Going No 'Poo!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I've stopped washing my hair as often. That's right, I've gone from washing root to tip everyday down to washing just my scalp every other day. This less washing even has the been labeled the "No 'Poo Movement".
It might be unthinkable to just quit washing your hair every day, but it isn't as bad as you think. I really decided to go no 'poo after learning about my hair's health and how I could be damaging it.
You hair is at it's weakest, most vulnerable state when it's wet. Breakage happens more often when hair is wet than dry. After learning this while watching Carol's Daughter on HSN (thanks for the info, y'all!), I decided dry shampoo was going to be my best friend. I found that Suave works best for me and my budget. It smells wonderful, gets rid of the greasy look around my roots and doesn't leave quite so much white powdery stuff in my hair.
Now, I'm not saying that I'm never going to wash my hair again. That would just be gross, I've just limited it down to every other day. My goal is to try to get it down to 2 or 3 days a week. But when you must wash your hair to get all of the product and grease out, here are some things to remember in your hair care routine.
[one] When you wash your hair, only shampoo the scalp/roots. Reason: The shampoo actually strips your hair of its natural oils which dries your hair out and can cause it to break. However, your scalp is living skin and needs to be cleansed of the oils and build-up from products. So only shampoo the scalp and roots of your hair. This takes care of greasy scalp and will save the natural oils in your lovely locks.
[two] Condition your hair. Giving your hair a little extra TLC with conditioner will never hurt, especially if you have dry hair such as myself. There are all different types of conditioners on the market now, just look for one that fits your needs.
[three] Be gentle when you brush your wet hair. Since starting to take better care of my hair, I spray a little leave-in conditioner/detangler in my wet hair and then start in the middle and brush to the ends and work my way up. I find that doing the ends first helps to get out the tougher tangles and the top near the scalp is a breeze.
[four] Limit the use of heat. I rarely, if ever, use heat on my hair now. My hair dryer is laying lonely and unused in the bathroom. Hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons all cause serious damage to your hair! The less you use them the more your hair will thank you!
These are my reason for why I've gone No 'Poo. I'm sure not everybody will agree with me, and that's okay. This is just what I've found that works best for my hair during my last 6 months of healthy hair experimentation.
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