Is it time to shelve shampoo?
Have you considered joining the “no ‘poo” movement yet?
This is the latest trend in the hair world, with many stylists and stars including Nicole Richie publicly denouncing the use of shampoo. If you shudder at the thought of greasy, lank locks fear not – this could actually be a healthy move. Suzie McGill, International Artistic Director of Rainbow Room International, talks us through the benefits of binning your ‘poo.
“Many clients are ditching their counter-bought shampoo and converting to the natural hair-game and “no ‘poo” movement. This is great news as hair will naturally restore itself, leaving it noticeably softer and smoother,” Suzie told Cover Media. “Shampoos are manufactured to be slightly acidic and they tend to strip away the natural oils from your hair, causing your scalp to overproduce oils. Sulfates found in shampoo have a strong potential to be an irritant to your hair and skin, and even your eyes and can cause chemical allergic reactions. They are capable of stripping your hair of essential oils and can lead to locks becoming extremely dried out.”
Many people are now skipping shampoo and reaching for their conditioner, or simply rinsing with water once a week.
This isn’t a new concept despite its sudden increase in popularity. For centuries, there has been a widespread belief that hair has the ability to self-cleanse. But can your crowning glory really freshen up alone?
“Yes,” explained Suzie. “It is not that your hair is clean; it’s that your hair has the right amount of oils. By simply washing or rinsing hair through with just water, it takes away the dirt and grime and the oils stay there to help protect your hair.”
Suzie insists there is no need to wash hair every day, but says thick or greasy locks may need a rinse after two to three days.
Nicole Richie swears by soaking her mane in raw coconut oil and leaving it slicked back over the weekend. So what other natural remedies are worth a try?
“Bananas have a high level of potassium and help improve hair health and natural elasticity. By simply mashing a banana and applying the mixture from root to tip and leaving to steep into your hair for around 10-15 minutes, this treatment will cure dry and damaged hair,” Suzie outlined. “Products like baking soda and apple-cider vinegar keep your scalp’s pH stable and oil production stays low, meaning your hair is cleaner for longer.”
If you can’t bear to part with shampoo, then consider using one that is kinder to your mane.
“Why not try our frequent shampoo as it's sulfate free,” Suzie said. “Using a sulfate free shampoo means there are less chemicals used that could potentially damage your hair.”