My name is Maor and I would like to discuss the no-shampoo issue, which I have been reading about extensively lately. A short introduction: In my highschool years I suffered from exhaustion and used to skip showers every now and then, and I ultimately learned from experience that there was no harm in abstinence from body soap and stopped using it altogether. Naturally, I began to doubt the need for shampoo, but when my hair became greasy after a short no-shampoo period I gave up. I have come across information on the subject lately and would be glad if you can help me sort things out:
1. Some of the no-shampoo adherents wash their hair with baking soda and vinegar. In my eyes this is effectively substituting one unnatural substance with another one, and the option of water-rinsing only appeals to me more. Is it actually preferrable?
2. If I use water only, I understand that I would need to scrub the scalp from time to time. What is the frequency?
3. I have read about the transition period, when the scalp becomes extra greasy. Is there a way to relieve this condition?
When I was very young, I used to have greasy hair. This was due to the fact that as I shampooed every day, my scalp was compensating for the loss of natural oils by OVERPRODUCING. Over 18 years ago, I stopped shampooing every day and slowly my scalp adjusted. I pretty much don't ever shampoo unless I get really nasty from my job or doing housework. I pretty much never need to shampoo and usually just scrub my scalp with my fingers and rinse with water, there's already plenty of things in the tap water to clean my hair. If you feel that your head smells, then I would probably use something like baking soda, but it really shouldn't be a problem if you rinse with water properly. I wouldn't use vinegar either, maybe lemon juice or something. The "man" is just playing on your fear of bad hygiene to pilfer money from your wallet for shampoo products. Good luck with the transiton.
Thanks for your replies, everyone. I used to wash my hair twice a week up until a week ago, when I stopped using shampoo altogether. I can already see and and feel the greasiness of the hair and am a bit worried, in case it becomes worse and my environment notices it. I sure do hope that a month is all I need.
I wonder whether hair that is washed only with water looks the same as hair washed with chemicals. Is the difference noticable?
Water doesn't remove the oil; shampoo does. The difference is noticeable. It takes a long time to transition. Transition can be easier if you have short hair. Also if you live somewhere with adequate humidity.
If your diet is clean and you are well-hydrated it helps a lot. I tried no-poo for awhile. My diet is not optimal right now and I choose to wash my hair once a week with a small amount of 7th Generation dish soap.
I just embarked on the no poo journey about two months ago. Greasy hair has not only to do with abuse from shampoo...but from diet!!! So your first step is to eat 811rv. The times I cheated badly on meat and dairy...dang my hair became oily fast. As for the shampoo issue, here is what I did:
I first tried to just wash with water. AWFUL! There was so much oil. I had to use something. Using lemon juice wasnt enough at this stage. I did some research on forums, and a lot of people were recommending Dr Bronners castille soap. I instantly threw out the shampoo, and tried Dr Bronners. It honestly felt really bad at first, seemed to strip my hair, and made it feel dry, but that is because Dr Bronners reveals your hair to be what it really is...shampoo just hides the damage. So...I just stuck with the Dr Bronners...my hair still looked good at least, and it certainly isnt bad for you like shampoo. After 3-4 weeks, my hair no longer "freaked out" from Dr Bronners...AND my hair started getting less oily...its only been 2 months later and I only have to wash my hair once a week with DR Bronners!!! I rinse my hair everyday with water....giving it a good scrub with my hands. The oil has really disappeared...unless I eat bad food or high fat! Once you've been on 811rv for a good while, and free of shampoo, you should be able to go just on water. But you will know when the time comes...don't push it, just be patient...it takes time.
Just water for 1+ year now and I have the best hair ever.