4 Important Ways I Saved with No-Poo Hair Care
The Choice to Remove Shampoo from Hair Care
Switching to a no shampoo method of hair care was the right choice for me and it might be for you too! Just give it a chance!
It seems that these days, everyone is in a constant search to be healthier, save more money, find more time, and care for the environment - among other things. I'm no different! If you're like me and want all of these things, you may want to consider a "no poo" method of hair care, a way to use simple cleansers - baking soda and apple cider vinegar - to wash and care for your hair instead of commercial shampoos and conditioners.
I'm not here to tell you how to do it. I'll share a few links from other people who have done an excellent job of that. This page is about the advantages I found because I took the leap and chose the no-poo method of hair care. It's about the ways I have saved - time, money, water, and health - through this choice. I hope you'll read on, especially if you're curious about this method and its advantages.
All photos and graphics on this page are my own.
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My No-Poo Experience
I had doubts about cutting off my shampoo addiction just like anyone else, but I had read up enough on the process and the transitional period that I made the decision with eyes wide open. At first, showers when I washed my hair were long ones. It got better... lots better!
My hair went through the normal oily transition over several weeks' time. It went from oily because of the shampoo use to oily and dry in different places because my hair/scalp didn't know what was going on to a long term aaaaaaahhhh of happiness. What I love is that throughout all of it, it was as soft or softer than I've ever felt it. It was instantly easier to brush out than any commercial conditioner had ever made it.
And now, after nearly 3 months, my head it just as happy as it can be - both inside and out. Outside because of the reasons I listed above. Inside, because of the 4 important ways I'm saving, listed below. If you're interested in how to ditch the commercial shampoos and conditioners, visit any (or all) of the links below. Then read on to learn more about the savings behind this hair care method.
"No-Poo" Resource Pages
I recommend starting with the page from GraceOnline above. It's good, and she gives a simple practical idea of how the "no-poo" method works! I did some additional research on my own too though. Here are a few additional pages I found to be useful.
- Info: Shampoo Free
This is far and away the best resource to get all of your questions answered - the whys, hows, whens, and wheres of shampoo free hair care. She answers a lot of questions and helps you through oily and/or dry problems, plus much much more.
- How to No Poo
How To Mom gives some great tips and pointers from the "real world" use of the no-poo method.
- No Poo to You Too
Prepare to laugh while you learn about this method of hair care. Crunchy Betty's post is worth it to get reinforcement of what you've learned from other pages, down and dirty truth about the "no-poo" method, and a good laugh.
- No-Poo Alternatives
There are other methods (and a bunch of them smell great) for gonig "no-poo." Check out all these clean, green recipes for hair care!
Let the Saving Begin!
#1 - Money
I love saving money! Who doesn't? When you consider how much shampoo and conditioner you use in a day, week, month, year, it can add up, especially with the cost of some hair care products. However the cost of baking soda and vinegar are minimal. Furthermore, because these two simple products have so many possible uses for cleaning around the house, they are extremely easy and practical to purchase in bulk, reducing the cost even further.
It makes me feel so good to think of spending less than $13 per year on my hair care needs! I have much better places to spend the savings.
#2 - Time
Time is quite possibly the most valuable commodity to me. Saving a day's time over the course of a year may not sound like much, but saving 20 minutes a day? It's not just the time I save when I don't have to wash my hair every day. It's also the 10 or more minutes each day that I don't spend drying my hair, thinking about how to do it, and/or styling it.
I don't know about you, but for me, an extra 20 minutes in the morning goes a long way toward reducing my stress and getting me ready on time!
#3 - Water
Confession time... I'm prone to feeling really guilty about small things. The environment and the damage I do to it is one of those things. But it's not really small, is it? If I can really save thousands of gallons of water by not needing to wash my hair every day, that's a huge motivating factor for me. Add to it that the water I do use stays cleaner because I'm not adding toxic chemicals to the water that goes down my drain, and I can't even begin to quantify those kinds of savings (see #4 below).
That's several thousand gallons of water that stay clean and useable for other things each year. Over a lifetime, that really adds up to me and the environment feeling better. Just imagine if more people switched to the no-poo method...
#4 - Health
Shampoos and conditioners, even many "natural" products, have chemicals in them that are toxic to us and to the environment. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar do not. They are simple, pure, and clean, which means they do not leave residues that contaminate our waterways, land and our own health.
To learn more about the contaminants in shampoos and conditioners, read Baby Slime's Live Journal.
By using this clean, green method, I'm not only saving myself from these toxins. I'm also saving the environment and that feels even better than any of the ways of saving I've listed above.
Which kind of savings is most important to you?
Which kind of savings is most important to you?
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