Monday, June 11, 2012

No poo

I first heard about going pooless about a year or so ago but it hasn't been until recently that I began to think seriously about giving up using shampoo. I know, it sounds a little crazy and I had to give this some serious thought before taking the plunge.

One reason I decided to stop using shampoo is simply because of cost. We have been making our own fabric softner for some time and I recently made three gallons of detergent. This just seemed like the logical next step. There is also the added benefit of not using all of those chemicals every day. You can find good organic shampoos but as always, you will end up paying more. If you have the money and don't mind paying extra, it is worth it for many of us to go this route.

Today is day three and the first week is supposed to be the worst. The first day was pretty rough. I felt like my hair was fairly oily after I had rinsed it in the shower but I think part of the problem was I didn't massage the scalp enough to help work the oils loose. I actually needed to color my hair this weekend so that may have interrupted the process. I colored yesterday and I did not use the baking soda mixture today. I plan on using it tomorrow so that will be the first test with the baking soda to see how well it does on my hair.

This is the website where I found the recipe I am using. I am actually using recipe #2. You need two bottles and in one you mix 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water. In the second you mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. You can add whatever essential oil you would like.

Many people report that their hair became thicker and more luxuriant after they stopped using shampoo. I am hoping I have the same results but we will just have to wait and see!