I AM STILL NO 'POO! See my follow up here. :)
Why Should (Or Shouldn't) You Switch?
What makes using baking soda, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar different?
You may want to make the No 'Poo switch if...
- You have combination hair—oily roots and dry ends.
- You have curly or wavy hair that tends to be frizzy and lacks definition.
- You bleach your hair or otherwise over-process it (constant straightening/curling/blow-drying).
- You have coarse hair.
- You have to wash your hair daily.
- You have dandruff, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis (or sebopsoriasis).
- You want to be a little more environmentally-friendly—imagine all of the shampoo and conditioner bottles you have used in your lifetime and how many more you will use in the future! Reduce/Recycle/Reuse. ;)
- You want to save money. Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda are probably things you already have in your kitchen. Essential oils are incredibly multi-useful and, so long as you choose the right ones, a whole bottle can last you up to a year and a half.
- You want to eliminate chemicals and anything that isn't natural from your lifestyle.
- You don't have the spare cash to do hair masks and moisturizing treatments frequently enough to keep up with your dry, frizzy, unmanageable, etc. hair.
You may not want to make the No 'Poo switch if...
- You dye your hair (not bleach/lighten, but change the color or shade). I'm not sure whether it would affect permanent hair dye, but any dye that is designed to fade over time (semi- and demi-permanent—which, to my understanding, are best to use since you won't be left with a harsh line where it grows out and you decide to do touch ups or a new color) will be lightened significantly by the baking soda. The henna streaks I did in my hair a few weeks after starting the no 'poo regimen are still there, but they don't seem as vibrant as they were originally. Keep in mind I've been washing with baking soda for five months, though, so I'd say the henna has held up very well.
- You can't get over the fact that this doesn't lather like your current shampoo.
- You fear that you will become vain over your vivacious hair. ;)
- What you're doing is working for you. Why fix what's not broken?
My Reason For Switching
My washing routine since going no 'poo is now more like this:
Day 1 After Washing: Soft, shiny, clean hair AND scalp!
(Un-styled hair—and messy living room—in photos.)
(I slept with my hair in braids, so my hair has a different kink to it; doing that also tends to make my ends look a little scruffy. :P To make up for that, though, I was extra smiley since I was pumped for the Metric concert I was about to go to!)
Day 3: Soft, shiny, clean hair AND scalp.
(I cheated on this one since I fell asleep super early on day three, haha. This is the morning of the fourth day which is why it has much nicer lighting than the rest of these pics! I brushed through my hair with a boar bristle brush the night of day 2, but accidentally slept with my hair in a ponytail the night of day 3, so this is about fifteen minutes after letting it out the morning of day 4. [Sorry, complicated.] Notice the lack of a ponytail dent? All thanks to no 'poo!)
Day 4: Soft, shiny, clean hair and slightly oily scalp/roots.
(I had just pulled my hair out of my ponytail, that's why there's a dent.)
Day 5: *Usually* Ponytail or Washing Days
(For whatever reason, my hair LOOKS clean in these pics, but it definitely didn't FEEL clean when I took them; so take whatever you can from that, haha! If I had left my stringy bangs in my face, you'd be able to tell it was dirty. XP Sorry about the poor photo quality. I was too lazy to take better pics, haha. I edited them as well as I could.)
No 'Poo "Shampoo":
No 'Poo "Conditioner":
What To Expect:
- A boar bristle brush. You know how you hear about the old beauty trick to "brush your hair with 100 strokes per night?" That's from before our detergent-like-shampoo times. A brush with natural bristles will help to distribute the newfound oils on your roots all the way down to the ends of your hair!
- A shower cap. If you're like me, you'll find that you won't have to wash your hair for a good five days after washing. Chances are, you'll still want to shower sometime in there! I, personally, hate the feeling of getting my hair wet in the shower but not actually washing it. My hair always feels more dirty coming out of the shower than when I went in. Maybe I'm just crazy, though. :P