"No-Poo" Update


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Last year in June, I announced that I was going to try the "No-Poo" challenge (here). Mind you, there are various forms of this challenge. For those who aren't familiar with this, its basically not using shampoo on your hair- some decide to not use shampoo and just use conditioner, others make their own shampoo and others like me choose to use a shampoo bar. Shampoo Bars are different from shampoos like Pantene because they are made from natural ingredients and they don't contain any sulfates which can damage your hair.

I used J.R Liggetts Shampoo bar and then I would rinse my hair with an ACV rinse. I started this challenge after learning about the damaging effects that most shampoos have on hair. I was hopeful that I would see a change in my hair during the challenge.

After about 3 months I gave up for a couple of reasons. I didn't like the ACV rinse; its very tedious and I hate the smell. I used to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to my rinse but that wouldn't take away the ACV smell completely. I could still smell the ACV in my hair and honestly nobody finds the smell of vinegar attractive. Another reason why I stopped is that I didn't notice a significant difference in my hair's health. Sure, my hair didn't get greasy as fast as it used to- I could go about 5 days without washing but I would still get split ends a lot. Also, my hair had a lot of build up so I had to use a clarifying shampoo- which I feel does more for my hair than the shampoo bar ever did.

I think I was still going through the transitional period of "No Poo" where some people experience that their hair gets unmanageable but then it gets better, similar to a skin purge when using new skincare products or methods. I felt that I did not have the time to be dealing with all of that and I feel as though my current hair care routine does more than this method. I use Kenra Clarifying Shampoo which I love and I definitely don't see myself using a shampoo bar again. "No Poo" is just not for me.

Have you gone "No Poo" and if so what are your thoughts? 

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