No ‘Poo Experiment: Days Two and Three

I’m on Day Three of my experimental No ‘Poo phase.  If you’re new to this, you can click here and here to read the background posts, and here to read the results of Day One.  Or, because sometimes life is too hard to click on all kinds of mysterious links, you can simply read a summarised version, which is this: I’m not using shampoo or conditioner to wash my hair anymore.  Ever.  (Or for as long as I can stand it.)

No ‘Poo Day Two:

No 'Poo Day2

Method: My second day of water-only washing went just as well as the first.  Like before, I showered normally with hot water.  Instead of using shampoo and conditioner on my hair, I just gave myself a good scalp massage with my fingers.  After towel-drying, I blow-dried my hair with the warm setting.  I was tempted to reach for my practically full bottle of BioSilk™ Silk Therapy, but I refrained.  Al-Anon would be so proud.  The only “product” I used was a homemade hairspray concoction.

Day Two No 'Poo Finished Hair

Woes: On Day Two, I was still trying to figure out the best way to detangle my hair; normally, I would shampoo and condition, and comb through my wet hair in the shower with the conditioner still on—then I would rinse.  This was a routine that allowed my hair to be perfectly tangle-free as soon as I stepped out of the shower.  I really liked it.  Now, however, without conditioner, I’ve found my wet hair to be much more prone to tangling.  On Day Two, I tried combing through my wet hair with no conditioner, and my hair became a tangled mess.

Towel-dried and detangled hairOnce again, as soon as I got out of the shower and towel-dried my hair, it was much easier to work with.  I used a wide-tooth comb and flat brush to detangle my hair; it was quick and efficient.

A Little Lacklustre No 'Poo HairOne other woe on Day Two was that my hair seemed a little more matte and dull than normal—not necessarily limp and lifeless…just…not shiny.  But I had to keep in mind that I normally finish my hairstyles with a spritz of shine serum, and there’s really no competing with that at this phase in the experiment.  The plan is to build up natural shine with—you guessed it—my own natural hair oil.

Touch Test: My hair felt as clean and soft as it did when I was using shampoo and conditioner.  No greasy residue to speak of.

Whiff Test: Poor Kyle did not smell anything out of the ordinary.

The Verdict: Nothing I can’t handle.

No ‘Poo Day Three:

No 'Poo Day Three Finished Hair

Method: By Day Three, I finally felt like I’d cracked the code of tangles.  I’ve discovered to ignore the tangles that build up as I’m scrubbing my scalp with my fingers—trying to sort through them under running water seems to make things worse.  On Day Three, I massaged/scrubbed under hot water as usual, and finished off with a blast of cold water.

Air-drying Hair, No 'Poo Day ThreeTowel-dried, detangled, and starting to air-dry

When I got out of the shower, I towel-dried and detangled with a wide-tooth comb.  I did NOT blow-dry my hair on Day Three; I opted instead to let it air dry, and then I finished it by flat-ironing a few pieces.

Woes: Day Three was the first day I really started to feel some greasy buildup in my hair while showering.  Good thing I specifically removed the shampoo and conditioner from the bathroom when I started out—I was really tempted to work up a lather by Day Three.  I stuck it out, however, and when my hair was dry, it didn’t feel ANY greasier than a normal day of shampooed hair!  This was a big discovery for me—my hypothesis is that in the shower, I really was distributing the natural oils from the roots of my hair to the ends.  This caused my hands to feel oily, something I’ve never felt when using shampoo, and something I’ll need to get used to.

flyaway ends---no 'poo day threeI also noticed the ends of my hair seemed to have more flyaway frizziness than normal—normally I would have reached for sleek and chic finishing spray or some other gimmick, but today I just brushed carefully with a boar bristle brush, and flat-ironed the persistent frizzies.

No 'Poo Day Three Shiny?In the end, though, I thought my Day Three Hair was shinier than Day Two—or am I just grasping for straws?  Maybe it’s just better lighting.

Shinier Hair Day Three No 'PooTouch Test: Once my hair was dry from my shower, it felt JUST AS CLEAN AS WITH SHAMPOO.  I was quite surprised.  Again, it was as soft as normal—not more so, but certainly not less.

Whiff Test: Poor Kyle smells nothing out of the ordinary.

The Verdict: I’m feeling particularly motivated.  My showers are getting shorter!

So…anyone else converted yet?

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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27 Responses to No ‘Poo Experiment: Days Two and Three

  1. kate lines says:

    just catching up. hmn, no poo sounds intersting. i am shocked that is smells the same… keep us updated.

  2. kate lines says:

    interesting. its too late.

  3. Deemarie says:

    I’m afraid you’re going to get even more google search results about oily poop with these posts!!

    But it’s really intriguing to see how well it’s working for you. You’ve got my interest piqued, not converted, but piqued. :)

  4. Chloe says:

    You look great!! you’re so brave! I wouldn’t dare to do that experiment!! You’re being an excelent lab rat! hahaha
    Oh, I’ll give you some advice, if you want to avoid tangles after having a shower: I brush my hair before having a shower, for 5 minutes. So when I get out of the shower, my hair is almost tangle-free. :)
    Good luck with the experiment!!

  5. Irene says:

    first converted over here!!! yesterday I “washed” my hair without shampoo. today it’s ok. let’s see tomorrow :S

  6. Jessica Abbott says:

    Now, having Poor Kyle do the smell-test really is an unfair assessment, wouldn’t you say? I mean, obviously the man is going to have a biased view. Like he’s going to tell you that you reek when he is trying to get some every night!

  7. Joel says:

    You girls and your tangles. Just cut it nice and short; I never have such issues. And I still don’t know what conditioner is supposed to do. I haven’t ever bothered with the stuff.

  8. Jenn says:

    I feel like my hair gets super oily after not washing just one day and it’s super long. I’d like to try your experiment sometime, but maybe I will wait until winter. Looking forward to hearing the long term verdict.

  9. Cristin says:

    Do it for a month and I will try it. So… no other hair products either? Wow, you are turning into a hippie.

  10. Hannah says:

    I’m hooked! Well I haven’t tried it but I’m excited to see how long you will go. And I might even try it. I’ve just been catching up on all your post, our computer crashed, we lost every thing… sad. So I’m using my moms computer now. I was having withdraws.

  11. mameelynn says:

    I’m waiting to see how it works out for you… and I want to use up the shampoo and conditioner I have still (you know if I’m doing it to save some money I should use what I have already paid for) I also worry about the tangles if…when?.. I do the no poo thing… but my hair is already full of them with conditioner so I guess it won’t be new for me… I have learned that you should always start from the bottom with the brushing if you have long hair that you want to keep nice! Good luck!

  12. Not convinced yet… I’m gonna wait awhile and see how it goes for you. But the problem is, I have the greatest smelling conditioner in the entire world and it makes me happy every single morning in the shower. Not sure if I can give that up.

  13. Jethro says:

    Well, after thinking about your research, i’ve dropped the once a week shampoo, and the hair is feeling stronger, more body, and shiny too. You got me thinking about the hair gel i usually use, which has lots of isopropyl alcohol, and i wondered if it was making my gray hairs dry out, and get frizzy, so i junked it. I think it worked, the grays are staying in place with the rest of the bunch. (I’m very cheap, i avoid the barber as long as i can, usually until the grays are all frizzed out, and ugly. So, you may be saving me money. Where do i send the cheque? :))

  14. DeAnna says:

    So I did some reading today on the whole No Poo dealy and I am amazed how many people out there are really into this. I actually found some useful info, like using 1-2 Tbsp Baking Soda mixed with one cup water to cleanse the hair every other day or even further apart and every so often using 2-3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with one Cup of water as a conditioner, seems to be the consensus for how to go No Poo with ease. As I ran out of conditioner today I am seriously debating jumping on this bandwagon.

  15. Rachel says:

    I’m still not convinced I’m afraid – I tried it today and my hair feels gross (although J did say it looked okay so maybe I’m just paranoid). I am already one day behind in washing though (because my shower was broken) so I might try washing it and then try again properly next week. Having said that – it’s not that bad, maybe this is what hair is naturally meant to be like?! Maybe I should just get over being vain!

  16. ann marie says:

    I bet this experiment would be much easier on short hair.. Mine is long and tangles easy as well.. :( I also wish I could see the experiment on a blonde like me.. To see how much greasier it looks. Mine would be nasty..
    I am most curious about the *wiff* factor next. I have a super-strong-sniffer, and I can usually smell hair products and stuff when I’m around people.. I admit.. I like it. That would be hard to me to not smell those beloved scents anymore…
    I’m curious to how long this will last!
    I think your cool for trying! You go girl!
    * Keep away from the poo..*

  17. RatalieNose says:

    You look gorgeous.
    But no,
    Definently not jumping on this bandwagon!

  18. Jethro says:

    I’m using up my leftover dollarama hair conditioner as a hand moisturizer. What’s odd is, the attached fragrances overpower my nose, when i have my hands close to my face, i can’t smell the trees outside, or the fresh oxygen coming off my plants.
    I just came back from a walk, to photograph some Alberta wildrose, now that’s a pretty smell.

  19. Chelsea says:

    Interesting! I think thats a great idea. Much less time and money! Will I try it…eh I swim too much and that leaves my hair really yucky if I don’t use at least shampoo. I’ve been using a lot less conditioner lately though. I’m excited to see how it goes for you in the long run!

  20. Chelsea says:

    Love the color or your hair by the way…it looks wonderful.

  21. Anonymous says:

    First of all, I don’t think it’s vain to use shampoo and conditioner. It’s hygienic. Second of all, NO, I am NOT jumping on this bandwagon. As one of your previous commenters posted, it’s only worth it if you’re actually saving money. (Well, in your case you want to save the world one shampoo bottle at a time, but whatever.) I already have a two-year supply of shampoo and conditioner, so it would actually cost me more to do this experiment, and you know how I feel about any additional and extraneous costs. And third of all, I agree with a different previous commenter who said basically, “What the heck? Are you becoming a hippie or something?” Next thing we know you’re going to stop wearing deodorant and shaving your legs. I still am sticking by my guns that this is mainly just for shock appeal. My prediction is that you aren’t going to do this for more than a month, max.

  22. anonymous says:

    i’d be willing to try this. cool.

  23. Christal says:

    wow I missed alot of posts while I was gone! Looks like the no poo test is going great! Love the questions answer post too! You are to fun!

  24. anna says:

    Here’s the thing that is keeping me from being totally convinced: I have the FINEST hair ever so I can’t imagine my hair not beings greasy. BUT, I am also willing to try just about anything…

  25. Lori says:

    Not yet brave enough to convert. I currently live in north Florida where we are experiencing a brutal heat wave (over 100 degrees for over a week.) My scalp is oily AND sweaty right now so the thought of skipping ‘poo isn’t in the cards for me right now. Maybe in the fall when it is cooler here.

    One of the comments that appears a few above mine is rather shocking to me–that person seems REALLY upset by you not shampooing your hair! Relax, dude. Camille can do what she wants with her hair!

  26. Katie says:

    I am in awe of this! By Day 3, I would expect you to be a grease monkey (no offense…), but you look so normal and your hair looks great!

    You have awesome hair, by the way.

  27. Robyn says:

    Strange that I’ve stumbled on your blog. I stopped using shampoo on June 17th, so being the 23rd now I’m coming up on my 7th day. I’m struggling, but hoping to pull through. About an inch and a half from the roots, my hair is very oily right now, and I’m starting to experience dandruff. Not fun, but we’ll see what happens.

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