Friday, May 22, 2009

No-Poo: Could you do it?

Have you heard of "No-Poo?" I'm not talking about poo, as in, #2. That simply wouldn't be healthy or beneficial in any way. Everybody has to go poo.

But I digress. I'm talking about completely swearing off shampoo, a new philosophy that's catching on quickly with women across America.

I saw this article the other day and it got me thinking: could I go without washing my hair for days? Weeks? Even MONTHS?

These women, the "no-poo's," say they stopped using shampoo when they learned it strips the scalp and hair of its natural oils, causing the scalp to go into oil overdrive (which is why most of us can't go a day without washing, unless we want to look like we dipped our heads into a vat of melted butter).

Supposedly, this "no-poo" way of life eventually allows your scalp to regulate, producing just enough oil to moisturize your hair without making it look greasy. The first few weeks, your hair looks like ... well, poo. But after about six weeks, they found their hair to be thicker, shinier, and more manageable. And, they said it didn't smell at all (in case you were wondering -- I know you were).

They said they will periodically rinse their hair in hot water and baking soda to remove any accumulating dirt and bacteria (phew, I was wondering about that). Some even use conditioner on the ends to keep their hair from drying out. But shampoo is off-limits.

In the past, I have been an "every other day" washer. My hair has some highlights in it, and it's best not to wash every day if you want to preserve the color. If I wake up looking like a greaseball, I will take a little bit of baby powder and rub it into my roots. Grease, be gone. It's magic.

Since I am already used to not washing my hair every day, I'm going to give this no-poo thing a shot. YES, I AM GOING TO TRY IT. I might as well, before I hack all of my hair off in 15 days (Oh, you didn't know? Yes, I made the appointment to get my pixie cut for June 6th). Plus, the testimony comes after the trial of your faith, right? Well, here goes nothing.

Day 1: I rinsed in hot water, used conditioner on the ends. I let it mostly air dry and then blow-dried it on low heat to finish it off. Not a greaseball yet!

(we'll see if I'm still smiling tomorrow)

Now, WHO'S WITH ME (or not) ???


  1. you brave girl. I'd like to see where this goes :)

  2. I am so happy for the technical term of No-Poo! When I had longer hair, I know this is kind of gross but I would go a week without washing it. It never got greasy or nappy or anything.
    Now that I have cut it, I still only wash it about 1 day a week. Perhaps that is a little gross but whatever.

    All in all...I'm with you!

    Besides, think of all the money I'll save on shampoo

  3. I'm with ya! haha! I actually already do that. I Pretty much only wash my hair at the salon when I'm getting it r-straightened. Black people do that a lot more than white people I guess, or maybe yall are just now catching up ;o)

  4. Um, I'll watch and see how yours turns out. My hair is always unbelievably I'll see how everything turns out for you. I'm excited though!

  5. i pay a hefty price for my shampoo and conditioner, but its a super nice mix and thereofre i only have to wash my hair twice a week. MAX. its rad. i will have you know when i worked on the river in moab, i only washed my hair twice the whole summer? maybe? youll love it.

  6. Wow, you're brave! And to all of these other people that have already tried something simliar, BRAVO! I'm not sure I can do that. I'm an every other day kinda girl. Good luck!


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