Last year I decided to try going without shampoo and conditioner. I don’t even remember how I came across the idea, but I did a lot of research and went for it. I was more interested in no poo to reduce the chemical filled products I use. I don’t have oily hair, but many people switch to no poo because they are trying to get out of the cycle of excessing oil production.
Before no poo I used Pantene shampoo and Dove conditioner and washed my hair pretty much every day. The no poo method I followed was a mix of baking soda and water and diluted vinegar as a rinse. I was so used to the feel of my hair with conditioner that I found my hair felt strange, not slippery but after a while I got used to it. My hair did kind of feel like straw at the beginning but it did get better. I thought my hair would be so tangled when I got out of the shower, but it wasn’t at all, it was easy to comb through. I did not like the lingering vinegar smell left in my hair. Although it would dissipate through the day, I swear the smell came back if I got rained on. I rinsed several times, and even tried adding essential oils, but vinegar is a strong scent that is not easily covered up.
I stuck with it for 6-8 months but I never seemed to get beyond the too much oil stage. It would have been fine if I didn’t have bangs, at one point I did think about growing my bangs out. Bangs are quick to get greasy, add in a sweaty summer, and I was done. I didn’t want to look so icky, I missed having fluffy hair. It seems the people that are the happiest with no poo have curly hair which does tend to be more course and drier. I have finer hair with a little bit of wave to it. Maybe no poo just doesn’t work for my hair type. I went back to shampoo, but not conditioner and I found a really great shampoo that has hardly any ingredients and no harmful chemicals.
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