Wednesday, July 9, 2014

To 'Poo or Not to 'Poo

Mindful Echo is in a hairy situation.

There have been a few other Boothers who have tried to go no 'poo over the years. You can read their stories here and here. It's been something I've wanted to try for a while now....and I've come close but never quite gone all the way.

If you're not familiar, it's basically a matter of switching out your conventional shampoo for baking soda and, eventually, just water for washing. It sounds quite simple in theory.

My struggle with the concept is that my hair gets oily fast. Like, by day two. I can put it up in a ponytail or bun and it's no big deal, but by day three, it starts being more difficult to hide. My other issue is that my scalp gets itchy if I don't wash it for a couple of days (and even when I do). These issues are most likely related to the harsh shampoo I'm using and on which I've become dependent. See? I'm trapped in a cycle! Help!

I was hoping to ease into the process by switching to some diluted Dr. Bronners castile soap. Well, that was a huge mistake. I tried using a little and I tried using a lot. I even tried rinsing with cider vinegar. No matter how I changed it up, my hair was left feeling heavy and muddy and not clean at all.


If anyone can let me know what I was doing wrong with that, I'm all ears.

Since the warm summer has finally reached my neck of the woods, I've been taking advantage of some good beach time. On those days, I don't bother to shower or wash my hair at all. Even still, my record is 5 days before shampooing, then I'm back in the loop again.

I know it's an excuse, but I'd like to think that if I didn't have to work and look presentable professionally, I would just bite the bullet and wait out the weeks of greasy hair to get the end product that I desire.

What do you think though? Those of you who are off the 'poo, is it worth it?


Green Bean said...

Looking forward to seeing what people think. I've never tried to go no poo. I gave up conditioner for a couple years and used apple cider vinegar instead. My hair became very dry and brittle so I'm back on everything.

Kasi S. said...

I too suffer from the oiliness, itchiness, and (worst of all) self-consciousness about my hair in a professional environment, so I understand and wish you luck in finding the right balance for you.
I have tried no-poo and enjoyed it, but over time it made my hair very dry, so I started alternating with regular products and ended up going back to them completely.
My eco-conscious choice instead has been to gradually acclimate my body to showering less often. I will say this is far easier to do in winter than in summer! Perhaps counter-intuitively, I would recommend you avoid cleansing shampoos, since they often strip the oils so much that they stimulate your scalp to produce more. I started showering every other day in the winter, and it took a while to get used to that, but oil production adjusted. Now I shower every 3-4 days unless I've been very active, and when I shower more often I only rinse my hair. My oil production adjusted over time so that the oiliness (and itchiness) level I used to see after 24 hours now shows up around day 3 or 4.

Stephanie said...

Natural soaps can leave a film on your hair. My stylist told me to use baking soda with the natural shampoos every couple of washes to remove the build up. I used to fully no-poo, baking soda wash and acv rinse, but now I usually use trader joe's shampoo (tea tree oil tingle?) with baking soda and the acv rinse. I do have short hair though. When I had long hair I used a de-tangler too.

EMMA said...

I've got oily hair too which I need to wash every two days - I tried the baking soda method and found it to work really well short term but after a few months my hair got very dry. Back to mild shampoo's now!

Christy said...

I'm one of those people who is very fortunate in that I went no poo with baking soda and acv and had no adjustment period, and I've never looked back. In fact, when I use even natural shampoo products I notice the difference, and when I have used conventional shampoos my scalp reacts negatively with an itchy rash. Then again I have always only washed my hair once or twice a week. Sorry I have no suggestions. Good luck.


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