Ok ladies, today marks 6 weeks since I started my ‘No-Poo’ journey, and I am going to be switching to ‘Low-Poo’ (for now, at least). I was hesitant to tell you this, since many of you have either started ‘No-Poo’ or are seriously considering it. Let me explain what ‘Low-Poo’ is. Basically I am just going to be switching to an all-natural or organic brand of shampoo and conditioner.
I am training for a 5K that I’m running in November, and I’ve been noticing that I haven’t been running as much on ‘No-Poo’ as I should be to get ready for this thing. I like my hair on the days in between washes, so I’ve been skipping runs in order to avoid having to wash it. I wrote Alex Raye (writer of Almost Exactly blog) a few days ago and told her my concerns. For sweaty days on ‘No-Poo’ I’ve been using a lemon juice mixture to sop up the oils from my hair, which totally works, but I’ve been concerned that I have been doing too much to my hair.
Alex agreed with me that if I’m going to be running almost on a daily basis, the baking soda and lemon juice washes would be too drying for my hair. With this said however, I don’t want to discourage any of you that have started ‘No-Poo’ or are wanting to try it. I think every girl should give it a try! I’m soooo glad that I did, and I’m not saying that I will never do it again. I’ve had some of the best hair days in my life during these last 6 weeks! Haha. 🙂
If you are exercising 3 days a week, or if your schedule/circumstances don’t allow you to exercise as much, ‘No-Poo’ would definitely work for you! If your normal routine is anything like last week was for me, I highly recommend ‘No-Poo’ for you! Here’s how my week went, followed by pictures. My mom was in town, so I didn’t run for the week so that I’d have more time to spend with her. (We had a blast by the way! I’m so glad she came!) Anyway, Monday night I used the baking soda and vinegar method. Tuesday morning I curled my hair and I didn’t do anything else until a deep conditioning treatment on Saturday night. Best hair week ever, seriously! Look at the pictures:
Top picture (with my beautiful momma) was taken on day 35 (Tuesday). Middle picture was day 37 (3 days after washing it and sleeping on my curls every night). Bottom picture was day 38 (4 days after washing it and sleeping on my curls). 🙂
Can you see why I love it so much? I basically had to come to the point though, where I needed to give up running if I was going to stick with ‘No-Poo’. And I think my transitioning period on ‘No-Poo’ (where I watched my hair go from greasy mess on non-wash days to the point where my scalp was used to the routine and my hair days were amazing) will allow me to have no problem with a natural shampoo. I tried a natural shampoo for awhile before, and it left my hair really oily. But now that I know what I know about silicones, waxes, sulfates, etc. in conventional shampoos that coat your hair with chemicals and strip it so much of natural oils that are necessary for healthy hair, it totally makes sense to me that I needed to go through a transition with that, too.
I hope you understand the reason behind why I’m choosing to go the ‘Low-Poo’ route for now, and I really hope this doesn’t discourage any of you from trying ‘No-Poo’! If your daily routine allows you to go that route, I think that would be awesome. And if you’ve been thinking all along that you’d love to try ‘No-Poo’ but weren’t sure if you could or not, go ‘Low-Poo’! Let’s have healthy, chemical-free hair! 🙂
P.S.-PLEASE visit Alex Raye’s blog almostexactlyblog.com if you still wanna go the ‘No-Poo’ route! She has lots of info about ‘Low-Poo’, too, and all kinds of other all-natural beauty routines!