Got your attention with that headline, did I? Fret not, readers. Afrobella isn’t delving into any distasteful subjects. We’re talking shamPOO, and the “no poo” method coined originally by Lorraine Massey, author of the book “Curly Girl”. I learned all about “no poo” on Motown Girl’s site, and of course I had to ask her about it when I interviewed her.
Afrobella: I will admit, I’m a bit skeptical about the “No Poo” routine. Would you recommend it? Do you follow it yourself? What’s the main thing that naturally curly-haired women should know if they’re going to give “No Poo” a try?
Motown Girl: The â€œno-poo routineâ€ developed by Lorraine Massey, author of the book “Curly Girl”, is not for everyone. It works best for people who complain about having dry hair after shampooing. If this does not describe your hair, by all means keep doing what you are doing. A common misconception about â€œno-pooingâ€ is that your hair is dirty. There are concoctions you can mix up to remove product build up such as adding baking soda to your conditioner or my personal favorite of using a baking soda and warm water rinse. You can find the directions for these items and much more here. Also you donâ€™t have to no-poo full-time (that sounds gross doesnâ€™t it? hehe). Many people condition wash a couple times a week and use real shampoo once or twice a week â€“ this is called â€œLow-Pooingâ€. You have to try different things to your hair to discover what works!
Once again, Motown Girl helped me recognize what I had been doing to my hair. I have been “low pooing” all my life! Perhaps this is one of those little differences between black and white people, but the idea of washing your hair every day has never been encouraged in my family. My hair would be as dry and frizzy as a Brillo pad if I washed it every day. Now that I’ve gone natural, I try to use shampoo twice or three times a week at most, and use conditioner whenever I feel like it. Works for me.
Motown Girl’s got me thinking about cutting back even more, and experimenting with poos that are healthier for my hair. The shampoo that I’ve been using these days (I bought Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo on a whim) has a nice scent – the orchid and coconut milk scent is pleasant and mild, but as a product it’s just a’ight. I don’t plan to repurchase. My next shampoo purchase will probably be an old favorite. Specifically, Suave for Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo.
I was stuck on the kids shampoos for a while, and my best friend Lauren (what up, L-dogg? Westsiiide! LOL) introduced me to L’Oreal Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo. Her fave is the Burst of Blueberry (which curiously, isn’t available on Drugstore.com), my fave is the Cherry-Almond. The Kandoo looks pretty good as well, and at $3.49, I definitely plan to give it a try. Kids’ shampoos are cheap, easy on the hair, and smell deeeee-licious!
But what about low-poo or healthy-poo products for naturally curly girls? I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m definitely planning to get my hands on Anita Grant’s Babassu Shampoo Bar.
Anita Grant’s products look so incredibly delicious, and this looks as good a place as any to start.
Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream available at curls.biz looks especially intriguing to me, especially after reading Motown Girl’s glowing review. Other products that are catching my eye are Deva Curl No Poo, and Alba Hawaiian Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash, whose first four ingredients are pineapple, papaya, awapuhi, and the almighty aloe! Sounds delish to me.