Before I go into detail about my current haircare routine I have been getting many questions regarding the “No-‘Poo” method (no shampoo) and the benefits of it. I wanted to quickly mention a few things about shampoo’s and conditioners.
Why you shouldn’t use commercial Shampoo: Shampoo was only introduced in the early 20th century — before that, people relied on soap and healthy oils, which can wash hair just as well without removing important oils. Most Shampoos on the market include an array of synthetic and harmful ingredients. Although lather isn’t necessary for a shampoo to clean well, most consumers usually expect their shampoo to lather in order for their hair to “feel clean”. Most liquid shampoos contain synthetic lathering agents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which draws moisture from the skin and can in turn cause dryness and irritation. Most of the chemicals in commercial shampoo’s strip the hair of all the healthy oil your body naturally produces and makes your scalp much more exposed to the chemicals you are putting on it. Remember that your scalp is one of the most absorbent parts of your body. According to one of my favorite books, “No More Dirty Looks“, they state that “The scalp is basically a sponge that sops up whatever you put on it. It’s also your most sensitive skin, and it extends all the way down to your eyes, so it stands to reason we should be extra careful what goes on or near it.”
Washing with Shampoo Bars: Shampoo Bars are typically made from Vegetable based Soaps that are specifically formulated for hair. Vegetable Oils, Vegetable Butters, Essential Oils are extremely beneficial for the hair and scalp and tend to lather quite well, sometimes even better than all-natural liquid shampoos. Shampoo Bars also are compact and easy to travel with and will last quite awhile (longer than commercial or natural liquid shampoos) and you will ultimately be saving money when switching over to Shampoo Bars. If you do not have very dry hair you might not even have to use conditioners anymore which will save you even more money.
To condition or to not condition: It is a very common misconception that one must condition their hair in order to have silky, smooth and manageable hair. This is just not true. Unless you have extremely dry hair (which in that case it is recommended to condition your hair but only a few times a week) you do not need to condition your hair every day, or even at all if you choose. I personally find that when using Shampoo Bars that my hair looks and feels better when I don’t condition. Our hair is made up of natural oils. When you use commercial shampoos these strip our hair of the natural oils that are there for a purpose. If you stop using shampoo and conditioner you will notice over time that when brushing your hair on a daily basis (to evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp) and washing once a week that your hair will be naturally soft and shiny. If you do want to use conditioner here and there you can make a very simple conditioner from equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. I made a blog post about the benefits of apple cider vinegar hair wash as I swear by it. It’s the best conditioner I have ever used. I now use this rinse once a week and it is the only thing that I use to condition my hair aside from the occasional deep conditioning treatment I do (mentioned below).
My Current Hair Care Routine:
I wash my hair with my current Shampoo Bar of choice – the JR Liggets Coconut & Argan Oil Shampoo Bar. I do this only once a week. This bar has made my hair so ridiculously healthy and soft that I do not even need to condition anymore. In between washes I will do my Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to get rid of any build-up throughout the week and to give my hair an added shine and softness. Since I just stopped using liquid shampoo my hair is still getting used to the process of only washing my hair once a week and so if I feel like my hair is greasy I will wash with plain Baking Soda and water. I also like to use the Lulu Organics Hair Powder which helps to get rid of excess oil and also adds some body to the hair! You could also just use Kaolin Clay or Arrowroot Powder to achieve the same effect!
I do a leave-in conditioning treatment once a week. I am currently using the Badger Seabuckthorn Hair Oil. This oil smells amazing and is a wonderful deep treatment for the hair. I leave this on my hair over night and rinse out the next day. I like to do a deep treatment as well (once every few weeks) and for this I love to use my Honey, Egg and Olive Oil Hair Mask or just plain Coconut Oil.
I also brush my hair daily. It is extremely important to brush your hair to evenly distribute the naturals oils from your scalp down to your hair. It will help to make your hair look healthier and feel softer and more healthy!
If you stop washing and conditioning your hair with commercial liquid shampoos, eventually your scalp with restore it’s natural balance and produce the perfect amount of sebum for healthy and beautiful hair.
I will be sure to update on how my hair is responding to my new routine and will also be doing a video.
Have you ever gone “No-‘Poo”? What is your favorite way to wash your hair?
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