How and Why You Should Quit Shampooing without Becoming Gross
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You Can Quit Using Shampoo Without Becoming Gross

Girl, You Don’t Need Shampoo

I know you are looking at me all side-eye now because I’m about to ditch my shampoo but give me a chance before you scroll to the next article.

The truth is you don’t have to use shampoo to keep your hair and scalp smelling fresh. A lot of us shampoo our hair because we believe if we don’t it will smell and become dirty.

I understand because who wants to have their hair look like they just took 3-month-old braids out without shampooing it? Absolutely nobody and I can’t blame you! In this article, I am going to share with you some fresh ways to keep your hair clean and smelling fresh without using shampoo. Some of the tips you may have already tried.

If so, let us all know how it worked out by commenting on the article. Also, share any hair or scalp issues you have and how you keep them under control.

Alright, you have to know what time it is! Go ahead and press play on your Khalid playlist to get started.

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How to Not Shampoo your Hair Every Day

Get out of the mindset that you have to shampoo your hair every day.

Truthfully you’re stripping your hair of essential oils when you do. Shampooing your hair every day is not a good idea, and you should have a routine to stop overdoing it! The primary purpose of shampooing hair is to remove excess oil.

Here are some quick tips to help you maintain your hair without having to shampoo it:

Quick Tips

  • Shampoo the roots and condition the ends
  • Use a shower cap in the shower to prevent frizziness
  • Don’t shampoo your hair for a week to understand how often you should shampoo your hair
  • Stick to water-based products, so you don’t have to use shampoo
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What Causes Dry Scalp

Using some of the hacks below will help you to combat flakiness. Here are some reasons you may have dry scalp:

  • Shampoos with sulfate
  • Product buildup
  • Dead skin buildup
  • Lack of having a consistent cleaning and conditioning routine
  • Lack of moisture on the scalp and hair
  • Dehydration
  • Using humectants (they attract moisture) in a dry climate
  • Mineral buildup from your water

How to Avoid Dry Scalp

  • Use a sulfate shampoo to remove the product buildup
  • Co-wash your hair
  • Exfoliate your scalp with the mixture mentioned below
  • Resist the tendency to shampoo your hair too much
  • Use a spray bottle and apply water to your scalp
  • Drink more water on a daily basis (84 ounces is optimal)
  • Avoid humectants in dry areas
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Weekly Styling without Shampoo

Want to know how to maintain your hair when you don’t shampoo it every other day?

Here’s a nice schedule to keep you cute without having to think too hard about what to do with your hair. Is it just me or does your hair seem to be style better when it’s a little dirty? Don’t leave me out here by myself with greasy hair let me know in the comments below.

Day 1:

Wash, condition, and straighten your hair

Day 3:

Use a dry shampoo on your hair

Day 5:

Style your hair into a mid-crown or low ponytail

Day 7:

Pull your hair up into a messy bun or a cool braid

Day 9:

It may be time to shampoo your hair so go ahead and rock your hat

Clean Hair Hacks

The hacks below are perfect for anyone. The cool thing about them is most of us have the ingredients right in our kitchen cabinet.

I am sure you will find a few you can use immediately without having to go through the task of shampooing your hair. Whenever you need to freshen your hair up these are tried and true hacks to get you through your style routine in the morning.

Thank me later or in the comment section below!

1. Dry Shampoo

Okay! You may be thinking that this is still shampooing the hair. I include the dry shampoo technique because it’s not your traditional way of cleaning your hair.

Step #1

Apply the dry shampoo and don’t worry about the white residue

Step #2

Allow the shampoo to absorb for 10-15 minutes

Step #3

Massage the shampoo through your hair and continue until the white residue is not visible Brush through your hair

dry shampoo spray

Here are a few tips on how to get the best use of your dry shampoo:

Tip #1

Spray it at least six inches away from your hair to get an even coverage

Tip #2

Do not overuse

Tip #3

Use it only on your hair after a regular shampoo

Tip #4

Allow it to absorb before brushing your hair

Tip #5

Use it before your workout to so the shampoo will absorb sweat while you work out

Tip #6

Blow dry your hair to dry the shampoo

2. Baby Powder

You don’t have to buy a big bottle of baby powder to try this out. Go to Walmart or your local store and buy one of the travel sized bottles to test this technique out.

All you have to do is sprinkle some unscented powder on the roots of your hair. Brush it through your hair to blend it out, so your roots don’t look gray.

hair powder

3. Rubbing Alcohol

Soak a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and blot on your roots to remove grease and dirt. Avoid applying the product to your hair because alcohol can dry out the hair. You want to use rubbing alcohol on your scalp only.

4. White Rice Flour

Step #1

Pour the white rice flour in a bowl and use a makeup brush to apply it to your roots

Step #2

Part your hair in sections

Step #3

Dip your makeup brush in the flour

Step #4

Use downward strokes along the parts

Step #5

Apply flour to your hairline

Step #6

Tap the brush along the part to blend the flour into the hair

5. Scalp Detox

A scalp detox works well to get it clean and remove oil plus dirt from your hair. Complete a detox as needed.

Mix the following ingredients together

  • 1tsp of baking soda (removes odor)
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon powder (stimulates scalp circulation and hair growth)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (strengthens the hair)

Once you have mixed the ingredients, set the mixture aside. Separate your hair into four sections. You can either apply the mix with the tips of your fingers directly to your scalp or use a squeeze bottle and apply on your scalp.

hot oil for hair

6. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Using apple cider vinegar is right for your hair because it removes product buildup, revitalizes dry hair, and cleans your scalp very well. ACV clarifies your hair to leave it looking shiny and healthy.

Step #1

Combine ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of water, four drops of lavender, and three drops of rosemary in a squeeze bottle

Step #2

Gently massage the product on your scalp to clean it as well

Step #3

Apply the mixture to the entire head

Step #4

Put on a shower cap and leave on for 45 minutes

Step #5

Rinse the mixture out of the hair

Step #6

Use your scalp massage brush the stimulate circulation

You can use plain apple cider vinegar over your hair and rinse with water.

apple cider vinegar

7. Baking Soda

Sprinkle on your roots and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Follow-up by brushing through the hair to evenly throughout the hair.

8. Lemon

You may not like to shampoo your hair because it tends to dry your hair so using lemon juice is a great substitute.

Combine two parts lemon juice with four parts water. Pour into a spray bottle and then spray onto your roots and your hair to remove any dirt and cleanse the scalp.

Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and rinse afterward. Condition your hair with your favorite product to complete the treatment.

lemon juice hair

9. Aerosol Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on your roots and brush through your strands.

10. Honey

Use honey as a pre-poo option for your hair.

Step #1

Saturate your hair with water first

Step #2

Apply and oil to your hair and brush it through

Step #3

Put on a plastic shower cap

Step #4

Put on a bonnet and allow the mixture to sit on your hair for 15 minutes

Step #5

Rinse your hair and style

honey

11. Cornstarch

Combine cocoa and cornstarch and apply the mixture to the roots. The cornstarch absorbs the oil, and the cocoa camouflages the white residue from the cornstarch.

12. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is great for your hair. On your co-wash day, you can use this conditioner on your hair. Check out the recipe below to get a bomb alternative to shampooing.

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:

  • 1 banana (adds moisture to your hair and reduces frizz)
  • 1 cup of aloe vera juice (reduces frizz)

Step #1

Strain the mixture and add ½ can of coconut milk to your mix. Coconut milk helps to strengthen and nourish the hair.

Step #2

Add ¼ cup of olive oil to your hair. Olive oil strengthens hair

Step #3

Add an essential oil

Step #4

Mix it all. Apply it to your hair from scalp to ends. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes.

coconut creme

13. Clay

Clay is perfect for extremely oily hair. Kaolin clay is for normal to dry hair and Bentonite clay for greasy hair.

The clays make your hair soft and pull metals and heavy toxins from your body. It’s a perfect detoxifier for your hair, and you can use it on the face as well.

If you live in a place where you have hard water, there can be sulfur, calcium, and metals in it. These minerals sit on top of your hair and scalp, so clay treatments are excellent to remove this mineral buildup.

To use a clay treatment on your hair try the method below:

Step #1

Mix ¼ cup of clay with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Slowly add ½ cup of water. Do not use a metal spoon to mix it!

Step #2

Add in essential oils for a pleasant smell

Step #3

Saturate your hair with water

Step #4

Work the clay through your hair and massage on the scalp

Step #5

Leave on for about five minutes and rinse

14. Co-wash

If your hair doesn’t get extremely oily using conditioner to wash your hair is a good option.

Co-wash is short for conditioner-only washing which leaves you with smoother, softer, and easier to manage. Using this technique helps to prevent you from washing your hair often. Choose a good moisturizing conditioner like Tresseme or Herbal Essence. Massage the product into your hair just as you would with shampoo. The best method is to scrub your scalp using your fingertips.

Rinse out the conditioner and style as you want. Co-wash whenever there is a lot of sweat or dirt buildup in your hair to remove them and get your hair clean without shampooing

Co-wash to add moisture to your hair and keep your scalp clean. A bonus is it adds a great smell to your hair.

washing hair

Your Hair Deserves More

I know this article is all about shampoo substitutes and I think I have given you some great alternatives.

As I read through the article, I realize that I have also given you great tips on how to keep your hair as healthy as possible without using harsh chemicals on it. Whether you decide to use clay or stick with your apple cider vinegar rinse it is clear your hair will be happy. We all know happy hair equals shiny and bouncy curls or strands!

Try one or more of the hacks above. Share your photo on Instagram or Facebook and tag Private Label Extensions. We want to see how cute you look!

12 thoughts on “You Can Quit Using Shampoo Without Becoming Gross

  1. Melissa Brown says:

    I haven’t heard of using baby powder, corn starch, alcohol, bananas on your hair as a cleanser. I’m sure that they work well. I have done the dry shampoo and co-washing before, and I love how soft my hair feels after a co-wash. I don’t wash my hair every day, but sometimes once a week depending on how I’m wearing my hair. The clay and lemon is new to me as well! I found this article interesting and curious to try something new in the near future.

    1. LaTaye says:

      Melissa,

      I was shocked to see so many options as well. Let us know how the clay works. I want to try it as well.

  2. Jamika says:

    As a natural hair wearer now, I have not shampooed my hair in a long time. I forgot where I read it at, but they mentioned that it wasn’t good for the hair, especially black women. I guess it would depend on what type of ingredients that it is actually made from it. I like the options presented in these articles. It gives a couple of ideas to think about, especially when it comes to my hair and taking care of it.

    1. LaTaye says:

      Thanks, Jamika!

      The beauty about natural hair is we all have to figure out what works best with your hair. What’s your curl pattern and what unique care does your hair need?

  3. Tiffany Halll says:

    This is awesome because I always heard of you don’t have to use shampoo and I always heard of Dry shampoo but never used it, well I will definitely try this routine and check out the results and yes it seems wired but why not try something new and healthier.

    1. LaTaye says:

      Hey Tiffany!

      Some of the options are a little bit different, aren’t they? But you know companies are selling products to us that are doing the opposite of what they are supposed to. At least we know what we are REALLY using. LOL! Thanks for reading the article! I really appreciate it. What struggles are you having with your hair, if any?

  4. Erika Davies says:

    I’ve actually been co-washing my hair for almost 10 years. I do notice a difference in the feel and the manageability. When I shampooed my hair I would always have to add more product to add moisture. It wasn’t until I read a few articles that spoke about the benefits of co-washing and it’s been great from then!! My hair has grown like crazy and feels softer and is stronger than ever before. I also add some mixtures that I make myself and I must say it’s better than any store-bought products. Since I’ve had such luck with this regime I also do the same with my daughter’s hair and it works like a charm.

    1. LaTaye says:

      OOOHHH! Great job Erika and I totally agree! Homemade hair care products are best. Thanks for reading the article. Do you notice any difference in how you care for your hair versus your daughter’s?

  5. AiJalon Metcalf says:

    I totally agree with this blog. I feel that co-washing is the way to go. Your hair looks heathland when you are not using so many different products. As well as the dry look you get when you shampoo, and less breakage.

    1. LaTaye says:

      Thanks, AiJalon! I dislike the dry look. Doesn’t it irritate you when your hair looks moisturized immediately after styling and then it looks dry later in the day? I think I’m going to try the clay. What’s your go-to hairstyle?

  6. sumit says:

    Great idea, but does it really works for thin hair?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

      Yes, this should work for thin and thick hair. You just have to follow the steps to determined what your hair needs.

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