Have you ever heard about people who don’t really wash their hair? Until I started researching about what to pack for our world trip I also had no idea. I came across some world travellers who didn’t bring shampoo to save weight, they basically used baking soda for everything. This is how I came across the No Poo Method.
What is the No Poo Method?
No Poo is short for no Shampoo and means that people are stepping away from washing their hair with shampoo. First I thought that this can’t work. The idea of using shampoo was so deeply ingrained in my brain. However, after reading more about the topic, I got curious and decided to try it out and so I stopped using all of my current hair care products.
I have curly hair so I always needed tonnes of conditioner and hair oil to have a chance to comb my hair. Despite all these products my hair was always dry and the ends broken. I think most people with curls know what I am talking about. My hair never had the chance to grow longer than on the picture, because the ends where so damaged that I had to cut them every second month. It never came up to my mind that all these hair care products were actually the cause of my damaged hair
How I went No Poo
All the amazing results of people online who tried the No Poo methods convinced me to go for it and so far I never regret the day I did. The first weeks are a bit strange because the hair is in a transitioning period and it needs time to get used to the new routine.
The first 3 days I didn’t wash my hair at all. That was no problem my hair never really gets greasy, only tangled because the ends are damaged. From day 4 I started to wash my hair with water only every second day. After washing I applied a little bit coconut oil in the ends to prevent it from drying out.
How to Wash Your Hair with Water Only?
First you need to make your hair wet and then you start to massage your scalp with your fingers to stimulate the production of natural sebum. Afterwards you need to spread the “natural conditioner” to the ends of your hair through combing your hair with your fingers or a comb after you are done in the shower.
From week 2 my hair became a bit greasy. Nobody else really noticed it but to me it looked bit weird. So from day 8 I started washing my hair with rye flour once a week. That sounds strange right, but it works perfectly and it doesn’t damage your hair and you can get it in bulk. Most No Pooers use baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but after researching that, I found that baking soda works but is not good for long-term use since it will dry out your hair even more. Maybe this is also different from hair to hair. For my dry curly hair this was definitely not an option.
Additionally I still continued washing my hair with water only every 2 days. After I started using the rye flour my hair was no longer greasy.
How to Wash Your Hair with Rye Flour?
It basically works like washing with shampoo. You take a cup and fill it with approx. 200ml water and one table spoon flour and mix it. Then you apply this mixture on your scalp and massage a bit. Afterwards rinse properly so you will not have any flour leftovers in your hair. Voila!
In week 3 my hair started changing and it felt amazing. I got really nice defined curls and even more volume. It was also not so fizzy anymore. After washing I had no problems combing my hair without all the conditioners. Isn’t that crazy? I used all these products for years to help my hair to look better, but in the end they only made it worse and strained my already dry hair.
From week 6 I noticed that my hair got used to the No Poo Method and I didn’t need the rye flour anymore. I also tried our argan oil instead of the coconut oil and found it makes my hair even nicer.
So from using 5 different hair products every time I washed my hair I swapped to only argan oil after 6 weeks. Depending on the properties of your hair, it may also be good to deep conditioning your hair from time to time. I love to make a conditioner with half a avocado and banana. During our travels I just put argan oil into my wet hair and let it sit for 30 minutes and wash it afterwards with water only.
My No Poo Method Results
I didn’t wash my hair with shampoo now for over 3 months and my hair feels much healthier than before. It became thicker, more shiny and the broken ends are enormously reduced
Another good effect is that I am not producing any plastic waste with this hair care routine and it saves money. But the best part is that it makes my backpack significantly lighter during our world trip.
Roland was very sceptical about my No Poo Method experiment in the beginning, but after seeing results he got curious and also tried it out. His hair is obviously totally different from mine. His relatively short hair is thick and shiny and there are no broken ends, but it gets greasy after 2-3 days. He is using the rye flour to wash his hair and that works great for him. He also doesn’t need any oil. As you can see, everybody’s hair is different and needs a slightly different No Poo Method routine. I am very happy that both of us are No Pooers now:)
Which hair products are you bringing on longer travels? Have you ever thought about trying the No Poo Method? Please also check our No Poo Q&A post to answer all open questions.