Monthly Archives: July 2016

Why I Do “No Poo”

What you wash your hair with is important. I used to have a bad case of dandruff. I went to a skin doctor, who prescribed something which did get rid of some of the dandruff, but left my scalp a disaster in other ways. It got irritated, and I stopped using that stuff almost immediately.

That was when I discovered the No Poo method, and began treating my hair and scalp right, for the first time since infancy, probably. At first I washed only with water, for a couple of weeks. Then, I added baking soda and apple cider vinegar to the mix, and some essential oils (argan, tea tree, jojoba). The results have been pretty poo

If I ever do back to buying a shampoo and conditioner, and I may, it will be only ones which contain oils and natural ingredients. And I mean actually natural, not ‘marketing’ natural. That means no preservatives, no detergents, no fragrances, and no lathering agents. Well, there may be some wiggle room on lathering agents. I do enjoy and miss that soapy feeling when I put the product in my hair.

The chances of an everyday, run-of-the-mill hair care product fitting that bill are slim. Unless, of course, you shop in a health store. There are many stores and companies online as well that offer great all-natural shampoo and conditioners one I have my eye on is Maple Holistics.  I enjoy my No Poo, but some of those natural hair products look great, and they usually don’t cost too much. You can gain a lot when you treat your hair and scalp right. 

Take me for example. Within a few weeks, my dandruff was long gone. It was those products and my inability to read my body’s language that caused the scalp to dry out, itch, flake, and utterly annoy me. After a few weeks with water, the scalp got back on its feet (that’s a funny image!), and my head’s oil production and distribution zeroed itself and went back to normal.

As it turns out, all I needed was to let nature take its course. The baking soda and apple cider are being used by me as a preventive measure. I haven’t had dandruff in a long while, and I plan to keep it that way, thank you very much!no mo dandruff

Fixing Your Hair Problems

There are probably a gazillion products out there, all dedicated to fixing damaged hair, revitalizing hair, and reconditioning it. There are millions of people complaining about the health of their hair, and those products are seemingly there to help it out. But are they really helping?

The truth is this: those products may do the trick, but for a limited time. Many times, hair products offer a quick fix, and do not care for the root cause of whatever issue the hair or scalp is having.

Washing Is Key!

washing hair 2Washing your hair is key, and so the question is asked – what do I use to wash, and how often do I wash my hair? Well, as for what should you use, it is a personal matter. It makes no difference what the cosmetics companies says, there is no real “one size fits all” hair care solution. The only ingredient that falls under that category is water.

Even when it comes to natural products, some have oils which may not fit certain types of hair. It is such a personal thing, hair care, yet people don’t treat it that way sometimes. They go for whatever is convenient, and sometimes they mess with their original scalp settings.

sebumAs for how often you should wash your hair, the answer is most likely up to twice a week, and no more. The idea behind that number is to give the scalp a chance to produce some of its own oil, called sebum, in the days between washings. This oil helps the hair and scalp remain healthy, and any prolonged outside interference could cause the scalp to stop sebum production. Washing once or twice a week – with an appropriate product! – is usually enough for most people. Some people wash only once every 10 days, and some use homemade ‘no poo’ methods, and also give the hair a thorough cleaning – with baking soda and apple cider vinegar – once a month.

Hair maintenance is an individual thing, and the amount of times you wash a week could also change with your body. If you are sick, or stressed, or on your monthly cycle – the body will notice these changes and adjust itself. Make sure to listen to your body. It is the best way of knowing when to wash, long before the scalp begins to dry out. Nobody likes to have lifeless, damaged, split-ended, breakage-prone hair. Make sure to take care of yourself, and figure out what works best for you. Remember to stop by again for more great blogs!