“Wash, rinse, and repeat” is so old news. These new hair-washing movements can help protect your strands without rinsing money down the drain. Senior celebrity stylist Naté Bova and dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum explain the benefits of these trends and offer the tips on how to find the right routine for your hair type.
• The trend: The goal of the “no-poo” movement, or washing your hair without regular shampoos, is to avoid stripping your scalp of natural oils. Users can opt for alternative non-foaming shampoos that don’t contain sulfate (the chemical that causes lather but also strips hair of natural oil), or DIY treatment with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. By shampooing less, you can save time and money while still maintaining gorgeous locks.
• The drawbacks: “The biggest problem with ‘no poo’ is many experience extremely oily and greasy looking strands in the beginning,” Dr. Nussbaum says. “Your scalp keeps producing natural oils at the same rate it did when you used a basic shampoo that stripped your hair. You can still get healthy hair results by opting for a shampoo that is made with natural or organic ingredients and one that doesn't contain sulfates, paraben or harsh chemicals.” A shampoo without harsh chemicals should offer cleansing benefits while leaving locks nourished and the scalp soothed.
• This routine works for: All hair types. If you have finer hair or experience oily buildup starting off, try using regular shampoo once or twice a week while using a no-poo method the rest of the week. The oil produced from your scalp will adjust to the new routine as you wean off of the chemicals found in normal shampoos.