No-Poo Method to Hair Care

13/08/2013 admin Home Remedies

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Long before shampoos and conditioners came into play our forefathers had cleaner and healthier hair. There were next to nil need for hair serums, masks and what not which does absolutely nothing but only further damage or worse still destroy your hair. The ¬†“No poo” method is a recent movement that has been introduced into the beauty world. People have realized that they have been using a lot of harmful chemicals in the beauty products they use. You probably may have become a victim of harmful or substandard shampoos and other beauty products at one time in your life.

Did you know that you can have clean hair without using a shampoo ? So what’s stopping you from enjoying the same freedom our forefathers had in hair care ? However for those who love foam and lather in their shampoo will be disappointed as the no-poo method of cleaning your hair does not involve any lathering or foam whatsoever.

Unlike commercial shampoos that give you the lather or foam that convince you that you’re squeaky clean, natural hair cleaning method does not give you the satisfaction of basking in lather but does the job of cleaning and nourishing your hair all the better. The key ingredient in commercial shampoos that give you the lather is sulphates;

  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

Sulphates can be pretty nasty as it strips your scalp and hair of its natural oils, which in turn gets absorbed into the pores of the skin only to create havoc in your body in years to come. Having said that, I’ll cut to the chase and get to the point on how this no-poo method works.

The following are the popular no-poo (No Shampoo) methods commonly used:

1) Baking Soda

Baking soda is effective for washing away oil buildup on your scalp and hair. One tablespoonful of baking soda is enough for a single wash. Dissolve it in a cup of water (preferably warm water) until all the gritty texture disappears. Apply the solution on your hair and massage gently. Rub your hair the same way you rub your regular shampoo, until it feels smooth. Since baking soda has no soap base, there will be no lather. When you are through, rinse off your hair under the shower. Your scalp produces natural oil and so there may be no need for conditioning. However, baking soda can leave your hair very dry and give your scalp a scaly look, and so you may consider applying a moisturizer on your hair. Baking soda is good for people who have an oily scalp. People who have a dry scalp may need to consider using extra ingredients, and this is where Apple Cider Vinegar comes in.

2) Baking Soda & Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural moisturizer. It is ideal for dry hair and scalp. After long periods of using baking soda to clean hair, your hair is likely to become dry. This is the time to prepare a blend of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This cleans your hair and also leaves it moisturized. Baking soda and cider vinegar is good for people with a normal, dry or even combined scalp. As for those who are not exactly great fan of vinegar smells, no worries. The smell of vinegar normally dissipates as the hair is rinsed off. After the hair is fully dried there wont be a trace of vinegar smell.

3) Plain water rinse

This method involves the use of just water to wash hair and is more suited for people who have a normal scalp. Water is the most affordable and easily available shampoo alternative. It is advisable to warm the water before washing your hair in order to clean away the excessive oil on your scalp and hair. In order to benefit from this method, you need to practice regularly. It may not work at first, but with time your hair gets used to this cleaning method and the oil buildup will eventually go away after a few weeks. You will be surprised how easy it is to clean hair with just water. People with an oily skin may require some more ingredients in order to clean the oil buildup, and this is where baking soda comes in.

The no poo method of may not work effectively for everyone. Which is why it is important for you to identify your scalp and hair type which then determines the most effective method for you. Some people add essential oils like Lavender, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil to their blend to give the required effect and even scent.

Rinsing hair with green tea instead of Apple Cider Vinegar has also said to be be just as effective, but that will be a topic for another day. Experiment with the various ingredients that is readily available at hand. Given the fact of torturing our skin and hair with harmful chemicals all these years, replacing synthetic based products with any natural product regardless of its less than pleasant scent is more than welcome, as its definitely a safer and more nourishing alternative.

 

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