Tuesday, August 7, 2012

No-Poo Solution

So a friend of mine was talking about the No-poo solution. If you do not know what that is, you ditch your old shampoos and use baking soda and water mixture as shampoo. Then you rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and water mixture as a conditioner.

Because commercial shampoos strip the natural oils of your hair, your body compensates making extra oils. This usually leads to a cycle of dry to oily hair, which I have always had problems with. It also can lead to a dry itchy scalp.

I'm wanting my hair to grow long again. Usually I end up getting frustrated when it stops growing halfway down my back and end up cutting it. So I thought I'd try the No-poo solution last night.

This morning I can see a slight difference in texture and shine. First the positive. The shine is awesome. Not as shiny as say, when I use Pantene. The shine that shampoo gives me is an unnatural shine because of the silicone additive. The Vinegar rinse gave me a healthy, natural glow.

Secondly, the negative. My hair feels heavy like I haven't washed it in days. I don't know if that's because my hair follicles haven't had a chance to adjust yet and stop producing too much oil or not. Or maybe it's just a psychological reaction to not using commercial shampoo. When I run my hands through my hair my fingers get caught because my hair is heavy and feels coarser without the greasy feeling of unwashed hair.

Whatever the issue is, I plan to give it at least 6 weeks before I make a decision on if this is something I am willing to do long term. The plus side is that this costs pennies to make and is a green alternative to commercial shampoo! Yay. I've always had dandruff before so I'm hoping it helps with that too.

Oh and if you are wondering, no my hair does not smell like vinegar out of the shower. The smell dissipates. However if you're worried about the vinegar smell, add a few drops of your favorite scented oil to the vinegar rinse.

Have you tried the No-Poo solution before? How did you like it?

To learn how to make the two washes, watch this video.


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