Why I Will Never Go Back To Using Commercialized Hair Products
After spending thousands of dollars over the years on the latest shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, mousses, and serums, I realized that my hair still looked the same and just continued to get drier and more limp. And I’m not just talking about the products you find at the local market—even the brands that stylists swear by didn’t produce any amazing results, either.
With this new “sulfates are bad for your hair” craze, I decided to start doing some research on what can actually make your hair look healthier and grow stronger. What I discovered was something called the No ‘Poo Method, and I will never go back to using commercialized hair products ever again. (I know the name sounds a little questionable, but it stands for “no shampoo.")
This method encourages you to ditch your shampoo for baking soda and your conditioner for an apple cider vinegar and water mixture. I know it sounds wild, but I've never had shinier or more manageable hair until I switched to the No ‘Poo Method. I’ve been experimenting with this method for a few months now and haven’t had a bad hair day since.
And the really good news is that it works for everyone!
Whether you have corkscrew curls, stick-straight hair, or peroxide-treated hair, this method will produce amazing results.
Creating the concoction is easy and can be prepared in advance to save some time. Depending on what type of hair you have, you may need to make some adjustments to find the perfect solution for you. My hair is straight, thick, and oily and this is the solution that works for me:
Step 1: Pour one tablespoon of baking soda into the palm of your hand. Moisten it with equal parts water; scrub it into your scalp for about one minute and rinse. I like to keep a mason jar of baking soda in my shower for convenience.
Step 2: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per cup of water in a squeeze bottle (using a recycled water bottle is perfect for this). Apply the solution to your hair, leave it in for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. If your hair tends to be dry, you may want to add more apple cider vinegar to your solution to even out the pH in your hair. You may notice a slight vinegar smell even after you rinse, but don’t fret because the smell vanishes as your hair dries.
I find that mousses, gels and serums are unnecessary since I started using this routine – my hair dries smoothly and has an incredible sheen. And even better: I only have to “wash” my hair two or three times a week opposed to shampooing and conditioning every single day.
I feel confident in saying that I'll never go back to ordinary shampoo and conditioner ever again. So, I challenge you all to try this method.
Odds are you’ll be saying the same thing.
Denise Prichard has been an avid health and nutrition writer for over 5 years - specializing in holistic health, clean eating/recipes, vegetarianism, food research and meditation/yoga. She graduated with a degree in English from Arizona State University in 2010 and has been enjoying her adventures in health and nutrition writing opportunities ever since. She currently runs her own blog, Fueled By Vegetables, a project that stems from her passion of living a carefree and healthy life and encouraging others to do the same. She is a dedicated yogini and is currently in the process of obtaining her 200-hour yoga certification in Astanga yoga in Scottsdale, AZ. In her spare time she likes to share her love of yoga with others, invent yummy and healthy recipes and hang out with her pitbull mix, Eleanor.