Worry not dear reader, this article’s not about what you may think it’s about… The “Poo” is in reference to shampoo or the lack thereof in this case. Most, if not all of us, bathe with shampoo regularly (I hope). However a new movement has risen called the “No (sham)Poo Movement”, and it’s gaining steam — FAST.
Hair follicles produce natural oil called sebum which is essential for keeping itself healthy and conditioned; it also prevents dry scalp which can often lead to dandruff. Frequent washing with shampoo strips away your natural oils and can diminish the health of your hair. Enter the “No Poo” method.
According to their website, “The theory of “No Poo” is this: by washing hair with a gentle alternative to shampoo, such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar or even just water only, you’ll achieve clean hair without the damage or dependency on daily shampooing.”
Most shampoos also contain a foaming agent used in industrial cleaners called sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). While there is no conclusive evidence on the long-term effect of these shampoos, many believe this can contribute to hair-loss, irritable scalp and dandruff. That being said, new shampoos are entering the market that do not contain SLS. For readers who live in Karachi, you can pick up an SLS-free shampoo at Neco’s that is produced in-house. A quick search on Google will also tell you which major brands produce SLS-free shampoos.
Slightly skeptical? So am I, although followers of the No Poo method have claimed “softer, fuller, bouncier hair, along with a more supple and dandruff-free scalp.” I don’t see myself waning off shampoo anytime soon, but for those of you experiencing persistently bad hair-days, this might be an alternative for you. Wash with caution.