Who Here Has Switched To the 'No-Poo' Method??

Discussion in 'Beauty' started by therizyflapper, May 11, 2012.

  1. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    hello!! :) i have been doing the 'no-poo' cleansing method for over 2 years now, and i love it, since i started using it my hair has been so manageable and healthy and will hold a curl without any heat, or hair product, and it holds for days!! :) and iv found i don't need to wash my hair as often as i use to with normal shampoo, which is awesome for keeping curl sets a long time :) I started wondering if anyone here does this as well, i would also like to know if you have never herd of this method in your life haha I want to here your opinions on this subject! :)
     
  2. magnolia76

    magnolia76 One of the Regulars

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    I've been a hairdresser for the past decade, and I remember when "no poo" was the cool new thing to do. I was introduced to zero lather No Poo Deva Curl Shampoo around 2006-2007, right around the time sulfate free shampoos made it big. We were taught that it was pretty much sulfate free, using larger molecule surfactants (cleaners) to make shampooing gentler. However, and I am not judging you because I haven't tried not washing altogether, but I don't understand why not shampooing at all is appealing. I tell my clients to go as long as they can without washing to keep their hair as naturally healthy as possible, but not to disregard it altogether. Avoiding cleansing your hair can lead to sweat build up, which can cause clogged follicles, which can keep hair from growing properly. This excess build up causes itchiness and dandruff. Your hair holds a curl better now because it is completely coated in oil, thus frizziness is tamed down. I hope you don't mind me saying so, but you did ask for opinions! :)
     
  3. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    Hello sweetie! :) thank you so much for your professional and honest opinion :) honesty is always appreciated with me :) I do cleans my hair but i just don't use shampoo :) I do know people who just water wash and like it , but that doesn't work as good for me hahaha :) so my normal "shampoo" and hair rinse is 1 TBSP baking soda to 1 cup water for the "shampoo" and 1TBSP Apple cider vinegar plus 1 cup of water as my conditioning hair rinse :) hahaha and it may shock allot of people but it really does clean my hair and keep it light-wight and voluminous and extremely shiny without adding extra oils or stripping my hair of it natural oils :) thank you again for you honest opinion :) honesty is always welcome :)
     
  4. Flicka

    Flicka One Too Many

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    I use the 'noo poo' method too. I wash my hair every other day with a light conditioner and once every 1.5 weeks with conditioner and baking soda, followed by a rinse with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

    For me, the upside is that my hair is never greasy anymore. I used to look like I'd combed olive oil into my scalp after a day but slowly my hair has kind of settled. The funny thing is that when I used schampoo a while back my hair immediately became greasy again and it took a week or so for it to go back to normal (and yes, I've tried every brand on the market, more or less).

    The conditioner is enough to keep it fresh and the baking soda is actually a lot better than schampoo for getting rid of residue from styling products. I haven't noticed that it holds curls better; the only difference is the roots are no longer greasy and the ends aren't brittle and dry. It just feels clean (and smells like raspberries from the conditioner). I also used to get the occasional outbreak of acne on my scalp, but not anymore.

    To me it's not about not washing my hair, but using alternatives to schampoo that works better for me than schampoo - for some reason.
     
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  5. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    hello deary! :) yes i completely agree with every word you just said, hahaha i actually had the same thing happen where my hairdresser convinced me to let her use shampoo on me that one time, and after that my hair was greasy for about 1 to 1 1/2 weeks hahaha. and with the breakouts thing i had experienced sort-of the same thing before i switched to 'no poo', but i broke out around my hair hairline and on my forehead haha but one i switched to 'no poo' it cleared up completely :) and i love how it keeps my scalp healthy haha head n shoulders have nothing on the power if baking soda haha :) I'm so happy to see someone else enjoys this lovely method as much as i do :)
     
  6. MarieAnne

    MarieAnne Practically Family

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    I did CO washing for a few months last summer. While my hair was silky and extremely manageable, it had lost it's ability to hold a curl. I now wash with Suave Naturals hair conditioner almost everyday, and once a week I do a shampoo. I might start going longer between shampoos. I'll see how my hair likes it. I definitely need to do occasional shampoos, otherwise my hair gets too flat and heavy.
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Is this a difference between men and women? (Genuine question) Back when I still had hair (approaching six years ago), if I didn't wash it every day you could have fried an egg in it...
     
  8. Flicka

    Flicka One Too Many

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    But... Did you wash it with baking soda? :)
     
  9. magnolia76

    magnolia76 One of the Regulars

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    Ahh that sounds better! I thought you weren't washing at all! :) I would think the baking soda and vinegar would break up any build up and balance the pH. I always like to learn something new! Maybe I'll try it over the summer, in the south your hair never really dries in the heat anyway...haha!
     
  10. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Noooo..... just the cheapest big bottle of supermarket own-brand shampoo I could find..... I'm sure that's got nothing to do with why I went bald...
     
  11. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

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    No, I wash my hair everyday, too. If not, it feels dirty, greasy, and gross. And smelly. It gets heavy and uncurl-able, too. :(
     
  12. therizyflapper

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    Hello sweetie! Hmmmmmmmm well this sounds like your hair is just not able to adjust, :) when you wash your hair with conditioner it can create build-up, which soon in time makes your hair go flat and heave and loose the ability to hold a curl, my suggestion if you want to go longer between cleanings is to switch to the "no-poo' method, which is 1TBSP baking soda plus one cup water and that is your 'shampoo' and then your conditioning hair rinse is 1TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar plus one cup water :) but the trick is to stick with it, if you are going to do the natural cleansing methods you cant go back and forth between them because your hair needs to be able to adjust and it could take about two weeks because your hair will detox itself because suave especially has allot of harmful ingredients that you body will try to rid its-self of when you stop using it :) but trust me once your hair adjusts to the new method it will be manageable and hold a curl better and go much longer between washings :) the reason you experience the need to shampoo is because your hair is going back and forth between pure and chemicals and that throws off its PH and which makes your hair over produce oils :) so like i said just try to stick to the one method and don't stray from it, even if you hair dresses says "oh let me use shampoo this one time, it wont make a difference".... because if you let that happen your hair will need to adjust all over again and that can be discouraging to say the least haha so remember, when you switch, stick to it to the fullest and don't stray away from it, you will be happy with the results i promise :) i hope this helped deary! :)
     
  13. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    hello Edward!! :) umm everyone is different haha, back when i did use real shampoo i did have to wash my hair every day or else it would be super oil slick by the second day hahaha and the same was for my boyfriend, but now we both use the no- poo and his hair can now go a good amount of time between washings now without looking dirty at all :) Shampoo and mess up the PH of your hair which can create over production of oil, which in turn means having to wash your hair more often. but when you use something that is mild but still cleansing like the 'no-poo' method its keeps your hair clean but doesn't mess up the PH and strip out the natural oils, because when you strip away your natural oils your body will try to produce it faster to keep up with the loss. the only difference i can say between men and women is the face that the real shampoo on the markets for men are much harsher and chemical filled because they think your 'tougher' so it can handle it, which i think is stupid and unfair haha but all the extra chemicals in the men's products can really mess up your bodies PH balance. I hope that helped somewhat :)
     
  14. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    hello sweetie!! :) I see where you are coming from, because back when i did use real shampoo i couldn't ever go a day without washing without it being completely greasy, gross, and wouldn't hold a style for the life of itself haha, but like i said when i switched to the 'no-poo' method that all turned around haha i can go a really good amount of time between washings now, and it still looks like i had just washed my hair that day :)
     
  15. sadkinson

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    I used to wash my hair everyday because it was incredibly greasy if I didn't. Once I started experimenting with vintage hairstyles I started trying to go longer between washings since styling requires so much effort. So far I have only been washing once per week and I am liking the results, but I am still using a conventional shampoo. I am now inspired to try baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead! I will say that I think washing less often has definitely improved the look of my styles, but I think it is because styling buildup really supports subsequent styling very well.
     
  16. Retro_GI_Jane

    Retro_GI_Jane One of the Regulars

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    I have been doing the no poo method for a few months now. I think it was easier for me because I gradually started skipping washings while using up my store bought shampoo, so that "transition period" I keep reading so much about has been next to nill. It's been a trial and error process for me because I have hard water but once I started using distilled water to mix my baking soda up with, it has been much better to figure out the next steps to find the right balance for my hair. I do feel my hair is better off, much more manageable and holds my wet sets better. I'm currently at washing my hair twice a week but still trying to find a good balance that doesn't leave my ends feeling so dry by the time I need to wash again.

    Edward, my husband made the decision to start using baking soda in his hair and he mostly sports a buzz cut. He also experiences bad dandruff and eczema so rather than using white vinegar, I have him using a tablespoon of honey as a conditioner. I believe his scalp is still adjusting but he has nowhere near the same itchy and flaky patches he did before using conventional shampoos.
     
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  17. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    hahaha I do hope you give it a try! :) i think you will enjoy the results :) and it saves you soooooo much money!!! :) another good shampoo alternative is the egg wash, just don't do it too often but it makes you hair really thick and shiny :) just remember when you are transitioning give yourself about 2 weeks for your hair to adjust to the new method :) but that is whats scarves are for right? :)
     
  18. therizyflapper

    therizyflapper One of the Regulars

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    I'm so happy to hear that this has inspired you to try this wonderful method! :) if i can say one tip before you switch it is try to abstain from store bought hair product (using them will make your your transition period take longer) i have some good homemade hair product recipes if you want them, i like them more then the store bought stuff anyways :)
     
  19. therizyflapper

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    hello Retro_GI_Jane sweetie!! for your husband decrease his baking soda ratio by 1/2 Teaspoon, with shorter hair they sometimes need less baking soda because the scalp is more exposed. To treat the itch and flake problem it caused, do a coconut oil hot oil treatment once ever 2 weeks :) make sure you buy the raw unfiltered coconut oil :) hope that helps deary! :)
     
  20. lareine

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    I tried No Poo for about six months a few years ago, using baking soda to wash followed by a vinegar rinse, and it worked really well for me. I only needed to wash my hair once every four or five days, and the natural curl came out a lot. I only stopped because some life changes got in the way, I was travelling a lot and I reverted to the easiest option for getting through airport security. Explaining what baking soda was doing in my suitcase seemed like more hassle than it was worth!

    Really should go back to No Poo. I don't have a single good reason not to.
     

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