No. I'm not talking about some weird constipation lifestyle! I'm talking about the "No Shampoo" method of hair care, which for some weird ass reason is known as "No Poo". What kind of sick person made up that name for it? It is purely designed to confuse people into thinking you practice some bazaar toilet practices.
There are many reasons for ditching the 'poo. For some it's to rid their hair of fly aways, some find that shampoo dries their hair out, there is also the financial benefits of quitting the 'poo, and of course the fact that a lot of shampoo contains carcinogenic foaming agents. So you may be wondering why I am opposed to shampoo. Well the main reason is that all my life I have struggled with psoriasis. Luckily for me it is only on my scalp. Plenty of people have psoriasis all over their bodies, so I'm very grateful that my condition has always been well hidden under my mass of wild hair.
Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen and sends out faulty signals that cause overproduction of new skin cells, creating a flaky itchy surface on the skin. For years I tried everything. But psoriasis is a very fickle friend indeed. Nothing really cures psoriasis because, well, there is no cure. The real trick is to maintain the symptoms by living a healthy lifestyle and limiting stress. Using topical treatments to moisturise the affected skin can also help. I like using German camomile oil, and Hope's relief is also effective. But the most effective method of controlling scalp psoriasis that I have found is NEVER ever washing my hair with shampoo.
I have at times used "gentle" shampoos but even those would cause my head to itch as they still contain foaming agents of some kind. And if you are also using topical treatments (like oil) you need to use so much of the shampoo to get the damn stuff out of your hair that it pretty much reverses the benefits!
The best method I have discovered is this: Baking Soda, then diluted white or cider vinegar. It's pretty easy. First I wet my hair right off with warm water and assess where my hair feels the most oily. Then I take my container of baking soda which I keep in the shower, and sprinkle it all over my head. I like to let that sit for a bit, then I massage it in to the places the feel a little greasy. Sometimes I even comb it in. Then I wash it all out and repeat the process with my bottle of diluted vinegar. At the moment my vinegar is indeed in a bottle, which isn't ideal for pouring onto your head - it's freezing cold, and if I over tip, cold vinegar water goes pouring down my back! I'd recommend a spray bottle! I like to comb my vinegar through and then wash it off. There you have it! All done!
Well not quite. I do still use a good conditioner on my hair, as it's dry from years of colouring. Sometimes I add a bit of coconut oil to the ends of my hair. It helps contain the frizzies - though what ever you do, don't use to much! It's a nightmare to get out!
The truth is, you really don't need to use shampoo. Why do hairdressers recommend you use it? Quite simply they want your money. I do however, let the hairdresser use shampoo on my head when I've just had a colour done. Even though I always ask for plant based hair colour, I do want to know that it's been washed off properly to avoid allergic reaction.
At first, weaning your way off shampoo may be a bit hard. That super fresh feeling is addictive. Literally. The more you wash your hair, the more you need to wash your hair. Why? Cus when you wash all those natural oils out of your scalp they try to come back with a vengeance! When you stop washing with shampoo, the oil chills out a bit and over time you'll notice that your hair, though you may only be cleaning with with the No 'Poo once a fortnight, doesn't feel greasy at all. Good things take time though so you really need to stick at it to see the results!