One of the ‘movements’ I have been most interested is the no poo. Now that is not what it sounds like, it means not using shampoo. I also made a YouTube video discussing my journey, if video form is more your style.
As a scuba diving instructor my hair has taken quite the pounding from the sun and sea salt. My friends have recommended various masks and balms and nothing worked. Several of my friends, particularly male friends, have stopped using shampoo and swear by it. I always made excuses that its because their hair was short or something similar, but this time I decided to put it to the test.
What is No Poo?
No poo is meant to allow the hair to get into its natural cycle keeping a balanced amount of oil to allow for shine without greasing up.
Hair follicles contain a natural oil named sebum which is vital to keep the hair healthy. Frequent washing strips away the oil disrupting the natural balance of your hair. A daily shampoo ritual sends a message to the oil glands that the natural conditioning has been lost, causing an overproduction of sebum. This result in combination to the silky feeling directly after shampoo use is what has had us hooked on products for years.
Apparently, at the beginning of the transition to no poo, the oil glands still produce excess sebum which is no longer needed. I wanted to see exactly how long it would take for my hair to transition from a shampoo-addict to water lover.
So welcome to a little journey of my hair from 2012-2017.