As I watched the Today Show’s feature of my fellow blogger, Jacquelyn of LittleOwlCrunchyMomma I thought, “Wow, Jacquelyn’s been doing this for FIVE YEARS?” That’s incredible! I’ll be excited for the day I can say that myself!
(Yes, Kathie Lee was a rude beezy but that’s another tale for another time. And whatever, no ‘poo-ers scalps are healthier than hers! Neenerneenerneeeeeeeeener.)
And then it dawned on me. I’ve been doing it for a whole year! Okay, it’s not as cool as if I could say five years but it’s still cool. And I thought it deserved a blog post. An anniversary celebration, if you will.
Not using shampoo seems like a CRAY CRAY thing to do. The whole idea is veiled with a dark cloud of mystery. “What!? You don’t use shampoo? What do you do? How is that possible? You mean, you just like, use baking soda? and water?”
There is something very freeing about being able to walk past aisles of shampoo and unnecessary hair care products without a second glance.
And, it’s not that mysterious. Just 1 T baking soda mixed with water in a plastic squeeze bottle like THIS. Apply it to your roots and work your way down the rest of your hair.
That sounds too complicated. Seriously, just squirt it on there. Get it all up in your roots and massage it around. Then rinse.
It’s up to you what you do after that. You can apply an herbal rinse like THIS. You can apply Apple Cider Vinegar for added nutrition. I, however, ditched the ACV because it turned my hair into hay.
I now use a variety of oils to keep my strands supple. I like moroccan oil for leave-in, detangling action and coconut oil for a deep conditioning mask.
I also have been known to buy a bottle of Trader Joe’s conditioner here and there. Of course, the kind without plastic-additives and harsh sulfates. Just oils.
I’m all about the conditioning.
Now, what are the benefits of not using shampoo?
1. It’s way inexpensive. A box of baking soda here and there is sure to make your budget happier than expensive organic shampoos or endless bottles of Pantene.
2. You will need to wash your hair less often. Your body produces oil to naturally condition your hair and keep it healthy. Using shampoo daily (with harsh detergent cleaning agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate) upsets the natural balance and causes you to produce more oil than necessary to compensate.
3. You may find that your hair color changes. The plastic additives in conventional shampoos add a coating to your hair that is difficult to completely rid. It may take a week (it did for me! I smelled Pantene in my hair even a week after I stopped using it!) Your hair will be more susceptible to the sun’s rays and possible get an extra highlight or two.
4. No more chemicals on your head or through your skin! Most shampoos are ridden with toxic substances, harsh detergents, and plastics. Yuck.
You can follow more of my no ‘poo journey with these blog posts:
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