oils until your body reaches a balance again.

Sound interesting?  Do I have you intrigued? Well, I’ll keep you up to date of my progress but so far day 1…not so bad.  And, the other benefit to all this.  Saving money on shampoo.  That is a big plus.

Want to give it a try?  Here is what you need to do:

  • Add 1 tbs. baking soda to 1 cup of water.  It will just be cloudy water.  Wet your hair and pour on the mixture and “wash” as usual.
  • Then use 1 tsp apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water and pour that over your hair.  You can let it sit for a moment and then rinse.
  • You can also use lemon juice & water  instead of the vinegar if you would like.

I will let you know how it goes.  Anyone willing to give this a try or am I the only crazy one?

If you want to read up on it you can check out this book, The Whole Way to Natural Detoxification: The Complete Guide to Clearing Your Body of Toxins, by Jacqueline Krohn.  They probably have it at your local library as well as others on the same topic.

Anyone already doing this or have tried this?  Let us know your experience.