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Aug. 21st, 2010 | 02:33 pm
Recently I decided to go "no poo" (which is not using shampoo to wash my hair) and if you have not heard of this movement, well, it doesn't mean that I decided to let my hair get grody and greasy. Essentially, shampoo strips your hair of oils, and can be harsh and if you stop stripping the oils off, it regulates itself to be shiny and lovely.
That's the theory, at least.
Since I go at least 2 days between shampooing anyway, I figured I would try this method. I waited an extra day and then jumped right in- right in the shower to use the baking soda wash. I did it wrong cause I didn't do that much research about it, so my hair felt like straw. Though this may have happened anyway because there is a transition period when you start.
No poo #2: did it right, using a baking soda and water mix and a "conditioner" of apple cider vinegar and water. This time? My hair actually looked and felt GREAT. Seriously- it was soft and clean. And I made my hubs smell my head and he said that he did not smell vinegar, so YAY! (Well, he said that there was a slight trace smell, but that it could have been in the air from when I was mixing my conditioner.
All going well so far- though I do notice that after no poo #2, for a bit it was fine, but when I brushed it before bed the next day, it was very static-y. I don't really like that. So I am going to research a bit more and see if there are other conditioner options.
Also- does no poo mean that you don't use styling products as well? I could always use an after-shower conditioner, for example. And does the baking soda blend effectively clean, say, hair spray off your hair?
Have YOU gone "no poo"? I'd love to hear your experience with it!