After hearing the buzz amongst my peers about a shampoo-less method of washing and conditioning your hair, I decided to see if the no-poo method could heal my damaged hair. Today is day thirty and I can honestly say I have never been happier when I look in the mirror or run my fingers through my hair!
I customized a hair treatment plan for myself based on this no-poo method. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil are the only ingredients I have used to care for my hair over the course of one month. I dilute the baking soda with filtered water, this serves as my shampoo. I also dilute apple cider vinegar in filtered water, this serves as my conditioner. Finally, and most rarely, coconut oil serves as my deep moisturizing treatment.
Here is my testimonial and first blog update. I will try to let you all know how it goes as time passes along!
The problem: growing up my hair was fine, flat and sometimes greasy. I stopped using conditioner, which helped some, but never solved the problem. To make matters worse, as an adult I failed to take measures to protect my hair from the Texas sun. I spent hours unknowingly destroying my hair while i gardened, never considering a hat. This resulted in hair that was not only fine and flat, but split and breaking. No matter how frequently it was trimmed, I could not win the battle against split ends.
Attempted Solutions: For a long while I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Oil soap to wash my hair. Even though it is oil based, I found my hair increasingly dry (mostly due to sun exposure). I eventually switched to a coconut oil based shampoo by Cal Ben Soap company that worked great, but could not quench the thirst of my brittle hair. I used expensive conditioners despite how unstyleable it made my hair. I stopped using hair ties that caused weak points that later resulted in breakages. I even stopped using the blow dryer and straightener, but my hair could not find health.
The Solution: Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Coconut Oil. The first day I tried the no-poo method I trimmed off all the split ends I could find and put coconut oil on the damaged tips of my hair. I let that soak while I prepared my baking soda/water (replacement shampoo) and my apple cider vinegar/water (replacement conditioner). I washed my hair with the solutions then blew my hair dry. I was astonished by how soft my hair suddenly felt. It also appeared and felt more full. I still had visible damage so I decided to do an overnight treatment of coconut oil.
The next day my hair was, of course, quite greasy. Even after another wash and blow dry it remained stringy, but the tips looked much healthier. I didn’t fret because I was prepared to deal with transitional bad hair days. In fact, many testimonials I read before trying this method indicated a very greasy hair period as their scalp acclimated to not having the oils stripped daily by commercial shampoos. In my case, I created this by loading it up with oil!
By day three my hair was really starting to look good. I was already receiving comments from friends and family, asking if I had it cut, or simply telling me it looked nice. The transition has progressed quit smoothly and I truly feel my hair looks better after every wash. Its day thirty and I have not trimmed my hair since day one, but my ends do not look damaged as they did thirty one days ago. I also find my hair easier to style and manage. I’m excited to see how it is working out six months from now!
I do plan to do the coconut oil treatment every month, so I will be sleeping with it in my hair tonight. Hopefully this method of shampooing / conditioning combined with outdoor hat use and plenty of vitamins / minerals will allow me to experience healthy hair for the first time in my adult life!
Here is the photo proof! The first picture is a dramatization in that I had it zombie-ed out for Halloween. This style would not have been possible without five months of daily garden work. Notice how dull it is and how scraggly the ends are (they are literally breaking off). The second photo is on day three of the no-poo method. Wait until I take one after all this time!