No-poo is a slang term for washing your hair without shampoo. You may choose to do it because the ingredients in shampoo can be toxic to you or the environment or just because it leaves your hair more natural and healthy.
To begin, assemble your ingredients. The first few times it is helpful to put everything together out of the shower and bring it in with you. Once you have a routine you can just bring the ingredients and put it together as you bathe. Continue reading “How to No-Poo”
Scratch your head; but don’t draw blood! If you see white under your fingernails, you have scratched off sebum. A gland next to our hair follicles produce sebum naturally as a method for helping to protect the hair itself and the scalp. Sebum is a waxy ester; similar to ear wax (ew, I know). When you strip off the subum, you are destroying the scalp’s natural defense mechasim.
If you don’t have subum most likely you are washing your hair too much. Try to wash your hair less. In the past people would wash their hair only once a month or every two weeks. To clean their hair they would brush their hair daily with a boar’s hair brush or another natural bristle brush. The brush helps clean any debris out of your hair and redistrubutes the natural oils.
What exactly does that mean? It is actually the “slang” team for washing your hair without shampoo. Yes, it is actually something people do!
I was first introduced to the concept a few years ago but never tried it. At the time I wasn’t ready to actually stop using my chemical-laden shampoo even if it would be one more step towards natural living. Last year I met a woman who had gone no-poo because of an allergies. Her hair was similar to mine both in length and texture, and her hair looked great. She was my inspiration to stop using shampoo. Continue reading “Gonna Wash That ‘Poo Right Outa My Hair”