Monday, May 31, 2010

To Poo or Not to Poo

That title sounds pretty bad,doesn’t it? But I’ve been reading about people who don’t shampoo their hair or have cut way back on the amount of shampooing that they do. (hence, “no poo”)
Some people can't imagine not washing every day, even if their hair isn't oily. Is it just psychological? People get in the shower and think they have to wash from head to toe. People don't want to be 'dirty.’

Most women know that harsh chemicals can damage your face, hands and skin so why should your hair be any different? Chemicals found in shampoos may actually be drying out our hair. Indeed, nothing kills your color faster than frequent lathers, especially for red or brunette colored hair. (I know that for a fact!) Supposedly when you over-shampoo your hair, your hair is over-secreting oil in order to survive.

Doing some research I found that coarse, curly, dense textured-hair can go longer without washing because that type of hair is more dry and it absorbs the oil. It's more beneficial for people with that hair to not wash every day. Moisturized hair is cooperative hair. It will be shinier and have curl and style memory.

Ok, so how long can we go between shampoos and what’s the best way to go about this? Talking to a cosmetologist he suggested starting out at the end of the week. If you’re not busy on Saturday, try it Saturday morning. If you’re comfortable, go without again on Sunday. The more days in between your shampoos, the more beneficial it can be for your hair.

His recommendation is to wet your hair everyday and condition from the roots to the scalp. He feels that conditioning every day is very important. You should allow enough time for the water to really soak your hair. After your hair is wet, condition hair from the roots to the scalp, working the conditioner in. Do not place the conditioner directly onto your scalp—your hair will look greasy. You need to thoroughly rinse out the conditioner. Your hair should not feel slick or slippery.

I’ve tried skipping one day but that’s the bravest I’ve been. Maybe now that I’m done teaching I’ll experiment and try going longer between shampoos this summer. What do you think? Would you ever try going a week without shampooing, or are you addicted to a daily lather? Leave a comment and tell us!

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gail (A Fresh Start Organizing) said...

I have gone three days without the Poo, but I don't wet it down and condition it. May try that out this summer. Thanks for the suggestion and research!


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