Here is my friend Roxie’s documented no-poo journey, an inside look at her quest for perfect hair. Roxie, the famed How To Hair Girl is completely sold on no-poo. Here is her journey:
You know how you can use the same shampoo and conditioner for 6 months and love it and then all the sudden, it just stops working? Is your hair greasy on the top, dry on the ends, and you feel like you are a slave to to the cycle of shampooing and conditioning it because it’s just not acting right? Well, for the last month or so, I have had frizzy ends, greasy itchy scalp, and oily teenager hair. Gross. Something must be done.
I have been talking and listening for several years now about the no-poo method. I have a client who recently told me that she uses nothing but baking soda in her hair and on her teeth, as well as as an exfoliant for her skin. And her hair, skin and teeth look amazing. When she first came to me her fine thick hair felt dry and flyaway and never acted right. She was frusterated. Now, her hair is perfectly sleek and shiny and feels clean, her scalp is healthy, and she is content with it. Perfect hair homeostasis, and another step towards sustainable hair practices!
So as an experiment I have decided to put my money where my mouth is and no-poo for a month and see what all this talk is about. I will be using my paddle brush daily, and no-pooing twice a week for the first 2 weeks. Then, I will no-poo once a week for the last 2 weeks. I will chronicle my no-poo journey and share it with you all.
Day one- I no-poo-ed yesterday. I put a tablespoon of aluminum free baking soda in an 8 oz bottle of water and shook it up. I thoroughly sprayed it into my scalp, then paddle brushed it through. I let it sit for 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I air dried it. ( I don’t use heat in my hair) It felt great, but it looked confused like a dog looks after you take it to the groomer.
I have heard that it takes a couple weeks for your hair to adjust to no-poo. If this is true, than I’m off to a fantastic start because today my hair looks amazing, feels clean, is full and shiny, and has a very even feel ( Healthy scalp and roots, happy soft ends.) It doesn’t feel too clean, but it’s definitely not greasy at all. And there is something downright vibrant about it, like it’s been de-gunked. Two thumbs way up so far.
4 days later….I no-poo-ed again today. This time, after I rinsed I put a little conditioner in my ends. My hair feels…..Thick. It feels and looks clean, it smells good, it looks good, and it feels strangely thicker. I kind of love it. And you know after you shampoo, you get the 3 F’s? fluffy and fuzzy and full of flyaways? F that. I have none of that today. I’m into this. So far, the no-poo method has given me 2nd day hair every day, even though I have done it just twice in the course of a week.
next week….Okay. My hair told me in so many words that it didn’t like it when I conditioned my ends last time. After I conditioned it, It looked and felt really nice everywhere but the ends. The ends were weird and sticky. So, I no-pooed again lightly to remove the conditioner build up. Then it felt a tiny bit dry so the next day I put coconut oil in the ends before I took a bath.
I let my hair soak in the warm bathwater to help the oil penetrate. Today, my hair looks and feels better than it ever has, ever. I can see that the no-poo method is going to be a commitment to get off the hamster wheel of any synthetic hair products. It’s going to be less of an experiment and more of a consciousness shift for HTHG.
I definitely think that using an easily absorbable oil like coconut oil, seseme oil, or shea butter on the ends when they feel dry is key.
Shampoo+conditioner=an endless cycle of not quite perfect
Baking soda+coconut oil=happy, sustainable hair homeostasis.
Can it be? Have I convinced you yet?
5 days later…. After I washed my hair with baking soda this morning, I sprayed dilluded Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) into it and brushed it through as a conditioning rinse. My hair feels sleeker and smoother and looks shinier as a result.
ACV balances the PH of the baking soda, which seals the hair cuticle back down, making for a smoother more reflective hair shaft, thus the sleek and shine. I love what it did to my hair today. It looks more like no-poo day 2 instead of day 1. I know it may be still early on in the game for my final no-poo method analysis, but here is my predicted regimen as of today……..No-poo baking soda wash twice a week. ACV rinse once a week. Coconut oil hair treatment every 2 weeks. A little liquid gold polishing butter as needed.
By the way, have I mentioned yet that since I have been using the no-poo method, my hair does whatever I tell it too? love it.
Happy, healthy, stick-it-to-the-man hair!
4 days later…..I fell off the wagon. I was curious. I shampoo and conditioned my hair with my old go-to’s. I wanted to see what would happen. I started thinking that the No-poo method was too good to be true, and maybe I was fooling myself.
My hair feels dry and looks dull today. I’m hopping back on the wagon. Please forgive me, hair.
I’m reading this book right now called Little House in the Ozarks, by ( you guessed it) Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was raised on her earlier books and consider her a personal hero of mine. I like her so much that I gave my second child her last name. I consider myself a pioneer woman and wife of a farmer stuck in the body of myself. And, by some random stroke of weirdness I find myself living in the Ozarks, which is where she settled.
This book is a collection of short stories, thoughts, and opinions of Laura’s from her mid-life. She was a contributing writer to many worldly publications and was a very smart and sophisticated farm wife with very strong views on what it meant to be a woman in the early years of last century during war times. Her words are concise and witty, and her viewpoints are practical and economical with a touch of humor and childish wonder. I like to think that if she were alive today, she would be an enthusiastic blogger like myself, HTHG.
Anyways, in a chapter about taking care to look your best Laura writes about using baking soda in the hair to cleanse it and make it soft and fluffy, and vinegar for shine. She used the no-poo method!!
Reading this validated my own no-poo journey and made me so happy that I decided to make you a video!
For all of you that have asked me how exactly I use the no-poo method, here you go.
6 weeks in….I’m sold. I love it. I keep 1 spray bottle of diluted ACV in the shower all the time. I mix up my baking soda and water in a separate spray bottle every 4-5 days and do this with it. I brush my hair daily with a paddle brush before I shower, and I rinse with water in the shower. Every other day, I spray a bit of ACV into my wet hair in the shower and gently brush it through. This helps detangle and seal the cuticle, and add TONS of shine.
Every other no-poo (about every 8-10 days) I do a coconut oil treatment. I sleep with it in my ends, and no-poo it out the next morning. I occasionally use a tiny bit of liquid gold polishing butter to smooth and moisturize the ends and tame flyaways.
That’s the deal. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it is not. It is just a system change that takes a bit of getting used too. Once you get it down, it is easy and it feels a lot better than the usual shampoo/conditioner every other day routine. My hair is consistently awesome because of it. No more fluffy first day shampoo hair, nice second day, greasy third day, awful 4th day. It’s just right every day. And it stays in any style I put it in.
I feel like I am honoring my hair as it is meant to be, and because of it, it looks and behaves better. If you can’t tame the beast, you might as well learn to love it.
Have you tried the no-poo method yet? HTHG officially endorses it. XOXO
Here is my how to no-poo video….http://youtu.be/