Can You Jump On The No-Poo Craze With
By: Elena Golescu
If you read beauty and fashion magazines, you may have
heard a lot lately about the "no-poo" craze. To put it quite
simply, the no-poo movement is where people don't use
shampoo or soap on their hair. There are different degrees
of no-poo; some people don't use shampoo but use
conditioner, some use baking soda, and others simply don't
use any cleansers or conditioners whatsoever. If you have
hair extensions and you are considering going no-poo, you
might want to step back and give it some thought before
tossing your shampoo in the trash forever.
First off, it's important to remember why some ladies go
no-poo. The basic idea behind it is that your hair and scalp,
when untouched by chemicals and detergents, will self-
cleanse and self-regulate oil production. The science
behind this is shaky at best; there have been no major
studies on whether or not hair is best left in its natural
state without chemically-based cleansers. For women with human hair extensions, no-poo may not be
the best idea. While women with nothing but their natural human hair may be able to get by with a no-
poo method, those who wear hair extensions could cause their extensions to fall out prematurely.
The reason behind this is fairly simple: When you go no-poo, you will undoubtedly experience an
increase of oil and build-up in your hair. (Fans of the no-poo movement acknowledge this, but argue
that it's merely phase one, and necessary for your scalp to re-learn how to self-regulate oil production.)
The excess oil may be harmless for someone who only has their natural hair, but can interfere with the
bonds that clip hair extensions to your real hair. Basically, the excess oil can cause your hair to slide out
of these bonds, which means that you will see a dramatic decrease in the life of your hair extensions.
No-poo isn't a good idea for those of us who wear fabulous real hair extensions. However, that doesn't
mean that there aren't ways for hair extension wearers to cut down on the amount of harsh chemicals
they use on their hair, and bring shine and vitality back to dry and damaged locks. Hair extension stylists
will be able to help you find shampoos and conditioners that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate, a
common ingredient in hair products that dries out your scalp and forces you to become dependent on it.
(This is similar to the idea that you can become "addicted" to lip balm, where your lips feel dry and flaky
without lip balm, and that the product is designed to make you use it over and over again.)
In addition to finding products that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate, you can try shampooing every
other day instead of every day. This will reduce any dryness you may be experiencing, but it won't create
enough oil build-up to damage the bonds of your hair extensions.