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Washing Hair Without Shampoo – Is "No Poo" Healthy?


Shampoo? Please do not! The natural hair trend "No Poo" calls for the complete renunciation of hair shampoo, conditioner, and other care products for the hair. How long the transition will take, for whom the trend is suitable, and what advantages "No Poo" has for our hair - experts provide answers.

Washing Hair Without Shampoo – Is "No Poo" Healthy?
Useful or gross? The "No Poo" beauty trend has nothing to do with hair care products. Quite the contrary: Shampoo and the like are completely dispensed with.

At first, washing your hair without shampoo sounds disgusting: followers of the “no-poo” trend no longer use shampoo. Even conditioners and treatments do not get into their hair. At first glance, this may take some getting used to - but on closer inspection, you will find good reasons for not doing so.

What are the benefits of washing hair without shampoo?

Hair goes through a lot these days. They are dyed, straightened, tinted, and most importantly – washed almost every day. The Cologne dermatologist Uta Schlossberger knows the problems that can arise from modern care rituals: "Conventional shampoos contain many artificial ingredients that irritate our scalp or can even damage it permanently." Synthetic perfumes, for example, can trigger allergies. Surfactants sometimes affect the pH of the scalp. The absurd effect: the more often you wash your hair, the faster it gets greasy. That's where the no-poo trend comes in. By deliberately avoiding common care products, the hair should be restored to its natural state.

Home remedies instead of shampoo and conditioner

There are different forms of "No Poo". The most radical: The hair is only washed with water and then brushed out. The water is supposed to remove dirt and excess sebum from the hair, and the subsequent brushing then transports this sebum to the tips of the hair.

If you don't like it quite so radical, you should use home remedies as Dr. Schlossberger reveals. She suggests a little roadmap for "No Poo" newbies: "After a few days of washing with just water, you use baking soda, which naturally cleanses the scalp with the baking soda it contains." If you like, you can replace the hair conditioner with apple cider vinegar, which makes the hair soft and supple. For this, diluted apple cider vinegar is poured over the hair. But beware: Vinegar smells very strongly, especially when washing, but also afterward. So make sure you dilute it properly.

How long does the transition to No Poo take?

Washing hair without shampoo is therefore very easy to implement – but that does not mean that it is easy. The first few weeks in particular are a real stress test. Not only because you miss the usual care ritual, but also because the hair has to adjust first. The scalp often produces significantly more sebum, which makes the hair look greasy. In addition, there is unsightly flaking. This adjustment phase can last from a month to half a year.


For whom "No Poo" is not suitable

"No Poo" is not suitable for everyone, as the Hamburg dermatologist Frank-Matthias Schaart points out. Some people are prone to dandruff and an irritated scalp. "If there is a predisposition to this so-called seborrheic eczema, the use of a medicinal shampoo with an antifungal substance is absolutely necessary," emphasizes the hair problem specialist. If you omit this important treatment, you risk a massive itchy dandruff crust on the scalp, which gradually leads to hair loss.

Source: with expert advice from Dr. Uta Schlossberger, Dermatology at Kolumbahof in Cologne.

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