A popular hair guru on TikTok has revealed that she hasn't washed her daughters hair for 16 months!
Hair washing is a surprisingly contentious topic amongst parents - you'd be surprised how many heated debates blow up in online parenting communities over such a seemingly trivial topic. How often is too often? What shampoo is best? What ingredients are harmful? It's a minefield, truth be told. Parents who avoid using shampoo altogether, whilst a minority group, certainly get the most criticism in these debates, but is this really warranted...?
Michelle, who goes by @michelle_hairbymisheko on TikTok, swears wholeheartedly by the 'no poo' method.
Fascinatingly, Michelle's daughter's hair is absolutely gorgeous, soft and shiny, without even a hint of grease or grime, 16 months since it last saw shampoo. Michelle stated;
"No poo method keeps her scalp and hair healthy and balanced. It tames her natural curl and frizz. No oil build up, no flakes, no smell. Hardly poo my kids hair and all three kids have healthy balanced scalps. Kids produce the right amount of sebum to protect it from bacteria and the environment shampooing puts it on oil over drive.""
We're both baffled and highly impressed! It must also save her an absolute fortune each year in hair care products, as well as avoiding any drama at bath time with a screaming child who doesn't want their hair washed - parents everywhere will be nodding in recognition.
She shared her method on TikTok here...
@michelle_hairbymisheko No poo method is a game changer 🙌🏻 I hardly poo my kids hair & all 3 kids have healthy balanced scalps #kidshair #hairhack #hair #fyp #momsoftiktok ♬ Let Me Blow Ya Mind Showmusik Remix - Showmusik Sounds
Is there science behind this?
There's no real quantitive scientific study we can refer to, in order to answer this question definitively, as much as we'd love to be able to answer this question. A browse online shows that many other people swear by the 'no poo' method, so there must be some credibility behind the method, right? However, others who've tried it haven't had the same results, leading us to believe that it all boils down to factors such as hair type, how much oil an individual produces, and how active someone is. Someone who runs miles every day may not have such great results, we'd daresay.
All in all, if it's something you're interested in trying, then why not give it a go? The 'Happy Hair Guide' here* could be a useful read, and if it doesn't work out for you, all you'll need to do is buy a bottle of shampoo to rectify things.
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