Wednesday, May 1, 2013

no-poo for my curly hair-the all important update

About the hair.

I know, you’re all dying here for all the all important hair update. I had a Facebook conversation with a friend over the weekend all about the whole no-poo routine. So it seemed like good timing to revisit the whole thing.

A long time ago I talked about going no-poo. And I still can’t get over it. That whole phrase, no-poo. It’s like my hair is constipated.

I know that isn’t even possible.

But it still is happily no-poo. 

It was February 2012 when I first posted about it. Lordy, over a year ago. 

Here are the details on my no-poo adventure? saga? journey?

I decided to try going no-poo after I started growing out my hair, and alas! it was curly. I was just as surprised as could be about the waves that developed in my hair-I had short hair for so long I had no idea what my hair was capable of.

I figured I needed to do something to care for my hair properly and was thrilled to find The Curly Girl handbook. And now, 15 months later, I am still abiding by the no-poo rules. 

I rinse out my hair, carefully, in the shower. I scrub my scalp to loosen dirt, product, and other junk first. Then I cup the curls in my hand so they’re not hanging down my back and getting all stretched out while the water is running through it. Yes, this is possible. And no, I had no idea. Then I grab some really rich and moisturizing conditioner and scrunch it into my hair, avoiding the roots. Right now I’m using something called Ren Cleansing Conditioner. I love it. It really does the trick. While the hair is loaded with the conditioner I use my fingers to comb through the tangles. Then it gets all rinsed out, I flip my head upside down and give it a good shake. Then I squeeze and scrunch all the extra water out and wrap it in an old t-shirt. I don’t rub it, and I don’t use a towel-both cause frizz.

After I’m out of the shower I work in a moisturizing curl cream and dry it with a diffuser with my head upside down. And because I love hairspray, I finish with a blast of that. I am a child of the 80‘s after all. 

Now and then, sometimes I feel like I need a good deep cleaning, so about once a month I use a sulfate free shampoo on my scalp. Or, if I’m feeling especially adventures I’ll go straight up baking soda and vinegar. Not together, that would make some sort of explosion. I mix about one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup water. Rub it through my scalp and rinse. And then mix about one tablespoon apple cider vinegar and one cup water, I rinse it through your hair, but not the roots. I actually premix this and keep in condiment bottles in the shower. And that is that.

In other hair news, I decided to grow out my color during this process-but that’s a whole other story. The short of it is: I have lots of gray. I’m tired of coloring it. I grew it out. End of story. 

(and here you have exhibit A as to why I always have my hair up these days)

Bottom line: I love my hair routine. I “wash” it once or twice a week. And usually at night so I can wrap the curls up and just go in the morning. The rest of the days I usually just refresh the curls with a water sprayer and let them air dry, or blow dry with the diffuser on low to speed things up. Lately I just pull it up into some sort of updo, to hide the crazy color transition. And that is all there is to say about that. 


  1. seriously, i was just wondering about this.
    i don't think i could give up shampoo. help!

    i have been drying my hair with a tee, but i rub it... gonna stop that to see if it helps decrease the frizz.

    when i wear my hair curly (wavy really) i notice it looks great at first, but mid day it looks frizzy. have you experienced this.

  2. Yep I have. It's probably just really dry. Go pick up some Moroccan argan oil, I use the Organiz brand. It's a dry oil you spray on, so no grease. It cuts down the frizz drastically. That really seems to help. I also do an egg and oil hair mask about once a month, that helps too.

    I'll admit, it's weird at first to cut out shampoo. But once you adjust it's really worth it!


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