Can I Really Go Poo-less? My Experience with the No Poo Method
Updated: Mar 27
Did you know that using shampoo regularly is rather modern? Up until around the year 1800 it was considered normal to wash your hair once a month. It was only in 1927 that the liquid shampoo that we know nowadays was invented (by Hans Schwarzkopf in Berlin if you are curious). This upped the shampooing frequency to about twice a week around the 1970s. The shampoos nowadays are less aggressive than the previous ones but, even though they are gentler for your hair and scalp, they still remove all-natural oils from your hair and scalp. This triggers increased oil production which again leads to more frequent hair washing for some people. To break this cycle, some people opt for an alternative like the ‘no poo method’.
What does a liquid shampoo do?
Let's first start with what a liquid shampoo does. Shampoo does not only provide cleaning of the scalp skin and hair as its basic function, but it also serves to condition and beautify hair. Not only that, but the use of shampoo can also help in the management of various scalp issues. They do this by using ingredients in a shampoo that is suitable for people having different hair types and hair needs. Some of the ingredients that are present in shampoo are detergents, conditioners, thickeners, sequestering agents, pH adjusters, preservatives, and specialty additives.