I am a huge Instagram fan! I already took a million pics a day but now Instagram makes it ok to! I follow a lot of people on Instagram too and I kept seeing posts with the hastags #NoPooChallenge or going #NoPoo. The pictures were of women with gorgeous, silky, non-frizzy hair! So I checked out the hashtags and googled it and discovered that these women had given up using shampoo! I was shocked but interested so I did some more research and asked friends on Facebook if anyone had done this before!
After talking to some friends I realized that actually a few of my friends had already given up shampoo! So I asked them a million questions and did a lot of research for about a day and a half! Here's some things I found out:
- Shampoo has all kinds of chemicals in it! Take a look at the back of your shampoo bottle! I don't think I recognized any of the names in the ingredients list!
- Shampoo strips the natural oils from your scalp. That is why your hair looks greasy and oily less than 24 hours or so after washing it. Your body is making more oil to compensate for the oil lost when you shampoo'd it.
- There are two main ways to wash your hair without shampoo- using baking soda and apple cider vinegar and using conditioner only.
- You can't just use any conditioner to wash your hair, but with the right kind, conditioner will cleanse and de-funk your hair, leaving it soft, clean, and less frizzy!
I wasn't sure it would work but I knew that all those women in the Instagram pictures had the most gorgeous hair so I decided it would be worth a try!
It has been exactly one week since I stopped using shampoo and I am loving it! I decided to try the conditioner only method since I didn't have any apple cider vinegar at the time. Everywhere I read said to get a conditioner that was sulfate free, like Suave Naturals or VO5, which is awesome because both of these are super cheap. So I picked up a bottle of Suave Naturals and gave it a try! Now everywhere I read says you will go through a transition period, where your hair will be a little extra oily because it is making the extra oil like usual to compensate for the oil lost when shampooing. They say this transition period can last a few days or a few weeks and not to be alarmed if your hair is like that. I went through this transition period for about 3 days. I just had my sister braid my hair for me so it wasn't as obvious.
After the 3rd day my hair felt so soft, not greasy at all, and not frizzy! I was so excited!
I've continued to use just conditioner when washing my hair for the past week. It's been working great for me so far! A lot of people who go No Poo say they can go days without washing their hair and it doesn't get greasy, but I've had to wash mine pretty much daily, because I work out almost every day and get super sweaty. My hair feels healthy and soft and doesn't get tangles like it used to! I don't have to use any product on my hair like I used to to keep it tangle free and frizz free! I just wash, let it air dry as much as possible, blow dry it the rest of the way, and then style as I want to!
Have you given up shampoo? Or would you ever consider it? Tell me you thoughts! Like I said, I'm not pro but I'll try to answer any questions you have also!