My dream: to wash my hair weekly.
It's a vicious cycle: Stripping your scalp of oils (sebum) and moisture stimulates the skin to produce more. To avoid that oily look and feel, you wash again and again. (Don't buy the no/less "poo" rationale? Ask hairdressers how often they wash their hair!)
Why quit shampoo:
Healthier environment. No matter how "green" the shampoo, manufacturing, packaging and transportation use energy and resources.
Fatter wallet. Certified organic and cruelty-free shampoos cost more. You save money using them less.
Healthier hair and skin. Let your scalp do its natural balancing act.
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I hear it's possible to get off shampoo — though it's tough, like quitting coffee or TV. But they say if you can get past day four, you're laughing! (Warning: It can take up to a month of oily itchiness before your scalp and hair feel balanced.)
How to kick your daily shampoo habit
Method one: Gradually
Skip one shampoo day this week, two next week, and so on until you're only shampooing once or twice per week. Try diluting your shampoo with water to help the weaning process.
Method two: Cold turkey
Use only baking soda to wash your hair starting today. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water and apply to scalp and hair. Condition with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar mixed into three cups water. Rinse. Do this once to twice a week.
Method three: Dry shampoo
More tips to wash hair less
- Brush often to work scalp oils through hair shafts
- Add essential oils like lavender or tea tree to your baking soda mix
- Style with a simple DIY spritz solution: one teaspoon salt to two cups of water and three to five drops of lavender essential oil
Have you gone "no-poo" — trusting that your body can do a better job than a cosmetics company? How'd you do it? (I'll add your tips to the list above.)
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green