So you’ve stopped using shampoo and have plunged into the freeing world of no-poo! If you’re like me, I had to customize my hair routine to meet my hair and scalp needs. It took a bewildering amount of product and way too much money to figure out in my case. While each of us are different when it comes to what our hair needs, I’ve found there are some basic rules for practical hair cleansing, conditioning, and styling no-poo hair.
How To Care for Shampoo Free Hair
- Cleansing the hair with a mild, low-poo “shampoo” is sometimes necessary. If you live in a hot, humid climate, as I do, you’ll need some extra help in the summer months. I’ve done everything from using shampoo bars with natural ingredients to make my own shampoo. Currently, I use my own mix (available soon in my shop) about twice a week (sometimes less) on my hair. Another simple alternative is castile soap. My favorite brand is Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap.
- Fingering hair isn’t a good habit as it can cause oily hair and frizzy hair. I’m a hair-fingerer who’s trying to break the habit. Hair, especially curly hair, is best left alone after styling. If touched a lot, the hair becomes either frizzy (Amen, fellow curly-heads?), or the oil and dirt from your hands makes your hair dirty sooner than it would have if you’d left it alone.
- Rotating conditioners helps improve the moisture and shine of hair. For my moderately thin, curly hair, it’s difficult to find a conditioner that works. I am a thrifty person, so using a handful of conditioner doesn’t seem practical. I’m also a stickler to use natural products. I finally found 2 conditioners that I rotate throughout the week. A coconut oil/milk based conditioner is very good for dry, curly hair like mine and I use Desert Essence’s Coconut Conditioner once or twice a week and other days I use a henna based conditioner by Mill Creek.
- Henna treatments do amazing wonders to add luster, shine, and moisture to hair. I’m a big fan of henna treatments after doing my first one in December of last year. I use the Rainbow Research brand and have tried different shades of brown (my hair is naturally brown with some red highlights) and some red henna mixes. What I use from Rainbow Research is a mix of henna, indigo, and herbs. The reason for this is it isn’t straight henna and won’t dye my hair bright red, but it simply brings out my natural highlights. Henna can help clear up dandruff, improve the dryness of the hair and scalp, and give a natural shine to your hair. Most henna mixes have easy instructions on how to mix the henna and apply it to the hair. It’s not difficult to do and it’s worth the mess and effort! 🙂
How have you learned to care for your no-poo hair?
Do you have any tips or tricks up your sleeve? We’d love to hear them! If you have any questions about the no-poo method, we’d love to answer them!