It’s not just our country enjoying Independence Day. Your hair takes over and finds it’s freedom, too. The humidity rises and one morning, you look in the mirror at a raccoon sitting on top of your head. It takes on a life of it’s own and, try as you might, just won’t be managed. The tyranny you’ve forced it to succumb to with potions, waxes, oils and creams during the winter no longer work. So you pull it back, tie it up, or stick it under a hat, attempting to bring it under control. Then you wash it again and more curls turn into a fuzzy frenzy. If you’ve tired of this animal, maybe it’s time to try the no-poo method.
When you wash your hair it’s that squeaky clean feeling you’re after, right? Ah, wrong. Shampoo is made to strip the natural oils out of your hair and that’s the squeak you hear. Then your body goes into overdrive, trying to replace what you’ve removed. Add in the other products you’re using to get your look and the poor hair doesn’t know what to do. With the no-poo method, scalp and hair are cleansed with a non-silicone no-poo. The dirt is rinsed away and you are left with what nature intended. You can follow up with a conditioner that is also silicone free.
There’s also the co-only method. Using a non-silicone conditioner, you rub a couple of handfuls of conditioner into your scalp. If you’re in the shower, tuck the hair in a shower cap and finish your bathing routine. The point is to let the conditioner sit on your hair and not drip down the drain. When you’ve finished, rub another handful or two of conditioner into the rest of your hair. Then rinse. That’s it.
So where do you find shampoo and conditioner without silicone? In the last couple of years, pricey products have found competition. Big box and drug stores now carry national lines that are supplying this niche. Some of them have no parabens and other common additives. Just look for “no silicone” on the label.
There are some powerful additional effects you may experience. Itchy scalp, acne, and the need to wash your hair every day disappear. It may take a week to a month to see all the benefits of this change-up, but stick with it. You’ll find yourself free of that fuzzy raccoon.
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