Why You Should Consider the No-Poo Method

What Is No-Poo?
Anyone that knows me personally, knows how obsessed I am with all things natural, from holistic healing to organic and raw diets, beauty products etc. so you can imagine how shocked I was that this "No Poo Method" has been trending for quiet a while without my knowledge, I guess those are the side effects of turning into an actual adult, information travels much slower these days. If you are like me, a little behind on this new "fad", here is what you need to know about the No Poo Method: No Poo stands for No Shampoo or Conditioner for that matter. Now, you may ask yourself, "why in the world would I want to quit using shampoo, who doesn't love the smell and texture of freshly washed hair?" well, here are some reasons why you may consider going "pooless":

Why No-Poo?
1. The chemicals that are found in shampoo and conditioner are not only bad for your hair but also your health.
2. Those same chemicals may irritate and dry your hair and scalp, which causes your scalp to produce more oil than usual.
3. Your body produces the right amount of oil to keep your hair healthy and conditioned without the need to apply additional products
4. Shampoo was introduced in the 1930s, before that people used natural ways to wash their hair, if it wasn't needed then, why would it be now?
5. Apparently, your hair starts looking "fabulous" after only a few weeks of going "No Poo"
6. Some even say that it helps reduce hair loss

How To Quit shamPoo?
Now, before I start preaching about any new products, lifestyle changes, etc. I like to test them on myself, therefore, I did my due diligence by researching the "No Poo Method," and of course ditching my shampoo and conditioner. At this point you are probably thinking, "If I'm not using shampoo, how do I wash my hair," before I go into that let me first say that there are different ways to quit shampoo, some go "cold turkey" and simply start by washing their hair with water only. For me that was a little drastic, and I thought my hair would probably appreciate a more gradual approach:

- First, I said goodbye to my conditioner for about a week. Honestly, this was easier than I thought, I realized that I really didn't need to use conditioner, my hair felt exactly the same. 

- Next, I started using the J.R. Liggett's Shampoo bar, which is made out of olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, spring water, sodum hydroxide (a binder) and essential oils for fragrance. Although this bar smelled great, had no damaging ingredients and lathered like real shampoo I was not a huge fan. My roots looked and felt clean, but the bottom of my hair seemed as if I didn't rinse fully. I heard great reviews, however, personally I was not impressed, you can try this product or go straight to using the next products.

- Finally, I started using some kitchen products that my fellow bloggers suggested - baking soda (you want to get one that is higher in quality) and apple cider vinegar (organic and unfiltered). The instructions are half a cup of baking soda, the other half water; mix the two until the baking soda dissolves, pour the mixture over your hair and start rubbing your scalp until it's clean. Next, mix half a cup of apple cider and the other half water, this mixture will serve as your conditioner. 

My Results
I have been washing my hair without shampoo for almost a month now, the first couple of weeks are the hardest, because your hair is adjusting to the changes and you may feel like your hair gets dirty faster, but if you can stick it out for a while you will notice how shiny and health your hair starts looking and feeling. I am more than pleased and have noticed a huge difference in the way my hair feels and looks. 

If you have tried the No Poo Method yourself, feel free to share your experience with me, I am always open to suggestions. I don't know whether I will end up going back to shampoo after I have given my hair a break or if I will just quit shampoo for good, but I was very curious about this and wanted to try it out, I will have to post an update in a few months, so far I am happy with the results, although I was very skeptical in the beginning.

And, here is some proof that my hair looks completely fine since No-Poo :) 

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