No ShamPOO {Update} && my Routine

no shampoo update

It’s officially been 16 days since I washed my hair with {chemical-filled} shampoo. If you missed my last post, I talked about how I have decided to go with the whole “no poo method” – which really means {no shampoo}. I’ll refer to it as no shampoo, because I just don’t like saying ‘no poo’ out loud. Not to mention, when I tell people about it, they almost grimace. Let’s not think about poo, when referring to our hair. Deal?
Anyways; this is going to be a little bit of an update post {pictures included}. Oh && seeing how I’ve only been doing this thing for 16 days, I’m no expert.  I am only talking about my own experience here. Everyone will be different.
The pictures below are from today, literally five minutes ago. It’s 11:00 PM at night. I washed my hair on Monday (two days ago). It was also up, on top of  my head right before this picture… 🙂
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First things first; Am I going through some sort of crazy period? Absolutely. I’ve actually considered giving up some days. It’s been very up and down. I have some really great highs; where I absolutely love my hair – and then vise versa. My hair feels waxy. After tons of research, this can be due to two things. 1. I’m just going to through my adapting phase or 2. my water is just too hard. I actually think it might be a combination of the two. I’m assuming my water is hard, but I’m hoping to overcome that with Apple Cider Vinegar rinses. I’m also hoping my hair adjusts better.
Although my hair feels waxy, it’s doesn’t look waxy. Actually, it just looks a bit textured. Which I kind of like. I hate dull, boring hair. I have actually always added products to make my hair textured (sea salt sprays, waxes, etc). Maybe, that’s why the waxiness I am dealing with, isn’t an end all for me. I’m willing to wait it out, and see if it diminishes or possibly live with it. Only time will tell.
Heat; Let’s talk about heat… I may get completely yelled at for this, but YES I use heat on my hair. Look, I like my hair curled. My natural curls are a mess, and I want my hair to look good. Do I use it everyday? No. I use it maybe 3-4 days a week. More on this in my weekly routine {below}. I’m not using any products. I’m considering grabbing an all natural heat protectant, but my hair is doing okay right now.
tangles, tangles, and MORE TANGLES…. Get yourself some kind of tangle brush. I use the Tangle Teaser brush, and it works miracles for me. Most people doing this method use boar bristle brushes, I haven’t purchased one yet. I don’t find it necessary – that could change. Since I’m not using an actual conditioner, my hair is really tangled after the shower. I use my tangle teaser to get all the tangles out then switch to my regular paddle brush. If I didn’t use the tangle teaser, it would be HELL!
My {current} weekly routine:
please hear me when I say current. This could change. I’m still figuring stuff out.
It’s very simple really. Monday and Friday are wash days. I wash my hair with my shampoo bar, and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. After that, I blow dry my hair and straighten it. This is usually done Monday after-noon towards night. My Mondays are pretty lazy. Tuesday, I curl my hair. Wednesday and Thursday – I work with what I’ve got. Friday I wash, and start all over. I shower everyday {unless I’m being very lazy}. I use a shower cap to ensure my hair stays dry. I sleep with my hair on the top of my head. I recommend using a soft hair tie, it keeps the kinks out.
My curls tend to last between washes. If my hair starts to look greasy; a pony-tail becomes my best friend. This usually only happens the last day. Again, I’ve only been doing this for two weeks.
What I use:
Shampoo Bar || Currently Coconut Milk and Citrus from Apple Valley Natural Soap.
ACV Rinse || I put it in a spray bottle. I’m trying a 1tbs to 1 cup water ratio.
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I have also ordered five sample shampoo bars from Apple Valley, I want to try some other ones. I’ll do a haul when I receive them.
I’ll try to keep you updated as I go! 🙂
No Shampooers, please feel free leave tips and tricks!
Ask me questions, && talk to me!
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No ‘Poo Method (No Shampoo).

No 'Poo Method (No Shampoo).

Hey Strangers;
It’s been forever, almost a whole month. No excuses. I just didn’t have anything to share. Now I do! If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I’m not very dependable. I don’t blog for money. It’s a hobby. I share when I want. Hopefully, you like what I have to say!

Today, I am talking about the ‘No ‘Poo method’ – can I just say, I hate the name. When I say it out loud, I immediately have to correct it and say “shampoo, not the other thing your thinking”. I mean I get it. The whole idea is about the fact that shampoo has a whole bunch of shit in it, that really only hurts our hair. Thus, no ‘poo’ means no shampoo and none of the other crap that comes in our shampoo bottles.

Now, I’m no expert on this. I just really like the whole natural idea of things. If I can go more natural comfortably, than I will. Trust me, I still eat and use a ton of crap. Small changes. right? Not to mention, my makeup products will most likely never be all natural. My food intake will definitely never be all natural (I love my pizza). There are plenty of things that I can’t naturalize, but my hair care – I can.

I did some research; Yes, I did. I found two different ‘no ‘poo’ methods. The baking soda method, and the shampoo bar method. I don’t really like the idea of baking soda in my hair – I’m not sure why, but I just don’t. If you are interested in this method or want some more great info on the ‘no ‘poo method’ in general, check out Amanda’s FAQ section on her page. She’s been ‘no ‘poo’ for more than a year, check out her one year update. Her blog is pretty awesome too (she has no idea who I am, I’m not promoting her). So, if you’d like to go the baking soda method, she’s your girl.

I, on the other hand, have chosen to go with the shampoo bar method. Instead of a baking soda concoction, I just buy a natural shampoo bar to wash my hair with. Both methods consist of an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

This is just an introduction post, the last time I used a shampoo was on Tuesday (5 days ago). I just used a clarifying shampoo and no conditioner. I wanted to start from scratch (it was recommended in my research). I can usually go at least three days without washing my hair normally, so by Friday my hair was greasy and needed to be washed. I washed my hair with my shampoo bar.

I looked everywhere for shampoo bars, read reviews, and ingredients (of course) && ultimately settled on Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo bars. I love anything with coconut, so I grabbed the coconut milk and citrus shampoo bar. My hair is clean!

coconut milk shampoo bars

It smells nice and clean, but that doesn’t really stick. Afterwards, my hair just smells like soap. I don’t mind this, but I’m hoping I can find another one that leaves a nice smell. I may order some samples from their website, to try a few out! 🙂

I haven’t completed an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse yet, I will be doing that on Monday. I kind of doubt I will enjoy it, since it’s going to smell like vinegar – but if it makes my hair healthier, I’m all in.

I’ll write up an update in a few weeks (I promise). 😉

Have any of you gone ‘No ‘poo’? Do you like it? Tips? Let me know what you think!

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