Goodbye Shampoo?!

Do you think you could stop using shampoo? Don't worry, you don't need to! 
When doing some research i came across this interesting article about the No Poo and the Low Poo Movement. Fans of No Poo Movement believe that the chemical shampoos do more harm than help. The solution? Use only water and let the natural oils of the hair do the "dirty work".

I believe it is a naturalistic idea of ​​a radical project. In fact, some dermatologists and hairdressers say they had never heard of the No Shampoo Movement (No Poo). But reports of experiences are a bit all over the web. There are specialized blogs for sharing experiences and even celebrities are part of it. Robert Pattinson, Adele, Jessica Simpson and Prince Harry revealed that the shampoo is not an habitual in their hair care.

                                                                       Christa D'Souza after 6 weeks of No Poo

It is important to distinguish the No Poo from the Low Poo. The No Poo routine implies totally giving up shampoo. The washings are done only with water without neglecting the scalp massage. For maintenance there may be sporadically used mixtures of cooked ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate or apple cider vinegar. For people who cannot pass without recourse to the method shampoo Low Poo fits as it reduces the maximum number of washings with shampoo, preferably using one which is not composed of sulfates.

For a dermatologist the distinction between using shampoo less often or abolish it all together is very significant: "The number of washes should be appropriate to each person, and if there are those who can spend a week or more with only one washing, it's no problem. " When the goal is to use only water the picture changes. "The water removes traces of pollution, but does not remove the fat that accumulates in the roots and scalp," explains the dermatologist.

Abdicate Shampoo is one of the advice given in the book Curly Girls: The Handbook (2001), written by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel. The authors propose the No Poo as a revolutionary alternative for snails and bunches more healthy and well defined. The supporters of this method assume that the shampoo removes sebum hair, fat naturally secreted by the scalp. Thus, to counter the aggressive action of shampoo, your scalp produces more fat, which will generate extra sebum in the hair. To remedy this problem, you will need more frequent washes than eventually spoil tips. You then have to use more products like conditioners and masks, and soon we are stuck in a vicious cycle of products and washes.

Share experiences
It was precisely because they feel stuck in this routine that Amber decided to share in her blog Fulfilled Homemaking her experience: "By the second day without washing my hair was too oily." Amber found in the method No Poo a challenge and decided to experiment with photographs documenting the course of six weeks without using shampoo. The process was not easy - or quick. At the end of the first week the hair found to be extremely oily, but according to the blogger very different from oily dirty. She bathed the hair with water which would eliminate the dirt but not the natural oils from the hair. "At the end of the second week I can already see some improvements that motivate me to continue," you can read in the blog. A month later the hair started to gain snails and in the sixth week Amber wrote: "For years, my hair was not so good." In the picture accompanying this post no visible signs of excess oil. Since then she occasionally uses a  mixture of sodium bicarbonate and extract melaleuca (tea tree). Currently, finding a package of shampoo at Amber's home is an impossible task: The No Poo movement conquered the whole family.

Before leaving the shampoo routine Amber used to wash her hair every day and it is possible that this has contributed to the overproduction of sebum that bothered her. "In some people washing the head too often can lead to an increase in sebum secretion: the more washes, the more sebum is produced", says a dermatologist. In these cases, controling the number of washes can help, but for the expert giving up shampoo will not bring visible benefits: "a proper hygiene and wash bring health to the hair." Also, a known hairdresser shared this view. For him, "the hair should be washed when needed. If not every day, a few days after it will be necessary. "

My Special Shampoo
The word shampoo comes from Hindi shampoo, which means massage. The term was later applied in the nineteenth century to a cleaning treatment of the scalp. But the shampoo as we know it today was only democratized in the 1930s. Since then formulas changed but some components remained. "The society and the world evolved and constantly changed bid. The No Poo Movement seems to have been invented by people who do not know the quality of some products that are on the market. Sure there are aggressive shampoos, but it makes no sense to radicalize, "concludes the hairdresser.

Both experts agree that in matters of health and hygiene capillary, the secret is in the quality of the products we use. "There are more natural and smoother alternatives" says the hairdresser. "In a supermarket you can buy either type, you just have to know what to look for. The dermatologist explains: "The most alkalin shampoos are the most likely they are to contain in their composition a detergent (sodium lauryl sulfate) that can be very aggressive for the hair. But there are also those that are amphoteric, more smoother thanks to a substance, Cocamide Propyl Betaine, and have almost no detergent. "

"With the products we have in the market today, giving up shampoo is a major setback," concludes the hairdresser. To him the No Poo is not presented as a good alternative: "Imagine what it would be to bath with water alone or once a week. It is not hygienic, is nonsense. " On the other hand, a dermatologist considers that it would take several years of research to scientifically debunk the efficacy of this method, but so far, there is no reason to believe that this "backwards" is preferable. Still, it is likely that sites devoted to this phenomenon continue to spread and with them the number of people willing to experience a life free shampoo.

With this information i won't give up shampoo and i highly recommend Biorganics hair care products. These products contain no artificial colours or fragrances, being both SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and cruelty-free. The active ingredients in Biorganics products are herbs, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and vegetable protein. The prices of these products are very low for the high quality offered (professional) and you can acquire them easily in the blog store area for instance.


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  1. My hair is naturally very curly. I used to wash it with shampoo, conditioner (twice a week) and once a week hair care mask. My curls didn't look ok and I was spending lots of money. My scalp never produced much fat and my hair was frezzy

    I decided to try the no poo method, washing my hair only when necessary with sodium bicarbonate and apple cider vinegar after.

    When I explained this to my mom her answer: "When I was a child we used to wash our heads with quillay cortex and vinager" (my mom was born in Chile). I was very surprised with her answer.

    First week was a bit messy, second week better, after the third week my hair was looking favolous.

    I would like to try with the quillay cortex, but I cannot find thsi tree in Europe :)

  2. I have found this info about quillay:

    In Spanish
    Quillay and its properties -
    to read this article in English just go to google translator

    General Info in English:

    Where to buy but currently out of stock: