I’ve loved going ‘no poo, but it was no overnight success. It took me months before I found the process that worked for me - and I very nearly gave up - as I sifted through blogs and reading about what worked for others who had made the change.
How long is the transition period?
My transition period carried on for about two months. That’s two months of walking around while I tried my hardest to disguise the grease-ball that was my hair.
As most blogs advised, I began with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. I tried with both the paste and spray form and followed with the apple cider vinegar rinse but my hair was not happy at all.
Once I tried other recipes my hair sprang to life.
Which ‘no poo method is right for me?
How do I travel with ‘no poo?
This posed one of the biggest problems for me, and one that hadn’t been addressed by any of the blogs I read. At the beginning I simply gave in and used shampoo and conditioner while I was travelling.
This didn’t worry me too much as I was never gone for more than 3 weeks and I only needed to wash my hair once a week. So, 2 or 3 times using shampoo didn’t affect my hair too much.
I let myself off the hook when I travel. After all, what good does it do if I let this take over my life and create unnecessary stress, when it’s supposed to be good for me? 🤷🏽
How often do I wash my hair?
I’ve been able to go 5-6 days between washes. If it’s a hot day or I’m exercising I’ll wash up to twice a week. If you need more, then rinsing with warm water will be plenty between washes, although it isn’t good to wet hair too often, it weakens the strands.
Can I use heat and styling products?
Yes, but not too often. I usually only use heat products during a special event or after my hair has dried after washing it. In between washes I usually do my hair up in braids, which is great way to hide a multitude of hair mess.