Have you heard of the “No-Poo” method? If not yet, it’s pretty simple: no shampoo. Completely say no to shampoo altogether may pose an extreme challenge, but many people claim that this method has transformed their hair for the better. So, what’s the deal? Is it something you should try? We’ve got the lowdown on the pros and cons of the No-Poo method — so read this before you decide whether or not to ditch that shampoo bottle.
1. What is the No-poo Method?
No-Poo simply means “no shampoo“, shampooing without shampoo. This method says no to cream or gel shampoos because in our hair and skin we have a natural oil called sebum. This oil helps to nourish, maintain moisture for strong hair. The frequent shampooing with many chemical shampoos will accidentally wash out a large amount of sebum, leaving your hair in the frizzy, dry and weaker shape.
Getting rid of shampoo doesn’t mean you have to give up showers or washing your hair. Instead of shampoo, people who’ve adopted this hair care technique use water or baking soda followed by apple cider vinegar or only use conditioner. You can even buy products off the shelf that cleanse your hair but are technically not shampoo.
So, rather than allowing chemicals in shampoo to strip your hair, you should strip away the chemicals and stop using shampoo at the same time. Most dermatologists and hairstylists have always been advocates of shampooing less often, and are crying hallelujah for this hair care revolution.
2. Who can benefit from a Noo-Poo Lifestyle?
We cannot deny that the No-Poo Method is not only good for your hair but also for the environment. However, this method doesn’t take effect on everyone. Below are those who can take full advantage of this method:
- People with dry scalps. If your hair and scalp are naturally dry, not shampooing every day can improve the appearance of your hair. In between shampoos, your scalp will build up more oil, which can help your hair look shiny and healthier.
- People who color, relax or perm their hair. These salon treatments leave your hair more porous and dry. Shampoo can have a greater effect on treated hair and can cause damage, especially if not rinsed out properly.
- People with curly hair. Curly hair hides oil better than straight hair. If your hair is especially curly, it may look less wild a day or two after washing.
3. Which can be worked for the No-Poo Method
3.1. Water only
This is the simplest ‘No Poo’ method, as it just involves the use of water to wash your hair. And it costs nothing!
It is advisable to warm the water before washing your hair in order to clean away the excess oil on your scalp and hair. In order to benefit from this method, you need to practice regularly. It may not work at first, but with time your hair gets used to this cleaning method and the oil buildup will eventually go away after a few weeks.
3.2. Baking soda + vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar is a simple formula to clean hair without shampoo. In fact, baking soda is an alkaline salt with a mild bleaching effect, which works to clean the scalp, treat dandruff effectively. However, the golden rule when caring for your hair is to balance the pH of your hair, ensuring a safe threshold for your hair. Therefore, after using baking soda to treat hair dandruff, we use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar with mild acidity to rebalance the pH of your hair. The perfect combination of these two familiar ingredients will give you a natural shampoo, no toxic chemicals, effective dandruff treatment, and limit hair tangle effectively.
4. Some hair care tips
Your hair shows your overall health. A balanced and healthy diet will bring healthy hair. Here are some tips to help you better protect your hair:
- Only use shampoo on the scalp, not on the ends.
- Always use conditioner after shampoo and use conditioner primarily on the ends of hair.
- You can use shampoo as often as needed and oily hair can be washed more often. But with dyed hair or when you get older, you shouldn’t wash it often.
- Protect your hair every time you swim by using conditioner and swimming cap before going to the lake or the sea.