Flaws with “No Poo”

The “No Poo” method went viral last year. It’s short for “no shampoo” and racks up more than 3 million results on YouTube. The method is simple: stop using shampoo. It results from the theory that shampoo strips your hair of oils, which in turn, makes your hair produce more oil to make up for it. According to social media personalities, your hair will adapt to not using shampoo. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to back the theory up.

Shampoo Doesn’t Make You Greasy

Shampoo cleans your hair and eliminates sebum, an oily byproduct of glands from your scalp. That’s how it “dries” your hair out. There is no evidence, however, showing that it makes your scalp create oil. Experts say that sebum production is affected by hormones, diet, and genetics. Not washing your hair probably won’t slow it down.

Harmful Alternatives

Online, many suggest replacing shampoo with baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar. Here are the issues:


The rough texture of baking soda can damage your hair and create jagged edges on the strands.

pH Balance

The natural pH of hair is around 4.5-5.5. Baking soda is 9 and has more alkaline. When you wash your hair with alkalized products, you risk changing your hair’s natural makeup.

Acidic Qualities

Apple cider vinegar makes your hair shiny, which is why many are raving about it on the internet. But it may be no better than baking soda. Vinegar is very acidic which, again, may hurt your hair.


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