Taking the No Poo Challenge
It all started with my obsession with long hair and hunt for natural and organic ways to take care of it. During one of these Pinterest hunts, I came across "The No Poo Movement" and was intrigued by the claims as well as the possibility to save money. My Salon approved regiment had already changed to a Sulfate Free brand, but the idea of not spending $30 a bottle on shampoo and conditioner appealed to me and my wallet!
The articles I read suggested using 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda mixed with water into a paste. This is used as a shampoo and applied to the scalp to remove oil and gunk build up. Once you've scrubbed your scalp for a minute or so, rinse it out as best you can. The next step is to use 2-3 Tablespoons of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water to restore your hair's PH and soften your hair, like conditioner would.
To be honest, the first two weeks were not pleasurable. I ended up keeping my hair in a messy bun for most of the time, but I was determined to make it through because of how promising the articles claimed the results would be. The only thing I did differently? I continued to use leave in conditioner as a third step. I had too. My hair has been lightened professionally for years and I couldn't take the chance of hair breaking off. However, with the exception of adding a third step, I have to admit that the results were amazing.
My hair became voluminous and the wavy curls that I thought had disappeared with age, suddenly came back with a life I hadn't seen since I was a little girl! I continued using the "no poo method" for about a year. I'll never forget sitting in my hair stylist's chair and him running his fingers through my hair and proclaiming "Your hair is in amazing shape! What have you been doing?" When I told him I had been "No-Pooing" and began explaining to him what that meant, he said, "OK, that's so awesome and I'm so happy you are happy with your hair but let's not tell everyone else in the salon about this, we need to make commissions from the retail!" I laughed and completely understood his point while also reminding him that I hadn't stopped purchasing leave in conditioners, intensive conditioning treatments to use every few weeks, or other styling products.
The only reason I went back to using shampoo and conditioner was because I decided to dye my hair purple and got extensions, and that required certain upkeep. However, I have been considering my hair routine again and am thinking I just may go back to "no-pooing". Not only is it cost effective, but I've been missing the carefree curls and body that resulted from the experience.
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