When I posted at the beginning of December about the “Noo Poo lifestyle,” I was super surprised by the response. I had no idea so many of you go pooless!
I went ahead gave it a try with basically no preparation. I just stopped using shampoo and I didn’t buy any new conditioner so I used what I had (I use Tresemme). I also continued to use my heat protecting spray (also Tresemme) and mousse (Dove) when I felt like it (although I did use less).
For the first two weeks or so I really loved the results. Like love love loved. My curly hair felt awesome. I got tons of compliments on my hair from people. It was great. All I did was use conditioner. Each morning I rinsed out my hair really well and gently massaged my scalp to get any grime out of there, and I was good.
The week before I left on my trip things started to seem a bit more oily. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it wasn’t great either. When I straightened my hair out it just wasn’t looking good anymore (but my curls were still looking fantastic). I tried a few different things, but I don’t know how well they really worked. I tried the baby powder thing, but I felt like it didn’t do much (although my hair smelled nice!). I also tried “shampooing” my hair with a baking soda mixture, and while that seemed to help a bit, the greasiness didn’t completely go away.
When the cruise rolled around though, I pretty much had to give up the no poo lifestyle for that week or so. I wasn’t able to bring along my giant bottle of conditioner (so I was left with whatever I found on the ship), and I didn’t trust how my hair would react to all the sand and salt water without any shampooing at all. So I used my poo. Often. Thus endeth my initial no poo experience.
But the real question is: Do I plan to do it again? Absolutely. I don’t know that hardcore “no poo” will be my routine, but extremely “low poo” will be. Right now I’m thinking I’ll give ‘pooing a try about once a week or so and see how that goes.
Plus, I learned about another handy thing during the experiment: plopping!
If you have curly hair, plopping is perhaps the bestest best of the best thing ever. I love it. It really sets your hair and wrings the excess moisture out (so it dries faster/easier). When I wear my hair curly now, this is the only way I’ll go. It’s amazing.
My plopping isn’t nearly as neatly done in the picture. My towels are either ginormously huge or itty bitty, but so far that hasn’t seemed to matter. I just do my best to wrap it up and make it stay that way for 15 minutes. Works great.
It’s taken me 27 years, but I think I’m finally getting a handle on my hair. Hallelujah.