Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Poo Free Life

Ha. I think I'm more clever than I really am sometimes.

In all seriousness, there's this new little fad amongst the hippy folk called going "poo free" in which you no longer indulge in the spending and using of shampoos & conditioners. 

"Whaaaaaaaat??" you may ask.

"Whyyyyyyyy?" you may also ask.

The shocking truth is, shampoo strips your hair of the oil (sebum) it needs, which, essentially, sends your hair glands into overdrive, making them produce more oil than your hair really needs.

And since your hair is always in oil-production mode, it doesn't have the time, or the energy, to do what it really wants, which is grow a healthy, strong, frizz-free mane that you would be proud of.

You see, all your hair ever wanted in life was to please you, love you, and treat you right...

But you've been doing it a big disservice by buying all those chemically loaded (can you even pronounce any of the words on your shampoo ingredient list??!!) shampoos and conditioners that dry out and frizz up your locks. Plus, whatever you put on your skin secretes into your bloodstream. Do you want chemicals in your blood?

Didn't think so!

Thus, it is time to take the pledge. No more poo!

The simplest way to go poo free is this:

1). Make the following concoction: 1 TB of baking soda to 1 cup of water. Store it in a bottle of some sort, as this will last you 1-2 weeks.

Curly or thick hair may need a little more, thin or short hair a little less. Experiment a bit to see what works for you!

(Baking soda is a natural, gentle cleanser for your scalp. It won't lather when applied but, don't worry, it gets the job done).

I recommend wetting your hair completely in the shower and working the soda/water combo in just like you would with shampoo. Rinse after about a minute.

I plan on starting my poo free life this very week! I already started my son on it & noticed right away how much softer and frizz free his fine baby hair is.

2). Next, make the following "conditioner" to store in a separate bottle: 1 TB of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water.

Use this as you would conditioner, applying ONLY to your ends. Careful, a little goes a loooong way! 

3).  You can also try one of these other "no poo" methods: The Green Tea Cleansing Hair Rinse, or
replace your baking soda wash with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.

4). Essential oils are an excellent way to condition and restore hair vitality as well. Click here for a list of oils that work with different hair types/textures.

Disclaimer: if you're like me, you may gross people out when you admit how seldom you wash your hair (I wait 2-4 days between washes). When i started the routine of less washes, I went through a phase where my hair was very oily. That's because my hair was in that oil- production mode I mentioned earlier.

When you switch to the no poo method, expect upwards of 2-3 oily hair days. Your hair needs to adjust to life off of chemicals.


How often to wash? Generally, try to only wash with baking soda twice weekly; otherwise, you may dry out your hair.

Everyone's hair is different though. Some people go 7 days, 2 weeks, even a month, in between baking soda washes & only do water rinses every few days in the meantime.

You may choose to water rinse every day and use baking soda once or twice weekly, or find your hair needs it less/more often.

What if I have hard water? Only use filtered water, or hard water that's been boiled in your baking soda/apple cider concoctions! Rinsing with it is o.k., but consider buying a water filter for your shower head.

What if my hair is frizzy? Try applying coconut oil or olive oil before you wash for extra conditioning. I leave coconut oil on for at least 30 minutes before hopping in a shower. Also, decrease the amount of baking soda in your concoction and add a teaspoon of honey. 

What if my hair is greasy? Add a little more baking soda to your concoction. Also, try using less apple cider vinegar, switch to lemon juice instead. Remember, ONLY apply apple cider vinegar to your ends!

What if my scalp is dry & flakey? Tea tree oil is a good place to start. Soak your hair in it for ten minutes prior to showering (10-20 drops in a small bucket or large bowl, or 10 drops in a spray bottle and douse your hair in it, then wrap in plastic for 10 minutes).

Good luck to all of you that take the plunge! 

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