Thanks to my friend Jenny at Conscientious Confusion I have decided to take the “No Poo” pledge for 2012! My hair is actually quite healthy and I’m not overly dependent on hair care products. I hate mousse, gels, and other products that promise to make your hair bouncy or full or sleek. I embraced the fact that my hair will always be straight and will never hold a curl or bounce for more than 5 minutes. When I add all of those other products to my hair it just weighs it down and makes it look frumpy and dirty. I’ve never paid much attention to my shampoo and conditioners either. For the past year I have been using TRESemme Naturals and I’ve never even researched the ingredients to find out just how ‘natural’ they really are. The worst thing that I do to my hair is color it 3-4 times a year. I’m a highlight and color junkie and I love to cover up the grey (shhh…you’d never know by looking at me how old I am so I won’t let my hair give it away). Regardless of my current hair care routine I’ve always been intrigued by “No Poo.”
What is “No Poo”? It’s a method of giving up traditional shampoos and using natural products such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar to regulate the chemistry of your hair without harsh chemicals. Those who go “No Poo” swear by how healthy their hair is after a few short weeks. I’ve only just began researching all of the different ‘recipes’ but the basic concept is:
Baking Soda = Shampo
Apple Cider Vinegar = Conditioner
The trick is finding the right combination of the two that will work for your hair style and type. I’ve tried this for 3 days and I’m at a loss. I guess I’m actually going to have to research all the different recipes and combinations because I can’t figure this one out on my own.
Day 1: I dissolved a tablespoon of baking soda in about 1 cup of warm water (in a peri bottle I had left unopened from childbirth). When I was showering I squeezed the solution onto my hair trying to pay attention to the roots. Rinse. My hair was actually quite dirty the first day I tried this so I was really nervous that I wouldn’t get it clean. I followed this with a solution of 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in about 1 cup of warm water (in an old shampoo bottle) and squeezed that out over my “no poo’d” hair. Rinse. Dry and Style. Results: Ugh, my hair feels dingy and dirty. It was actually quite soft at the ends but the roots felt dirty. Maybe I used too much vinegar.
Day 2: After day 1 I really felt defeated already (even though people told me to be patient) and washed with regular shampoo and conditioner to get it back to normal.
Day 3-4: I got lazy and kept up this same routine with regular shampoo and conditioner.
Day 5: Ok, I’ve finally decided to try “No Poo” again! Today I decided to add slightly more baking soda to the solution and to skip the apple cider vinegar all together. Rinse. Dry. Style. My hair felt squeaky clean in the shower and was more difficult to comb than usual. I could tell that I didn’t use conditioner (which I use 100% of the time just for the soft feel and to untangle my tresses). I dried as normal but could see that I was going to be a hot mess! My hair is incredibly dry and the ends are frizzy. It feels really clean at the roots but the ends are overly dry. I guess I did need the vinegar after all.
After a little more research tonight I’m going to wait a day or two to wash until my hair has restored some of the moisture naturally that the baking soda removed. Then I’m going to create a paste (versus a solution) with the baking soda and only apply to the roots. Finally I’m going to use slightly less vinegar and only apply it to the ends of my hair where they get dry the quickest.
Will you join me as I continue my experiment? Will you share with me your tips and personal experiences? Join the conversation in the comments section below or on Facebook. Have you made any green resolutions for 2012? Join me by taking the Pledge to Go Green in 2012 and pledge to make one small change each month.
More about my hair: I have naturally straight hair with very little body. I typically use a hair straightener to get the style just perfect. That’s about it!