No-pooing or no-shampooing is a movement where people stop washing their hair in the conventional way. It may sound unhygienic and ugly but not shampooing your hair may create the most beautiful head of hair you ever had. Jason Headley, a skeptic who blogged about the first 6 weeks of no-pooing, said “…after a certain period of time, your hair reverts to its natural state of balance.” Your hair will not be very oily, but rather compensate for the extra oil by producing less. It’s certainly a transition, but once your hair figures out your new routine, it will be beautiful. Although everyone reacts differently, this switch will likely alleviate any hair problem, such as dandruff or dryness.
Other than beauty improvement, no-pooing can also help protect the environment. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) says that wastewater treatment plants cannot eliminate many chemicals found in shampoo from the water. One of the possible hazardous chemicals is triclosan. This chemical acts as an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient in shampoo and other products like toothpaste, soap, mattresses, and pesticides. While we already know that triclosan is toxic to aquatic life, we don't completely understand its effects and it could be very harmful to populations. The FDA is currently reviewing how safe this product is.
Though the health effects of using shampoo are minimized because it is only used topically, there are still dangerous chemicals that the consumer should be aware of. Phthalates, which help give shampoo its texture, may cause reproductive problems in males. According to Green Life, a blog about living green, the fragrances used in shampoo are often made from crude oil, which can cause cancer and irritate your skin. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, one of the primary ingredients in shampoo, is also known to be a major skin irritant and causes mutations in animals.
The best part of no-pooing is that, unlike every other “life change” you try to make, this requires less work instead of more. So if you’re ready to limit your impact on the environment, expose yourself to fewer toxins, and have the most gorgeous head of hair of your life, simply stop using shampoo and start rinsing with water only. Just remember that it will take a few weeks for your hair to get used to the new routine.