Growing up, most of us were taught to wash our hair a few times a week or every other day. Some may even have done this every day. But recently, a trend has started called the “No Poo” Method, which eliminates shampoo altogether. Shampoo only became popular in the 1970s, intended to clean your hair while conditioner softens and detangles it. But for many of us, shampoo leaves us with excess buildup and strips our hair of its essential oils.
I am one of those people who has greasy hair, even after I’ve washed it. But I’ve recently stopped washing my hair more than once or twice per week. I still shower regularly, but don’t wash my hair. Instead, I spray it with dry shampoo. While we are not professionals in health or hair care, here are a few recommendations from around the web as well as my own personal experiences.
While called the “No Poo” Method, this system doesn’t always eliminate shampoo but rather replaces it with more natural ingredients. Reading your shampoo label gives you an idea of how many chemicals goes into it. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are popular alternatives (although some people say to avoid the baking soda- do some research as we’re not experts), as is just plain water. Natural shampoos and solid shampoo bars can also be good bridging products. Simply lather these items in your hair like you would shampoo before rinsing it out. You don’t have to do it every day, but a couple times a week should suffice. Best of all, you probably already have these items around your house and if not, it won’t cost much.
How to Keep Hair Clean
It may take a while for you to get used to not using shampoo at all. It’s all about letting your hair go back to its natural state and reset. Sometimes you’ll have dandruff or have some sort of “purging”, but after a few months it will balance out. Hormonal changes may also affect this.
“No poo” methods include apple cider vinegar as well as honey, aloe vera gel and probiotics like kefir and kombucha. Diluted Castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s will also do the trick, but here is a list of a few more.
Brushing is also important so that you distribute your oil throughout the hair, working as a natural conditioner all while ridding excess build-up on your scalp.
Applications for Travelers
The good news for travelers is that it’s one less thing to pack!
If you’re not quite at the no product level, you may still benefit by bringing less as you’ll train your hair to require fewer actual washes. Get some reusable toiletry bottles and tubs for you to put your “no poo” alternatives in. The mixed pack from Nalgene offers bottles in multiple size. You can put liquids in some and powders in others.
It’s great for travelers who don’t always have time to wash their hair every day.
Do you follow the “no poo” method? How has it impacted your travels?