The ‘No-Poo’ movement – is shampoo ruining your hair? Could you go five years without washing your hair?

It sounds crazy- but it’s true. And no, you won’t look in the mirror to see a dirty greaseball looking back at you. Did you know that shampoo is essentially the same detergent as you wash your dishes in? You get more and less harsh brands- shampoos for oily hair are the worst culprits for harsh chemicals- but even the ‘less’ harsh options still strip away the moisturising natural oils from your hair.

The ‘No-Poo’ movement is becoming more and more widely spread, and even the top stylists are starting to admit that scrubbing your hair with shampoo every day isn’t really necessary. But 5 years? Yes, it’s totally possible- and you’ll have clean, fresh smelling hair that loves you, too.

So, how does this work?

You may be used to reaching for the shampoo bottle, but remember they haven’t been around forever! Even your great-great grandmother probably didn’t have access to a purpose-made hair cleaner, and probably used good old soap instead. That became an impossibility when water became more mineral-heavy and reactive with the soap, though. There’s many other methods to clean then lathering with chemical-laden, harsh detergents that cost a fortune- and you’ll still have shiny hair afterwards.

The methods.

There’s a few of these, and you can experiment with what works for you.

• Replace
• Remove


This one works by choosing a cleanser other then shampoo. Some people [especially curly girls] have great results with conditioner only- yes, there’s enough cleaning power in the average conditioner to keep your scalp fresh without stripping away moisture. Other’s have great results with DIY herbal remedies like soapwort rinses, Kaolin powder, aloe vera and other substances. Another great cleanser is a sprinkling of baking soda, rinsed out with a vinegar rinse. They all do the same job as shampoo without the harsh stripping.


Other’s have gone straight for the kill by axing the cleansers completely. The water-only method works literally by removing the shampoo and not replacing it- you will still massage the scalp, rinse it clean etc, you’ll just leave out the the post at for more information.

Transition period.

Modern hair is as used to those detergents we throw at it as we are to stressful lives. No matter which method you choose, there’s going to be a transition period during which the hair has no idea why it’s suddenly not being abused daily. You may find that, during those first two weeks or so, your scalp does get greasy- it will take a while for it to realise the over-production it needed just to keep some moisture on your scalp is no longer necessary. After the first few weeks, it will calm down, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t change before.


Your scalp will be happier- especially if you’re naturally oil. This sounds bizarre, but it is true. Scalps that overact to chemicals become oily in response- leaving your greasy and limp. Of course, you then overcompensate with harsher chemicals. Leaving the scalp to adapt to a gentle regime can cut down oil production, not increase it, and leave you with smoother hair then you ever suspected possible.

The ‘No-Poo’ method is simple, save time and money, and cuts down on the chemicals in shampoos you’re exposed to day to day- why not give it a try and explore a new route to shiny hair?

How to use dry shampoo and why it works?

We all love shiny hair, and even stylists are now recommending stretching washes, but that’s difficult when you’ve got the big meeting ahead and your hair is a greasy mess instead! In theory, dry shampoo is a wonder product, extending washes, smoothing hair, helping liven up your locks when you’re in a hurry and adding volume as you go. But used wrongly, this product leaves you looking a mess, and a lot of people are wary of it. Continue reading “How to use dry shampoo and why it works?”

Does your hair really need a conditioner?

Using shampoo and conditioner on your hair is just one of those things you do to ensure you have shiny, smooth hair, right? Of course you need it! Well, actually, the information and that one varies from yes, of course, to not at all, so let’s take a look at this issue properly below. The net answer is, it depends on a few things:

• How frequently and with what you shampoo
• What your hair-care needs are
• The weather
• The condition of your hair Continue reading “Does your hair really need a conditioner?”