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'No poo' method for healthier hair

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Thrifty is a mum of 3 who is passionate about living a happy, simple and frugal life. You can read her blog at: thriftyfrugalfun.blogspot.com.
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If you have never heard of the term 'no poo' you may be thinking it sounds painful. But don't worry, this simply refers to the act of not using shampoo on your hair for healthier locks.

Healthy, shiny hair. Photo: Girl's Hair- Wikimedia Commons


Why not use shampoo?

When hair is washed too often, the sebaceous oil glands switch on to release extra sebum as they sense the hair drying out. By washing with shampoo the chemicals strip away hair's natural conditioner, and this sends the oil glands into panic mode to replenish what was lost. This then causes an overproduction of sebum, which makes hair appear greasy and dull. Not to mention the plethora of harmful chemicals found in most shampoos.

RoyTek- Wikimedia Commons


By not using shampoo your hair will look healthy and shinier. My household has been practicing the 'no poo' method for years and my husband is often complimented for his luscious locks, despite only washing his hair with water.

If going 'no poo' is something you would consider, I suggest weaning off shampoo and conditioner gradually. If you usually wash your hair every day, stretch it out to every couple of days. Then once a week, and eventually you can cut it out completely.

Brace yourself, at first it wont be pretty. In theory the lure of more manageable hair sounds pretty good, right?

And it is. Eventually.

But at first your hair will grease up in a major way and become one big oil slick. This is where bandanas and hats come in handy. If you have long hair you can tie it back. How long this period lasts is different for everyone, depending on how often you used to wash your hair.

For me it lasted 3 weeks. During that time I wanted to wash my hair so badly, but my hubby was encouraging and told me it would get better soon, and it did. By the fourth week my hair formed natural curls, was easy to brush, more manageable and seemed darker and shinier.

Photo: Westport Wiki- Wikimedia Commons


If at any point you get really desperate you can 'wash' your hair with water in the shower or make up this simple rinse. Brushing your hair a few times a day also helps distribute the natural oils from the roots to the tips.

1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Mix ingredients together and store in a bottle. Use a couple of tablespoons on wet hair and rub into the scalp. Rinse off well.

Have you, or would you, ever try going 'no poo?'

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A question from one of our readers Juliette:

Do you use shampoo before or after you colour your roots, if you do use shampoo, does it take you back to square one with the no poo method. Do you have to go through the whole yukky hair feeling all over again?
Hi Juliette, I don't bother to shampoo before adding a colour. Just apply the colour directly to hair and then use the conditioner provided. The hair will still go a bit greasy but remedies itself pretty fast because you are going 6-8 weeks without washing and the hair is somewhat used to that. Hope this helps!
Can you go no poo if you dye your roots every 6 weeks or so, It's not a matter of want to, it's a matter of have to, not ready to go gray just yet.
Yes, that's pretty much what I do. Only wash around every 6-8 weeks after touching up my colour.
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