Who does "no poo" or no shampoo? Is your hair better?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My favorite mousse leaves tons of product in my hair so I started rinsing with apple cider vinegar! i do really like it, my hair is fairly soft afterwards and seems clean enough! However, it smells ridiculously strong!! I started using apple cider vinegar and shampoo to get rid of the smell (although that defeats the purpose!). 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

LittleKBee:  My friend did it for quite awhile. In the short term, her hair was better off but in the long term it really dried it out. Also, you can’t use it on coloured hair as it leeches the dye right out of it. I think it could still work if you did a ‘modified’ version and used a conditioning treatment once a fortnight or so. It didn’t make the hair thicker (no reason it would do this) but it just meant she didn’t have to wash it as often – I think she managed to get away with washing it only once a week! (but she has very curly hair, so it would be different if your hair was dead straight like mine). I did the baking soda once, not to wash my hair but to get rid of some bad box dye. It made it soooo dry and I only did it the once. I hated it, but I think that is partially due to my hair type. My friend didn’t do it so much for its supposed ‘benefits’ but more for environmental reasons. Health-wise to the hair it really did no miracles. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you don’t want to use standard shapmoo, I would recommend Dr. Bronner’s soap. It is not at all harsh if you mix it with water and a natural oil or essential oil. Do NOT mix it with vinegar, it changes the chemistry of the soap and they neutralize each other. I wash my hair with conditioner in between regular shaampoo washes (this is called co-washing). I cannot go without shampoo, my scalp with collect too much oil and dirt for the conditioner to remove. I think that the best of both worlds is sulfate-free shampoo. It decreases dryness and my hair still gets super clean. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’ve done no poo before. I tried baking soda, but it never really worked out for me. Then I just did sulfate free shampoo with an apple cider rinse. My hair did great with that. However, I could not find a shampoo that didn’t have a strong oder. 

So no I only ‘co-wash’ which is washing with only a silicone free, natural conditioner. This is my holy grail. My hair is the healthiest it has ever been. I can go about 5-7 day with out ‘washing’ it. I do water only rinses if needed. It hasn’t made my hair ‘thicker’ but it has made it ‘lighter’ since there is not any silicones. My hair can hold a curl for half a day now, where before it wouldn’t hold for more than an hour. It is also much more manegable than before. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

outofideas:  That’s really interesting, so I googled it and came across these links: 

http://smithspirations.com/2014/07/28/what-years-of-baking-soda-no-poo-did-to-my-long-healthy-hair-or-when-a-natural-living-experiment-fails/

https://www.futurederm.com/2012/06/20/3-reasons-why-baking-soda-and-apple-cider-vinegar-destroy-your-hair-and-what-to-use-instead/

That’s really scary! 

LittleKBee:  It seems the “no poo” method has negative long-term effects for hair. I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Not no poo, but I did do some alternating for a while and only had to wash once every four days. I would only use gentle shampoo every so many days, and I did play with the acv rinse. 

Basically, stripping my hair of the oil less often seemed to result in my head producing less oil. It was nice but then my stylish dumped clarifying shampoo on me and it undid everything.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

MissMarple:  Wow! I think often people are all to quick to jump on to something because it is ‘natural.’ So damaging to your poor hair!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MissMarple:  The one is using affiliate links…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

nikkiibee:  I don’t get the point you’re trying to make. If you read the post, she straight up tells you about it and you don’t have to click on any links and you can still read the post. It doesn’t mean the information presented about her experience isn’t accurate.

Here you can probably find even more links to blogs stating how “no poo” damaged others’ hair: http://bit.ly/1rDnKFy

As for me, I’m not about to do something that has the potential of damaging my hair and that’s the same advice I’d give to others.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

I’ve been using a shampoo with no sulphates and conditioner with no silicone since March and it’s made a world of difference. Also pure argan oil is making my hair so soft. It’s the sulphates in shampoo that dry your hair out if you are sensitive to frizz,  and although silicone is good at getting moisture in your hair it also seals it so additional moisture can’t get in,  so your hair drys out and frizzes again. I found that using no sulphates and silicone,  adding natural oil and then sealing with a silicone free mousse or creme works best for me,  but it takes a bit of trial and effort to find which products your hair likes 

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Post # 14
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Blushing bee

LittleKBee:  Your hair actually sounds very similar to mine. I have hair down to my waist but it is sooo fine and gets greasy really quickly as a result. So then I wash it every day, which is bad for your hair and then you need to wash it more often :/ … All I can suggest is you try to find a ‘gentler’ shampoo. Also, you may already do this but I just shampoo the top of my head/scalp and not the rest and then only condition the lengths and not the top. It means it gets less greasy and does less damage by washing it everyday. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Like ohsparkly I use conditioner only. For me it has been close to that miracle fix you are looking for 🙂 My hair is now shiny, silky and alot less static and greasy/dry than it was before I started.<br /><br />It sounds like your hair is the way mine was before. I think you should give it a shot, if it doesen´t work out you can use the conditioner the “normal” way :D<br /><br />If you want to do it, start by washing your hair one last time with a shampoo with sulfates but without silicones (dish soap will do the trick if you don´t feel like reading alot of labels).

After that one time you use conditioner only. Some people like using a sulfate free shampoo every once in a while as well to complement. <br />For best results the conditioner should be without silicones and other non water-soluble stuff. Basically look at the label and avoid products with ingredients that end with -cone or -xane and you should be fine 🙂

Use alot of warm water when you wash your hair, before putting the conditioner in and after. Also applying the conditioner twise, first time roots only is a good thing if it does not feel like your hair will be clean otherwise. Oh, remember to rub/massage alot while applying and rinsing, that helps get the hair clean.

Good luck with your hair!

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