Last week I talked about how I use baking soda and white distilled vinegar for most all of my cleaning. Probably not surprising is that baking soda is not only used for cleaning around my home. It is also used in my homemade deodorant, which I hope to post about soon, but more importantly it is used for washing my hair. That’s right folks, I have gone no ‘poo.
For a long time I have been concentrating on the food that we eat as a large portion of our green adventure. But, I can’t ignore that the beauty products we use have such a negative impact on our bodies. Since I stopped working, I really don’t wear a lot of makeup, or use a lot of hair products. But, obviously I would still wash my hair with shampoo. Realizing when I was first pregnant that some of these chemicals could have a negative impact on my unborn baby was a big wake up call.
So what is a person to do? Well, obviously the first stop would be EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This is such a great tool to find out where your personal products are on the spectrum of safety. Not that every single product is evaluated, and some that are may not be complete, but it is a good start. As I went through this database testing all of the baby products I might possibly use (because baby products have to be safe, right!?), I found that I was completely uncomfortable with what I was seeing. Both of my kids ended up with very sensitive skin, so we don’t even use a lot of soap for their baths. I find that water and a wash cloth seem to do quite a good job. But we do also use California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo which is rated 1 or low risk.
I read about the no ‘poo method of cleaning your hair and thought that I should try it. My hair is wavy, and it tends to get greasy pretty fast, so I wasn’t sure if this would work. But what I continued to read was that the reason my hair was getting greasy was because I continued to strip the natural oils with commercial shampoo, so my head was over-compensating.
Most of the people that I have read about that use this method dissolve about 1 Tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water, and then squirt it on their heads, massage in, let sit a few minutes and then rinse well. This is a great comprehensive fact sheet on the no ‘poo method. I tend to use a little more baking soda, although I have read that will make your hair brittle and dry, I don’t find that to be the case. In fact, my hair stays nice and clean for a few days, so I don’t need to wash my hair everyday, just a quick rinse with water. I don’t use the vinegar rinse, although I have in the past. I’m sure that at some point I might want to add it in, but I don’t find a real need for it. I brush my hair before I get in the shower, and it doesn’t seem to be tangled when I get out. Now, if I could just get my husband on board to try it…
Do you use the no ‘poo method? Do you like it? Or have you tried it and decided it wasn’t for you?