Ok, so it seems like all I’m seeing over the interwebs lately is this shampoo (or lack thereof…) phenomenon called “No Poo.”
To be honest, the first time I saw a post on my Facebook about someone sharing their ‘no poo’ story I was aghast. I mean, really people – no one needs to hear about your bathroom activity.
BUT, then I realized they were talking about shampoo….thank goodness!
You see, we’ve known for a long time that many of our fave shampoo brands are full of nasty ingredients. Chemical ingredients. Toxic ingredients.
So why the heck do we continue to use them? Is it because we didn’t realize there was a more natural shampoo alternative or because it’s just so damn easy to buy one and ignore the ramifications?
How Bad is Shampoo, Really?
I was a little shocked to learn just how bad some of my favourite shampoo brands were. There is a group, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), who actually created a database to rate the toxicity of over 71,000 personal care products. Those rating 0 were considered nontoxic, while those rated 10 are highly toxic.
Interested in finding out how some of your faves weighed in?
- Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Advanced Keratin Repair Shampoo, Rating = 5
- Dove Moisturizing Shampoo, for Dry or Damaged Hair, Intense Moisture, Rating = 5
- L’Oreal Everpure Volume Shampoo, Rating = 8
- Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish & Shine Shampoo, Rating = 5
- John Frieda Root Awakening Normal Hair Shampoo, Rating = 7
FYI – I immediately ran to my bathroom and tossed my L’Oreal shampoo after learning the bad news.
So, what makes these products so damn bad for you?
Well, first of all they contain ingredients like Oxybenzone, Formaldehyde Releaser, Benzyl Salicylate, Synthetic Fragrance and more. All of which tip the toxic scale at a rating of 7 or higher. Yikes.
Going No Poo
If you’re as turned off by this as I was, then it’s time to consider giving the no poo method a try. Here’s what you’ll need:
- High Quality Baking Soda (like Bob’s Red Mill, which you can find on Amazon or in your local grocery store)
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg Organic is my fave)
- Natural dry shampoo for in between days (try our homemade dry shampoo recipe!)
- Argan oil or coconut oil for a hair mask
How to Do It
1. Scoop 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your hand and massage it into your scalp. It is important to focus on your scalp and not the shaft of your hair, otherwise it gets too dried out
2. Rinse completely
3. Pre-mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle (ex. 1/4 cup ACV and 3/4 cup water)
4. Spray your ACV/water mix generously over your hair, focusing on the ends. Let it sit for 2 minutes
5. Rinse completely and then style your hair as usual
Sounds easy, right? Well, that’s because it is. The only thing you want to remember is that you can’t overuse baking soda on your hair, otherwise it will suck the moisture right out of it. Try only washing your hair with this no poo method every 4 or 5 days.
On your in between days feel free to give your locks some love by rubbing a pea-sized amount of argan oil through it. Once a month, give your tresses some serious TLC by slathering it with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a great hair mask because it’s full of protein and fatty acids that your hair will soak in, leaving it with a beautiful, healthy shine.
If you feel like your hair is a little limp on the in between days, rub in some dry shampoo. Since the idea is to avoid toxic ingredients, be sure to give our DIY dry shampoo recipe a try. There’s one for light locks and dark haired beauties!
Now, I want to hear from you – Have you tried the No Poo method? If so, what was your experience? Share in the comment section below!