Right – so, a confession. I haven’t used shampoo for around 6 weeks now.
Shock! Horror! Bleurgh!
No, please don’t fret – my hair is clean, soft and happy! What’s left of it, anyway.
I have been following a very low Calorie Diet since around April/May 2014. My hair started to fall out in clumps in around August. My fault – you should only follow a VLCD for a short amount of time. However, I feel I still have weight to lose – so the hair sacrifice is for the benefit of losing weight.
The hair loss isn’t noticeable at all to anyone else – just me. I have waist length dark brown hair. Naturally very thick. And, I hear that Telogen Effluvium is a temporary thing. Apparently the hair loss will stop once I start ‘eating normally’ again. Sadly, I can’t ‘eat normally’, being one of the many who turns to food for instant comfort. Ah, well!
In short, I wanted to do the best I could to the hair I still have. To be gentle. I’ve also developed eczema on my hands, so I now try to avoid harsh chemicals. Shampoo is very harsh, and always strips my hair, making it dry and brittle at the ends. Plus, after a day, I get a greasy top. Yuk!
Anyway – back to my PERFECT ‘No Poo’ clean hair method; believe me, I’ve tried many ‘No Cone’ (non-silicone) conditioners, the famous ‘baking soda wash and apple cider vinegar rinse’ method…the lot. For me though – this is the perfect ‘No Poo’ hair washing method.
I bought mine in Sally’s but it is cheaper online!
I bought mine in Sainsbury’s, but other brands are available!
I soak my hair and then wash my hair, using the thick, unctuous Biolage in a shampoo style way, massaging my scalp. It feels SO nice, massaging silky conditioner into my head, instead of soapy stingy shampoo.
I rinse thoroughly.
I then condition my hair, excluding the scalp this time. I let that soak for a minute or two while I do my other bits and bobs!
I then rinse with water.
Then, I get a jug and pour half an inch of cider vinegar in, then fill the jug up to the top with warm water. I slowly pour this cider vinegar rinse all over my scalp, letting it saturate the scalp and drip down to the ends of my hair.
Then I give about three more ‘clean water’ jug rinses…and, voila! My hair feels soft, looks silky and seems to be shedding less.
I hope to NEVER use shampoo again!!! Good luck with your ‘no poo’ experiments!