I've started the no poo method and no, this has nothing to do with the toilet! Instead of washing my hair with traditional shampoo and conditioner I'll be using only vinegar and baking soda for three weeks. I've given friends and family fair warning that I may look and smell a little off over the next month.
According to conversations with others, the no poo method takes about 3 weeks for your hair to stop looking like an oil sick and begin to shine and flow beautifully. When we wash our hair with conventional shampoo it strips the hair dry,we then add conditioner to artificially coat our hair to make it smooth and voluminous. Presumably, this is hard on our hair while we also expose ourselves to various VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the shampoo and conditioner from synthetic perfumes and chemicals. Oddly enough, those aren't the reasons I'm turning my head into a volcano science experiment.
Why am I choosing to ditch conventional hair products?
Over the last few months I have tried many shampoos and they have all been irritating my skin. One product caused my entire back to feel like it was on fire! Others have been giving me pimples on my scalp, disgusting! I could probably shell out some serious change for an organic, natural hair product, but I'm just not willing to waste money that could be spent on nourishing food, or something else on my hair. The cost of apple cider vinegar by the gallon is crazy cheap! So is baking soda in bulk. Plus, I can easily stock up on these supplies and not need to worry about getting to the store because I'm running out of expensive shampoo.
I used two plastic mason jars, typically what I freeze bone broth in, and filled them with baking soda and apple cider vinegar (ACV). This week I am using Braggs Organic Raw ACV because its what I have on hand.
I wet my hair and rubbed the baking soda in to my scalp and my long hair. I then poured some of the ACV over my hair and made a volcano! Okay, not really, but I loved the fizzy feeling. Some days when I shower I rinse the baking soda first, then pour over the ACV. I think either is fine.
Make sure that all of the soda is out of your hair, but you don't need to rinse the ACV completely, though I have been.
|Date night hair!|
I am inviting you to join me on my no poo challenge. Sign up for my updates and follow me on my hopefully clean journey to healthy, natural hair! If you decide to take part, post in the comments and let me know how its going! Also, send me photos of your beautiful or greasy hair and I'll include your photo and progress on my blog. mrsflickinger at gmail dot com.
And a part of Thank Your Body Thursday, Natural Mother's Network Seasonal Celebration