I was a little embarrassed when I told Gym Hottie that I haven’t used shampoo in three weeks. He was pretty disgusted because my hair, when I did use conventional shampoo, always smelled from buildup and I’d always force him to smell it to gross his ass out. Sexy. I never washed my hair everyday anyway. With thick, naturally wavy, sometimes frizzy oily Asian hair (wow, I am a MESS), washing it everyday made it more maintenance than I needed it to be because it takes forever to dry and to style to look decent enough to be around other people. I had no idea this would be a slow journey into no ‘poo, as in “no shampoo.”
No ‘Poo is the method of hair care where you ditch the regular shampoo that come packed with chemicals that do little to no good for your mane because it strips your hair of natural oils. Anyway, I’m sure you already think it’s super gross and whatnot that I don’t use shampoo anymore and I’m not here to tell you otherwise but I’m going to continue anyway. No ‘poo doesn’t mean you don’t ever wash your hair: it just means that you find natural ways to clean your hair. Methods can be 1) using less shampoo or less frequency of washing it, 2) baking soda (BS) and apple cider vinegar (ACV), 3) water only (no cleaning agents) are ones that I have heard of. I have done all three at a one point or another with the last two methods within the last month.
So, there it is: I have not used “real” shampoo in almost an entire month. Gross, huh? Well, yeah, I’m not here to sugar coat it because all hair trying the no ‘poo method has to go through a transition period. No ‘poo transition is when hair produces excess oil after being used to having it stripped of the very thing from commercial shampoos. So, here I am with oily hair but I know once my hair adjusts, my hair will be fabulous. The first time I ‘washed’ it with baking soda and ACV, my hair felt clean more than it has been since I haven’t been able to find my favorite Herbal Essences shampoo. My hair still got oily after a day or so after Herbal Essences and at least with baking soda/ACV, it’s cheap and natural. I also styled it the day after my first BS/ACV wash and my hair held the curls so much better and lasted eight hours later. To combat the intermittent hair grease, I do a homemade dry shampoo, which I will post next time.
Scouring the testimonials and blog posts about no ‘poo, the recipe for baking soda/ACV is basically 1 tablespoon of either to a 1 cup of water:
Baking Soda Shampoo:
– 1 tablespoon of baking soda
– 1 cup of water
Mix the two ingredients into a pop-top bottle (for example: water bottle, old shampoo bottle) or cup and pour on scalp only. Massage gently in circular motions. Rinse really really really well. Please rinse well. Seriously. REALLY WELL.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Conditioner:
– 1 tablespoon of ACV
– 1 cup of water
Mix the two ingredients in a (separate) pop-top bottle (I used the empty perineal cleansing bottle from my home birth kit). Pour onto length of hair only, NOT ON YOUR SCALP! Work through your hair by combing with your fingers. Rinse or leave it as a leave-in conditioner (I haven’t used it as leave-in conditioner yet) but I know that the vinegar smell does not linger once dry.