Should You Stop Using Shampoo? My “no poo” experience

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For a while there, going “no poo” (or cutting out shampoo) seemed all the rage on the internet, especially on Pinterest. It really intrigued me, so I thought I would try it out for a while, especially since I was beginning to switch to using more all natural products. 

I know there are quite a few blog posts about “no poo” experiences, but I thought I would share mine with you, since everyone’s experience is different.

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Why I went “no poo:”

Like I said, I had seen so many ladies trying the method on Pinterest and various blogs. Most seemed to have a lot of success. I was also being the process of trying to limit the chemicals in my products, so hair care seemed like a good place to start. 

How my hair responded:

Note: I have naturally wavy hair that does get pretty oily in between washes. I wouldn’t describe my hair as coarse or dry naturally. Before going no poo I was using an Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner every 2-3 days.

I began washing my hair roughly every 3 with a baking soda rinse (about 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 2 cups of water) and using an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (about 1 tablespoon of ACV to 2 cups of water with some essential oils). 

My hair went through a pretty short transition period where it got a little greasy. But it wasn’t too bad and the baking soda really helped to keep the grease under control. I did learn to keep the ACV rinse away from my roots though, because it made them greasy.

I stayed consistent with the method for about 4-5 months. It was working okay, but honestly I never really noticed an incredible difference in the texture of my hair. I did notice that I could go longer in between washes though!

At about the 3 month mark I started to not like the way my hair was feeling at all, it was getting very coarse from the baking soda and I had a ton of buildup that made my hair never feel clean. Due to this I started using a clarifying shampoo once every 1-2 weeks, to get rid of the build up. 

At around 5 months in I still wasn’t liking how the baking soda was making my hair feel. I really missed how soft and shiny my hair would get with shampoo. Though I liked the ACV rinse, the baking soda just wasn’t doing it for me. 

Am I still using the no shampoo method?

No, currently I am using a shampoo once every 3 days on my hair. Using a shampoo makes my hair feels so much cleaner and less stiff feeling, and it really gets rid of dry shampoo build up. 

3 things I learned from the experience:

  1. This experience did teach me just how long my hair can go without shampoo. It helped me to put the down bottle (the shampoo bottle that is), and let my hair be in between washes. 
  2. I also learned that I need a clarifying shampoo, or else I really don’t like the texture of my hair. My roots just felt really strange and coarse, especially because I was using dry shampoo in between washes. I learned that if you are using a dry shampoo you need a clarifying shampoo, at least every once in a while.
  3. Lastly I learned that I love the ACV hair rinse! I like it better than conditioner. It tames my fly aways and helps my ends retain so much moisture!

My current hair routine 

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Washing: I am washing my hair every 3 days with this shampoo by Not Your Mother’s. It is not 100% natural, but it is free of sulfates, silicon’s, paraben’s, and dyes. It smells amazing and gets the buildup out of my hair. I use a small amount in my hand, wash my hair, rinse with water, and repeat. (I repeat to ensure I get all the build up out.) I am looking into more natural shampoos though, so let me know if you know of any good ones!

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Conditioning:

I am using a ACV hair rinse diluted with water and essential oils. I love how this really helps with the frizz in my hair, and keeps it soft. The two things to keep in mind with this rinse are 1.) to keep it away from your roots if you get oily hair, and 2.) to make sure you rinse it out very thoroughly. I am planning on doing a post on my ACV rinse recipe. 

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Dry shampoo

Since I am going 3 days in between washes I use a dry shampoo on day 3 and sometimes on day 2 if I need it. The one I am currently using is the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. I use the unscented kind to avoid unnecessary fragrances.  I did use a homemade spray dry shampoo that had cornstarch in it for a while. It just didn’t soak up the excess oil like I wanted it to though, so I switched back to the stuff in a can. I would love switch to a more natural dry shampoo though, so please share any good ones you know of!

To sum things up:

Though I am not using the “no poo” method anymore, I am glad that I tried it for a while. I learned some interesting things for it and I also learned a lot about my hair. I think the “no poo” method works for some people better than others. You just have to get to know your hair and what works for it. 

Let me know if you’ve tried the no poo method! I’d also love to hear your about your favorite hair products and what has worked for you in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “Should You Stop Using Shampoo? My “no poo” experience

  1. Great post! I’ve been contemplating on wether or not I should do the same ‘No shampoo’ thing but I’m not sure because my hair is super long and wavy and frizzy. I’d definitely give it a go though for a few weeks at least and see how my hair responds to it! In terms of my current shampoo, I’ve been trying to use natural shampoos. I’m using OGX and My Organics shampoo and conditioners and am loving it! x

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    1. Everyone’s hair is so different! You never know how your hair might respond. I do think that the more curly and dry your hair is, the more likely the no poo could work for you. Thanks for sharing those products with me, I actually use the OGX coconut hair oil, so I may have to try out some of their other products!

      Cass

  2. I don’t think I could ever leave shampoo! I’m not even able to stop washing my hair everyday, but I’ve noticed that is getting so dry and I’m pretty sure is because of my washing obsession. I just feel like my hair looks dirty if I don’t wash it every day, maybe is the shampoo I’m using, I don’t really know. I should try to wash it every 3 days like you, maybe that would help. What do you think? Should I go for it? I feel like dry shampoo doesn’t always work for me, but then again it could be the brand I’m using. Loved this post! So helpful Cass!

    Best,
    Ana

    http://www.indiesuns.com

    1. Hi, Ana! First thanks for reading this post. 🙂 Washing your hair every single day really does tend to dry it out. Plus, you can actually make your hair feel more greasy by washing it often- by washing everyday, you’re stripping your scalp of its natural oils, which makes it feel like it needs to produce more oils. By washing your hair less often, the natural oils will condition your hair without making it overly greasy. If you do decide to try washing less, you will kind of have to “train” your hair. What I mean by that is you’ll start by washing it every other day with dry shampoo in between washes. After a week or two of this, your scalp will most likely stop producing as much oil, so you can move on to washing every two days and continue to build up how long you can go between washes.
      As for dry shampoos, I have tried a few drugstore ones, but I highly recommend the Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo. It does a great job at absorbing oils.
      I would also recommend investing in a clarifying shampoo so that you can really get your hair clean and get rid of dry shampoo build up when you do wash it.
      I hope these tips helped! Love your blog 🙂

      Cass

  3. I have always liked to keep away from such DIYS as simply my hair cannot take such kinds of experiments. I have my trusted share of hair products and that’s that for me. But it was nice knowing what you felt about this procedure and yes, clarifying shampoos sometimes come in very handy. Thanks for sharing your experience. It was good to know that even such kind of experiments persist on the internet.

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