No, not that kind of poo. I’m talking shampoo. Have you heard of going no ‘poo? I’ve been hearing about it for a couple of years on Pinterest and blogs; basically you stop washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner and use other natural options. There are several methods of doing this but the most commonly talked about one is baking soda and apple cider vinegar. You “wash” your hair with a baking soda and water solution then rinse and “condition” with a vinegar and water solution.
It had mixed reviews, as most things do, but the majority of people had good results and said if you’ll stick with it through the transition period then your hair will be ah-mazing.
Well, who doesn’t want ah-mazing hair? And I’m nothing if not up for a a good ‘ol crunchy hippie girl challenge. So tried it. For a month.
I started October 7, 2013 (Yes, last fall. A year ago. And I’m just now getting around to blogging about it. Don’t judge.) and I was so optimistic. I wore my greasy hair in buns, covered it with big headbands, used a DIY dry shampoo, and tried to wait it out until the transition was over.
Well, that never happened for me.
It was bad, y’all. I’ve always had greasy hair (like, it would start looking greasy less than 24 hours after I washed it) but this was beyond horrible. My hair felt gummy and gross and looked awful. My scalp was itchy and flaky so I looked like I had dandruff on top of the nasty grease.
I tried and tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t take it anymore! One Sunday morning after I “washed” my hair with the baking soda and vinegar then dried my hair to get ready for church I just wanted to cry because it felt and looked so nasty. I jumped in the shower, re-washed with my old shampoo, and ahhhh…talk about some ah-mazing hair. After a month of grossness it felt SO wonderful. (Well, I quit on November 3 so almost a month, but close enough)
I had told very few people that I was doing no ‘poo because I didn’t want everyone to think I was gross. But after I washed my hair for the first time in a month I got several compliments on it so obviously it didn’t look good while I was doing it if they noticed that big of a difference.
So, would my hair finally have transitioned if I had kept at it? Maybe. But honestly after a month of trying I wasn’t willing to keep going.
Would I try it again? Actually, I might. Not any time soon, but maybe someday. I’ve since heard that if you have hard water (and we do) that the apple cider vinegar isn’t the best thing to use so that could have been my problem. I might just need to tweak some.
Why am I telling you all this? I have no idea. I know this works really well for some so I’m not trying to discourage you from giving it a try, I guess I just thought I’d share to show that it doesn’t work for everyone.
After I gave up the No Poo I went back to my conventional shampoo for a while. I’ve now switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner from Young Living (<–affiliate links) and I think it’s a good balance – better for my hair without quitting cold turkey. I had a transition period with this but it was very mild and didn’t last nearly as long. People who don’t like the no ‘poo method often prefer to do “low ‘poo” by using a natural shampoo like I’m doing or trying to shampoo every few days instead of every day (or just washing with conditioner – I’ve heard of that one but I’m not sure how that works exactly).
Here are some pictures from during that time period. I didn’t get any close ups because I didn’t think about it nor do I think you could really tell anything from a picture. Looking at these pictures that really don’t look that bad but trust me, in person it looked bad and it felt worse.
So what do you think? Have to gone no ‘poo? Would you try it?
(I’m hoping ‘Becca will weigh in here on why I had such a hard time with no ‘poo, maybe she’ll have some insight. Of course if any of the rest of you do then please share!)