So, you’ve heard the recent hype about the “no poo” hair care movement, and you’re thinking about ditching your shampoo and giving it a try for yourself. After all, traditional lathering shampoos tend to contain strong chemicals and other ingredients that can dry out your hair. Before you make the switch, however, there are a few things you should know.
Find the Right Formula
Start by doing some research, as not all no-poo shampoos are the same. Some are specifically formulated for thick, curly hair, while others are meant for fine and brittle hair. Know what your hair type is and find a product that’s made for it. For instance, some no-poo cleaners contain tea tree oil, which is meant to combat dry scalp and strengthen hair that’s prone to breakage.
Have Some Patience
While no-poo cleansers can do amazing things for your hair in the long-term, you might be disappointed if you expect instant results. After all, if you’ve been using traditional shampoos and conditioners for most of your life, it’s going to take some time to undo the damage that’s been caused. Be patient with your new hair-care routine, and be sure to give the product at least a few weeks to work its magic—even if you’re tempted to go back to your trusty lathering shampoo. More often than not, that patience pays off.
Fight Product Build-Up
Finally, even once you’ve found the perfect no-poo cleanser, be sure to keep a small bottle of clarifying shampoo on-hand. No-poo cleansers are known for causing product build-up over several weeks and months (among certain hair types), so it’s not a bad idea to cleanse your roots every few weeks as needed.
Of course, if you’re still committed to not using traditional shampoo, you can always get rid of product build-up on your roots by rinsing with a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar.
By following these tips, you’ll ease your transition into using no-poo hair cleanser and yield the best possible results. You might never want to go back to your regular shampoo again!