I have many options ahead of me thanks to suggestions regarding the state of “a-hairs” on my head.
This makes me happy… but…
Not being one to take hair crisis research lightly, after discovering the closest Aveda school is two and a half hours away I crawled through the World Wide Web for suggestions about curly hair care.
Apparently there’s a book out there called Curly Girl that I need to check out. But even more fascinating is a theory called “No Poo.”
(You know, just the word “poo” and I’m sucked in. It’s a side effect of the life I’ve lived since giving birth to Uno five years ago.)
“No Poo” is slang for No Shampoo. Back in the Dark Ages of 2008 a Sydney, Australia radio host issued a hair challenge to his listeners: To follow the advice of some fabulous muckety-muck who reportedly hadn’t shampooed his hair in 15 years and looked fabulous (and still smelled nicely as well… they didn’t mention he emitted a rancid odor.).
The host challenged listeners to go without shampoo for six weeks. Everything else in their normal hair care routine was ok, but shampoo allegedly strips hair of its natural oils and does bad things with bad chemicals that are just bad, bad, bad so No Shampoo For You!
At the end of the six week “No Poo” challenge 86% of the participants reported their hair was “Gorgeous and ‘fluffy like a kitten’ (i.e. better or the same as when you used shampoo)”; only 14% reported their hair as “Skanky (i.e. worse than when you used shampoo).”
Now, we all know Australia is upside down and maybe that means they live in opposite world and anyone who tried this in the United States would end up with results of 86% being Skanky and 14% Fluffy like a Kitten but… but… this is an intriguing idea.
- For the curly haired —- No Poo made the curl more defined and less frizzy.
- For the thin haired —- No Poo gave more weight and body.
- For those with dry scalp, psoriasis or dandruff —- unequivocally, these problems went away, even for those who had used expensive treatments for years unsuccessfully!
- For those with fine hair —- became easier to work with, felt thicker from the natural distribution of oil and didn’t need products to give them more body.
A bit more research and I discovered a blog called Raising Olives. The author documents her six-week transition from Shampoo Purist to No Poo Person. She’s a real gal who went No Poo!
Can this be an actual option?! I need advice! It flies in the face of all I’ve known growing up, namely, that if you don’t shower and shampoo on a daily basis you should probably just make a reservation on the pull-out bed in hell.
I was discussing my hair conundrum with Lizard on the way to church this morning (I know, his life is full of fascinating conversations with yours truly) and he suggested instead of fretting about it, I should just cut all my hair off.
He meant it.
So now in addition to No Pooing, I’m considering cutting my hair short, sassy and curly a la Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, or Natalie Portman. (Not in Star Wars. You probably guessed that already.).
If you’re cringing inside about all this hair talk, I want to assure you I expect this will be the last time I dedicate an entire post to my hair… but, then again, this is a fast-changing world and some promises are made to be broken.
Particularly when they involve hair with a mind of its own and need to file orbital flight plans.
Could you No Poo? Have you No Pooed? How do you feel about me No Pooing?
(Oh dear, I really hope people read the entire post and not just this ending italics part. That could give the wrong impression.)