Reader Questions: the “no poo” method.
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What do you think of the “no-poo” method?
First things FIRST.
Can we please, PLEASE, come up with a new name for this little idea?
I know it’s short for “no shampoo” but c’mon. Do you really want to be chatting with your girlfriends about how you are trying out this new “no ‘poo” method?
It just doesn’t sound right. Tell me I’m not alone in this.
What about shampoo-free? Or even Sham-free? Just throwing out some options.
So here’s the “no poo” method if you aren’t familiar:
It’s a method of washing your hair without using shampoo. Typically, users create a concoction of baking soda and vinegar to “scrub their scalp clean”, and then do not follow up with conditioner. The argument is that vinegar is a natural hydrator so there is no need to apply conditioner. Also, if you aren’t removing excess oil from your scalp by using shampoo, your hair won’t be as dry.
It’s a natural, gentle way to clean your scalp and hair.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of time for your scalp to re-adjust to this new method. You may feel excessively oily at first, but it could possibly balance out with time.
It’s not vastly different than the concept of waiting a few days between shampooing. And with some women (men too) your scalp may normalize any seemingly overactive sebaceous glands.
So what do I think of it?
I think it’s fine. As long as your hair is being cleaned a fair amount and hydrated enough, it shouldn’t be a problem. Do I think everyone needs to stop washing their hair with shampoo and start “no-pooing”? Not necessarily. Shampoo IN ITSELF is not bad, as long as you aren’t over doing it, and are following it up with a great conditioner.
Can it keep your hair healthy, shiny, and normalize your scalp? Yes. Will it in every case? Probably not. So, if you want to try it, try it. It’s really going to depend on each person, their hair needs, and their body chemistry.