How to stop washing your hair

How to stop washing your hair

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This is a scary thought right?  Would you really go as far as stopping washing your hair to save money?  I did.  It was fun.


Technically, you don’t stop washing hair altogether.  Instead, you just switch to washing your hair with things that you can find around your house.


It saves you money, improves your hair and is better for the environment.  Are you up for it?  Let me explain more.

What is no poo?

This is the name given the movement of people who stop using shampoo.  They basically choose to shun expensive products that are full of toxins that are bad for us and the planet.


There are lots of different products that you can substitute it with.  Some people just opt for water, others ditch the shampoo and just use conditioner whilst some are collecting rainwater in buckets and using that to wash their hair.


You will need to spend some time figuring out what works for you and it might take a bit of trial and error.  You have been warned.

What to do first?

Research is a good place to start.  There are several groups on Facebook that will guide you through the process.


Basically, most people agree that you should start with a clarifying shampoo.  You can buy this online and it will remove any of the bad stuff that is already on your hair from shampoo so that it is ready for your new regime.


If you want to save money on this, you can skip it but it does take your hair longer to adjust.  I’d recommend sharing a bottle with friends or using it on the whole family to get your money’s worth.


What can you use to clean it with?

Once you start the aim is go as long as you can between washes with 4 days being the minimum.  It takes your hair this long to start self-cleaning.  Over time you want to make this time longer and longer.


When wash day comes around you can choose what you want to wash it with.  My favourite was bicarbonate of soda.  I’d mix a teaspoon into a cup of warm water, pour it on my head and give it a scrub.


You will need to focus on the roots to get them extra clean and ready for the next for days ahead.  You can then rinse it out with water.


How about conditioning?

After you’ve cleaned you hair it is good to do a balancing rinse.  I typically used diluted apple cider vinegar but also tried various sorts of tea.  Do some experimenting or just use what you’ve got in the cupboard.

How long does it take to look good?

It can take a while but it will depend on a lot of factors.  The method you use, how long you are going between washes, the water in your area and your type of hair.


Once you get there though, it is totally worth it as your hair will feel amazing and look stunning.  Plus, you’ll be saving a whole lot of money.


Have you tried no poo?

How did you get on?  What top tips do you have for others starting on this journey?  Share them below and I will include them in this post.

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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