Most people around us, including you and me, spend a lot of money on hair care products, without even fully understanding how much actual harm they could be doing to our hair. However, there’s a new movement around that encourages women to avoid using shampoo as much as possible, and it has sarcastically been named “no poo” movement
Believe it or not, there are actually many women that have already embraced it, and Virginia Tapscott from New South Wales is one of them. The mother-of-two have reportedly finished “one year of no shampoo” together with her children, and it also included no conditioners, no artificial hair dyers, and no haircuts. She has since shared that her hair is different now, it’s less dry and brittle and it has more body. According to her, the natural oils actually make her hair easier to brush.
The mother explained that she stop using shampoo and other conditioners after she realized that there are actually many “weird ingredients” in it. She was pregnant with her second baby at the time, and she felt that the repeated exposure to the chemicals was adding unnecessary toxins into her body.
She was also very concerned about the amount of waste her family was “contributing to landfill”, so she began taking a more minimal approach to their use of all products, including cosmetics. She says that she now uses only jojoba oil, a homemade deodorant paste, a homemade tooth powder, some essential oils, and a natural zinc-based sunscreen.
According to Virginia, ditching shampoo made “very little change” to her appearance and her life in general. She still uses water to wash her hair, she still brushes it, and she occasionally scrubs it with bicarb soda. If her hair happens to be a bit oily, she sprinkles some tapioca powder on the roots and brushes it through.
The mother also shared that she has never washed her daughter’s hair with shampoo, and her son has been “a year without shampoo”. According to her, people are regularly pointing out how beautiful his curls are, and her daughter’s hair looks just like any other one-year-old’s hair.
The movement against shampoo has since been followed by celebrities like Adele, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Simpson, Shailene Woodley, etc.