No ‘Poo For Me

by Daisy on 03/24/2015

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Did the people who named the shampoo-free movement “no ‘poo” really think that one through?

Besides being confusing (it’s hard to communicate that apostrophe in spoken communication), it’s a bit inelegant. But what’s done is done.

I’ve gone no ‘poo and I think I’m sticking with it. It’s been about three weeks and I’m liking it a lot. The moment I finally decided to go for it came after reading, of all things, something about ducklings. It’s a bit of a non-sequitur, and it doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but it sort of did to me. Ducklings aren’t waterproof at birth. They have to snuggle with their mama to get the benefit of her natural oils to make their feathers start to shed water. I’m not sure how long that process takes, and they eventually start to produce their own oils, too.

It made me think about how shampooing is a process that strips your hair of its natural oils. Then we condition or use other hair products to replace that oil. It started to make about as much sense as washing ducks and re-oiling ducks with commercial duck waterproofing products. Now I know we don’t rely on waterproofed hair to keep from drowning, but it’s a similar principle. I remember being horrified when my grandmother, who was born in 1907, told me they only washed their hair about once a year back in the day. Now it makes sense to me.

Before I show you my hair, I want to share with you the trouble I had getting a picture that actually showed my person.

Here’s my favorite:


I don’t know how you selfie people do it. Wait, I do. You have camera phones. I don’t, so these are with a camera camera. Which turns out great shots like this:


This one took two mirrors:


I rinse it in warm water about every day. I used vinegar water once about a week ago. Lots of brushing. It has calmed down a lot of the frizz. What do you think? Do you no ‘poo? Any advice for a newbie?

I’m about to go for my annual cut and I’m nervous about them running screaming from my head when I tell them I don’t want them to shampoo it because I don’t want to undo the weeks of my not shampooing it. Any experiences with hair stylists and no ‘poo?

Thanks in advance,


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda September 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm

I went “no poo” a few years ago and hated it. I went straight from washing my hair frequently to doing the baking soda-and-vinegar which was going around at the time. I did it for about a month. It didn’t work for me. My hair was gross. Felt gross, looked gross. I went back to shampooing fairly frequently.

Then, some things happened. Life got busy and complicated and I was exhausted. I pretty much stopped washing my hair because I simply didn’t have the time or energy to do self-care. I stopped doing pretty much anything to it. I grew out my bangs (my bangs were the worst part of no-poo.) I stopped styling my hair, stopped using a blow dryer. Every once in a while my head would start itching and I’d wash my hair. (And learned to change my pillow case often — it helps.)

It seems that by accident — by default, since I was just neglecting my hair completely — my oil production stabilized, to that point that infrequent shampooing is no longer enough to disrupt it. My hair isn’t always lovely and perfect looking. But it’s good enough that I don’t feel the need to go back to the bother of washing it all the time.

Cat September 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

I am glad that I went No ‘Poo. My hair actually has natural body with a hint of curl. Using shampoo kept my hair lifeless. I don’t regret my decision. If my hair is a bit too oily, I just add a drop of shampoo to the vinegar and I am good to go again.

One very important part of keeping my hair shampoo free: Don’t forget the boar bristle brush!!! It distributes the sebum throughout my hair better than nylon brushes can and the “gross” feeling is easier to control.

Daisy October 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Cat–It makes sense!

Daisy October 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Linda–I like the organic journey. Makes perfect sense.

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