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The No Poo Movement – Why and How to Avoid Daily Shampoo Use

There is no shortage of people who claim that they absolutely HAVE to wash their hair daily because it gets too oily otherwise.  But did you know that washing it every day could potentially be the cause of the excess oil? Enter the No Poo Movement.

The science behind the vicious shampoo and sebum cycle is pretty straight forward:  The sebaceous glands in your scalp are triggered to produce more sebum, or oil when they sense the hair drying out.  Think of them as a built-in conditioning mechanism.  Now when you over-wash your hair, you dry it out.  So by over-washing, you’re signaling to your glands to produce more oil.  The excess oil then requires you to wash more often.  Could there be a way to avoid daily hair washing AND avoid oily hair?

The No Poo Movement- Avoid Daily Shampoo Use

I first heard mumblings of the No Poo Movement years ago but didn’t have the guts to try it until recently.  If you’re unfamiliar with this theory, it is the idea that by washing the hair less often, and with a shampoo alternative such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar, you will achieve happier, healthier hair without the need for daily shampooing.  There are a few reasons I wanted to give it a try:

  1. I’m lazy and hate washing/styling my own hair frequently.
  2. I was looking to reduce the number of harmful chemicals that I’m exposed to.
  3. I’m on mat leave and feel incredibly guilty spending as much as I do on high-end shampoo and conditioner.
  4. Did I mention I hate washing/styling my own hair?

We Put the No Poo Movement to the Test

The “No-Poo Movement” was the solution to all of this!  While slightly skeptical, I gave it a shot.  After spending a lot of time researching different recipes and methods, this is what I settled on:

Wash:  I created a paste with baking soda and water.  I applied it to my wet hair from roots to ends, leaving it on for several minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Rinse:  I mixed 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar with 1.5 cups of water in a spray bottle.  I would saturate my hair, leave it on for several minutes, comb my hair with a wide-tooth comb or pick, and then rinse with cool water.

I did this once a week for a month, and am absolutely LOVING the results. Though I do believe it definitely won’t appeal to everyone.

Pros and Cons to consider

PRO – The products are completely natural.

CON – While applying the vinegar rinse, it will smell like you got into a fight with a salad bar and lost.

PRO – It is incredibly cost-efficient.

CON – It REALLY stinks.  Ok, it isn’t anything excessively foul, just a very concentrated vinegar smell.

PRO – While it will stink when applying the vinegar mixture, the smell is gone as soon as you rinse it out.

PRO – It will leave your hair really shiny and silky.

CON – Your hair will be very tangly when wet. A lot of care and patience is required to comb it out without damaging it.  Trust me, your efforts will be rewarded with silky, luscious locks.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the No Poo Movement.  Whether you are looking to save time or money, cut out harsh chemicals from your life, or you just want to try something new, I urge you to give it a try.  Please note that it can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to retrain your sebaceous glands to stop overproducing oil, so if it still feels oily at first, be strong friends!  You will get there.  Is it worth the time and trouble?  Only you can decide that, but I would love to see your comments below!


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Melissa Orlando

Melissa Orlando

Melissa has been following her passion for beauty for over a decade. While specializing in everyday beauty and wedding hair and makeup, Melissa has also worked in Film & Television. In 2015, she was a contestant on The Marilyn Denis Show’s Search For The Next Hair Expert. In November 2016, Melissa and her husband David […]

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