‘No-poo method’ Natural substitutes for shampoo & conditioner

Hey Guys!

So continuing with my sequence on hair growth, recently I decided to try the ‘no-poo’ method, which is to stop using shampoo and conditioner.

There are certain chemicals in shampoo and conditioner that are bad for your hair and body, some have said it can causes cancer (Disclaimer: There is no known cause or cure for cancer to date, I am not a scientist or have enough experience to know if this does or not, I am personally avoiding it to help my hair grow). The quick over view of the ingredients to look out for are;

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) A surfactant found in many cleaning products. …
  • Fragrance. Fragrance of any kind isn’t good.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
  • Triclosan.
  • Polysorbates.
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Potassium Sorbate.
  • Phenoxyethanol.
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Dimethicone
  • Behentrimonium Chloride
  • Quaternium-15

(I got this list from ‘livelovefruit.com’)

 

Products

So I went to Lush to enquire about products, I have heard good things from friends and online reviews, they hand make all their products and don’t test on animals, so I decided this was a good place to start. The staff in Lush were really friendly and didn’t mind me talking loads about hair-growth and my own hair goals. As well as buying the products at a reasonable price, I also was given some testers to try (yay).

Lush no poo trials

First of all the bar shampoo called “New Shampoo bar”, it is described as ‘A solid bar with cinnamon, clove and peppermint to stimulate your scalp’. This product is 100% vegan and it advertised to promote hair growth, soothe and calm hair with its natural ingredients.

Secondly the conditioner bar is called “Jungle Solid Conditioner”. It is described as ‘A solid conditioner packed with tropical fruit, oils and cocoa butter to calm your mane’ and had mashed banana and avocado in it (ooo). The fruit is advertised to promote hair growth and shine.

Putting them to the test

I have never used the type of bars before, but I liked using these. The shampoo lathered just like usual shampoo, it smelt really good and felt nice on my hair, a bit tingly actually. It felt cleansing.

no shampoo 2

The conditioner confused me a bit more, I struggled to know how much to use use because I couldn’t feel the immediate effects, the conditioner does express that you feel/ see the effects after it dries.

Results

I personally got a long a lot more with the shampoo than the conditioner, but it might be because I am already deep conditioning it beforehand that it just doesn’t need more after (this could be how I using it or my hair type).


Anyway I am quite happy with the shampoo bar, my hair feels really soft and healthy, I might give the conditioner another go, remember this is very personal to my hair, you may have different experiences, but I want to hear them!

Next I am going to try the ‘roots’ scalp treatments, and the ‘rehab’ shampoo.

 

Any questions or past experiences then please comment!

Em

 

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