As part of my quest to simplify my life, I will be going no poo soon. I believe that lessening our attachments to material goods and products is useful and decreases our suffering. For those of you who are new to this, like me, "no poo" refers to methods of washing your hair that don't involve shampoo. The reason you would want to do this is because most shampoos contain sodium laueth or lauryl sulfate. These are harsh detergents that dry your hair, and according to the wisdom of the Internet, cause hair problems, such as frizz, lack of body and thinning hair or hair loss. To avoid these problems, some people co-wash, which means that they wash with conditioner only.There are suggestions around the net of using things like lemon juice or beer. Some people try the ACV, or apple cider vinegar method, which involves washing with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar. The latter is the method I am going to try.
ACV Method to Wash Your Hair with Baking Soda:
- Mix 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Apply mixture to wet hair and massage into the scalp area, since this part of the hair tends to be the oiliest. Rinse with water.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 or 2 cups of water.
- Apply to ends of hair or to entire head. You may experience extra oil if you apply to the whole head, so to start I am just applying to the ends.
- Leave on for at least 5 minutes.
- Rinse with water.
- At least one website suggested that you can leave the ACV in with out rinsing, but I'm not sure how that would smell, so I'm going to rinse.
Everyone says that you can expect some bad hair days at first, but that things get better. At least one of the websites that I read suggested that ACV may help prevent hair loss or thinning hair because it balances the pH of the scalp and helps unblock hair follicles. I'm not sure how this will turn out, but here goes nothing.
Have any of you tried this? And do you think I've totally lost my mind? Stay tuned for updates. Who knows, I might be wearing a lot of hats or ponytails. My next adventure: homemade deodorant.