Friday, September 9, 2011

Well Crap! Taking a Break from No 'Poo

I caved.  I said I wouldn't but I did. I used shampoo. 6 1/2 weeks without using shampoo--ruined!

Honestly, it wasn't as simple as that.  Unfortunately, my dandruff came roaring back.  For the first month or so my scalp was itch free and dandruff free.  I had a few greasy, my-hair-is-getting-used-to-this days, but overall I was pretty happy with my no 'poo results.  My hair was looking good for about two to three days before needing a wash.

I was even getting ready to get some essential oils to add to the mix and make my hair smell like lavender or something.  But then. . . itchy, flaky scalp. Boo.

I didn't even miss the lather of shampoo or the flowery smell of shampooed hair.  I was good. Ready to keep marching forward.

Eventually, I got so frustrated that I caved.  And, boy, the first shampoo was magical.  Six weeks with no lather.  Although the lather of shampoo has no real purpose (besides convincing us that it is, in fact, cleaner), it was luxurious and exciting.  I felt a little girly.

Now that I am shampooing again, I have found that I need to wash my hair more often. Which means I have to buy more and more shampoo.  Hopefully, though, not for long.

I am on a no 'poo break, but I am looking into chemical-free dandruff "shampoos" so I can basically be shampoo free.  I'd like to get away from the chemicals and whatnot in Head and Shoulders and the like.  I've seen some natural shampoo bars specifically for dandruff that I may try.  Apparently, rosemary and nettle are good for dandruff.  I could make my own shampoo bar too.  Unfortunatley, I was too desperate  to try to figure out how to make my own shampoo bar.

Until I reach a solution, I'm reveling in the lather. 


  1. Aw that's too bad that the no-poo gave you problems! I do find that my scalp gets more flaky on the second day, especially during the summer. Isn't dandruff related to extra grease? Maybe once it cools down, that won't be as much of a problem. Or you could try using the wash more often, although I guess that kinda defeats the purpose :)

  2. I'm a bit disappointed! But there are some other natural remedies I want to try. I either need to order some soaps online or gather the ingredients to make my own. Hopefully, I'll find an all natural solution.

  3. I actually started the no-poo today because my scalp has been so dry and itchy lately. I'm hoping that if I just get my baking soda ratio just right that will solve my problems too. I don't have dandruff though, just a flaky scalp. Hope you're able to figure yours out soon!

  4. For the first month of so, my scalp was great. I doubt you'll have trouble if you don't already get dandruff. If you feel like your hair is getting a bit dry, try a little more apple cider vinegar, or you could condition it every once in a while with egg or beer or something like that.