How to shampoo once a week for amazing results

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Do you shampoo once a week ?

The question itself sounds gross. I know it does. The moment I tell people that I do not shampoo at all. It sends people into a sense of frenzy.

I do not shampoo my hair. In fact, I stopped to shampoo my hair since last 2 years.

By shampoo, I mean the commercial shampoo by cosmetic giants. The fancy packaged bottled up liquid. The one that A-listed celebrities flaunt in glossy commercials.

I gave up on those expensive miraculous cures to the beautiful mane. The ones that promise to wipe out years of damages in a single wash.

They just seemed too good to true.

What happens when you shampoo more than once a week ?

I am sure most of you shampoo more than once a week. I know many people who shampoo even once or twice a day!

Those who do shampoo a lot. They are also regular with the other hair care products. That includes, but are not limited to :

  • conditioners

  • leave-in conditioners

  • hair serums

  • mousse

  • dry shampoo

  • scalp treatment products

  • and a lot of others that I am not updated on

With such excessive usage of commercial hair care products. There is a lot more that you subject your hair to.

Under the garb of getting clean. You are taking a lot of risk on your body.

That is because of the ingredients that make up these products. Most of the hair products contain the following:

  1. parabens

  2. sulphate compounds

  3. artificial silicone

  4.  chemical artificial fragrances

  5. artificial colors

I can go on with the harmful effects of each of them. But that will take a mammoth amount of content. There are numerous dangerous shampoo ingredients.

So, for the sake of brevity. I summarize these ingredients in one word as TOXINS.

The more you use them. The more toxins you subject yourself to. It starts with the urge of cleaning hair. Then cleaning leads to dry hair and an itchy scalp.

Then you go after a conditioner. It tames the hair. But the scalp remains flaky. Within time it starts oozing a lot of oil. Then you go do a lot of shampoo. And that is how the vicious cycle continues.

In the meanwhile, you get subjected to a sales driven offering. A new magical elixir that gets rid of all your hair woes in a single wash.

You tend to lure in. Why you would not. A successful celebrity endorses it.

So, you begin to use the latest cool sounding product. The lather it produces convinces you that all the wrong with your hair is also washed off.

All remains good for some time. But again you are back to your troubled hair days.

Why to Shampoo Once a week ?

The simple reason is you do not require a shampoo. The scalp and hair do not need heavy duty cleaning. We believe that until and unless some shampoo smothers our scalp. Our mane remains dirty and full of filth.

The fact is, even if our hair is full of grime. There is not much need of abrasive cleaning to get rid of it.

Plain soft water alone can do the job of cleaning well.

Moreover, with overuse of shampoo. The hair desiccates to a ridiculous level. This causes them to look lifeless and straw like.

Of course, not to mention the condition of the scalp. The scalp goes into an utter state of confusion. The oils that it produces get wiped out. So, in a state of shock. It starts secreting more of oil.

This leads to more use of shampoo. Perhaps drying the hair more than the last wash. And for obvious reasons. This makes the scalp spit out more oil than usual.

This is the vicious cycle that perplexes most of us.

Most of us complain about dry hair and an over oiled scalp. And wonder what leads to this. What we do not realize is the reason for this is our obsession with cleanliness.

How to get into the mode of shampoo once a week habit

If you are reading this statement. Then I know what you must have gone through.

I have suffered hair loss, wild hair, and a confused scalp for a major part of my life.

I moved from one shampoo to another. Once hair specialist to another. All in the hope that someday some product will click. Much like the search for a soul mate.

But much alike the matters of the heart. I jumped and moved out of products.

I do not even remember when. But someday I read an article on benefits of abandoning shampoo. It talked about how hair flourishes in the absence of external commercial products. The products that are laden with toxic chemicals. They are rip offs in the garb of hair nourishing elixirs.

To deal with them. You need to get into the avoidance mode. That means limiting their usage. It sounds difficult. But believe me. It just sounds difficult.

Once you make up your mind to not shampoo often. You will not shampoo often.

Begin by reducing your usage in small baby steps. This is what I suggest :

  1. If you shampoo everyday. Then, begin to shampoo every alternate day.
  2. If you shampoo every other day. Then, try to limit the usage to not more than twice a week.
  3. If you shampoo twice a week. Then just reduce to doing a shampoo once a week.

It is simple indeed.

What happens when you shampoo once a week

Congratulations. If you are anxious to know the outcome of the limited use of shampoo. I am sure you can survive living with less of shampoo.

I would love to know your experience of abandoning overuse of shampoo. For me the benefits of washing hair less were prominent. For the records, the gains are as follows:

  1. In the initial weeks, your hair seems over dried. The scalp seems full of grease.
  2. After about 2-3 weeks. Your hair shows hope. They begin to look manageable. Their color also looks dark and rich. This phase comes after the transition phase. I call it the aftermath of shampoo apocalypse. This period depends on how much chemical disposition your hair has gone through. The more the exposure to chemicals. The more the transition phase lasts.
  3. Once your scalp and mane are both convinced of your no over shampoo ways. They then try to tackle the matters themselves. They become resilient and bounce back. This is when they learn to not get over dried.
  4. By about 6th month of no more than shampoo once a week ritual. You tend to forget that you ever shampooed a lot. The habit sets in.
  5. You look back and realize merits of the change. You got more time and money with you. Going minimal cuts the clutter, chaos and hair fall from your life.

In Conclusion :

Reducing your hair care regime benefits you. It loses your dependence on the commercial products. Moreover, it gives you a lot of hair on your head.

The process to have healthy hair is a simple one. There is no need to complicate it. Acting on the decision to shampoo once a week works in your favor. You need to try it to enjoy it.

Want to explore the benefits of not using shampoo ? Try with a simple hair detox by clicking on the Infographic below.

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What is no poo : the insider truth

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What is no poo : the insider truth

What started as an exciting experiment 2 years ago. Today has become my everyday passion.

I had never thought that I would become a staunch minimalist. After hoarding unnecessary stuff for decades. The time was right to dump all that was superfluous. All that I collected over years was clutter.

I am glad that I viewed my life with a fresh pair of eyes. I did realize that more than half of the stuff I own. Was in no way put to use in the recent past.

It just rotted or lived a life of solitude. Much like the way mine was/ is. Rubbing elbows with others all the time. But no meaningful interaction with anyone around. Rather no interaction at all.

The heaps of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, and craft supplies gave me migraines. Add to them piles of books, gadgets, notebooks and pens.

I am sure with the vast amount of junk that I hoard. I got all the needed resources to start a scrap shop. As they say, charity begins at home. So, disposing of my own unwanted and unused stuff would be the best way forward.

Going no Chemicals/ Cosmetics/ Shampoo  

While I was en route getting rid of the actual clutter from my house. I somehow began to notice how much of crap I had put on myself too.

Loads of unnecessary amounts of chemicals had already become a part of me. My body was always poured some or the other stuff from a bottle. It was nothing short of spoon feeding.

Shampoos. Conditioners. Body lotions. Body butters. Skin rejuvenating cream. Skin rejuvenating serum. Sunscreens. Sunscreens with varying protective factors. Skin brightening creams. Body scrub. Milder face scrub. Night creams. Anti-wrinkle night cream. Anti-pollution creams. Hair mousse. Anti-frizz serum. Leave -in conditioners. Hair gels. Clarifying shampoos. Clarifying shampoos + conditioners. Colloidal water. Micel water………

Moving on to facts. I do not own a single commercial cosmetic product.

Under the term commercial cosmetic product umbrella. The stuff includes the following :

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Soap

  • Face creams

  • Toothpaste

The points 1 – 4 may seem easy to give up for someone cross with vanity. But abandoning the pointer #5 seems gross. Gross. Unhealthy. Dirty. Yuck.

I know. That is how it seems when you get to know about it for the first time. I have been there. And now I do it.

I apologize if I have missed out on some junk that gives hope to a million others like me. Millions like me who at one point of time wanted to look good.

Good. Or may look better than what I thought I looked. Better because I have grown up with a strong inferiority complex. I was not as fair as my sister. Not beautiful like my friends. Never had a sense of dressing, the way others had.

I could go blah blah blah on what pushed me into a trail of jumping from one cosmetic to another. But as both of us know. Digging into the past only gives you archives. Whatever be the reasons then. The good thing is that today none of them exist. I am rather too happy in my own skin. I am in my mid-30s. But still, pass off as someone 10 years junior to my biological age.

 

What is No poo hair

I will keep the nitty-gritty of going sans cosmetics in a bigger detail some other day. But I can start off with what started it all.

It started with going NO POO. That is the term for a strict NO to commercial shampoo. The one that has ingredients like – SLS, parabens, artificial coloring, and fragrances.

You also get shampoos in stores that seem harmless on their labels. They boast of organic and ingredients sourced from the nature. They lack harmful chemicals. But do include castile soap and other organic certified cleaning ingredients. The term for such shampoos is LOW POO.

The popularity of cosmetics low in heavy chemicals has picked up. No wonder there are plenty of labels out there.

But there are many eccentric like me who would stay away from all things commercial.

Hence, I am a complete no poo addict.

Benefits of no shampoo

It is not that I have gone more insane. My levels of insanity are at appropriate limits. I get them verified every year. (Yeah I do)

Neither it is that I cannot afford cosmetics. In fact, I still have about 10 bottles of shampoo and other hair care somewhere in my attic.

I never bought them. They were the ones I got as freebies for writing reviews for them. You will not believe that about 1/4th of the existing count of bottles I have used in the past. Another 2/4th I have distributed to my friends. The remainder of the stuff I am figuring out how to dispose off.

With the exile from commercial hair care stuff. I am left off with my own hair. My own actual hair. The hair that is all by themselves. Not loaded with excessive gunk. The gunk that I never asked for. The one I knew nothing about. It just came as a freebie with the cleaning abilities of the shampoo. Well, they were not shampoos, to begin with. They were tools disguised and sold as shampoos. Tools to make me get used to them. To get into their habit. The habit of using them often. Then use their associated counterparts in succession. So that a trail starts off. The trail that gets vicious with each interaction with them.

Enough.

The time was and is always right to embrace simplicity. I am glad that it struck me.

Today the hair on my head is my hair and hair only. My scalp breathes. The feeling is one of living free and independent. Not a single thought about carrying a truck load of plastic bottles.

The only regret. Wish I had de-cluttered and figured what is no poo a lot earlier !

 

Wondering what is No Poo ? Try my basic course to detox hair in a simple to follow Infographic by clicking below the gif.

 

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