I decided today that I’m going to try out the no shampoo method (or “no poo” method as it’s popularly referred to) for my hair.
I used to have super oily hair when I was younger but it evened out a bit as I got into my 20’s. I still have decently oily roots and now have quite dry ends.
I’ve used sulfate free shampoo for a while now and my hair seems to like it well enough, but I really want to try this method, at least for a few weeks to see what happens. A lot of people have gotten great results not only for healthier looking and feeling hair, but also longer hair, which I am trying my best to achieve.
Basically this method uses baking soda as a “shampoo” to clarify and remove dirt and grease from your scalp, and then rinsing your lengths with cider vinegar to condition. Baking soda replaces the sulfates and other detergents in shampoos that can strip too much oil out of your hair and your hair just produces more oil to compensate – leading to oily hair that needs washed again very soon.
Depending on what you want to do, you can slowly wean your way off of the BS&V and go to just water, or occasionally use the BS&V to “wash” your hair.
I’m starting off tonight with the baking soda “paste” method from Code Red Hat, and using a vinegar to water ratio of 2 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup water.
After the first day I found out two things. First off, you need to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo before you start the BS/V. It’s entirely optional but not doing it could extend your transition period for your hair.
The second was that the “paste” method just was not good for me. It was entirely too difficult to get it worked into my roots and left my hair pretty dry. I ended up doing the “solution” method of 2 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup water.
It’s been 4 days since washing my hair with the clarifying shampoo and I’ve had 2 BS/V washes along with using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. After my last wash I noticed that I might be starting to get into the transition phase because part of my hair looked a little waxy, but it was in a spot that I have had trouble with before, so we’ll see.