Is your hair completely lifeless and limp, full of residue from all the hair care products you've used over the weeks, months, or even years? If yes, then the "no poo" hair method is definitely for you. I discovered this method about a year ago and decided it was time to share it with all of you, in case you hadn't heard of it yet.
My hair is extremely fine. Its not the nice kind of fine that is light as air and nice and bouncy. Its extremely slick and oily. When its freshly clean its super silky and soft, but its almost slippery. It doesn't hold a curl and is extremely hard to style. I have to wash it every day in order for it to not look like an oil slick. That is until I tried this method. Ive been using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates my whole life, and my hair just cant handle it. These products are the reason my hair cannot handle going a day unwashed. The sulfates in your shampoo strip all the natural oils from your hair, leaving your scalp to work overtime producing oil to nourish your strands. So while your hair looks clean one moment, the extra work your body is doing to combat being stripped of oil makes it extremely greasy the next. If you have extra fine hair like myself, this wont go unnoticed. Add that together with gels, hairsprays, root lifters, all the products in your arsenal that contain silicones, and your hair is a clogged up mess.
To fix this issue, one could easily switch to a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. This, however, wont get rid of the buildup right off the bat. So why not start with a clean slate? That's where the "no poo" method comes in using products you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards. First grab some baking soda and some apple cider vinegar. Now get naked and get in the shower. Seriously, that's all you need. Well, I lied, you'll need a cup too. Warning, you'll have to go a week or so without using hairspray or other styling products.
First off, grab a decent sized cup, about the size of a red solo cup, and fill with water, and a tablespoon of baking soda and mix. Make sure not to overdue it on the baking soda because is extremely drying and you don't want to completely dry out your tresses. Poor the baking soda and water mixture over your hair and gently rub through your hair. Don't bunch your hair on top of your head, keep hair as it falls naturally. Rinse.
Next, to bring some moisture back to your hair, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix with another cup full of water. Pour down your hair at the scalp and again gently rub in. Then rinse. Don't worry the gross vinegar smell will rinse right out!
That's it! When you get out of the shower, use a wide tooth comb to detangle and style as usual. I usually air dry my hair, but that's easy to say for someone with a completely stick straight mane. Continue this process for about a week to 10 days. Then you can start using a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner combo. I'm sure there are better options out there but Ive grown fond of Loreal EverPure, and when my hair needs an extra boost of moisture, Ill use the EverSleek Deep Conditioning Mask. No other shampoo and conditioner team has left my hair extensions so soft and manageable, so I don't have to replace them nearly as often! Bonus! Let me know what you guys think about this hair method and if you plan on giving it a try, or have already taken the plunge! TTFN!