Updated: Jun 24, 2022
A few years ago I’ve heard of the No Poo Method for the first time. I decided to try it, but it was going very wrong. My hair was so oily, that it looked like that I slapped a whole pot of styling product in it. It wasn’t manageable at all. It was horrible, but now I understand that I didn’t do it very well. I have to admit that I wasn’t very well prepared. No wonder that I failed. Today I’m Shampoo free since the 15th of January (2021) and my hair is nicer than ever! In this blogpost I will tell you how I did it.
A little background story of my hair type as I base this blogpost on my own hair. My hair is long, straight and reasonably thick. It is also always a little fizzy. Not crazy fizzy, but let’s say that it’s natural volume. My hair got oily on the 3rd/4th day after washing, but it was also very dry in the ends and I always had split ends as well.
I really wanted to have a good biodegradable shampoo and conditioner, so I was able to use it on my vanlife travels. I’ve tried lots of shampoo/conditioner bars, but they just didn’t work for my hair. My hair felt dry, knotty and it wasn’t manageable at all. The last few years I used the ‘Love, Beauty & Planet’ shampoo and conditioner. They worked quite well for my hair, but they are not 100% biodegradable. I also still had dry and split ends. No matter how many hair masks I’ve tried. It feels nice and soft when you rinse it out, but afterwards I really can’t see and feel a big difference. I thought that as shampoo bars and hair masks didn’t really work for my hair, the No Poo Method wouldn’t work for me at all. The opposite was true! Turns out, I love it!
Don’t just stop using shampoo and conditioner and replace it with just water, like I did the first time. It’s not going to work, I promise. I always washed my hair around 2 times a week, but now I wash it once every 1-2 months, with rinses in between. Before I started the No Poo Method, I did a hair detox. You hair is depending on your usual shampoo/conditioner. Sadly there are so many chemicals and unnatural ingredients in shampoo that it is actually harming your hair and scalp and as soon as you want to use 100% natural products, it looks like your hair is not appreciating it. This was also the reason why the shampoo bars didn’t work for me. I wanted to take it a step further and decided to stop using any shampoo all together. Only natural and as simple as possible. This is what I’m doing now. Let’s get into it.
To detox your hair off all chemicals use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The goal is to regain the balance of your hair’s natural oils. This is why I don’t recommend using baking soda for longer than 6 weeks, because it will eventually make your scalp and hair very dry (the opposite of what you want).
What To Do?
-Take 1 part of baking soda and 3 parts of luke warm water and mix it together. You can use a (empty shampoo) bottle for this.
-Make your hair wet, as you would do normally. Divide the baking soda mixture over your hair with the bottle and massage it onto your scalp (if you have long hair, never bring all your hair up on your head, but always let it hang down). Leave it for about a minute and then rinse it out.
-In the first week you maybe want to wash it with this method 2-3 times in a row, especially if you are someone who used to wash your hair daily and your hair gets oily very quickly.
-When you finished with the baking soda, take 1 part of apple cider vinegar and 5 parts of water. Mix it up in a bottle and divide it over your hair, leave it in for like 2-4 minutes, whilst massaging your scalp and running your fingers through your hair. -Rinse it out thoroughly and dry your hair with a towel very gently. It’s better to just wrap a towel around your head for 15 minutes and then let it air dry afterwards.
-Don’t wash your hair more than 3 times a week and try to do it less every week and go to 1 time a week before the end of 6 weeks.
PS: Once your hair is dried up, you won’t smell the apple cider vinegar anymore.
WASHING YOUR HAIR
After your 6 week detox, you need something to wash your hair with. Especially in the beginning, depending on your hair type, you will notice that your hair gets oily in a way that it might be less easy to manage. For this I recommend light rye flour and apple cider vinegar. I found light rye flour works best, as it won’t get doughy/stretchy.
What To Do?
-Mix some light rye flour with water and make it into a paste. In the beginning or when you didn’t wash your hair for a while, you might need enough to wash your hair 2 times. It will take you a while to see how much exactly you will need. Experiment!
-Make your hair wet, as you would do normally. Divide the flour paste over your hair. Make sure that you divide it well, especially on your scalp as well. Gently massaging your scalp during this process is very much recommended as well. It will help your hair to release natural oils.
-After rinsing it out, do the apple cider vinegar rinse and dry it as I described it above.
Rinsing Every time you have been sweaty (after the gym, an intense day etc.) make sure that you rinse your hair. It's best to do it straight away, but if that is not possible, just do it in the evening or as soon as you have the chance. Every time you sweat it builds up on your scalp and this is what gives you an itchy scalp and dirty hair. If you just rinse your hair a few times a week like this (you could use apple cider vinegar rinse once a week if you want) you will keep on top of it and delay another wash. Last but not least. The quality of water that you use is very important. The more natural the water (fresh water; a lake or a river for example) the better (the more minerals it contains and how softer the water is). Quality water doesn't only make a difference internally, but also externally. You do not always have access to quality water, but if you do, use it!
Greasy Hair & Products
When our hair gets a little oily, we label it as dirty. We are so used to this and have been conditioned by the beauty product industry (and society) into thinking our hair is dirty when it’s not soft and silky. The oil is nothing more then your hair’s natural way to stay healthy though. I recommend, especially in the beginning, using a clean wooden comb to spread the natural oils.
You often notice that when you wash your hair a lot (with shampoo), it gets oily very quickly. It’s your hair/body trying hard to maintain itself. Instead we keep washing these oils away, making our scalp dry and making it worse. We shouldn’t wash it away as soon as it gets a little oily. We should be proud of our body working so amazingly. Don’t let society bully you into something that is bad for your body/hair. This also goes for using other products. If you really want to use a little bit of product, just divide a tiny bit of coconut oil into the ends, but you will notice that when you won’t do this, your hair will be fine with just its own oil (it will take a little while though, don’t give up).
Like I’ve said in the beginning, I always had a problem with dry and split ends, but since I’m using the No Poo Method, my hair feels better than ever and I almost don’t have split ends anymore. I really recommend the No Poo Method! Have you ever tried it? Or will you now? Please tell me about your experience.