No shampoo?! You’ve got to be kidding.
Recently I have decided to stop using chemical shampoo. I want to go natural. I am sick of worrying about what these chemicals are doing to my body. So probably to the dismay of a lot of my family. Either from being hairdressers or just thinking I’m mental with all the things I do. I know I’m different but one day my ‘different’ will be the norm. One day. **she dreams of a better future**
As some of you already know that when you begin your journey to no poo. (No poo is the cool way to say no shampoo) You need a good brush and comb. Not just any brush. The going brush that is used is a boar bristle brush. This, however, is not vegan as the bristle are taken from actual boars. I’m not changing my lifestyle to fit in with the no poo community. I scoured the internet and found a vegan option. It’s a wooden brush (The link is my affiliate link if you wish to help out a blogger with a few pennies) it has the same type of bristles and works the same way a boar bristle brush would.
Next one you need is a comb. This would be preferable wooden as plastic combs are hazardous to the environment. You can get a great comb from Etsy.
You have many options for washing your hair with that don’t contain harmful chemicals. Things like baking soda and apple cider vinegar, soapnuts, natural shampoos from local health shops, etc.
Another option would be to use water only. This is a viable option, you just have to be aware of the water in your area. This can really affect the outcome of your hair. Soft water is ideal for the ‘water only’ option. Hard water can be a bit tricky, but people have had success using hard water by doing things like only washing your hair with cold water or using cold water for a majority of the wash.
Most people who have hard water usually end up doing a baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash, to get rid of the heavy elements in the hard water. This is still a great option as you are moving away from the chemical based shampoos.
To help you on your journey to a no-poo lifestyle I recommend you join a few Facebook group to start getting inspired and have the confidence to start.
I am only two weeks into my journey and coping. I wouldn’t survive without my brush though. The brush and my hands are the key items for going no poo. The oil (sebum) that you scalp releases need help to move from your scalp down to the bottom of your hair. The brush does a lot of the work and so does your hands.
It takes a bit more time than you are used to, but in the long run, it is better for your hair and the environment.
Please share with your friends and family. Could you go shampoo free?
See my post about the inconvenient razor.