will admit that I happily hopped on the no-poo bandwagon last year. My husband was eager to try water washing, so I used him as my case study towards this shampoo-less lifestyle.
I wasn't brave enough to try it on myself yet, but he didn't mind me experimenting on him. I'll frequently shove a spoonful of a new recipe in his mouth for a secondary opinion. Or approach him with a new bodycare product that I'll just start applying on him without saying anything. The man is used to it.
He started off by washing his hair thoroughly every day with water. After 5 weeks of "transition," it was unbelievably greasy. He even got our neighbor to try it, but with the same failed results. We then switched to an apple cider vinegar and essential oils rinse. This was poured on and combed through. Finally he had results. His hair was soft, shiny, not greasy, and the dandruff from his psoriasis had been tamed.
Excited by his results, I decided it was time to ditch my bottle of shampoo. I tried the vinegar rinse and about 4 weeks later, I looked like a stringy, greasy mess! I had read that many fellow no-pooers would use baking soda as shampoo, before rinsing in vinegar, so I decided to give it a try. I instantly had perfect, nongreasy hair. I was hooked!
THE PROBLEM WITH HOMEMADE SHAMPOO
Three months later, I couldn't stop itching at my scalp. The problem with this method, and many other DIY shampoos is that they drastically raise the PH value of the scalp, then shock it when it's hit with the acidic vinegar. Over time this disrupts the scalps natural PH and causes itching and flaking.
Castile soap is often used as a base in homemade shampoos, but it's ph value is 10-11, while the scalps natural ph is closer to 5.5. And if your hair is colored or treated, the castile soap can strip the coloraccording to Lisa Bronner.
After failing at my no poo experiment I caved and went back to my health food store brand, even though I wasn't entirely impressed with the ingredients. Recently though, I discovered that not just soap or baking soda can be used to cleanse the hair.
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