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If you are a regular here on Gypsy Soul then you will already know that on the 1st March I decided to give ‘No-Poo’ another go after my failed attempt last time. In case you’re not familiar with the term, don’t panic I didn’t stop going to the loo. I stopped washing my hair with traditional shampoo.
I first attempted to go no-poo back in 2013. I lasted 7 months in total but I just couldn’t get it to work for my hair. There are so many alternatives to shampoos out there that it can be hard to find something that not only works with your hair type but also with the type of water you have in your area. I’ve been informed that hard water is particularly difficult for no-poo hair care.
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If at Fist you Don’t Succeed…
In March this year, I decided to give it another go but this time using soapnuts which I bought from a company called Living Naturally. Soapnuts grow on the Sapindus tree. They contain a natural soap called Saponin.
People use them to wash their hair, shave and even wash their clothes. I bought my soapnuts in the form of shampoo bars.
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When you make the switch from shop bought shampoo to natural shampoo there is always going to be an adjustment period. It takes your hair a while to get used to the new way of washing. A lot of avid no pooers claim that you should start to notice a real difference in your hair after 6 weeks.
So my plan was to try the soapnut shampoo bars for 6 weeks and see how I got on. Here’s what happened…
This is what my hair was like before my first no-poo wash.
After the very first wash with the soapnut shampoo, my hair seemed fine. It was a little oily in some places and felt waxy after washing but I did wear my hair down that day. So it can’t of been too bad.
I used the Coconutty shampoo bar for my first wash which is supposed to be nourishing and conditioning.
and then it all went downhill!
I washed my hair on Sunday and by the Tuesday it was so greasy that it was literally sticking up on its own! I did not wear my hair down AT ALL!
It was at this point that I decided if I was going to continue to go down the no poo route I was going to have to grow out my fringe.
Scritch and Preen Method
My plan was to start the ‘scritch and preen’ method. Which is where you first massage you scalp to get the oils loose on your head. Then you literally scrape the oils down between your fingers to the tips of your hair. You are physically moving the oils around on your hair so that they are more evenly distributed.
I quite enjoyed doing this as it’s very relaxing although it took a good hour and a half just to do it once with my hair due to the length and thickness of it.
By week two I had washed my hair once with the soapnut shampoo bars. I was still continuing with the scritching and preening every other night, which did really help as the next day my hair didn’t seem as greasy.
I still couldn’t wear my hair down at this point and had to pin back my fringe every day.
I did my second wash in week two using the lemon soapnut bar.
At the start of week three, I had washed my hair twice with the soapnut bars. I was aiming for one wash a week but during this week I had to speak at an event called the Westcountry Wonderwoman Workshop for International Women’s Day. I really wanted to wear my hair down and look half normal so I did an extra wash during the week.
I used an egg and lemon wash which always makes my hair feel and look amazing! It got rid of a lot of the grease. This enabled me to wear my hair down but only for one day.
I started to feel a bit more positive about the whole no-poo thing.
Then it all went wrong again!
During week four I was starting to get pretty frustrated with my hair as it just seemed to be betting worse and worse. My hair started to go really dark, probably because of the amount of grease (or sebum) on it.
During this week I started washing my hair with the soapnut bars about every 3 days just to try and get it looking half decent.
I bought a boar bristle brush which I had been told is great for anyone attempting no poo. It helps to pull the oils down your hair and I must say it did work pretty well. Although you do have to clean the brush out regularly.
As my hair is so long it was taking ages every night to brush it through. Ideally, I believe you should do it every night but I was doing it every 3 days. If you have short hair I imagine transitioning to no poo would be a lot easier!
I have nothing interesting to report during week five other than my hair constantly looked like it just hadn’t be washed for three days regardless of whether I had washed it or not.
By week six I had worn my hair down a couple of times but only ever for one day or night. It didn’t look particularly dirty but nor did it look clean. It was just stuck in some sort of in-between phase.
I was having to wash my hair every 2 days.
I still wasn’t able to wear my fringe down. It was at this point that I called it quits and washed my hair with shop bought shampoo. We had a wedding to go to one weekend and I just wanted my hair to look nice!
So What Went Wrong?
I’m not entirely sure what went wrong. I was still doing the scritching and preening every other night and using my boar bristle brush.
I was eating healthily and exercising every day so I don’t believe it was diet related. Our water had stayed the same.
I do now regret caving and washing with shop bought shampoo and I keep thinking maybe if I had just held out a little longer it would have suddenly got better.
I think perhaps if I hadn’t already attempted to go no-poo before and failed I may have continued for longer but last time I did 7 MONTHS and still didn’t see any improvement.
If you have any ideas on what I did wrong I’d love to hear it!
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