The No-Poo Movement

8 Apr

Ok so it sounds worse than it is. Back here, I mentioned that I was going to try no shampoo for the month of March. When I told my mother, she thought I’d lost my mind. Maybe I had, but it seemed like a good idea to me, you know, just to try something different and new.

The no-shampoo thing basically involves using baking soda and water to wash your hair, rather than store bought shampoo, which usually has way too many chemicals. The above photo is of my hair the day after a wash, and straightened out a bit. I still used conditioner, albeit completely organic, but still store bought.

So here’s my thoughts and list of pro’s and cons.

PRO’s:
- It’s a cheap option.
- It actually works. I had my doubts, but this head was not greasy after a wash.
- It felt really nice once it was washed out. You know how it’s usually the shampoo that makes your hair feel gross and the conditioner leaves it feeling soft? Well this felt amazing after washing out and I could have skipped the conditioner, if it wasn’t for my dry hair.
- The baking soda is gritty and gives a good cleaning feeling as you rub it in.
- I can see how it could be a great camping or travel companion.

CON’s:
- I found I needed to use a lot of it to cover my scalp. I do have longer hair but I still went through half a box in a month.
- No foam. I’m still unsure if this is a con, as I know it’s the chemicals that make the foamy stuff, but there is something about a good lather that makes you feel squeaky clean.
- My hair is very dry, and as a result I never needed to wash it much. I found that this method required washing more frequently. I’m not talking everyday, but it was more regularly than I was previously washing it. Again, not sure that it’s a bad thing. I guess it means that the chemicals in the store bought shampoo might have been making my hair dryer.
- I found that it takes longer to wash. I really had to work the gritty soda into all areas of my hair, and if I didn’t use enough, it would need the next wash sooner.

So my conclusion? I’m going back to shampoo! For the simple reason that it’s more convenient to just squeeze it from a bottle and I don’t like to dither about when it comes to beauty stuff. How first world of me right? Well at least I know that if I ever need it, baking soda will always be there for me.