You may have heard about the trend sweeping the internet right now where people will wash their hair without shampoo.
Also called the “No Poo” method, this could involve anything from washing your hair with conditioner to using natural products like apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair.
But where did this trend come from? And does it have any validity?
Well if you want to know the truth about how to clean your hair without shampoo, then keep reading. Because we’re going to lay it on you in our guide right now.
Can you wash your hair without shampoo?
The answer to this question is a resounding YES. There are many different ways that you can go about cleaning your hair without shampoo.
All shampoo does is clean your hair by getting rid of the oils that are naturally produced by your scalp. So if you don’t want to use shampoo, then you don’t have to.
There are many different ways that you can go about cleaning your hair without shampoo, but we’re going to outline a few in the sections below.
What are the benefits of washing without shampoo?
There are many reasons why people might want to go without shampoo.
Some people find that shampooing their hair too often can strip it of its natural oils, leading to dryness and other problems.
Others may find that they have a sensitivity or allergy to the chemicals in shampoo, which can cause scalp irritation and other issues.
And finally, some people simply prefer the feeling of clean hair without shampoo.
Whatever your reason for wanting to go without shampoo, it’s important to find a method that works for you and stick with it.
Our tips for shampoo-free healthy hair
We’ve outlined a few of the most popular methods below.
But before we get into that, it’s important to note that not every method will work for everyone. You may have to experiment a bit to find the method that works best for you.
Washing with conditioner
Also called “co-washing,” one of the most popular ways to go without shampoo is to use a conditioner as a way to cleanse your hair.
Many people find that this method leaves their hair feeling clean and healthy.
To wash your hair with conditioner, simply apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair and scalp, and massage it in. Then rinse thoroughly.
For itchy scalp, use an apple cider vinegar rinse
When it comes to natural alternatives to shampoo, apple cider vinegar ranks right at the top of the list. You might not have known this, but ACV isn’t just for your salads – you can use it to wash hair as well! And if you have an itchy scalp, the last thing you want are dirty hair follicles.
Apple cider vinegar has natural cleansing and astringent properties that can rid your scalp of product build up and the excess oil it tends to trap. Not only is it an effective hair cleanser, but it also leaves hair soft after just a few minutes.
To use an apple cider vinegar rinse, mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Pour the mixture over your head, and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Wash with baking soda if you have oily hair
Did you know you can wash hair with baking soda? Think of it as a type of dry shampoo that you rinse out immediately.
It has natural cleansing properties that can help to get rid of dirt and oil from your hair. It helps to bind to the oils and dirt on your scalp and hair, which are then cleansed from your head when you rinse it off.
To wash your hair with baking soda, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Pour the mixture over your head, and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Some people prefer to create a paste, in which case you’ll use more baking soda and less water.
And finally, some people prefer to just pour the baking soda on their heads while it’s dry, followed by rinsing it off while in the shower.
Add a little bit of lemon juice
When it comes to natural alternatives to shampoo, nothing beats lemon juice for that fresh scent. Sure, it’s annoying to have to juice a lemon every time you want to take a shower. But if you want clean hair follicles and don’t want to use harmful detergents on your scalp, I guess that’s the price you have to pay.
Try adding some diluted lemon juice to your baking soda mixture to help get rid of any built-up oils or smells. It will strip some of the natural moisture from your scalp, so you might consider adding a tiny bit of coconut oil to the mix as well.
Your hair will smell (and probably taste) delicious!
Use a deep conditioning mask
If you find that your hair is feeling dry or brittle after going shampoo-free, you may want to try using a deep conditioning mask.
There are many different types of deep conditioning masks available, so you can find one that best suits your needs. For more information on choosing a deep conditioner for your hair, you can read our full guide here.
To use a deep conditioning mask, apply it to wet hair, and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Keep your hair moisturized
Another key to having healthy shampoo-free hair is to make sure that you keep your hair moisturized. One way to do this is to use a light oil like jojoba or argan oil on your hair.
If you’re going to do this, be sure to rinse it off with warm water and baking soda. The baking soda will help bind to the oil and rinse it off your scalp so your hair doesn’t look greasy.
Avoid products that cause scalp irritation
If you’re finding that your scalp is getting irritated after going shampoo-free, it may be helpful to avoid using products that contain sulfates, parabens, or other harsh chemicals.
Sulfates are a type of detergent that can be found in many conventional shampoos. They’re responsible for the lather that we often associate with clean hair. Other people get irritation in their scalp from products like serums, gels, and even hairsprays.
Needless to say, if you have a sensitive scalp, go easy on the hair products when you’re not washing your hair with shampoo.
Use a boar bristle brush
A boar bristle brush is a type of hairbrush that’s often recommended for people who are trying to go shampoo-free. Boar bristle brushes are very common in both round brushes and hair brushes.
The bristles on a boar bristle brush are made from the hair of a boar, and they’re designed to help distribute the natural oils from your scalp down the length of your hair. This can help to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
Not only that, but brushing the scalp with a boar bristle brush will help to stimulate blood flow to the scalp. And it will help exfoliate dead skin cells – something that is commonly taken for granted when using regular shampoo.
To use a boar bristle brush, start by brushing it through your hair to remove any tangles. Then, starting at the roots, brush the bristles gently down the length of your hair. Be sure to brush down to the tips of your hair. Do this several times a day to help keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
Make a homemade conditioner
If you’re trying the no-shampoo method, but don’t feel like using a commercially-available conditioner, you can try making your own at home.
There are many different recipes for homemade conditioners, but most of them use some combination of ingredients like olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, and yogurt.
One example of a homemade conditioner would be:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- and 1 cup yogurt
To use this conditioner, apply it to wet hair and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. You can wrap your hair up in a towel and let it sit while you read a book or watch a show on Netflix. Then, rinse it out with cold water.
Use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while to remove product build-up
We know this article is about giving up shampoo, but from time to time it still may be necessary to use a clarifying shampoo.
Clarifying shampoo is a type of shampoo that is designed to remove any product build-up from your hair. This can be helpful if you’re finding that your scalp is getting irritated, or if your hair just doesn’t feel as healthy as it used to.
This can also help you transition from using shampoo multiple times per week to only using it infrequently. You get the benefit of removing any product buildup, scalp oils, and dead skin – while giving your scalp a break from frequent washing with shampoo.
Use dry shampoo in a pinch
If you’re in a bind and can’t go more than a day or two without shampooing your hair, you can try using dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo is a powder that is designed to be sprayed onto the scalp and then brushed through the hair. It absorbs any oils and sweat on the scalp, and it can help to freshen up your hair.
The downside of using dry shampoo is that it can leave your hair feeling a little bit stiff or gritty. So, if you’re going to use it, try to use it sparingly. And keep in mind that dry shampoo is a temporary solution – it’s just to reduce the symptoms of your greasy hair, it doesn’t clean your scalp.
Gently massage your scalp to remove sebum
If you’re taking a break from shampoo, you must give yourself gentle scalp massages from time to time to remove sebum from your scalp.
Sebum is the natural oil that your body produces to lubricate and protect the scalp. If there is too much sebum, it can lead to a build-up of oils and sweat on the scalp, which can cause irritation and odor.
To massage your scalp, use your fingers to gently rub your scalp in a circular motion. This will help to dislodge any sebum that has built up, and it will help to improve blood circulation to the scalp. Do this once or twice a day, especially if you’re starting to feel like your scalp is getting oily.
So, those are some tips for washing hair without shampoo. We know that giving up shampoo can be a challenge, but hopefully, these tips will help make the transition a little bit easier.
There are many different ways to go shampoo-free, and what works best for one person may not work as well for another.
It’s important to experiment until you find the method that works best for you.
And don’t forget, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to a hair professional for advice. Good luck!