In my pursuit of doing healthier things for my body, I’ve decided to give “no poo” a go. No conventional shampoo/conditioner.
Since my hair is colored, I’d switched to shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t have parabens or sulfates, so I was kind of on my way.
The concept of “no poo” appealed to me not only because I’d be using products that I could cook with, but also for the money-saving.
In case you haven’t heard of it, you use a mixture of baking soda and water to cleanse and then a mix of apple cider vinegar and water to condition.
My main concern is keeping my color in my hair, though of course I’d like it to have that hair commercial shine and flowiness. :-p
I did some research and read some blogs about various experiences with going “no poo” and nearly everyone loved the final results. It’s the “transition period” that got me wondering. Cuz apparently, it can be a tough time where my hair will look and act like crap. There are warnings to make sure that important meetings/dates are not scheduled during that time. But there were also words of encouragement stick to it and the results will be INCREDIBLE.
Okay… I think I can be my own guinea pig.
Mixed up my baking soda and apple cider vinegar mixes and off to the shower I went. It was a little weird to not get all lathery in the shower, but it’s cool. I figured trying it out BEFORE I did color touch-up would be all right, ya know?
After that first wash, my hair was pretty nice — soft, smooth, It didn’t smell like vinegar either.
And then I colored my hair and had to use to the shampoo/conditioner that came with the kit. I’d read on a “no poo” site that when coloring hair, I should use the kits shampoo/conditioner to rinse out the extra color.
The first “no poo” wash after the coloring had me a little nervous because I didn’t know if I’d watch my color run down the drain while doing it. It wouldn’t have been the end of the world. Just an inconvenience that cost me however much my eSalon kit runs me.
So what was officially my second “no poo” went smoothly in the shower. No major color washed away. I thought maybe it wasn’t going to be a horrible transition period.
And then my hair dried… what the heck happened? My hair seemed really greasy at the scalp and dry-ish down the strands. Okay… I did read that it could be like that. I just brushed it out a little more after investing in a boar’s hair brush.
The next day, I just rinsed my hair with water to try to space it out a little bit.
But this morning, I woke up and my hair wasn’t looking it’s best. Really, it felt like my fingers were going to get trapped in my hair. I couldn’t run my fingers thru it. It was like a bird’s nest’ed mess.
I thought maybe another “no poo” treatment would help. I was wrong. My hair feels even worse. I keep trying to brush thru it to distribute the natural oils from my scalp down the strands. I feel like the oils are stuck along the scalp while the rest of my hair looks like straw. Ugh.
Let’s pull this mess back into a low ponytail so that I look a little less greasy-headed when I go out. Please don’t let me run into any cute guys I’d wanna flirt with.
I cannot truly describe how my hair looks/feels right now. It’s only the first week! To me, it seems greasy at the top and still straw-like and I still can’t fully brush thru it was any of my hairbrushes nor my fingers. It’s like it’s all knotted near the scalp.
All I can think about it the “transition period” that it’s suppose to go thru and wonder if what it’s doing is “normal”. Cuz really, my hair feels gross.
Is my baking soda to water ratio wrong? What about the apple cider vinegar to water ratio? Do I have it all screwed up? Is my hair losing its color already? Does my hair look as gross as it feels? Does my hair really smell like a salad even though I think it doesn’t have a smell? What was I thinking?
So I just got home from a night out and I’ve done a quick search online about other “no poo” experiences. All of the blurbs I’ve read do encourage the reader to stick with it because it can take anywhere from two weeks to a month for the hair to adjust and that the end results will be awesome.
Dear lord! I hope mine just takes the two weeks! Cuz at the rate it’s going right now, I may have one big dreadlock by the end of it. :-/
It hasn’t even been a full week yet…
Who else has gone “no poo” and survived? Is it truly worth this transition period that my hair is going thru?