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How to: 8 Tips for Switching from Shampoo to “No-Poo”

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There’s a growing concern about what we put in and on our bodies, and many people are looking for ways to reduce the amount of chemicals and artificial ingredients in their lives. Instead, they are turning to natural alternatives to replace everything from face wash, to toothpaste and even shampoo.

Traditional shampoos contain Sulfate and Paraben, two chemical substances with alleged negative impacts on both our health and that of the environment, as well as many other chemical ingredients. In response, many people are going back to basics and trying natural methods such as “No-Poo”, which involves decreased hair washing frequency and using natural solutions of baking soda and apple cider vinegar to clean the hair and scalp. If you’ve ever been curious, read on as we provide this detailed guide on how to switch from shampoo to No-Poo…


1. The Choice

People choose the No-Poo method for a number of reasons, among them are those who want to get away from the chemical ingredients in traditional shampoos as well as those who find their hair is dry, brittle and seems to produce a lot of oil. By washing our hair daily with shampoo we are stripping it of its natural oils (also known as sebum), which many experts say causes your scalp’s sebaceous oil glands to produce excess oil to compensate for the drying effects of shampoo.

By washing with a gentle alternative, the theory is that oil production will eventually regulate and the need to wash your hair will become less frequent. Eventually, you may find that water alone is enough to cleanse your hair. Results of making the switch range but from reading we’ve heard of people whose straight hair has more body and a natural wave, curly hair becoming shinier and more manageable and an overall feeling of better hair health.

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