I quit pooing about six weeks ago. Ok, ok, so “pooing” is short for shampooing. I have read quite a bit about not using shampoo. In my ever-increasing need to lessen the amount of chemicals used in my home, I gave up buying and using shampoo (and conditioner).
Depending what information you choose to believe, it definitely took more than two weeks for my hair to get passed the greasy, slick, “take a shower, will ya?” phase. I can say it took a good month before my hair finally stopped freaking out over the fact that I wasn’t lathering up every other day.
If you have long hair, I highly recommend braiding it and no one will ever know you and your hair are on a new quest. If you’re like me, and not a fan of hats, you get a really cute A-line cut, and tuck those locks behind your ear. I admit it, my hair looked like I had a fight with the hair gel and the gel won.
When I first decided to stop “pooing”, I was going to use the baking soda method. I can honestly say, it made my hair a bit brittle. Then I happened on some homemade soap, all-natural and chemical free. I really like it and used that for about three weeks. Recently, I found Dr. Bonner’s Castile bar soap. So far, I’m very pleased with the results the soap has had on my hair. I like the soap has essential oils, is part of fair-trade, chemical free and GMO-free.
If you are up for a challenge, might I suggest you stop “pooing” too? Be prepared for a good 2-6 week hair transition, but you will enjoy the freedom of not being dependent on chemical shampoos. Should you require a conditioner, simply put a little coconut oil on your fingertips and massage through your hair (but not the roots).