How do I go to get my hair done at the salon and say “oh wait, don’t poo my hair!” What is your suggestion for bringing up with with the stylist who already piles on the product at the end? It’s true. We hair stylists can get a little out of hand with styling products. Just speak up! Some of my friends who no-poo endure the occasional regular shampoo when they go in to get their haircut, and then they go back to no-pooing at home. I personally turn into a walking cotton ball if shampoo comes near my hair. Please don’t be shy about it with your stylist! If you are worried he or she won’t have the right products then bring your own. Weirder things have happened, I guarantee it. If you don’t want to bring your own then offer to read all the labels while you are getting coiffed. Your stylist might already know about no-pooing, and if he/she doesn’t, then educate!
I’ve been using a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, however they are for colored hair which I don’t have. I can’t seem to find a sulfate free for regular hair unless it’s organic and pricey. Where do I find it?Using sulfate free products is en vogue for maintaining hair color, which is why you are finding them more easily. Those products are just extra gentle and are great for your hair even if you don’t color. I think that haircare products will continue to move toward sulfate free and that our options will become greatly expanded. Do some google searching. Here is an awesome link. Start here. She lists professional products and products you can find at a drugstore, It’s been updated very recently, but a little more searching online will probably find you even more results. A store like Ulta is a great place to go explore also.
I thought no-poo was only using baking soda to wash your hair. If I “washed” my hair with conditioner, my hair would be slathered to my face and head all day long. Doing the baking soda and vinegar wash is one way of no-pooing. It’s not the way I go because I have highlighted, damaged, and dry hair and I need MOISTURE MOISTURE MOISTURE. If you have nearly perfectly healthy hair and you are afraid of washing with conditioner then try the bs/v. Google “baking soda and vinegar hair wash” and find lots of instructions. You can always follow up the bs/v wash with a quick conditioner to help with the vinegar smell and add a little extra moisture.
I just realized the conditioner I am using is a no no. You mentioned to “condition your hair with a richer conditioner.” What is a richer conditioner? Do you have a suggestion for a store brand that would work well? Also, my scalp still gets pretty dry (or at least really itchy and flaky – but it doesn’t seem dry – I just don’t know what else to call it). Will changing my conditioner improve this?
Something that I personally haven’t tried, but I know Mariel has (hopefully she’ll chime in with a comment, wink wink nudge nudge) is the brown sugar scrub. There is a recipe for this in the Curly Girl book by Lorraine Massey. You take a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar and mix it with a couple of tablespoons of conditioner. Wet your hair and massage into your scalp. I found a blog where a girl had better results by first applying her conditioner and then applying the brown sugar to her scalp, so there’s another way you could try it. Scrub scrub, then rinse it all out. I’m excited to try this one next time I get a dry patch.
Is there a big difference between just using a sulfate free shampoo and silicone free conditioner, as opposed to the conditioner/conditioner option? Using a sulfate free shampoo and a silicone free conditioner is a great option. Those shampoos are far far more gentle than the evil kind, but even so they do have some surfactant qualities. But I’m not going to hate you for using sulfate free shampoo if the conditioner/conditioner option isn’t working. I’d love to see the whole dang world stop putting sulfates on their heads.
What about for kids’ hair? Yes! No-poo is great for kids! I use only conditioner on my kids, even all through the summer with swimming at the pool and everything. I usually use Suave or V05. Check labels for ‘cones!
What about straight fine hair? Can you still no-poo if your hair isn’t curly? Yes! Absolutely! The goal for everyone is healthy, shiny hair.