I decided to stop using shampoo because commercially made hair washes/shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils which makes your scalp produce more oil which in turn makes you rely more heavily on soaps and shampoos to clean it and conditioners to replenish it. I'm hoping my natural oils will make my naturally curly hair fuller, healthier, happier and prettier... this is my journey to being "no-poo"!
Here are a few ideas to help you get through those first few days or weeks…
deep-condition your hair with a non-oil conditioner. You could try fresh aloe-vera gel mix with honey, or how about using a beaten egg, maybe you’d prefer mashed banana… the possibilities are endless.
apply a tiny (I mean teensy–tiny) amount of coconut or jojoba oil to your hair after it has been washed and is dry. Simply add a few drops to your palms, rub your hands together until there is just a light sheen on your hands, and then run your hands through your hair, avoiding the roots. NOTE: Coconut oil has a fatty acid that penetrates the hair shaft the deepest and provides the greatest benefit. Jojoba oil is most like our natural sebum and is great for hair and skin, but does not penetrate as deeply as coconut oil.
allow your hair to dry naturally – using heated styling products will dry the hair out even more.
wear your hair up, pull it back, or try wearing a hat or scarf.
What if my hair goes oily?
It’s possible that you might end up with oily hair rather than the straw-like texture during your transition phase. Here are a few tips to dealing with it…
between no-poo washes, try a hot-water wash. It’s as easy as it sounds – simply wash your hair with the hottest water you can stand (don’t burn yourself!), then dry.
increase the amount of baking soda you use when you wash your hair by 1/4.
decrease the amount of vinegar in your conditioning solution by 1/2.
switch from apple cider vinegar, if using, to plain white vinegar.
remember, don’t apply your vinegar solution to the roots of your hair.
remember to rinse, rinse, rinse.
try using a dry shampoo, and I don’t mean any of that spray-can rubbish! Blondes and red-heads, use corn starch or arrowroot powder on your roots and brush through. This will absorb the excess oil. Brunettes, use coco-powder as you might find that corn starch or arrowroot leave your hair looking “grey”.
My scalp’s all itchy and flaky!
If you find that your scalp starts to get itchy and flaky, try the following…
decrease the amount of baking soda you are using
be sure you are rinsing the baking soda completely from your hair
do a scalp rinse with your vinegar solution to condition your scalp