No Poo Method Review | Month Two

Month 2 of no poo had me questioning my motives big time. 

So, some things happened. Like.. I had a baby. That I then added to a house of 4 other toddlers. My mind wasn't totally in "perfect the no poo Method" mode, but I learned some crazy valuable things because of it. 

Like....

  1. You can't just swap to "kind of natural" shampoo for the one day you're in the hospital Bc your hair will get oddly staticky and weird and you'll regret it.
  2. If you do find a really great au naturals option, go for it. I found Young Living's Copaiba vanilla shampoo and conditioner and fell in love with it as an alternative. 
  3. I can't say this enough: arrowroot powder. Incredible dry shampoo.
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(Cute baby pic for sheer love of the fact that I have a cute, squishy baby)

Ok. So what led me to these conclusions?? 

If you remember where we left off from month one, I was swapping the baking soda out for bentonite clay and sticking to ACV. I realized ACV alone made my hair a new kind of Greasy. Like stiff... ðŸ˜ģðŸ˜ģI kept forgetting to put the bentonite clay in before my shower (you treat it like dry shampoo and then rinse it out when in the shower) so then I was stuck in the shower and screwed on the hair washing thing. 

I read a post from a friend who said she used to do no poo, but swapped to just natural shampoo every 4-5 days and it's incredible still. BUT... here's the difference.

She conditioners, then shampoos, TWICE. TWO POOS! 

There's a thing about natural shampoos -- they don't have sulfates. Now THIS is a big reason that makes them better for you and your hair, but the sulfates are what makes the suds. 

I had tried YL's poos before and hated it because of this reason. I felt like because I couldn't get it to suds up, I couldn't wash it out. 

And then...... TWO POOS. I shampoo'd it TWICE. Back to back and my mind was blown. The second poo had suds like my old Pantene, y'all. And it felt totally washed out after. 

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What's my new routine now?? 

+ Baking soda once every 6-8 weeks with ACV

+ Young Living copaiba vanilla shampoo and conditioner every 4-5 days (conditioner first, then two poos).

+ Arrowroot powder as dry shampoo as needed. 

My hair still feels amazingly silky, washed, and styles perfectly. 

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Overall, really happy I started with the hardcore method of no poo so I could learn what I did about the products I was buying off the target shelf. 

Now, tell me-- what's your hair routine?? 

 

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the No Poo Method | a review, month 1

OK Y'all!! I'm one month into the "No Poo Method." 
If you have NO IDEA what I'm talking about, click here: https://www.nopoomethod.com/

BACKGROUND: I decided if I'm going to go all hippy on everyone, I might as well go full balls-to-the-wall and just not wash my hair, too. ðŸ˜‚😂
ACTUALLY, that's a common misconception. With the No Poo Method (NPM) you DO wash your hair, just without the conventional shampoos and conditioners that can strip your hair of its natural oils and thus changing the makeup ALL TOGETHER! 

So, for the end of May, beginning of June I "prepped" by only washing my hair with my normal shampoos/conditioners 1-2 times a week. The grease was HARD to get through, but I survived.

On July 1st, I started my OFFICIAL NPM washing. 
PLAN: shower as often as I needed to in order to keep my ass clean, but only WASH MY HAIR every 5ish days.
(aka put it in a bun and don't get it wet the other times I shower)

So, the first two weeks of this went FABULOUSLY. 
My hair felt CLEAN for the first time in months. Like it had been STRIPPED (<--- remember this for later....🙄) of all the nastiness I had used on it over the years. 
I was getting an EASY 4-5 days out of it without ANY grease build up, and the compliments! People were legit complimenting me on how great my hair looked.

Enter week three. After I "washed" my hair started feeling brittle and broken, SO DRY, and thick. Thick like there was sediment left behind. So, I started googling forums and learned ALL ABOUT the pH of hair. What you want it to be, what is recommended to use on your hair, etc. 

I learned that your hair enjoys hangin' out around a pH of 4.5. Anything used on it with a pH above 7 is considered "stripping" (sometimes it's necessary depending on the stress you put your hair through but only about once a month). 
BAKING SODA IS A pH OF NINE. 9. NEUN. NOVE. NUEVE.
I was basically stripping my SUPER FINE + THIN hair once a week for 4 weeks...

#oops.

Ya live and learn, right? WELL, I went to some NPM experts and realized, yeah. It happened that way for them too. and the moral of the story is JUST SAY NO TO BAKING SODA. 
So, not a total wash (😂😂 #sopunny). I fully believe I've already seen some goodness in this method, just need to adjust fire a bit. Redirect. 

And anyways, My hair still feels amazing.
I've NEVER IN MY LIFE gone over 2-3 days without washing before this, and I'm SUPER impressed. I bought some bentonite clay to replace my baking soda as my "wash" and will start that as soon as it comes in. But, until then just water rinses with ACV. 

 

THIS IS FOUR DAYS OF NOT WASHING MY HAIR Y'ALL!!!!! 
(and shameless plug for that Savvy Minerals Makeup by Young Living 😏 💁🏞)
 

It usually takes me YEARS to grow my hair past my shoulders and it's grown over 4in in 2 months. 

Tips to getting through the rough patches of the transition:
+ Brush your hair as often as you can. The more you brush from root to ends, the more the natural oils in your hairs are spread and the scalp doesn't hold all the "grease" you are used to seeing.
+ Get yourself a peribottle (like the ones they give you after birthing a baby) and use that to squirt the ACV + Water mixture into your hair. Spreads more evenly that way.
+ Get yourself a shower cap. Makes those in between days easier to just jump in and out when you need a quick ass/pits wash.
+ Make yourself some "mermaid hairspray" with Rosemary, Lavender, + Cedarwood oils (Young Living, #duh) and water/witch hazel. I spray my hair down with this after washing to promote an even MORE healthy scalp and hair growth process. 

I'll DEFINITELY be doing an update at the end of month 2 and fill you in on how my Clay "wash" is going!