I’ve been really enjoying the results of my No ‘Poo adventure. Now that I’ve been doing it for a week, I’m having a hard time believing that there are people who are against this simple, natural way of getting gorgeous hair. Last night I got to thinking about the people I’ve seen online who oppose the baking soda and apple cider vinegar cleansing method. They seem to fall into two groups. Those who didn’t stick with it past the transition period and those who are trying to pitch another method.
Most of the complaints I saw online were from people who started going no ‘poo, got to the point where their hair got oily, then quit. Usually they didn’t go more than 2-3 weeks. Most of what I’ve read says that you have to stay with it for at least a month to get your hair through the transition. This seems to be especially true of people who heavily treated their hair before starting. A lot of the ladies who gave up were they type that washed their hair every day, used styling products many times a week and used hot styling tools. It’s no surprise that their hair and scalp would go nuts on a more natural treatment until they got used to it. I think it’s working so well for me and Eric because he never used anything on his hair and my use of styling tools and products was very infrequent. We also only washed our hair twice a week.
I don’t think it’s really a good idea to listen to people who didn’t even stick with the method for the recommended amount of time. I was fully prepared to have a month or more of gross hair until my scalp and hair regulated. I’m having a much better time of it, and I’m glad for that, but if you do your research, it’s something you should be prepared for in advance. If you’re going to try something and then quit before you’re done, you can’t really say it didn’t work. You just didn’t have the patience to follow through. Now if you stuck with it for a month or more and didn’t like the results, that’s different. I also noticed that some of the nay-sayers used a very strong, and therefore not healthy ratio in their wash and rinse. It’s really no surprise that they didn’t have good results. That doesn’t mean the method was bad, only that they did it wrong and skewed the results.
The other group of opposition is people who are trying to pitch a different method. One of the top results in Google, which says baking soda and vinegar are dangerous is blatantly affiliating an alternative product. I’ve seen others like it as well. They come up with “research” saying how harmful BS and ACV are for the body, then they start telling you about another product, and of course, offer you links where you can buy it. I don’t like posts like that. It’s misleading. If they said “I don’t like baking soda and vinegar but I do love this other product and I’m going to tell you why so you’ll buy it”, well, I’d at least respect the honesty. Unfortunately, they word the posts to make people think that other methods are dangerous. I’m always wary of any post or site that says something is really bad for you or dangerous while simultaneously pitching a competing product. I tend to believe, and usually rightfully so, that their opinion is skewed by their own financial interests.
I think anyone out there who’s thinking of going No ‘Poo or using any other natural alternative should make an educated decision. If you don’t know and trust the person telling you about it, go do your own research. Pay attention to both the supporters and opposers. Did they make and use the product correctly? Are they selling something? Were there other influences that swayed their results? Don’t just look at how many said yes vs. no. Read what people say and why, then decide for yourself. I try to provide information and opinions for my readers, but I don’t blame anyone who doesn’t just take my word for it and do what I do. I support and encourage independent research and independent thought. No matter what you’re doing, make a fully educated decision whenever possible.