A couple months ago I ran out of a shampoo. On a little bit of a whim, I decided not to buy anymore (for now). Instead, I decided to brave the No Poo world for a spell and see if it’s all that its supporters say it’s cracked up to be.
Before I got started, I spent a lot of time at the blogs Living in Another Language and Empowered Sustenance. Amanda at LAL is a big supporter of No Poo (not gonna lie, I HATE calling it that. Seriously, it needs re-branded), while Lauren at ES isn’t a big fan. Both blogs are helpful and informative, and if No Poo interests you at all, you should check them out.
In spite of the cons listed on Lauren’s site, I decided to brave the Poo-less waters (snort) and see what would come of it. I didn’t have any big problems I was trying to overcome with my hair, but the idea of stretching the need to shampoo out to four or five days sounded BLISSFUL – as long as by the end of those five days I wasn’t disgusted by my own head of hair.
The first week I was in love. I was still washing about every two to three days, but my hair was soft and full and lovely. The second week I was in hate. Amanda talks about the transition period as your hair adjusts to this new cleaning method, and she wasn’t joking. It was limp and lifeless and awful. But I’d decided to give it a full month, and so instead of rushing out for a new bottle of suds, I stuck it out. LOADS of ponytails and ballcaps, for about ten days. The middle of the third week I noticed I was able to stretch out the washings to four days, and now nearly two months later, I’m averaging five days between washes.
My hair has taken a turn – a big turn, one I hadn’t realized I needed – for the better. My fine, straight hair became fuller and oh-so-shiny. My shedding (which was atrocious before, but I was so used to it I hardly noticed. Seriously, there’d be such a thick ball of hair in the drain after washing and conditioning that by the time my shower was over, there’d be a couple inches of standing water in the tub) has decreased DRASTICALLY. Like, really drastically. And, like I’d hoped, I can now go four days before any sign of greasiness, five days with a quick rinse (just water) in between. The time-line pic below shows what five days looks like for me, starting with wet, shower fresh hair, and ending with less-fresh-lets-toss-it-into-a-braid hair on day five.
Lauren at ES mentions that month one is kindof a sweet spot for No Poo-ers (gag, this name!), and that many people experience their hair becoming brittle after a month, or developing dandruff. I haven’t had that problem yet, so going to continue No Poo-ing for another month or two to see if those symptoms develop. My guess is that for some people, the baking soda is too harsh; maybe it will turn out I’m one of those folks. In the meantime, though, I’m LOVING my full, shiny, non-shedding head of hair.
What are your thoughts? How do you ‘Poo? Does the idea of forgoing the traditional bottle of suds freak out you, or is it something you could see yourself embracing?