Hey guys! I'm new to this community...have been considering no poo for a while but there are only so many mom blogs one can read before desiring more peer-led advice, so here I am!
I'm a 25 year old woman with longish wavyish dark brown hair that is individually fine but very dense. In its natural state, it can be quite poofy. I've been getting the keratin treatment to keep it smooth and straighter three times per year for the past four years or so, and my hair has never been healthier or prettier. I need to wash it 3-4 times per week or it looks greasy. Also because it's winter, I suffer from dry white scalp flakes (yick).
The problem is, besides costing a whopping $250 three times per year, upkeep is also hella expensive, what with the keratin infusion stuff (which there was recently a groupon discount for, thank goodness) and then shampoo and conditioner which costs me $40 every couple months for both. Sooo I'm wondering, if I can somehow make it past the greasy transition stage, maybe my hair would look just as awesome and healthy with no poo! Worth a shot right?
I know all the keratin treatment does is coat your hair to make it smooth...so would the no poo method completely strip my current treatment (that I received exactly one month ago and would otherwise have a good 2-3 good months left)? Or are there any specific ingredients I should use (or avoid!) to keep the keratin in tact, like clay instead of baking soda for shampoo (just a guess)? Should I continue using the infusion leave-in conditioner after my shower even though it has a silicone ingredient in it or should I stop that because it defeats the purpose and replace it with something like argan oil?
Also worth noting I have a filtered shower head (you guys, you can get one for less than $20 at Lowes!!) so hard water isn't an issue for me.
I'm just so conflicted because my hair looks awesome currently but I would prefer a more natural, less expensive hair care alternative (edited for clarity: eventually using no poo and never getting a keratin treatment again). What do you think? Thanks so much!
(I have no idea which tags to use, sorry! I'm new)
edited to add: I already make a lot of my own skincare products, so I am no stranger to EOs and have an enormous stock of stuff I could try in my shampoo and conditioner. I'm all but ready to take the no poo plunge...
- Considering no poo, but what about my keratin treatment?