These little miracles are also known as Cleansing Conditioners, No-Foam or Low-Foam Shampoos, or Co-Washes. I, however, prefer the term No-Poo. It’s way more fun to say.
We have all heard of the company Wen. It is true that they were one of the first to introduce the No-Poos to the world but then, horrifically, consumers’ hair started to fall out. Eeks. I was never a fan of Wen because it was essentially formulated for solely one hair type. You either loved it or hated it. And c’mon! It had an infomercial.
My favorite No-Poo on the market is Redken’s Genius Wash. There are 3 different conditioning levels within the line: Medium, Coarse, and Unruly.
- Step 1: Wet hair thoroughly.
- Step 2: Use about 7-10 pumps and apply evenly from root to ends.
- Step 3: Leave product on for 3-5 minutes.
- Step 4: Rinse thoroughly.
- Step 5: Voila! Done.
- Step 6: Style hair.
That’s right! No seperate shampooing or conditioning.
It takes two to tango. Redken’s Genius Wash is meant to work ingeniously with your shampoo. For instance, if you have dry or unruly hair, substitute a shampoo with a No-Poo every other or every 2 washes. For normal or fine hair, only substitute with a No-Poo every other shampoo or less.
I know some of you are thinking… “OMG! I cannot NOT shampoo my hair!” Or “This will weigh my hair down!”
I was the biggest skeptic in the world. I loved my bubbles. And of course I was terrified it would weigh my hair down. I have like 5 hairs on my head. Boy! I was wrong.
My hair never felt softer, never looked shinier, and was fluffier than ever.
Well, I was sold.
My normal routine is:
- Day 1: Shampoo
- Day 2: Nothing
- Day 3: No-Poo
- Day 4: Nothing
- Day 5: Repeat Pattern
My routine may not be for you. Adjust for your specific needs.
No-Poos are exceptionally great for those of you with rainbow colored, mermaid hair. I know you shed a tear when you see rainbow colored bubbles and see rainbow colored water rinse from your mermaid locks every time you shower. Get yourself a No-Poo. Instead of sudsing out the color, you will be conditioning it in as well as cleaning your hair.
Do you have curly, frizzy, fro-like hair? No-Poos are for you!
Do you have greasy, fine, or lifeless hair? Yes! No-Poos are for you too!
Ladies, we do NOT have to shampoo our hair every day! Even with the best shampoos, you will strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils causing either excessive dryiness or more oiliness due to your sebaceous glands over compensating.
Please refer to my previous blog Do You Wash Your Hair Correctly? for more information and tips and tricks for proper shampooing.