What is “No Poo”?
No Poo = No Shampoo
It has nothing to do with constipation and everything to do with natural hair care. By definition, it is “a collective term for methods of washing hair without commercial shampoo”.
Won’t my hair be disgusting without shampoo?
The short answer is “No”. Think back to the days of old. I am sure my great grandmother & my great-great grandmother had never seen or heard of any type of scented, foamy, shampoo or conditioner. They relied on natural things like water, fruits and vegetables to keep the hair looking great.
My hair is very oily, can I try “No Poo”?
Yes, you can. While I sing the praises of apple cider vinegar, white distiller vinegar is another option for people who have oily hair. You can also add essential oils to your baking soda & water to help with oily hair. Cornstarch can be used as a dry shampoo in between washing to keep the oil at bay.
My hair is dry, can I try “No Poo”?
Yes, you can. The apple cider vinegar is great for people with dry hair. You can also add essential oils to your baking soda & water to help with dry hair. Coconut oil and olive oil are great conditioners for your hair as well. You must use them lightly. A little goes a very long way. They can be used daily, or as a deep conditioning treatment.
I have dyed hair, can I try “No Poo”?
Absolutely. The vinegar rinse can actually help to seal the color in to the hair and make it last longer. There are alternatives to commercial dyes also. Black tea for dark hair, chamomile tea for blond hair, roobius tea for red hair, walnuts for black hair. That’s a long topic I will cover in another post at some time in the near future.
Isn’t baking soda bad for my hair?
No, as long as its used properly. The baking soda is not applied to the length of the hair, only the scalp. You wash your scalp with the baking soda mixture. When you rinse, the baking soda will clean the length on the way out. I have read that people make a paste out of baking soda to wash with, but I don’t recommend it. I think this could have damaging effects as its ph level is very different from that of your natural sebums ph. That’s why it’s so important to dilute it.
Doesn’t the Apple Cider Vinegar smell bad?
Yes and No. You dilute it with water, so that takes it down a notch. As your hair dries, the smell goes away and you are left with soft shiny hair. No salad smell.
The apple cider vinegar seems too heavy for my hair. Are there any alternatives?
Try white distilled vinegar instead. It does seem to help those who have oily hair. It also is a lighter smell than the apple cider vinegar. I started out with white vinegar, but switched to the apple cider as I have dry hair.
What is the difference between Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother?
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is distilled and processed. There is nothing wrong with regular ACV it’s just missing the “Good Stuff”.
ACV with Mother is raw, unrefined, and organic. It has a cloudy, goopy sediment in it. It’s less aesthetically pleasing, but has far more benefits. This sediment is actually good bacteria which is incredibly good for your hair, skin, and internal health.
I have used both, and I much prefer the ACV with Mother. My hair is healthier, my skin is softer, and the tea I have been making from it really gives me a boost.
Is there any way to make this process more like traditional shampoo?
There are ways to get that sudsy bubbly feeling of lather, however, I have not experimented with these yet. There is a great post about it at www.almostexactly.com. I don’t know if I will be using any of these methods as I am quite content with my baking soda/water/apple cider vinegar process, but I do understand some habits are hard to break.
Low Poo is a great process if you are unsure, or if No Poo doesn’t work for you. I did No Poo for nine months before it stopped working for me. Now my journey has led me to Low Poo and it’s awesome.
Is there anything I can do to add a pleasant fragrance?
Essential oils are the answer. Please read the Essential oils section of my blog for more information.
Why do I need a Boar Bristle Brush?
It’s just a suggestion. I can tell you that the natural bristles feel fantastic on your scalp. The main reason is it helps to distribute the hairs sebum from the scalp down thru the hair shaft. The boar bristles also help to keep your hair clean by gathering any lint, dust or miscellaneous particles and removing them from the hair as you brush. It will also make your hair feel very soft and look very shiney. No poo is fantastic. In my particular case, my hair stopped responding to it. I’m not going to lie though, when it works, it’s great.
Why go “No Poo”?
No Poo is a fantastic way to wash your hair. Our hair was meant to take care of itself. It produces sebum, which is the natural oils we strip out with store bought shampoo and replace with store bought conditioners. Store bought Poo’s are full of harmful chemicals that can be harmful to ourselves and the environment. The financial savings is also a huge plus. Shampoo can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a large amount of dollars and they are stopping our bodies from doing what it’s meant to do naturally, maintain the hair by producing natural oils.
What is W.O.W?
W.O.W is Water Only Washing and it’s No Poo to the extreme. No Baking Soda, no Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother, just water. This requires ALOT of patience as the transition period is much harder than No Poo. Your hair will require serious attention during this time, but if you can get thru it, it’s so worth it.
What kind of “serious attention” is required?
W.O.W requires a lot of TLC. The things I found the most helpful during this time was a fine tooth comb and my Boar Bristle Brush. Your scalp is going to go crazy producing sebum and the two aforementioned tools will help to remove the excess sebum, move it down the hair shaft and remove any dust and grossness that has accumulated. Just be sure to clean your comb and brushes often to keep from putting that stuff back in your hair.
What can I do for dry/frizzy hair?
This is going to be one of the oddest answers. Deep condition lightly. I use a smidgen (& I do mean a smidgen) of coconut oil from my ears down the length and my hair is mid-back length. I also use 3 drops of argan oil in the same area of the hair. Then I comb this thru. I do this twice per day. It’s working wonders. You have to experiment to find out what works for you.