The 'No Poo' Crowd
Truth be told, I'm not quite sure I fully understand what the anti-shampoo crowd is all about. But as it appears to be growing, it seems the 'No Poo Movement' (well there's a phrase that shouldn't be taken out of context!) is also full of uncertainty. And, although I applaud any and all efforts to live life in a more natural and planet-friendly way, I have concerns about the seemingly endless supply of misinformation that is circulating – some of it is downright health hazardous. Therefore, if you are planning on going 'No Poo', please consider one of these options – all of which are safe, planet-friendly, effective and completely free of preservatives.
|Sometimes rhassoul is sold as a powder.|
Here it is in chunks.
This is by far the most effective all-natural hair cleaning product I have come across. It is also very easy to use. Simply add Rhassoul to water in a small container and let it sit until the clay has soaked up the liquid. Stir, and adjust the texture by adding either more clay or water until you have a texture that you can easily apply to your hair. The mixture can either be left on as a mask for 10-15 minutes, or simply rubbed around on your head (as you would normally use a shampoo) and rinsed out. For extra conditioning, I recommend adding 1 teaspoon of jojoba to the mixture. Note: the entire mixture should be used immediately.
Two Versions of a DIY Herbal Soap Hair Cleanser
|Be sure it's the root, not the leaves.|
|It's a good idea to crush the soapnuts|
before boiling them
|Something you don't want to be |
washing your hair in
If you want to live your life as preservative-free as possible, the only way to ensure your health is to prepare fresh products and use them up immediately. Bacteria thrives in water, and any water-based product is the ideal playground for all kinds of little beasties to get together and party it up within hours of your product being created. Couple that with the addition of plant material and you've just doubled the need of caution. Without preservatives, your product deteriorates more quickly than you can imagine. It can – and will – go bad long before you can smell or see it. Using a contaminated product can cause allergic reactions, serious skin infections, and even put you in the hospital. And with that little tidbit of information, I hope I have scared you enough to take the 'use within 24 hours' seriously. It's your health we are talking about.
Now, go wash your hair!
Now, go wash your hair!