No poo – no shampoo. No way!
But I tried for the reasons that first I will no longer use chemicals for my hair. Second, no more harsh chemicals will be drained in the body of water and lesser empty bottles to be thrown. Third, I can save money from doing it.
By the way for those who ask what “No poo” is it’s actually using baking soda diluted in water as a substitute for shampoo and apple cider vinegar diluted in water as hair conditioner. And for the long run you can just wash your hair with only water.
The first time I tried it was last May 2014. But I lasted for only three months. I just can’t take the greasiness and ugh! the smell of my hair. I feel so dirty that time.
And then last December 2014, I was challenged to take the no poo seriously after reading the book “All you Need is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Simplicity” by Madeleine Somerville. I made a commitment that I ‘ll do it for a year.
First three months is what I called adjustment period. My hair was greasy, stiff, and there are some white particles on my scalp; I’m not sure if it’s dandruff or particles from baking soda that wasn’t washed thoroughly.
It was in 6th month that I notice the change of my hair. It’s healthier and my hair grow so fast. It’s not as greasy as it used to be. And surprisingly I don’t have dandruff.
My only concern is the smell. It feels like I smell something unpleasant. But I always let my sister checked the smell of my hair. And she said it was all fine. Subconsciously I didn’t smell good. I missed the smell of the commercial shampoo. So I usually sprayed perfume all over my hair just to make me feel better.
I Sneaked… And I Failed
A big failure came when Herbal Essence line of hair care products were sent to me for product review. I should opted out from the campaign. But I was tempted. Besides it’s ingredients contains no paraben, no silicone, no colorant.
Of course I can’t just copy paste other reviews of the product. I have to try it so that I can write my own experience. My plan is to try it for a week then go back to no pooing. But I love using the product. It made my hair soft, smooth, not frizzy and the best is my hair smells good.
So the 1 week trial period extended until I totally go back to the old routine of shampooing my hair.
I broke the challenge after 11 moths of no poeeing. I’m almost in the finish line. Although the shampoo made me feel better about my hair but at the same time I feel guilty of not sticking up with the challenge.
Although it’s just about shampooing I learned lesson from it which obviously applicable to anything in setting goal. Truly temptation is everywhere but when you are committed to achieve any goal you have to stay focus.