Getting Started with the No-Poo Method

I am a member of some great no-poo groups on Facebook, but many of them are really strict about no essential oils. Anyone who knows me knows that oils are a big part of my life, but I have respected the group rules. In an oil group, that I am a member of I asked about No-Poo to find people interested but so far little experience. So we decided to make a new group for people interested in no-poo and essential oils. Personally, I want to incorporate all non-toxic beauty but for right now the focus is no-poo.

If you are interested in joining us, please feel free! Non-Toxic Haircare & Beauty

This is just basic information to give you a starting point.

Important Information:

I am not an expert, this post is mostly based on my own experience and trial and error. What works for one person may not work for another.

Your water type, hair type, PH, and overall health can affect your no-poo method results. It can take experimenting to find the best results and you may have to do some research. I am pretty lucky. There is pretty good water where I live and I was low poo before going all out no poo. If you use lots of shampoo you may need to start low poo first for an easier transition.

Getting Started:

  • If you use shampoo, your hair is addicted to it. Your body creates something called Sebum that cleans your hair and keeps it healthy. Shampoo removes the Sebum and replaces it with chemicals. After a while, your hair just can not handle the Sebum and your hair gets that greasy feeling.
  • When you stop using shampoo you have to go through a detox phase. This is often referred to as transitioning. This can take as little as 3 months, but in some cases as long as a year. It took me 3 months but I did not get a good balance for my hair for about 6 months.
  • Once you decide to go no poo, you will want to do your last wash. This is best with a daily clarifying shampoo. This will make the transition easier for you. Keep this around the house too for cleaning your brushes!

Things useful to have:

  • Boar Bristle Brush (Get a cheap one at first for $5 at Walgreens or a local grocery store, and replace it when your hair is done transitioning.)
  • A very fine tooth comb. (I recommend using a lice comb because they are made for removing nits from hair, and will remove waxy buildup from your hair.
  • Glass SpraBottle
  • Dry shampoo (link is to DIY homemade one)
  • A science lab in your bathroom (I kid, but sometimes it will look like that)
  • Hair Oil (Link to the recipe I use)
  • A washing method (I prefer baking soda but this will not work for everyone)

I am more of a water only method, but every now and then I need to to a baking soda wash. Since I knew from the start that I wanted water only I tried to do that as much as I could from the time I started.

  • Before my shower, I start my haircare.  I use a “hair oil” once a week. I brush my hair with the Boar Hair Brush, massage the hair oil into my scalp, then use the lice comb to move the Sebum, and oil down the length of my hair. I use two intense oils so I try to use the oil sparingly and never let it set it long. If it ever feels uncomfortable I use fractionated coconut oil or Argon Oil.
  • Use the lice comb to remove excess oil, buildup, and ick from your hair. You will want a washcloth or something to wipe the ick off the comb. In the beginning, this will be gross, but after a while, it won’t be bad at all.
  • Rinse your hair daily with the hottest water you can stand. If you are using the hair oil, you do not want to get that in your eyes so be VERY careful! If needed do your wash, and rinse again with cold water.
  • While transitioning I “washed” weekly with a baking soda wash. I used 1/4th teaspoon baking soda with a jar full of water. I pour this over my hair, massaging my scalp and hair. I follow this with a coffee rinse to keep my hair from getting too dry and it seems to help with dandruff too!
  • For a coffee rinse, I save the last little bits from the coffee pot in a jar until I am ready to use it. I still do this once a week, but only wash once every 3 months now. You can also use apple cider vinegar but for me, the coffee works just as good without the smell.
  • Lately, I have started using a Tea Rise too. I use Sleepy Time Tea. I heat the tea as normal (No sugar or milk too!) I use this when my hair is getting a little oily or after a scalp scrub or hair oil treatment. I pour the warm (not hot) tea into wet hair and “lather” my hair. Rinse the tea out with cold water.
  • I have recently learned that every now and then you will want to exfoliate your scalp. I am not sure how often you should do this, and I am still learning, but I have done one. A lot of web pages say to use coffee grounds but this is really bad for your drains so I use large grain salt or sugar and make a scrub with applesauce. Here is a Scalp Recipe I started using: Scalp and Hair Salt Scrub I also found this one too: oMega-glow face mask
  • I recently also started using something called Mermaid Hair every morning! I love this stuff and find my hair feels cleaner since using it!

I use this recipe as is, but I also fill the bottle half up with water, because my hair seems to like that better.

Other things:

These are things I have heard are really good but have not used yet:

  • egg wash
  • soap nuts
  • Indian or African shampoo bars

Note:

Updated 6/4 with new steps and things that I have learned.

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