If you’ve been around the web in the health or soap discussions, you might recognize No-poo as meaning “No Shampoo”. Let’s talk scalp and hair.
I don’t have much hair. Right now the longest pieces might reach 2 inches. See?
I’m also not above just taking clippers to my head and getting rid of it all. I’ve grown my hair out and sometimes I will have hair that might actually reach 6 inches…. though that look is usually short lived as it’s not very attractive on me. My hair is also turning grey. There are big chunks of grey at my temples and a lovely smattering throughout. This means the texture of my hair is changing and there’s not thing one I can do to change that. Nor would I, I’ve earned every last one of those greys.
My issues with shampoo have nothing to do with wanting my hair to be flowing and shiny. I’ve used Dr Bronners on my hair before and that’s fine except it feels a little weird like a residue is left over. I want a shampoo that isn’t full of nasty chemicals and that is kind to my scalp.
You see, winter hits and my scalp gets incredibly dry. There’s no snow on the ground. The temps aren’t drastically different than they were in the fall. Yet, my head seems to know what time of year it is and gets dry, tight, and then the flakes happen. Let’s not forget the itch. Dry scalp is the worst. It’s so disappointing. I drink more water, I condition the scalp and yet….here we are again.
I hate all the chemicals in dry scalp or dandruff shampoos. Those chemicals seem scarier to me than the average shampoo chemicals. I avoid using them until around January or February when I can’t stand it anymore and need some relief. I even went to the salon for a special hot intense scalp conditioning one year. My hair felt great (what I have for hair) but not so much for the scalp.
This year, I’m starting early and going to try the No-poo method. It seems reasonable and maybe in the “natural” shampoos that I use there is still something that is keeping my scalp irritated enough that it’s getting this dry. You can google and find tons of articles and discussions about the No-poo thing. THIS is the one that got me started thinking about this option as a dry scalp relief.
Last night my head was so dry and tight that I decided I needed to start this right away. The recipe is simple. One tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water. That’s it. Last night I mixed it up in a cup with a couple drops of tea tree oil. This is going to be my anti-dry scalp blend. I’m not sure what I think about it.
It felt tingly and good but today my head is back to feeling tight. I don’t expect a miracle overnight happiness. Just recording how it feels. We’ll see what regular use does for me.
I have ordered some empty plastic shampoo bottles but I may also use the ones that we have on hand once they’re empty. The girls say they want to do this too so I’ll make up some scents that they like in theirs. Adding smells or essential oils isn’t necessary but if you know essential oils you know that they can be beneficial. Like Tea Tree oil for the dry scalp. So look up your information and add a couple of drops of what you need or something that smells yummy so the kids will use it too.
Conditioner can be natural too. LilBoog has long curly hair. I plan to do the conditioner for her which is one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water.
I’ll report back and let you all know how it’s going. For me it’s about happy scalp. I’ll let you know how it works on the girls hair. BigGirl with straight thick chin length hair (that used to be curly) and LilBoog’s long long wavy curly hair (that used to be super curly).