But why stop washing your hair and what are the benefits of not using shampoo? We’ve got everything you need to know below.
Benefits of not washing your hairAvoiding shampoo might seem like a strange concept. Still, there are some reasonably logical reasons for not shampooing as much (or using an alternative cleansing method). Fans of the no-poo movement suggest that shampooing removes the natural oils that our scalp produces, leaving hair in poor shape. Instead, they advocate using a natural cleansing product or water only to rinse off grease and dirt.4
There are several benefits associated with the no-poo method. These might include:
- May benefit hair and scalp health
- May improve hair texture
- Use of gentle ingredients
It’s worth considering that most results are anecdotal, with few scientific studies on whether the shampoo is really harmful to the hair. Most of the time, not washing your hair is a personal choice, and it’s really up to you to decide what’s right for you and your hair.
How to stop washing your hairIf you want to stop using shampoo, it’s a good idea to think about the right approach to suit your hair needs. The no-poo method advocates using a variety of different types of natural cleansing, as well as water-only strategies, so it’s useful to do your research before putting those shampoo bottles in the recycling.7
Some no-poo cleansers might include:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Baking soda
- Soap nuts
- Coconut oil
Last updated: 8 February 2021
Doaa Al Mosawi, Regulatory Affairs
After completing her BSc in Biomedical Science, Doaa worked in Research and laboratory for 3 years. Doaa was also a member of a product development team in a manufacturing company specialising in sun care and personal care products, researching and providing regulatory advice regarding international regulations.Doaa is now an International Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate at Holland & Barrett.