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    Update on the “No Shampoo” Controversy

    Woman combing wet, long, dark blonde hair with a wide tooth comb

    No Shampoo, the results are in and this is sure to “curl some hair!”

    A while back I wrote a controversial article that encouraged women with curly and frizzy hair, try no shampoo in their hair. I took a lot of heat for that recommendation, but alas I have been vindicated.

    In late March I reported on an interesting experiment going on in Australia about women going six weeks with no shampoo and the results are in.

    The No Shampoo Challenge

    You might think this is nuts but . . . numbers don’t lie and the majority of people who took the six-week, no shampoo challenge say . . . they will never go back!! They reported with 523 legitimate votes.

    On March 9th, Richard Glover, a radio talk show host in Sydney, Australia, initiated a six-week challenge to find the truth to the question . . . Is shampoo a rip-off? This came about after he learned, a certain London Times columnist and political sketch writer, hadn’t washed his hair for 15 years and apparently looked good in spite of it.

    The question whether we really need to shampoo our hair or not has been thoroughly put to the test. When we strip away the hairs natural oils with shampoo, could we be triggering our bodies to produce more oil to replenish what we’ve taken away? We continue to use chemicals to strip away a natural conditioning process. The theory suggests our hair will have more body and natural beauty from being nourished by its natural process of oil production and less shampooing with drying chemicals.

    “No shampoo
    is for real”

    The idea is that we can effectively clean our hair by going through the shampooing gestures with water only and we will have a more luscious head of hair. It takes about six weeks to get your system into its natural balance of producing oil.

    Eager participants tossed their shampoos and reported the good as well as the bad results along the way.

    For the majority of people who decided to go no shampoo, here is how I would summarize their reports;

    • For the curly-haired —- it made the curl more defined and less frizzy.

    • For the thin haired —- it gave more weight and body.

    • For those with dry scalp, psoriasis or dandruff —- unequivocally, these problems went away, even for those who had used expensive treatments for years unsuccessfully!

    • For those with fine hair —- became easier to work with, felt thicker from the natural distribution of oil and didn’t need products to give them more body.


    The no shampoo-shampoo may not be the answer for everyone, but clearly seems to be a good answer for many. To feel the inspiration, you’ll need to read some of the comments for yourself.

    Barb Quinn on Google+  



    1. So were not suposed to use shampoo at all right? And what brand of conditioner should i use?

      Comment by Lanisha Mclean — November 20, 2008 @ 11:16 pm

    2. What can I do to make my hair smell good in the case I decide to stop shampooing it?

      Comment by Stephanie — December 1, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

    3. What shall I do to make my hair look good if I decide to implement the “no shampoo” technique? Shall I use conditioner anyways?

      Comment by Wendy — December 1, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

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