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.
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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.
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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.
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!