The pandemic-induced lockdown gave rise to several beauty trends this year. From colouring your in lovely hues of pastel to the increasing focus on ‘clean beauty’, the shift in hair care and skincare is pretty evident. One such trend is the ‘no-poo’ hair method, which is a direct result of people holed up in their homes for months on end. Don’t be fooled by the name, this trend doesn’t have anything to do with the daily deed; it means cutting out shampoos from your hair care routine.
The idea is to give your scalp a break and wash your hair with either water or completely natural alternatives. While this might sound gross, the trend has managed to find many takers — why? Let’s find out!
What is the ‘no-poo’ movement’s claim to fame?
The main philosophy behind the ‘no-poo’ method is to maintain the health of your hair without the use of traditional shampoos and conditioners. They can strip your scalp of natural oils and moisture; and are deemed expensive by lovers of minimal beauty. This method’s claim to fame lies in the reported benefits of skipping the ‘poo’, some of them being:
- Cutting out ingredients like detergents, sulphates and parabens and other chemicals can help maintain a healthy balance of oil on your scalp.
- No product means no product-build up — The result? Voluminous hair that is not weighed down.
- Improves natural texture due to less exposure to damaging and drying ingredients.
- Breaking out of the cycles of shampooing and training your scalp to be less greasy. The idea is that if you are not stripping natural oil from your scalp with a shampoo, you can slowly train your scalp to reach oil balance on its own.
Does the no-poo method really work?
The simple answer to this question is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. This is because this method of hair care works differently for different people. For instance, if your skin type is oily, your scalp will get greasy faster, no matter how you treat your scalp. Also, it can be tough for people with fine and thin hair to quit shampoos altogether.
If you do want to try the method, we recommend starting slow and spacing out your hair washes, instead of suddenly quitting products.
Here’s how to wash your hair while following the no-poo method:
- Rinse the hair and scalp with a mix of baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Use just a conditioner on the ends or use a ‘no-poo’ specific product.
- Wash only with water and nothing else.
- Use natural cleansers that are not technically shampoos — like herbal tea or coconut milk.
While there are pros to cutting out harsh shampoos from your routine, the cons are in the picture as well. The best is to try for yourself to make a judgement — you can either stick it out till your scalp is oil-trained or just use the method to detox your scalp once in a while. You are spoilt for options here!