Our hair ~ January 4, 2015
My lovely yoga instructor friend, Sunny Smith and I are taking the No Poo Challenge for the month starting tomorrow ~ January 5.
So what the heck is No Poo you ask? Let me explain ….
Hair contains oils that keep hair ~ naturally ~ conditioned and healthy. However, frequent washing along with the harsh chemicals in shampoos strips away the natural oils and leaves hair dry and frizzy.
The No Poo Method, is a gentle alternative to shampoo.
What is this alternative?
It is water and baking soda and the rinse is water and apple cider vinegar.
Although Sunny and I are taking the No Poo Challenge to see what it does to our hair, we need to remember that the skin is the largest organ (and this includes our scalp), so whatever you are putting on your head, such as chemical shampoo, the ingredients will seep into your body and into your bloodstream, organs and tissues! UGH! Also with the No Poo Method, we eliminate the need to dispose of all those empty shampoo and conditioner containers!
One thing I’d like to mention is that baking soda often has aluminum in it. I personally don’t want to pour aluminum over my head (remember the largest organ thing!), so I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda as it contains no aluminum!
So what is the process for the No Poo Method? Here it is:
- Put 1-2 tbsp of baking soda into large cup or yogurt container.
- When you get in the shower, fill the rest of the cup / container with water. Approximately 1 tbsp of baking soda to 1 cup of water.
- Stir until the baking soda is dissolved. The water will be cloudy.
- If the mixture feels gritty or pasty, either add more water or use less baking soda.
- Apply the mixture to your hair, aiming to get most of it around your roots and work it in with your fingers, gradually distributing it throughout the rest of your hair. It won’t lather like shampoo which will seem strange at first.
- Once you’ve rubbed it around a bit, you should be ready to rinse.
- When you are completely rinsed you are ready to condition.
Conditioner / Rinse:
- 1 tbsp of the vinegar per 1 cup of water. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or some lemon juice, if you like.
- When you’ve mixed up your conditioner, pour it on and work it in just like you did the baking soda.
- Rinse thoroughly.
I’m super excited to try this “experiment”. Neither Sunny nor I have done this before!
I will be sharing our results with you over the next month ~ pictures and all!