The “No Poo” method is a recent trend, in which participants skip shampooing altogether. While this is a counterintuitive way to fight grease and buildup, it is supported by research on the hair follicle. Typical shampoos use harsh chemicals to repeatedly strip the hair follicle of sebum, a natural oil produced to moisturize hair. When sebum is stripped frequently, the hair follicle becomes trained to overproduce these natural oils, resulting in a greasy-looking scalp. This necessitates the need to shampoo again, which results in a vicious cycle of stripping hair and excess oil.
The “No Poo” method involves a hiatus from shampooing; begin by shampooing less frequently, reducing shampoo sessions until none are required at all. When beginning the “No Poo” method, expect an adjustment period of 2-6 weeks, where the scalp will be slightly more greasy than usual. This is normal, as hair follicles are recalibrating to produce a natural amount of oil. Daily brushing is recommended in order to redistribute natural oils throughout hair. Additionally, the use of a cleansing conditioner can help to remove buildup from strands while leaving the natural follicular sebum in tact.
The Wen by Chaz Dean hair care line has several reputable cleansing conditioners. Wen products are dedicated to holistic hair health. Wen products gently cleanse hair, removing buildup without disturbing hair’s natural oils. This results in radiant, soft strands that are evenly moisturized from scalp to tip. Wen Hair products are greatly helpful in embracing the “No Poo” method.
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