Thursday, June 26, 2014

Going 'No Poo' - Chemical Free Hair

I have recently chosen not to poo. This simply means that I don't use any shampoos or conditioners in my hair. I cannot say that I don't use 'chemicals' because baking soda is technically a chemical. As I've been on my 're-wilding' journey lately, I found that I was spending way too much money on chemically enhanced shampoo products and none of them even satisfied my needs. I tried every shampoo and conditioner that was available! Even the really expensive ones. They would work for a few months then my hair would get used to it and in order to stay with that brand, I would have to wash my hair every day or else I would be stuck with an oily mess! So, like I said, I chose to not poo! Here is what i've done so far. (and I will do updates on this as well)

First, with a lot, lot of research, I found the best method that worked overall for people. Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar. I put my old shampoos in the closet (out of sight out of mind, right?) My very first day of going no poo was in May. I made up a mixture of essential oils for oily hair (because mines oily most of the time) and i 'shampooed' with that. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinsed. Then for a conditioner I made a home made mixture of a conditioner. This consisted of Shea butter & coconut oil. (I will post recipes for these below) Now, the conditioner should only be used like once every 2-3 months because I tell you what, I had people asking me for days why my hair was always wet (aka.greasy). The shea butter stays in your hair for a very long time. It is so hard to get out! BUT, it feels amazing and rejuvenated after it is all out, so it's definitely worth it every couple of months. Plus our hair needs that natural condition ever so often. With the conditioner though, I did NOT put it on my roots, I only put it on the ends and the bulk of my hair. I don't know if that makes a difference, but I can only imagine what an oil mine my head would have been if i put it on my roots! So that is my day 1.

Day 2, I just rinsed my hair with water in the shower. I hid the greasy look with an undo and a headband! Day 3 I took a bath with essential oils in my bath and just soaked my hair in the tub. Didn't use anything on it though. On this day, I could start to see the amazing work of the shea butter and coconut oil. My hair was a little less greasy and very little dandruff and sebum buildup. For those of you that are wondering, sebum buildup is the white stuff that builds on your scalp. If you soak in a tub and scrub your scalp with your fingernails you'll see white stuff under your nails. Your head produces it naturally, it will decrease as you go farther in your 'no poo' re-wilding adventure. Moving on, Days 4, 5, & 6, I just rinsed, alternating with baths and showers when needed.

Once I saw the oil from the conditioner mix was going away I washed my hair with baking soda. Meaning, I poured some BS (baking soda) in my hands and scrubbed my scalp, as well as the bulk of my hair (I have really long hair). I made sure to rinse the BS out really good, then I conditioned with Apple cider Vinegar. (roots and all) When needed I still take a wide tooth wooden comb through my hair when the Apple cider is sitting in my hair. This will get any dead strands out, and yes, they do come out! I alternated this method every other shower. So on the off showers (or baths) I would just rinse my hair. I tried to eliminate the combing to one day a week or less.

So I've been doing this method for about 2 months now. My hair finally is starting to see its true being. I have pretty much weened myself off of the Baking Soda and Apple Cider routine, as my hair doesn't need it anymore. I find that when I do use that method now, my hair is oily and ill have to rinse it for sure the next day. I can go about 3 days without rinsing my hair and it is still maintainable and not greasy looking. I am struggling with ways to do my hair, because I've been keeping it in an undo all summer to hide the greasy transformation. It is really hot though, so I guess summer was a good time to transition. When I do wear my hair down, it is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait until winter to display it!

Please keep in mind, everyone's hair is different. My friend who was doing this transformation with me still uses the essential oil mixture and not the baking soda method. I think she only used the Baking soda method once or twice and it didn't work for her. Also, her hair is really dry and mine is really oily, so the essential oils really help bring oil back to her hair. Try different things, see what works for you. Stick with it and be patient. You hair was not made to be coated with chemical! Let it be free and it will be more amazing than you could ever imagine! Also, I have been cutting my hair more frequently. I cut my hair at home myself so I do this about once every 2 weeks just to get the dead hair off and try to speed up the growth process to get all new fresh wild hair in! Good luck and please comment! I will be posting an addition to this post in a few months when I am farther along in the process.

Oily Hair Essential Oil Recipe: 

  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Lemon Oil
  • 4 drops Lavender Oil
  • 4 drops Patchouli Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 4 drops Thyme Oil
  • 0.50 ml of Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
I used a 3 oz bottle and put all ingredients in, then filled it with warm water and give it a good shake. You don't need much, just enough to coat the hair. Fun Fact: The Thyme helps with dandruff and hair loss. (this is why I always add it in)

Dry Hair Essential Oil Recipe: 

  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 3 drops Basil Oil
  • 4 drops Myrrh Oil
  • 4 drops Thyme Oil
  • 0.50 ml of Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 ml of Jojoba Oil
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
I used a 3 oz bottle and put all ingredients in, then filled it with warm water and give it a good shake. You don't need much, just enough to coat the hair. All of these ingredients are specifically for dry hair! The Basil will help not only with dry, but help stimulate hair growth. The tea tree will also help with dandruff.

Conditioner Recipe: 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
I don't know the amounts that I used, I just know I used too much coconut oil. So maybe use 1 part coconut oil to 3 parts shea butter. I melted this down in a double broiler and stored it in a baby food jar. When I need to use it, I let the sealed container float around in my bath water until its melted enough to lather on hair.

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