Avoid these “No Poo” Methods if at all Possible
“No Poo” method is well known within the curly girl community. Many use alternative cleansing agent for their natural hair instead of traditional shampoos that contain harsh sulfates such as sodium lauryl sulfate. Here are some of those alternatives or shampoo substitutes that you should avoid.
Using castille soap was one of my natural hair mistakes. Castile is vegetable oil-based cleanser. It can be used for the whole body; hair, body and teeth. Teeth? I know that sounds weird. I’m not making it up, came straight from the manufacturers website.
Why avoid this cleanser? It has a very high pH. Although you are left with a squeaky feeling and tingly scalp (especially if you use the Peppermint Infused Castille Soap) the hair shift is left swollen and ruffled. This leads to frizz, dryness and ultimately breakage.
Baking Soda is a common household cleaner. Some naturals even use it as a shampoo substitute. Beware it can cause some damaging effects.
Why avoid this cleanser? Baking Soda has an extremely high pH that will cause brittleness. Some naturals swear by it. You can even add a little to your conditioner to make a scrub for the scalp. Black Girl Long Hair weighs the pros and cons of baking soda.
Shampoo is essential for a healthy hair regimen. The purpose of shampoo is to gently remove dirt, residue and excess hair products. A clean scalp is a happy scalp and a happy scalp allow healthy hair to grow. Even if you use the curly girl method and choose to co-wash regular you should also shampoo your hair and scalp at least every two week. Shampoo weekly especially if you use heavy styling products and/or you have dandruff/dry scalp.
Why avoid this cleanser? Ok you’re not avoiding conditioner, only opting for a sulfate free shampoo to use at least bi-weekly.