I have researched every no ‘poo method out there, even not washing your hair at all and found that none of them works for me.
So I have come to a conclusion and the verdict on the no ‘poo method is that it isn’t practical. Here’s what I’ve experienced and my suggestions on what to do instead.
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All the no ‘poo methods and why they don’t work
The reason it doesn’t work is that substances like bicarbonate of soda and bentonite clay, normally used as a shampoo substitute, have a pH of 10 or higher. This is way higher than the pH of your scalp, which is 4 to 6.
This causes your scalp to dry out and you may experience hair loss. Which you can’t prevent by counteracting it using something acidic like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Because it further upsets the pH balance of your scalp.
Washing your hair with oils such as coconut or olive oil is said to strip dirt and other oils from your scalp. Which is true in theory, but the oils stick to the hair itself, making it seem dirtier than before.
You can wash your hair with egg yolks alone and egg whites occasionally.
Egg whites contain a lot of protein which may be too much for your hair though. But it gets quite messy and could possibly become too expensive to keep up. And besides, who wants to smell like eggs all the time?
There is also the option of not washing your hair at all and this has its own challenges. It’s a long process to get your hair from super oily every day to
Your scalp needs to get used to not producing so much sebum that your hair looks oily.
This can take months, and for some, it’s just not practical. It also becomes impractical when you plan on giving your hair an oil treatment when it gets dry from the environment and you have nothing to take the oil away.
These no ‘poo methods are the only ones I have seen and tried myself, there might be more out there that work a lot better.
But based on what I’ve tried I would say that the no ‘poo method is a no go.
What you can do instead
There are better options you can try that are more natural than synthetic ingredient-based shampoos.
These are shampoos that use only natural ingredients and have a natural origin, nothing is made synthetically. They also contain lots of nutrients to help your hair look healthy.
The way these shampoos clean your hair is through saponins contained in plants. Their names are usually something like saponified oils or SLSA.
SLSA is not SLS. It’s a naturally derived cleanser so it doesn’t harm your scalp.
The preservatives that they use are food grade and safe for consumption. They are also packed with other natural ingredients.
Some brands are all sustainable with biodegradable packaging and responsible farming methods.
Most of these shampoos are endorsed by the beauty without cruelty foundation and I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find one that’s vegan easily.
If you live in the United States I can recommend Plaine Products. Their shampoos and conditioners are purely natural, vegan and cruelty-free. They also have a refill and re-use system, making them zero-waste.
You can check out their website HERE if you want to find out how it works.
A few more things to consider:
Don’t worry about finding a pH balanced shampoo though. The chemicals used to try and get the pH lower are harmful. Any substance, including water, will disrupt the pH of your skin, called the acid mantle.
This is an acidic layer on top of your skin that wards off bacteria and fungi that are harmful to your body.
Even a substance with a pH level close to the acid mantle’s can disrupt it. Not to worry. Your skin builds it up again 15-20 minutes after you get out of the shower and is fully functioning again.
But whatever you use, make sure the pH level is not higher than 9 and closer to 7, which is neutral. Because very high pH levels are harmful to your skin.
Of course, it is beneficial to your hair to wash it lesser times a week in order to distribute natural oils from your scalp to the rest of your hair, nourishing it in the most natural way possible.
Doing this will maintain healthy and strong hair.
But if you have a dry scalp like me you might need to do something extra to keep your scalp healthy. I rinse my hair with lemon water before I wash it to help balance my pH levels.
I have blonde hair, so if your hair is darker you can use apple cider vinegar diluted in water.
I hope you succeed in your efforts to get beautiful hair without all the nasties. Let me know in the comments if you have tried these methods and what your experiences were.
Cheers for now,
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