Washing hair without shampoo, does it work?

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No shampoo but wash your hair only with water. Sounds too good to be true. However there is an increasing group of women and men who believe in washing hair without shampoo. Does it really work? We include everything about washing hair without shampoo.

No poop method

When your hair is oily, you immediately reach for the shampoo bottle. A logical choice, but according to the no-poo method this is unnecessary. Washing your hair with water alone is enough to clean your hair. OK, there was a time before when hair was greasy and resisting, but after that the method promises that shampoo is no longer needed for a clean, fresh haircut.

No-poo literally means no shampoo. It sounds almost unbelievable, but living without shampoo is possible according to the method. We wash our hair too often, which is bad for our hair and the environment. With a little persistence you can wash your hair with just water and that shampoo bottle can be tossed in the trash for good.

Why wash your hair without shampoo?

You may now be wondering why you would ever want to wash your hair without shampoo. Shampoo is not sold carelessly, is it? True, but most shampoos and conditioners are full of chemicals. Every day we put a substance on our scalps that we don’t really know exactly what’s in it. To ensure your scalp and hair don’t come in contact with chemicals, it’s best not to use shampoo.

Sustainability is an important theme in our society today, and by going shampoo-free again, you can do your part. Shampoo, which is full of chemicals, now disappears down the drain after washing. And what about all those plastic shampoo bottles? Most shampoos also contain palm oil, which is a huge environmental pollutant.

Besides the fact that the no-poo method is good for your scalp, hair, and the environment, it has one final advantage: it saves you a ton of money. No matter how cheap the shampoo is, no-poo is always free.

How: do not use shampoo when washing hair

Skipping shampoo when washing your hair sounds simple, but to get the results you want you have to ‘wash’ your hair in a certain way. We have listed the steps for you.

  1. Make your hair tangle free with a brush. A tangle teezer or boar bristle brush is fine to use.
  2. Rinse your hair with warm water
  3. Water massage well. By massaging your scalp, you stimulate your blood flow.
  4. Rub the scalp gently. This prevents the buildup of sebum and debris.
  5. Rinse your hair with warm water.

Tips for washing hair without shampoo

It sounds so simple, but we all know that after a few days your hair gets so oily that you immediately reach for the shampoo bottle. That’s why it’s smart, when you want to start with the no-poo method, prepare yourself well. With these tips you will succeed in not using shampoo when washing your hair.

1. Reduce your shampoo use

Starting from washing your hair every day with shampoo, to washing hair with just water, it’s quite a transition. Your hair gets greasy quickly, and you’re more likely to give it up. By cutting back on your shampoo use in the weeks before you start no-poo, you can let your hair and scalp get used to the idea. Feel free to take a few months to go from washing every day to once or twice a week.

2. Accept oily hair for the first few weeks

The first two to three weeks your hair will be oily. This is a kind of withdrawal symptoms where your scalp produces a lot of sebum. Most people give up at this point, but simply accepting that your hair is oily will do the trick. After these weeks, your scalp will get used to not using shampoo and your hair will be less oily.

3. Be creative during the transition phase

During the transition phase you will have oily hair, which is most acceptable to you. But you can make it much easier. Buns, braids or tails hide oiliness and thus no one notices your oily haircut. Try something different from the way you usually wear it, and everyone around you will be commenting on it (and not about your greasy hair).

4. Silk pillowcase

In the end, of course, you’re doing all of this for silky smooth hair. But silk can really help you stick with the no-poo method. The silk pillowcase ensures that your hair is not damaged. Since there is less friction on your hair than, for example, on cotton, silk pillowcases reduce frizz and keep your hair in better condition. Sleeping with a silk scarf or hat also has a positive effect on your hair structure.

Consequences of not washing your hair with shampoo

And now the big question: does it really work? The answer is yes, your hair unwashed really works. The hardest part is in the first weeks. Your hair is getting greasy, there’s nothing you can do about it. As such, it requires a good amount of persistence, and a good reason why you might want to wash your hair without shampoo. If you can find out for yourself, you will definitely succeed.

Pictures speak louder than words, so here’s some proof that not washing your hair really does work.

An alternative to washing hair without shampoo

Luckily for you, there are also great shampoo alternatives. So you don’t have to worry about not being able to wash your hair again. With a number of home, garden, and kitchen remedies, you can easily make your own shampoo. You mix it with a little water and voila, here’s your own natural shampoo. This way you know exactly what’s in it, and you leave the chemicals outside the door. A good alternative to making shampoo is:

  • Green tea, mint tea or chamomile tea