I have not shampooed my hair in over 3 years and I continuously get compliments from people saying how shiny and healthy it looks.
It all started when I was still living in Barcelona. My scalp was overproducing oil and I found myself having to wash my hair every day because it was getting so greasy. I hated it, remembering the days when my hair was shiny and full of volume for up to 3 days.
When I moved to Vancouver and started my total health reboot, fixing my hair issues was a number one priority (it’s important stuff!). Having tried natural shampoos in Spain I was not convinced, but rather hated using them because they don’t lather!!! Plus, they were super expensive compared to the mainstream shampoos I was used to.
So I went online to google for the best natural shampoos available in Canada. That led to getting caught up with cat memes and an hour later I was back on track finding out why my hair got so greasy in the first place. Enter the ‘No Poo’ method.
The name is a bit unfortunate, but it is what the 'no shampoo' method is known for...so bare with me.
It turns out that conventional shampoos are so drying that your scalp overcompensates by producing more oil in an attempt to keep your skin moisturized. Over time, this increases which leads us to wash our hair more frequently.
|“Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day.”
Natural shampoos are less harsh, helping to restore that balance in time. My problem was that as a student I didn’t want to spend the money and, having come across the ‘no poo’ method, I was curious to give it a try.
So here’s the deal:
The No Poo Method uses baking soda and apple cider vinegar (separately) to clean and condition your hair.
Baking soda acts as an emulsifier for the fats accumulated on your scalp, and strangely enough, the apple cider vinegar acts as the detangler, adding shine to your hair whilst preventing fizz. Don't omit the vinegar as your hair can dry out!
Some people might experience a 4-week transition period, in which the scalp starts overproducing oil. Hang in there though, the results are well worth it.
1-2 tsp baking soda (adjust as needed)
2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (acv)
-1 small 200ml, empty plastic bottle: I like happy planet juice bottles due to their wide neck. Poke a small hole in the lid to squirt out liquid.
- 1 empty 250ml yogurt container
Let me know if you give it a try and what you think!
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷