Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Is No Poo for you?

Last May, Ann was taking her shower.........  we know...TMI.....but hang with us and you'll see why we are starting there.

While waiting for the conditioner to sit and do it's thing, she was reading the labels of her shampoo and conditioner because she had just learned about an ingredient that wasn't so hot. OH MY! There it was......both products had that ingredient and it got her to thinking about what she could use to shampoo her hair without that particular chemical. She was slowly trying to eliminate as many chemicals from her morning routine as possible. What would she try? Then she remembered one of her rubber stamping friends who had tried a No Poo way to keep her hair clean.  Sounds icky but it isn't.....really!!

With a little bit of trepidation she decided to give it a go. After all, if it didn't work, it wasn't the end of the world.

The No Poo way was a follows:
  • Two tablespoons of Baking soda in a plastic container large enough to hold about 2 cups of water. (Ann adds 2 drops of Young Living Cedarwood Essential Oil , 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Lavender)
  • One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a small plastic container. She used Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Take shower like normal. When you are ready to shampoo, add about 1 cup of water to the container with the baking soda mix and swirl around to dissolve the soda.   
  • Pour over your hair concentrating on the roots. Rub into the scalp and pull out to end of the hair. There won't be any suds but it will feel soft in your hands. Leaving it in for about a minute is good.  Rinse out.
  • Rinse your plastic container out and pour in the vinegar.  Add about a cup of water.  Pour over your hair and let sit a little before rinsing.
You may go through a period of oiliness as the scalp re-calibrates its oil production.  You see ......shampoos strip the scalp of natural oil making it produce WAY more than is necessary.  BUT, don't despair. This doesn't take too long. You'll find that you can go about a week before needing to 'shampoo' and between 'treatments' Ann just wets her hair down massaging the scale without any soda/vinegar just so she can style. Those of you who use hair product would want to rinse out all the product frequently.

Some say that this makes their hair too dry but Ann hasn't found that to be the case for her!  If you do, adjust the amount of soda so you are using less or treat your hair less often.  

Leah said that she was going to be giving this a try. So......one post in the future will give you her feedback.

If you decide to try No Poo, let us know how it went.   

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