Earlier this month a fan, Tracey, of my blog posted a question, "Hi Angie, I see you posted 'No Poo Results' 11 months ago. I was wondering if you are still a 'no poo' ambassador? I am thinking of giving it a try." I thought it was a great question and deserved a good update blog. The last time I followed the traditional hair cleansing routine was over a year ago. January 7, 2013 was the last time I used regular shampoo followed up by conditioner.
That said, I am not strictly "No Poo" any longer, I have become a "Low Poo" convert. I loved "No Poo" and used it religiously as described in my original post here . Then early this past fall, I started to notice that my scalp was getting too dry from the baking soda wash. The flakes were less than attractive.
I decided to switch things up and see what happened, so I used a clarifying shampoo, but kept the apple cider vinegar rinse. It worked great, no more flakey, dry scalp. I didn't love to use the clarifying shampoo regularly though, because I am not a fan of the chemicals. I switched to Dr. Bronners liquid soap with ACV as a conditioning rinse. I follow the wash and rinse every four days pattern. My hair is amazing! And it has grown more in the last four or five months, than it did in the last three years! Take a look:
Here's the big take aways of the "Low Poo" method for me:
1) I am paying the beauty industry just a bit of money, if you consider Dr. Bronners a beauty product. However, I haven't bought a new bottle to wash my hair with since October! Washing every four days means I don't have to spend as much on this stuff. Plus, the quality of non-chemical, clean products like Bronners can be felt. Literally. While I am washing I can feel my hair change and I know when I've stimulated my scalp just enough. I even know, BEFORE, I get out of the shower if it's going to be a great hair day or a so-so one. Chemicalized products prevent us from knowing our body's natural modes, even our hair.
2) My hubby still likes the natural me better. That pretty much seals the deal for me that I don't need to go back to those other products.
3) Again, just like I felt a year ago, this is easier. Waaay easier! I've got better things to do then my hair.
Are any of you doing No or Low Poo? Tell me how it's going. Have you made it out of the awkward oily phase & figured out the right methods & mixtures for you?