Happy 1 month to my shampoo-less hair! All your questions answered! Now, I'm not an expert or a professional 'no shampoo-er' so these are merely my personal observations and opinions. These questions were asked via my blog, facebook, etc. Feel free to leave any other questions you have in the comment boxes at the end of each blog post!
- Dana said: So do you think this would be beneficial for dudes?
I think it would be much easier for lads to do this than the ladies! What happens is, the excess oil from the very first time that you stopped washing your hair slowly works its way down to the tips of your hair. So, the shorter the hair, the faster the oil works its way out! Obviously, if your hair is shorter it's also easier to manage in the shower, making the washing process go quicker. I've got tons of hair to work with and even though you just wash your scalp, I still have to deal with the length. So I say yes! :)
- TallGuy10 said: Does having hard water showers prevent your hair from taking care of itself and being healthy without shampooing?
Very good question! I did some research on this and learned a lot from it too, so thanks for helping me inform myself! I found this information from a website that I'll link at the bottom of this post. Hard Water has large amounts of calcium and magnesium. These minerals can dry out your skin and hair and leave it with a rough texture. Your shower drain will also likely develop calcium buildup. Hard water dries out your hair and leaves it feeling dull, lifeless and heavy. Any hair treatments you have like a perm or dye will fade and relax much faster than they should when hair is washed in hard water. You may also notice a dry, flaky scalp, hair breakage and hair thinning due to blockage at the follicles.
To alter the Baking Soda shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to better suite your hair needs, just use distilled water instead of tap water OR boil the water before you add it to your mixtures! Boiling the water will not take away all of the impurities of the hard water but it will do a much better job than the water straight from the tap. If your hair is still feeling dry try a natural hair mask or an organic deep conditioning treatment. Here is a website that has many different options for natural shampoos, I've read that shapoos with egg in them are beneficial for dry hair.
Sources: Source 1 Source 2 Source 3
- Cinnimon said: I have thought about doing this. I worry my hair is so greasy that I will have an oil drip and have to start bottling it. lol. What about other products? Do you use hair spray or gels?
I have been blessed with some pretty easy going hair that doesn't need tamed or styled often (thank the lord!) so I don't use or even own hardly any styling products (hair spray or gels) or tools (blow dryer or straightener)! There are no rules as to how many times you wash your hair when doing the no poo challenge so I would just suggest washing it after you want to the product out of your hair! From what I've read, you can't wash it too little or too many times. So, even if it does get super oily super fast, just wash/rinse it everyday! I'm a month in and my hair still produces a good amount of oil. But (fingers crossed) it starts to stop producing so much! I've had my fair share of pony tails and buns for a while!
I will be starting a new schedule with my hair where I wash with baking soda and apple cider vinegar once a week (Mondays). I haven't seen a huge decrease in oil production yet and I think it's because I'm still washing my hair a few times a week and my hair hasn't really had to go through any major changes yet. So, we'll see! Just trying to tweak this until I get it down perfectly!
I've almost been shampoo free for a month! My routine hasn't changed much and I'm really happy with the results! I've also got a couple friends on board and they gave up the 'poo' too! Last Saturday I ran a 5k mud obstacle thingy, it was awesome! Except for the aftermath part.. how in the heck is baking soda going to get all this gunk out of my hair?! I'll admit that I thought about using shampoo more than once on the mud filled hour drive home. But, I got home and mixed my shampoo and rinse together and went into the shower with very low hopes... and was completely surprised! My hair got just as clean as the rest of my friends who were in the run with me!
Now, if that isn't proof, I don't know what is!
For my 30 days of 'no poo' post, I will be answering readers questions! So, if you're curious about anything that has to do with the challenge, please comment below and next Friday I'll be posting the answers! If you're nervous to ask a question, just don't put your name and no one will know it's you! Easy as that! Also, don't make me feel like a loser with no readers.. I can see how many people look at this thing and it's well over 100! muahaha :)