Something you may not know about me is that I have always wanted curly hair.
CRAZY curly hair. I would wear it huge too. No taming of the curls please.
Living with straight hair all my life though, I would take the extra work for a built in style. You have body, You have texture. AND you can straighten your hair if you want too.
No. Im not going to get a perm. (if that was you were thinking) Been there done that. I ruined my hair in high school with perms, a curling iron and hairspray. A lot of hairspray. Since then, I have got my hair highlighted/colored a handful of times, but have generally left my hair natural with minimal usage of product and blow-drying/ironing. (This is partly due to my wanting healthy hair and part laziness)
A few weeks ago at the Atlanta Arts Festival, a lady came in our booth with the most gorgeous red curly hair. I complimented her and she told me that I too may be able to get "naturally curly" hair.
"Have you ever heard of No-poo?" she asked. Ah, no.
She proceeded to tell us about someone she knows who had straight hair stopped using shampoo and ended up with curly hair! That is really all I had to hear before I decided I would try it.
I thought of how my hair
I did some reading online and even though I was game to try not washing my hair at all, it turns out that you do "wash" your hair, just not with shampoo. Get it? No-poo?
Baking soda mixed with water is the "wash" and apple cider vinegar with water is the rinse.
This method is extremely popular as of late and if you google "no-poo" you will find more than enough information. I hate being last on the bandwagon, but here I am.
If you are intrigued too, Naturally Curly is a perfect intro to no-poo. Also, Melissa from Eco-Friendly wrote a great post listing the benefits of giving up the poo.
I think this flow chart from the crunchy wife though, may be the motivation you need to give the no-poo a try yourself.
The idea is this:
The chemicals in shampoo strip your hair of their natural oils, which then tells your head to produce more oil. Oh, is this why my hair gets so nasty if I don't wash it within 24 hours? (thank god for tight pony tails and hats)
So even if my hair doesn't get curly, other no-poo-ers out there say I should at least expect:
- more body/texture
- less oily hair (after potentially gross transition phase when starting)
- less frizz
- softer, shinier hair
- less $$ spent on hair (for me, only a $10 savings every couple months-but hey)
- less negative impact on the environment
How I'm going to No-Poo for my 30 day Challenge
I will "wash/rinse" my hair 3x per week with the following:
1 tsp baking soda to 1 cup water
1tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 1 cup water
I will brush my hair daily with a boars hair/natural bristle brush to distribute my natural oils from roots to ends.
*I will not put any products on my hair, nor will I use a blow dryer. (neither of which I ever do anyway)
I will report back to you weekly on my progress, with pictures.
Tomorrow will actually mark my first week of no-pooing and I have to say, baking soda is an amazing product. I didn't wash my hair for several days (just water rinsed) and it was a greasy mess. On the 4th day I used the baking soda/water mixture. My hair felt light and clean and seems to have more texture at the roots. I washed again with the soda on the 6th day and used the rinse too. I have also been brushing my hair every day. So far so good.
Anyone else out there tried no-pooing, thinking of trying, or want to try it with me??
Come on it will be fun and I would love to have another partner in crime. Treffry and Ernesto are on board.
Here is to healthy, non oily [maybe even curly] hair!