The No Poo Shampoo Method For Amazing Hair
It's hard to believe it's been 5 months since I took my pixie plunge! I was so happy to have gotten my cute little no-fuss haircut. It was super-easy to style, and just what I needed as a busy mother of two.
I've having a blast growing out a pixie cut, and have even managed to grow out my hair for the past 5 months without so much as a trim... while keeping it low-maintenance, fun and healthy.
First and foremost, I've kept split ends away by skipping days between washes. Technically this isn't "no poo" - which is not using shampoo ever, I do find that it has amazing benefits for my hair.
Why Go No Poo?
While we tend to associate shampooing with healthy hair, the truth is that shampooing does more harm than good.
Shampoo strips your hair of the natural oils that keep it healthy and shiny. Our bodies were made to take care of themselves. In fact, just 100 years ago, it was common for women to only wash their hair once a month... or even less often!
In 1908, many “hair specialists recommend the shampooing of the hair as often as every two weeks, but from a month to six weeks should be a better interval if the hair is in fairly good condition” (emphasis added). In other words, the gradual build up of soils both natural and from the environment over the course of two or more weeks clearly necessitates the ritual, if only because less demanding hair care products were only just emerging." - http://www.randomhistory.com/2008/07/19_shampoo.html
How To Start Going No Poo
If you'd like healthier hair, I suggest starting out by skipping one day between your shampoos. Your hair might feel oily at first, but it will start to produce less oil. Gradually build up how many days between your shampoos. Not only will you be exposing your body to fewer harsh chemicals, but your hair will feel better than it has your entire life.
Right now, I skip 3-4 days between shampooing my hair. After that, it starts to feel greasy, and I wash it. Your hair is made to adjust it's oil production, so the less you wash your hair, the less oil it will produce.
While you're starting out, or when you're creating longer intervals between washes, it's nice to have some "dry shampoo" or cornstarch handy. I used to dab a blush brush in cornstarch & dab it on my roots to absorb excess oil.
I'm becoming better at embracing my unique hair, and prefer to wear it a bit messy. Here's me... 5 months after my pixie cut, and without having a trim. I haven't shampooed my hair for three days. It was roughly blow-dried from the day before... but after having slept in it, and it got a bit rough. I popped on one of Ariana's baby headbands, and was ready to start the day. Hair doesn't get much more low-maintenance than this!
When you do wash your hair, be sure it's with a sulfate-free shampoo.Since you're washing your hair much less, it's a great item to splurge on. :)
What's your favorite way to wear your hair? Leave a comment. :)