Why would anyone do such a thing? Sarah wondered the same thing when she ran into someone she knew – with fabulous hair - who told her she stopped shampooing it. "The first time I heard that not washing your hair is a thing was when I ran into an old friend, who I had remembered as having bushy, dry, wavy hair," she told Seventeen. "But this time, her hair was really shiny and smooth. She looked amazing! When I asked her secret, she told me it was because she had stopped shampooing it."
"The idea sounded a bit gross to me, but I kept it in my head as something I might want to try some day," she continued. "If it worked so well for her, why not?" Before she stopped washing her hair, Sarah was shampooing her fine hair every other day. It was frizzy and full of static right after shampooing and then limp and greasy.
She finally gave her friend's no-shampoo trick a shot while she was on a three-week vacation in Thailand. Her friend warned her that her hair and scalp would get "really icky" when she first started doing it, but she still "was not prepared" for just how icky it would be.
"My hair was the greasiest it's ever been," she continued. "I sometimes dealt with dandruff before, but there was a lot more during my three-week trial," she continued. "It was really unpleasant and I was so embarrassed that I didn't want to show my head to anyone. I nearly cracked a couple of times and gave up on it. I felt like my scalp was going crazy." Even her boyfriend was skeptical of the process.
Still, she managed to push through. After six weeks, the dandruff and grease started fading, and after six more weeks her hair looked "so-so." Then, she says, "the magic happened."
Her scalp stopped overproducing grease and her hair was silky, wavier and frizz-free. The anti-shampoo movement, she says, is called "No Poo," and, apparently, it's catching on. "I still have good hair days and bad hair days, but overall, my hair looks and feels so much healthier," she continued. "Plus, I save a ton of money on shampoo and other products. My hair is free, in every sense of the word."
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