'Poo Free?

Nope. I’m not talking about baby poo. I will be in a bit, though. I’m talking about the other ‘poo; known to most as “shampoo”. If you’re familiar with the “movement” then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, let me explain.

There are a group of people throughout our country (world?) who are going ‘poo free, or no longer using shampoo to wash their hair. No. I’m not kidding. Yes. There are really people like this. No. These people are NOT crazy. Okay, maybe some of us are, but we were that way well before we went no ‘poo.

Yes. I said “us”. I am now, officially, in the “no ‘poo” category. I’ll give you a minute. I’ll even say it for you. EEEWWWWWW. All better? Let me explain further. I have a husband who is OCD. One of the things he is OCD about is cleanliness. If I did not look or smell clean being ‘poo free then he would not allow me to continue; if he had to tie me down and shampoo my hair himself. Instead? He’s considering ‘poo free as well.

There are some people who literally use nothing to wash their hair. This article talks a little about that method. I use a different method currently. (I say currently because I’m still in the “detox” period that they talk about.) My method may change.
I currently use baking soda followed by a mix of apple cider vinegar/”regular” vinegar/water. Those with dry hair use all ACV. Those, like me, with oilier hair use either a mix as I do, just straight vinegar, or no vinegar of any kind. I’ve recently been reading about those who have oily hair using lemon juice as a rinse instead of a vinegar of some sort. I’m considering trying that.

I also now use only a 100% boar’s hair brush. Mine is round, but there is a “regular” shaped one too. I brush in the morning upon waking, just before stepping into the shower, & just before I go to bed. This helps distribute the oil properly & gets dirt out of my hair. I also wash my brush every 2 weeks with baking soda & vinegar.

They say that there is typically a 6-8 week period of “detox”; especially for those with oily hair. (That would be me!) I have been remarkably surprised, though. My hair has not been near as greasy as I feared. Before, I would have to wash my hair every other day or I would have so much oil I could do an oil change on our car…and the neighbor’s. I still shower daily, but only wash my hair every 3 days. I know…again you’re thinking, “EEWWW GROSS”! Really. It’s not. Like I said, if it were, my husband would personally shampoo my hair! If I don’t tell you, you cannot tell any difference between my hair now and my hair before.

There are some who only wash with the baking soda once a week or once every 2 weeks. Like I said, I’m not there yet. Don’t know if I’ll ever be. Right now, I’m happy with where I am almost a month into going ‘poo free.

I plan on giving another update after getting fully past the detox period. I’m curious if I’ll see more of a change in my hair or not (for the better). Look for an update in a couple of months.

What are your thoughts? Would you ever go ‘poo free? Would you ever even think about it? Are you going to stop reading my blog because you think I’m gross? Isn't this a delightful idea? Think of all the money you'll save!



all in the family said...

A friend of mine uses this:

She has great products. I also like looking at her blog for gardening.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
I think that your hair looks FABULOUS!!!! It is healthier, stronger and softer than back in the "Poo" days!

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Beth-Thanks for the heads-up about the soap. That's a good alternative for someone hoping to go more natural but afraid to try 'poo free.

Kim-Thank you! I'm glad to hear confirmation from an unbiased source. ('Course with his OCD in that area, Gary's pretty unbaised as well. LOL)


Wendy said...

I have consider this. But also get all that free "poo' coupon shopping! I just made some homemade shampoo and have one week until I can give it a try. Can't wait.