Is no-poo not working for you? There is a simple and easy way to make it work. And it’s not harsh on your scalp and will leave your hair shiny and bouncy.
If you oil your hair, no poo can be a little challenging and unpredictable. Those with dry hair will remain unaffected with some oil still left on. But if your hair is fine and oily, like me, even a drop of extra oil will make hair look flat and limp. And that’s not nice.
Going back to normal shampoo is not an option for me, even if it is SLS free or paraben free. This is because any detergent on my scalp makes it go itchy and flaky. And it also causes hair loss. This is what led me on my no poo journey.
I get several emails from women who want to convert to no poo, but they are left with greasy head, especially ones with long and oily hair. I completely feel their pain.
I have a good news for those of you who want to go no poo, but are still in transition phase for months. You can cheat a bit and get squeaky clean hair. Plus, it won’t affect your scalp and leave your hair shiny, bouncy and beautiful looking. Here’s how…
My hair is fine, oily.
I wash it twice a week.
Oil massage once a week.
The day I don’t oil my hair, I use my favourite ree-shi shampoo (reetha-shikakai). It cleans the hair beautifully.
But the trouble is when I oil my hair and have to wash the oil out.
This is what I did previously
I used homemade egg shampoo, followed by a hair rinse. Most of the time this method was successful – but not always.
A few weeks ago, I ran out of eggs and was wondering what to use to wash the oil from my hair.
I was looking around the house for options and found a bottle of shampoo that had a natural tag on it.
Because I can’t use it on my scalp (as it makes my scalp sore), I thought of using the shampoo on the length of hair. That’s how the new method was found.
Shampoo-cum-rinse: New Method To Wash The Oil Out
First I wet my hair. I slightly bent my neck back bringing all hair together. Then, I apply shampoo to the lengths of the hair, leaving the scalp at least an inch, then rinse hair thoroughly. Next, I use ree-shi shampoo for the scalp.
The results are stunning. No oily residue. And my hair looks bouncy with added luster and gloss. And my scalp is happy too.
I have not given up on the egg wash. I still use it. But when I have some event or party to attend and I want my hair to be squeaky clean, I use the shampoo-cum-rinse-method.
Points to consider when using the shampoo-cum-rinse-method:
Since you are not touching the scalp, you can use any shampoo for this method, with SLS or SLS free. The problem with sodium lauryl sulfate is that it can irritate the skin and is also bad for aquatic life.
Here are some natural shampoo options that you can use:
Thick, coarse hair: Jamaican black Castor oil Shampoo
Curly Hair: Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Shampoo
Dandruff: Juniper Oil Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Dry, Damaged Hair: Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
Fine, Oily Hair: Amla & Shikakai shampoo (contains SLS); Himalaya Baby Shampoo
Do you have any no poo trick to share?