Most people that know me will tell you that I love ideas that challenge the norm. They don’t have to be massive world changing events. They just have to question what we believe is normal.
And apparently using chemicals to wash all our naturally produced oils from our bodies, so that we can replace them with even more chemicals is normal. So it was natural that I would fall in love with the “No ‘Poo” Programme. No Poo means No Shampoo, but extends to other personal cleaning products.
The No Poo programme is an extension of the caveman lifestyle, which in turn is an extension of the Paleo diet. Every diet or lifestyle programme has participants at different ranges of incorporation. The caveman lifestyle is right up the other end of the extreme range for most people. Which means there’s probably a lot to be learned from it’s adherants.
For people that are unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, it’s about only eating foods in their natural state. For example, eating whole foods such as fruit and vegetables, mostly raw while avoiding manufactured products such as bread and 90% of the junk that you buy at a supermarket.
No Poo is one of the easiest programmes to adopt into your life because all you do is stop using soap and shampoo. And you get to start looking at ads for these products through different eyes. This isn’t about chemical versus natural. This is about being in control of what you expose your body to.
What I did
Like a diet or budget, any lifestyle change is more likely to succeed the easier it fits to your current method of living. For example, my brother in-law works with big heavy machinery all day so he gets grease and oil all up his arms. If he stopped using soap to wash that muck off, my sister would probably banish him to the backyard.
I adapted the programme to fit my life in the following ways. I;
- stopped using soap to wash my body;
- stopped using hair products such as shampoo, conditioner;
- replaced shaving gel with coconut oil;
- started using my loofah more regularly;
- shower with hot water to open the pores and wash and then use colder water to close them again;
- use soap only to wash my hands and;
- use roll on anti perspirant and
- use my after shave as it’s something I love.
What you can expect
Almost immediately I noticed my skin felt softer as did my hair. But I think that’s because I have short hair. They say that for people with longer hair such as the ladies, it can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks for your hair to settle down as you’ve spent your entire lifetime stripping the oils from your hair and your body has to relearn to no produce it such large quantities.
The No Poo programme is not for everyone but I’m just glad to have found another way to do my little bit to reduce the amount of chemicals that are used on my body and in my home.