If you haven’t heard of the “No Poo” method, I’m guessing I have your attention now. While it sounds like something that would lead to an upset stomach, the “No Poo” movement actually refers to a growing group of women (and men) who have stopped using shampoo. At all. It sounded strange to me at first, but after doing my research, this is definitely something I’m willing to try. While many people have chosen to stop using commercial shampoos due to the chemicals in these products, their impact on the environment, and the cost of purchasing them, the argument that most speaks to me as a scientist is that basically we don’t need shampoo, and that it is doing us more harm than good. According to Melissa Dahl in her article for TODAY.com, washing our hair with shampoo actually removes the natural oils that our scalp produces, and shampooing so often actually causes our scalps to produce more oil to compensate, which causes the quick greasiness of our hair without a day’s wash. This causes a “vicious cycle”, because in order to combat the oiliness, we need to then wash our hair again. So how can we get out of this cycle? There are many techniques and fun new products which I am really excited to try which can help you if you also want to try it out.
If you want to go DIY, Reddit’s r/nopoo section suggests replacing your commercial soap with diluted baking soda, salt water, various herbs, or bentonite/kaolin clay. According to the site, if your hair is curly, you may even be able to go conditioner-only, or even water-only!
I personally am too lazy for DIY haircare, so I am really excited to try the new “co-washing” (washing your hair with conditioner) cleansing conditioner products that have just been introduced. According to cosmopolitan.com (AKA the bible), co-washing is gentler on your hair than using shampoo, minimizes colour damage because you’re not using harsh chemicals, and adds the right amount of hydration to your hair, cutting down on frizz and puffiness we all know so well. The products that I would recommend and am excited to try are L’Oréal’s Evercreme and Evercurl cleansing conditioners, which have gotten great reviews from beauty bloggers, and for the high end market, Wen Hair Care’s Cleansing Conditioner has received over 500 5-star reviews on Amazon.
Once I get my hands on some L’Oréal Evercreme I will definitely be doing some progress posts. In the meantime, I hope you learned something new about caring for your hair, and report back with any progress.