I am blessed with long thick locks of hair that grow at an exponential rate. But I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. Washing and blow drying it just seems like such a time waster. And with every stroke of my hair brush through my hair it feels as if a tiny needle is pricking my scalp – not nice. But I love that my hair doesn’t need much primping to look nice.
Washing my hair has always been far too big of a task for my liking first thing in the morning. Taking a good solid ten minutes in the shower and a further 30 minutes of drying time – who has time for that!?! Not only was washing my hair time consuming but with every shampoo I used I found I got what I paid for. Cheap meant squeaky clean and a tangled mess after blow drying, and expensive meant – well, expensive.
I searched the web for a good compromise and found something quite interesting – the no-poo method. Say what!?! It means no shampoo, but it does not mean not washing your hair. It merely means not using shampoo to wash it. All you need is bicarbonate of soda. Honestly, this stuff is so multi-functional I just went ahead and bought a 10kg bag of it from here. So now all I have to do is get a bit of bicarbonate of soda in a cup, mix with a little tiny bit of cold water to make a paste and rub into my scalp on a wet head. Leave it in for a few minutes to work and then rinse well with warm water.
You’ll find as you’re massaging the bicarb of soda into your scalp your hair will start to feel more silky and your fingers will brush through your hair quite nicely. It removes all the dirt and oil from you scalp without leaving behind any residues or toxins. It’s simple, dirt cheap and the best part is I now only have to wash my hair once a week. That’s right, only once.
Now transitioning from shampoo to bicarbonate of soda is not a quick switch. It takes time for your scalp to adjust. Because the more you wash your hair with shampoo the more you need to wash your hair. It’s the same thing as using soap on your face. The soap removes all the natural oils and so your body has to work overtime to replace it all. So give yourself at least 2-4 weeks for your head to ‘get in the game’ and you’ll end up with perfectly clean, naturally cared for hair that is seriously low maintenance.
When I started out I needed to wash it about every three days, but now once a week, maybe twice if I’ve exercised, is all it takes to keep my hair looking like this,
This is my hair six days since my last wash. You can condition your hair as normal, but I don’t bother with this. Every now and again I’ll pour a little apple cider vinegar on my ends. It brings back some nice shine and gets rid of split ends. I like to rub in coconut oil on my damp hair as a little post wash conditioner, but again I hardly ever do this. So if you’re fed up of having to wash, blow dry, style and repeat day in and day out, then give this a go and give it some time to prove itself. Here is a list of the steps to washing no-poo style:
- Mix 1-2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with a little cold water to make a paste (this is not a science so don’t get hung up on consistency)
- In shower get all your hair nice and wet
- Separate your hair into sections and take bicarb mix and rub into your scalp all over – massage well, you do not put it all over the rest of your hair, just the scalp and roots.
- Leave in for a few minutes and then rinse well with water – don’t forget behind your ears!
- Use conditioner on your ends or spray/soak with apple cider vinegar.
- Rinse and you’re done!
Here’s a closer look at my roots so you can see there’s no dandruff and what not!
Have you ever tried the no-poo method? Share your experience in the comments.
Photography by Tyron Cupido – thanks babe x
Edit Note: Just to mention that I do not dye my hair and have been told by a hair dresser friend that using bicarb of soda on dyed hair can fade/strip the colour.