Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The No-Poo Challenge

I have decided to go No-Poo!

What?!

Yep. No-Poo. But it probably isn't what you think. If you haven't heard of it, No-Poo is a term used for washing hair without traditional shampoo, as it is thought (by No-Pooers) to dry out the scalp and cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, and therefore cause a dependence on daily shampooing. Shampoo, with all of its sodium lauryl sulfate-eyness, is known to dry out hair and irritate the scalp, causing a need for conditioner. Proponents of No-Poo say that after a certain adjustment period (usually three to six weeks), your scalp begins to regulate itself and produce just the right amount of oil to keep your hair at its most healthy state, naturally.

Here are some links to further explain:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Go-No-Poo/

http://www.naturemoms.com/no-shampoo-alternative.html


So, as per the instructions, I am going to start out by using baking soda and vinegar, and slowly wean my hair so that I have to wash my hair with them less and less. Don't get me wrong here--If it turns out (after the few week grace period) that I smell or look nasty, will consider is a big FAIL and quit.  I am simply giving it a try, because there is no harm in trying something that might 1. Save me money, 2. Be healthier for me and  give me super good-lookin' hair to boot, and 3. make my showers shorter in the long run. Anyone with a baby knows #3 can be a big help. It is also worth noting that I will still, even when not using any product, rinse my hair with water in the shower. Also, I can add any scented essential oils to my homemade "conditioner" and therefore still have pretty smelling hair!

Anyone want to give it a try with me?

8 comments:

Ashley Leonards said...

My cousin does this, and she seemed to like it. I'm interested to hear what you think about it.

Jenny said...

I will definitely report back! I did my first washing today and it combed through really well. I wasn't expecting that, since it is usually hard to comb wet. Also, thanks for commenting on the actual blog! It is usually desolate here, as people typically comment on the Facebook link : )

romanreb said...

Cecily told me a couple of weeks ago that she doesn't use any shampoo at all on her hair---just clear water...her hair looks nice...call her and ask her about it.

Jenny said...

Interesting! She never has? I will have to contact her..

erin said...

Yep! Totally trying it. I will post about my results.

I am Erin by the way, nice to meet you :)

Jenny said...

Nice to meet you, Erin! Your little boy is TOOOO cute! I will have to add your blog : )

Tracy Barksdale said...

Awesome, Jenny! I have a lot of friends who have done this as well with great results. Currently I am using a chemical free shampoo/conditioner and will probably try this when that runs out!

Jenny said...

Cool! We are starting Paleo today, so I will blog about that if it works well for us. It is right up Forrest's alley since he hates carbs (well, his body does, weight wise) so he is pumped!