No Shampoo Day One

By Wednesday, October 07, 2009 , , ,

Yesterday I read a blog where the writer talks about her second month going shampoo free. I never knew this was an option! Was her hair greas? No! How could this be so? It is called No Poo (really I did not make up this name, it is short for no shampoo I guess).

So the theory is that shampoo is filled with nasty harsh stuff and not good for your hair and if you eliminate it you wont need as much conditioner or as much product.
So far from what I can tell there are two theories on how to go shampoo free.
The first is to take conditioner and use it like shampoo, rub it a lot and work it in, rinse and that is it. This theory initials that most of the dirt/grease/oil in our hair will be released by just rubbing conditioner and warm water on your hair. I had actually tried this in the past by trying a product line called WEN by Chaz Dean. I ordered it through a tv infomercial after a friend ordered and swore by it (and still does). I personally did not find it conditioned enough for my hair. There are other versions of his products that are supposed to be for more dry and damaged hair, but at the time they were not available her in Canada. THis product is not needed though to use this method, apparently any conditioner will work just as well.
The second method is what I tried last night. Take 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with a cup of warm water (1 cup for every tablespoon used). Rub into your hair (should not feel gritty, should just feel like water), you can pour it on or spray it into the hair. Rub Rub Rub, like shampoo. Rinse. Then take 1-2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix with a cup of water for each tablespoon of vinegar used, apply to hair, rub. Then rinse. That is it. I have read that there is a two week adjustment period where your hair can be greasy. It is supposed to be while your scalp and oils adjust to not being stripped on a daily basis. As well it is recommended to do this process every third day and on the days off to rise you hair with warm water (I guess while you shower).
So how did it work. Well, to be honest I still used conditioner after the cleanse. My hair is simply too dry to live without conditions (at least for now). I must say my hair was CLEAN, super clean, and bouncy. I have never had this much body in my hair. I am sure the process striped my hair of any residue I had which is why it was so bouncy. After the 5 complements I got today (including by a random child that walked by), I would definitely say I would try this again. I will keep you posted on the results.