I jumped onto the no-poo train by accident a few months ago. I had recently bleached my hair for the first time, and my top priority was whipping it back into shape, so I started shampooing less frequently. Prior to this, I had already been washing my hair every other day, so I decided to see if I could stretch it to twice weekly, shampooing on Wednesdays and Sundays. Now, I'm at the point where I can go an entire week without washing my hair.
Frequent shampooing is probably a factor behind your hair's dryness or frizziness. Spreading out shampooing and not constantly removing sebum promotes shinier, smoother, and more manageable hair, aka the infamous second day hair. We've all experienced the wonder of second day hair, how it just seems to style perfectly and stay in place all day. That's because it has the perfect amount of sebum, so it isn't flat and greasy or dry and out of control. Since your sebum production is cut back so much by not shampooing, this blissful period of manageable hair lasts much longer.
Dry shampoo is a miracle product during this period. It absorbs some of the oils but isn't as harsh as shampoo. Keep in mind that you should only use dry shampoo a couple of times weekly or you might dry out your scalp! Plus, you can always wash your hair without using shampoo once or twice during the week as needed. Conditioner contains multiple cleaning agents, albeit not nearly as many as shampoo, so it makes for a perfect pick-me-up midway through the week. To do this, take a lot of conditioner and scrub your scalp vigorously until you get a bit of a lather. Let this sit for a few minutes (I usually shave my legs while I wait) and rinse thoroughly. It will leave your hair feeling less oily but not squeaky-clean.
Have you tried the no-poo method? Share your stories in the comments below!
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