The 'No Poo' Movement
Just because something is modern and popular, doesn't mean it's the best option. Up until the late 1800s, people were recommended to wash their hair once a month. Decades later, the first synthetic shampoo was developed and that frequency increased to every two weeks, with daily shampooing becoming the norm by the 1970s. Shampoos on the market today might be gentler than past formulas, but they can still wreak havoc on your quest for a sexy mane.
Today the "no-'poo" trend — short for "no shampoo" — is all the rage. The method is easy. Just wash your hair with a gentle alternative to shampoo, such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar or even just water. So, in short, instead of allowing chemicals in shampoo to strip your hair, strip away the chemicals instead and stop using shampoo altogether. Most dermatologists and hair stylists have been long-time advocates of shampooing less often.
Is Ditching Shampoo Good for Your Hair? Well, many members of the "no-'poo" movement claim ditching the shampoo leaves their hair healthier, shinier and less frizzy. While most of the benefits are anecdotal, it's well known that you can "train" your scalp to become less oily by gradually increasing the length between your shampoos. If you're currently a daily washer, you'd switch to every other day, then every two days, then every three days over the course of three months.
While this doesn't work for everyone (particularly those with very fine hair and/or very oily scalps), many people will find their scalp becomes less oily and they can easily go days between shampoos. There's absolutely no risk to it, other than a few bad hair days.
Beyond this, there's growing recognition that perhaps we've become too clean as a society. Your skin is teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms, much of it beneficial. All of that washing may be disturbing this microbial balance. Not to mention the overuse of harsh soap, shampoo and conditioners can cause a barrage of problems.
Ironically, soap tends to remove the protective sebum that is full of beneficial fats that your body uses to protect your skin. Yet, many people regularly use soap to wash their entire skin surface and remove this protective covering… and then pay money to apply lotions to restore what they just removed. The same holds true for hair. We wash away the natural oils with shampoo and then apply expensive chemical conditioners to put moisture back in.
Remember, daily washing is a relatively recent phenomenon, and science is clearly showing that your body's microbiome plays a major role in your health and promoting or warding off diseases.
Want to learn how to wash your hair using only water? Check out this article.