The “No-Poo” Method of Hair Cleansing
This term comes from Lorraine Massey’s book “Curly Gurl”, which suggests that shampoo, which usually includes detergents SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) or ALS (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate)
, can strip hair and scalp of its healthy natural oils, and roughen the cuticle. Thus they are not the best choice for curly heads worldwide. Instead, the author suggests that hair be cleaned with conditioner instead, with vigorous scalp massage & thorough rinsing taking the place of harsh detergents for scalp cleansing.
Trust me. It works.
If you use styling products or have buildup, however, conditioner alone isn’t gonna cut it. Here are two ways to clarify hair w/out shampoo.
Mix a tablespoon or so of Baking Soda into about 1/2 cup of conditioner (perhaps Honey Hemp?). Work through as you would a normal conditioner wash, then rinse. Result = squeaky clean hair & scalp w/out stripping your strands. Follow with a mild rinse of water with just a splash of apple cider vinegar, to return hair to its mildly acidic base state, close the cuticle, and enhance shine.