The “No Poo” Method
Many people have tried several types of shampoos in vain. It’s hard to determine the right shampoo for your hair type, since most shampoos do not work on all types of hair. This can lead to frustration because it is very difficult to know which product is best for you until it harms your scalp or destroys your hair. But did you know that you do not have to use shampoo to clean your hair at all? Your skin produces natural oil that helps with the moisturizing and conditioning of your hair and scalp.
No poo method is a recent movement that has been introduced into the beauty world. People have realized that they have been using a lot of harmful chemicals in the beauty products they use. You have probably may have become a victim of harmful or substandard shampoos and other beauty products at one time in your life.
Did you know that you can stop using shampoo but still maintain a clean and healthy hair? Before we all had shampoo, and long before chemicals were discovered, people still had clean and healthy hair! Who told you that you cannot enjoy the same freedom that your forefathers had when it comes to haircare? Look inside your kitchen and you will see a wide range of natural hair care products already. The following is a list of the popularly used no shampoo methods:
1. Pure water only.
This method involves the use of just water to wash hair. Water is the most affordable and easily available shampoo alternative. It is advisable to warm the water before washing your hair in order to clean away the excessive oil on your scalp and hair. In order to benefit from this method, you need to practice regularly. It may not work at first, but with time your hair gets used to this cleaning method and the oil buildup will eventually go away after a few weeks. You will be surprised how easy it is to clean hair with just water. Water is good for people who have a normal scalp. People with an oily skin may require some more ingredients in order to clean the oil buildup, and this is where baking soda comes in.
2. Baking soda only.
Baking soda is effective for washing away oil buildup on your scalp and hair. One tablespoonful of baking soda is enough for a single wash. Dissolve it in a cup of water until all the gritty texture disappears. Apply the solution on your hair and massage gently. Rub your hair the same way you rub your regular shampoo, until it feels smooth. Since baking soda has no soap base, there will be no lather. When you are through, rinse off your hair under the shower. Your scalp produces natural oil and so there may be no need for conditioning. However, baking soda can leave your hair very dry and give your scalp a scaly look, and so you may consider applying a moisturizer on your hair. Baking soda is good for people who have an oily scalp. People who have a dry scalp may need to consider using extra ingredients, and this is where cider vinegar comes in.
3. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural moisturizer. It is ideal for dry hair and scalp. After long periods of using baking soda to clean hair, your hair is likely to become dry. This is the time to prepare a blend of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This cleans your hair and also leaves it moisturized. Baking soda and cider vinegar is good for people with a normal, dry or even combined scalp.
The disadvantages of using shampoo
Shampoos are manufactured using chemicals, some of which can be damaging to your hair. The solvents used to manufacture shampoo often leave your scalp dry and vulnerable to attacks by bacteria. This is because the solvents used to make shampoo weaken your immunity system and expose you to disease. Other solvents have been found to possess early aging properties. A good example is alcohol, which promotes the development of brown spots that are attributed to early aging. Therefore, if you wish to protect your skin against disease and early aging, consider using one of the above shampoo alternatives.
Mineral oil is a popular ingredient in chemical based shampoos. This ingredient leads to the clogging of your skin pores, thus interfering with the functioning of the hair follicles. When these pores are blocked, the natural hair growth cycle is also disrupted and the result is the development of weak, discolored hair. it can even prevent the growth of your hair. Excessive oil is not good for your skin since it needs some space to breathe and manufacture new cells.
Benefits of the “no poo method”
No poo method uses just water, which is inexpensive compared to shampoo. Shampoo can be expensive due to the ingredients used to make it, and it puts your scalp at risk of dryness. You cannot use shampoo to clean your hair every day because it will damage your hair and scalp.
It is important to note that the no poo methods might not work for everyone. Therefore, it is essential for you to identify your scalp type and hair type in order to determine the most appropriate method for you.