You may or may not have heard of a new trend not to use shampoo. For those of you who have taken Pilates with me for a while or who regularly read this blog, you know that a few months ago, inspired by Joseph Pilates, I went one month without using soap. I don’t know Joseph Pilates’ opinion on shampoo, but I assume he might have agreed with the no-poo trend.
No Poo (Shampoo That Is)
I’ve been wanting to try is, but I’m quite nervous given that I have a lot of curly hair (see my blog picture if you doubt me). I really don’t like when my hair gets the least bit oily or greasy and even though everyone says your body will find a proper balance, I find it hard to believe.
I have not yet taken the no-poo challenge, but I know people who have. My boyfriend, Matt, has not used shampoo in months. You’d never know it. His hair is nice. It’s not greasy. The first week he stopped using (as if shampoo is addictive) his hair was a little greasy, but his scalp quickly found an appropriate balance. All he does is rinse his hair every day in the shower and scrub his scalp with a bristled brush. Yeah, right. I can’t imagine how long it would take me to get all the snarls out of my hair after brushing. I can’t help but feel that it’s easier for a guy.
When I read about people who go poo-free it sounds like they have straight hair. They talk about brushing their hair daily to spread the natural oils throughout the hair. I just can’t do that–my hair doesn’t get brushed. And I’m not sure where conditioner falls on the no-poo agenda, but I don’t think it is appreciated. I can’t pick my hair without conditioner. Matt has a theory: perhaps if I stop using shampoo my hair won’t get snarled and I won’t need conditioner. (Given that he still keeps my hair in a ponytail in a plastic bag in the closet from the last time I got it cut and he was sad, I don’t think he wants to see the day I have to chop my locks off because dreads developed after a month of no shampoo and no conditioner.)
So I’m still undecided. Part of me says today is your last day with shampoo for at least a month. Part of me says wait until this bottle runs out. Part of me says I must be crazy, but the other part really believes in the many benefits of not using products. So, if you see me in the very near future and my hair isn’t looking it’s best, please know I’m not being dirty. I’m experimenting. Experimenting with the body and what it can do is something I preach in Pilates. I think it’s getting near time I get a little more brave and stop pooing my hair. Thoughts?
For anyone who is interested in going without shampoo (assuming my words are that inspirational) here are a couple links to people who have done it (I didn’t notice any photos though):