For a long time I went the no-poo, curly-girl route. I liked the way my hair felt. I liked the curl that bounced back. And probably most of all, I liked the fact that I wasn't using so many chemicals on my hair. Little steps to make our lives a little less chemically laden.
It's a good thing.
For some crazy reason, I stopped and went back to store bought, probably out of laziness.
But, I'm beginning again...
SO... what is no-poo?
It is going without a standard shampoo and conditioner for your hair. You still wash and rinse your hair, just not as often.
Why would one do this?
One: I'm a homesteader at heart... I don't like running out of something I can't whip up at home. No 'poo method means I don't have to spend a bunch of $$ on shampoo and conditioner.
That's my budget talking too!
It stimulates hair growth.
It replenishes your natural oils to your hair.
Regular shampoo and even some shampoo bars strip your hair of its natural sebum... (that's the natural oils your scalp produces). Which makes your scalp produce more oil, which leads to the greasy hair.
It's not going to be greasy or gross.
I took two spray bottles.
One I filled with 2 cups of water and 2 Tbsp baking soda.
This is for the wash.
Don't scrub, just massage this into your hair. Get out of the habit of using your fingernails to clean that scalp. I was taught that my whole life. You scratch the 'far (fire) out of your head to get it REALLY clean. Not so, that promotes dandruff. Shocking, huh?
The second bottle is 2 cups of water and 2 Tbsp of white vinegar.
If you have dry hair, you could use 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider vinegar or ACV
Spray the length of your hair. Not the roots too much. Again, you are trying to restore your scalp.
Ignore my unpainted face and pj's... but this is after sleeping with a coconut mask on my hair.
My daughters slathered coconut oil all over my hair, roots to tips.
I did my baking soda wash and vinegar rinse.
I did it twice to get all the coconut oil off.
My hair is somewhat curly. I used about a dime size amount of non-alcohol gel and I did use a hair-dryer on low to help dry my hair.
I don't like it completely curly so I pulled a little on the top with a round brush, trying to give me less curl on top.
The back was all hitherty-thitherty.
After a little styling.
I'll give an update a couple of weeks down the road. I used to blog at another domain, many moons ago, and I had posted a pic when I was doing it back then... I can't find it. Grrr.
My hair feels fantastic. It feels clean and soft!
Give it a try. Let me know what you think!
*** Let me say this ***
Your body has to get used to things...
Just like when you are changing from store-bought deodorant to homemade, you might have to experiment a little. Same here... Give your body and hair time to adjust. You might find it not being exactly luxurious for a while. Give it a couple of weeks to wear in. I think you will find after that initial blah stage, you will see great results!