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What You Need to Know about the 'No Poo' Hair Method

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What You Need to Know about the 'No Poo' Hair Method

Understanding the No Poo Hair Colour Method:

Put simply, the No Poo method basically means cleaning your hair with something other than detergents. 

Firstly, ‘no Poo’ isn’t being derogatory about detergents, as some think.  It just means no, or less Shampoo.

Why No Shampoo?

Many shampoos contain sulfates (chemical agents which clean the hair) foaming agents, pH adjusters, preservatives, and other additives.

This is used to clean the hair of dirt, environmental toxins, and over-production of grease (sebum) which can weigh the hair down, leaving it lank and lifeless. Sebum is water-resistant, so extremely difficult to remove with water alone.

However, some people, especially those with sensitive or very oil prone scalps, find that shampoo strips the scalp of all sebum, which is protective of the scalp.  This can lead it more prone to irritation, itchy and scaliness. 

Does No Poo Mean No Washing?

No, absolutely not.  No Poo just means using alternatives, like Reetha, Shikakai or natural clay powders, to clean the hair as these don't impact the hairs natural cleaning method so thoroughly.

No-Poo Cleansers

Why Should I Try ‘No Poo’…

The ‘no poo’ method can take time to get used to, but almost everyone who tries it reports the following benefits:

Eases Signs of Flaky Scalp

If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, or Dandruff, No Poo can really help.   Dandruff has a number of causes, but the ‘special shampoos’ you buy for it are often heavily chemical led and over time increase the problem, rather then make it better.

No Poo methods support soothing the scalp, creating less irritation and less likelihood of flaking.

Shikakai has its roots in Ayurveda, and is balancing and gentle on the hair, and with regular use it can restore shine and condition to your hair.


Shikakai Powder

If you notice sensitivity, or dryness all over, then swapping to a clay based cleanser instead of shampoo or shower gel might work better for you. The Logona Lavaerde Cleanser can be used as just a hair cleanser, or mixed into a mud and used to cleanse your body. It's very gentle and doesn't cause irritation.

Lavaerde Cleanser

Stops Grease

It’s hard to believe, but washing your hair with shampoo less, not more can help ease greasy scalps.  Scalp dryness is the main cause of overproduction of grease.  A balanced scalp equals less grease.

Add a couple of drops of Rosemary Essential Oil to your mix (and really, you only need a couple!) Rosemary is balancing, and stimulating for the scalp. It'll aid healthy hair growth as well as gently cleansing.

Odylique Rosemary Essential Oil

No Harmful Chemicals

With the no poo method, you remove exposure to sulfates and chemicals that cause acne, irritation, soreness and dryness. 

If you're concerned about swapping to a no-poo, try Reetha. Soap Nuts have been used for thousands of years, and with mildly foaming properties is the best alternative for those who like a ‘shampoo’ type effect.

Organic Reetha Powder

Shinier hair that feels amazing

Your hair’s natural oils are perfect for keeping it shiny and soft.  When you strip them with shampoo you make it harder for it to feel amazing.  No Poo helps return it to baby soft glory.

Thicker Hair

If your scalp is dry, your hair overprocessed and you’re creating too much sebum, your hair will only be more prone to breaking and looking limp.

No Poo allows it to balance naturally and look much thicker and bouncier as a result.  You do need to be realistic and give it some time though.

Following up a no-poo routine by using Cassia as a once or twice monthly hair treatment will also help boost volume and shine in the hair.

Cassia Powder

How to Try the No Poo method:

We have a great guide in our hair care centre that talks about the different ways you can go ‘No Poo’.  If you're looking for inspiration, try the recipe in our video below.


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