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The No Poo Revolution or Movement

Updated on October 11, 2014
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

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No Poo Revolution or No Poo Movement

Have you heard about the no poo revolution or movement. This is not to be confused with the no poo diet where you avoid eating Pu Pu Platters from the Chinese restaurant. Just kidding! Imagine an ad saying "Do you not have breast cancer? Pay us $9.95 and we will increase your chances of getting breast cancer so you can get it and be a hero."

Here is No Poo on Wikipedia ( It says:

The first synthetic shampoos were introduced in the 1930s,[3] with daily shampooing becoming the norm in the US by the 1970s and 1980s.[1] Proponents of "no poo"-practices believe that shampoo removes the natural oils (sebum) produced by the scalp—causing the scalp to produce more oil to compensate.[1][2] They also believe that regular shampooing causes a "vicious cycle" to develop as it becomes necessary to shampoo regularly to compensate for the excess oils produced by the scalp (which are produced in response to being stripped from the scalp by the previous shampooing).

Apparently the word shampoo is too long or too hard to spell so they call it poo even though there is a slang word poo.One article is called the No Poo Do. Most of the websites do not describe it this way but this is how I first heard about it and it works just as well.

Using shampoo is a physical addiction like smoking. If you try to stop smoking your body will freak out with withdrawal symptoms for about 6 weeks. But then they pass and you are better. The no shampoo revolution or movement is not a sham about poo. It means giving up using shampoo. In its simplest form you just use water instead. Give up shampoo for 6 weeks and your hair will much better and not addicted to shampoo.

I have done this no poo for over a year (only water) and my hair is better than it ever was. It can probably look better with some of the methods that people use on this, but this shows that just water works fine. Shampoo has only been around for 80 years but water has been around over a hundred years.☺

In a capitalistic society the goal of the beauty industry is not to make you beautiful. Its goal is to make money. How do they do it? They get you to give them money so they can be richer and you can be poorer. The first 6 weeks after giving up shampoo, your hair goes through withdrawal symptoms from the cancer causing chemicals (what?). It may get really greasy and filthy dirty like a dirt magnet. Maybe shampoo is a dirt magnet! The more you use it, the more money they make.

I heard about it before it was a revolution but you can look it up and see that it is a revolution now. Instead of using shampoo, you can use a naturally existing substance like your girlfriend's urine if that sounds good to you. You can call it a golden shampoo. Actually what is popular is using baking soda first and then following it with apple cider vinegar.

Note that just using water is the cheapest method. One reason that people are doing this is they can see the damage that shampoo is doing to their hair. They find that their hair looks much better without shampoo.

The other reason is the ingredients they use. A popular lathering ingredient in shampoo is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Here is a website about them. It says:

Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Reports include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. This is highly characteristic of sodium laureth sulfate and almost definitely directly related to its use.

Perhaps most worryingly, sodium laureth sulfate is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

[Did you notice the mistake above. Keep it complicated to confuse people. I am a detail oriented person and was a chemist. Sodium laureth sulfate is the SLES, not the SLS that is sodium lauryl sulfate.]

So this what I meant earlier that you pay them to give you breast cancer at the same time that their product ruins your hair. This is a huge scam or sham called shampoo. Youtube is loaded with videos about people going sham free and poo free. What is this shampoo practice called? It is called good business. Make people think that they need your product.

More on good business. At one time in Japan, the men never bought diamond rings for women that they got engaged to. Then they did an advertsing campaign to convince them that they needed to. Now they do. A young couple may need that money for other things. But they are supposed to use it to make the diamond industry rich, even though the people who mine for these diamonds are dirt poor.

There are cleansing bars that people can buy instead of soap. The main ingredients of soap are animal fat and lye. People can use just water on hair and skin and use a washcloth. Once I did use a lotion made of only herbs (that you can eat) that worked as a shampoo and a body wash. If you do not like the results of no poo, you can always go back to using or abusing poo.

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      Chuck Bluestein 2 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I left the above comment on to show how comments meant for someone else just started showing up here.

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      Nia 2 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy,I really hope you reply even thgouh it has been 2 years since you\’ve posted on here… I\’m so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day… I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of… My \”friends\” went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I\’ve tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be \”ok\” one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can\’t you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache… It\’s become a way of life and althgouh I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I\’m sorry those did not help you either… NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can\’t work as much, I can\’t run around and just be free, I can\’t take a full load of classes at a time… Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I\’m not the only one to suffer from this and that I\’m not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day…Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole

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      Frances 4 years ago

      there are no-sulfate shampoos and shampoos with a low PH that do NOT strip your hair of natural oils (mostly sold in salons) so this is very misleading

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      This is awesome!!! I have long, blonde hair and its naturally wavy. I just started with No Poo, and it has had the most amazing effects! My scalp feels like it can breathe and my hair feels so light! I do use baking soda but haven't tried the vinegar yet. I never imagined that I wouldn't use shampoo, but I am so glad I found this post and I am a new believer! Thanks :)

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      Brittanie Pervier 4 years ago from Seattle WA

      This is awesome thank you for sharing this I mean that sincerely. Great information had I had no idea about this. Great information I can't wait to try this! I have really been trying to rid myself of advertising and gimics and all that sales stuff. This is a great next step to try. Thanks again.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The marketing of shampoo reminds me of what I read about toothpaste. It wasn't popular until they started adding a mintiness to it, which people thought made their mouth feel clean. Even though it does clean your mouth, it is not really the mint that makes it work. It's just a way to make you feel like if you are not using it, your mouth is not clean.

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      Chuck Bluestein 4 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I was surprised also to find shampoo called poo. The greasiness you get after a few days of not using the shampoo is from the shampoo. It is just like going a day without smoking and you feel awful. After you get over your shampoo addiction, you can just use water and your hair will not get greasy.

      Of course the guys who make the shampoo, do not want you to ever learn this. They have money invested in cancer drugs so after making them money with the shampoo you buy, they next want you to make them money with the drugs you will need. It is brilliant marketing!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The title made me curious, although I was relieved to see it was about shampoo. I have never heard it abbreviated, since it is not a very long word.

      Interesting article. I have heard bad things about the ingredient in shampoo, and I think it is hard to find products that are good. I use apple cider vinegar to clarify my hair at times, but I can't imagine not using shampoo. It seems like the hair would become too greasy after a while if only rinsed with water. I am curious about looking into other options, though.