Oh hey. The title of this post probably sounds really hippy and dramatic. Well, I haven’t used drug store/salon shampoo in about two months, and I think it’s now safe to say that I’m not going back. Why, you ask? I was curious if it would work for me, and I read that avoiding conventional shampoo can cause your hair to be less frizzy. Allowing your hair’s natural oils to do their thing can look especially great on wavy locks like mine. One last added bonus, it’s really (really) cheap.
Please, do me a favor and never ever refer to this style of hair maintenance as “No Poo”. That name irks me so badly. I’m sure some marketing executive over at Pantene Pro V or Bumble and Bumble came up with that one. “No Poo” sounds just plain disgusting, and let me tell you friends, it’s not. From this point on, let’s refer to it as “All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner.” I realize “all natural” doesn’t actually mean much of anything, but it sounds far better than the aforementioned alternative.
So far, I’ve found all the positives I mentioned to be true. My hair isn’t as slippery soft as it was on the Pro-V, but it looks and feels healthier and is definitely less frizzy. I got a cut last week, and my stylist remarked at how healthy my hair looked before I told her about my new all natural treatment. I only use the shampoo and conditioner every 3-4 days, and just rinse my hair in between. Here’s my recipe if you’re interested in giving it a try:
1/7 Baking Soda to Water mixture. That’s it. I just got condiment squeeze bottles for my all natural Shampoo and Conditioner. I use the spouted lid because both the shampoo and conditioner are extremely watery, and the spout makes it easier to get it even across your head. You really just want the shampoo solution on your scalp. Shake it up, distribute across your scalp, rub it in, and let it sit for about a minute. Further dilute your solution if your scalp is itchy or bothered by the baking soda.
1/7 Apple Cider Vinegar to Water mixture. If you don’t want your hair smelling like vinegar (I know I don’t) you can add essential oils or spices to your all natural conditioner. I added an old vanilla bean, a few cinnamon sticks, and some cardamum pods to mine. Obviously, the more herbs and spices you add the less cost effective this becomes, so keep that in mind if cheap is your #1 goal. I like to lmix up my solution in advance, to give the spices time to infuse. Turn your head over in the shower and dump the conditioner solution over your scalp and hair to get it evenly distributed, I’d say about 1/4 cup. Rinse as usual.
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