Wait — Why Aren’t People Washing Their Hair Anymore?
Posted by GreaterGoodness
You may have heard rumblings about the “No ‘Poo Movement.” Some people are shunning manufactured shampoos and conditioners in favor of a more natural lifestyle. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve stopped washing their hair altogether (though some do use only water). Rather, many people are using natural substitutions and washing their hair less frequently. But is it worth all the hype?
Let’s start off with basics.
Why Would I Stop Washing My Hair?
- Washing every day is unnecessary: You don’t need to wash your hair every day, whether you use manufactured shampoo or not. The major benefit is simply its fragrance. According to a study by Proctor and Gamble, Americans wash their hair between four to five times a week on average — twice as much as people in Italy and Spain. How often you wash your hair is a combination of hair type and plain ol’ personal preference. People with fine, short hair may need to wash their hair more frequently because oil easily travels from your scalp to the rest of your hair. Those with thick, curly hair may find it easier to skip days between washing because their hair doesn’t get as oily.
- It’s chemical-free: Whether you use all-natural ingredients or go the only-rinse-with-water route, you’re keeping your scalp free of manufactured products.
- You’re concerned about PH balance: Your scalp has a PH of 4.5 to 5.5, depending on your genes, lifestyle, diet, the products you use — and even your tap water. Proponents of shunning shampoo argue that shampoos strip your hair of necessary oils, thereby causing oil-overproduction. More on this below.
- It saves you money: It can save you a fair amount of money, depending on what you choose as your natural shampoo alternatives and how often you “wash” your hair.
How Do I Join The Movement?
The rules are flexible, and people use a variety of methods. You can still “wash” your hair using natural ingredients, or only use water; you can wash every other day, once a week, or sporadically; or you could just rinse your hair with nothing but water, using your fingers to scrub away the dead skin cells and dirt on your scalp. Some people take the no ‘poo approach in phases, gradually weaning themselves off of shampoo and subbing in natural products. It all depends on hair type and preference.
Typically, there is a shampoo substitute (like baking soda mixed with water) that you work into your scalp, and then a conditioner substitute that you work into your actual strands (like apple cider vinegar diluted with water). More substitutions are listed on the next page…