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No More ‘Poo!

by Komal ThakkarGeorge Washington UniversityStar Contributor

Before you are thoroughly grossed out, (based on the title you may already be) I have to include a disclaimer. While I am quite a hippie, I would by no means try something like this unless I believed it would actually work.

The other day, one of my best friends came into the dance studio and said that she stopped using shampoo to wash her hair. After multiple “ew” or “that’s disgusting” remarks, we proceeded to let her explain. When she was through, I decided that I had to try it.

Here’s the logic: (If you don’t believe me, check out the article at the bottom of this post.)

Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate which are foaming agents that also have the capacity to strip your scalp of natural oils. These oils are essential in keeping your scalp and hair healthy and preventing dryness.

I used to wash my hair every other day because I hated how dry and frizzy my hair would get after I washed it. Unfortunately the day after I washed it, it was just a greasy mess which in turn caused me to wash it the next day. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t able to find a happy medium until my friend explained this phenomenon to me.

The day after I washed my hair, my scalp was producing an abnormal amount of oil to replenish those that had been stripped. Naturally, my hair felt greasy, so I was inclined to wash it. (Talk about a vicious cycle!)

Refraining from using products is basically like training your scalp to produce the right amount of oil. Since I’m not drying it out, it produces only the oil that is necessary. By not scrubbing my locks to death, the oils can travel down to my roots and stay healthy.

So if you been concealing your revulsion until now, here is how I get my hair squeaky clean without making my poor locks miserable. I found organic shampoo and organic conditioner. (Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a hippie.) It smells absolutely delicious and uses ingredients like aloe and fruit extracts instead of sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate. I squeeze out some organic shampoo (a quarter sized amount) into the palm of my hand once a week. I lather it up in my hands and ONLY SCRUB MY SCALP with circular motions with my fingertips! I take another drop that’s about the size of a dime and gently run my fingers through the rest of my hair. Then I use some organic conditioner for the ends.

Let your hair dry naturally, and you’re ready to go! No products, no washing, no conditioning, no special treatments for a whole week. When it doesn’t need washing, I put it up in a bun and wear a shower cap, so I don’t get it unnecessarily wet and frizzy.

My waves have never been so defined and healthy. I literally do not have to do ANYTHING to it in the morning and it always looks fine. (At least I think) It’s taken long enough, but I feel like I’ve found the right treatment for my hair.

A few warnings and comments:
1. If you have wavy or curly hair, this will work really well and your waves and curls will be much more voluminous and defined.
2. Straight hair is much more difficult as your hair is more prone to looking greasy with this technique.
3. It takes a while to get used to. We’ve had it engrained into our heads that not washing your hair every couple days is disgusting! It’s not. Of course this isn’t for everyone, but don’t give up so easily. You’re a lot more self conscious about your hair than anyone else is. Even if it feels greasy to you, it probably looks shiny and lustrous to everyone else. That was my biggest problem until people started asking me what I did with my hair to get it so silky looking!

My friend doesn’t use shampoo at all. She makes a solution with a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of water that she massages into her scalp in order to clean her hair once or twice a week. Everyone’s different and adjusts to the needs of their own hair. Check out the article below for all the different ideas surrounding this trend. While I recognize that I may have absolutely revolted some readers, hopefully I will have inspired some more to ditch the commercial products and go au natural! It really works! I promise!