First, we did away with the chemical relaxers and now it’s time to say goodbye to shampoo? Well, according to the latest trends shampooing your tresses does more harm than good and as a result women are turning to alternative methods for keeping their scalp and hair clean.
What is being dubbed as the “No Poo Movement” is the idea that by completely eliminating shampoo, you are putting fewer chemicals on your skin, and giving the hair and scalp an opportunity to return to their natural state. Eventually, the goal is to wash hair with nothing but water. It has been documented that some shampoos do in fact contain harmful chemicals that can negatively affect your hair and scalp health, such as Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40), Propylene glycol (PG) and butylene glycol and Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). But we had to ask does this no shampoo method go to far?
Well, considering the facts above it’s safe to say that regular shampoo has become extinct in most cases and has been replaced by the hair friendly sulfate-free products. But, even those products may still have traces of the not-so-healthy ingredients. So what then should we use to clean our hair? The answer, for those following the No Poo Movement, can literally be found in your kitchen cupboard. Products such as baking soda, apple cider vinegar and water are the essentials for cleaning your tresses in a safe and healthy way.
Now, before you rush off and throw all of your shampoo out, we have to say the transition process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months…yikes! and there’s no guarantee that your hair will cooperate. What this means is that you should research and do a trail run before you completely commit and as always consult a professional.