What does this new trend of no poo and low poo mean? Shampoo is a fundamental element in our daily hygiene, as well as the main weapon in the treatment of any pathology that affects the scalp. Shampoo removes the fat produced by the sebaceous glands, where the dead cells of the scalp, dirt, or the substances that we apply to it, such as lacquers, rubber bands, etc., are trapped.
However, there is a growing tendency to use hair care products with little or no parabens (chemical additions for maintaining and maintaining the formula in good condition). The concern about the components of the different cosmetics that surround us, makes that lately there is a high demand for products called "no poo" or "low poo".
Difference between "no poo" and "low poo"
"No poo" emerged as a reaction of some people who questioned the use of cosmetics. They wanted to know if the components were good, if they did not do badly, if they were really necessary. They wanted to be less dependent on cosmetics and do things naturally, with natural oils, baking soda, etc.
There are hairs that with the excessive use of sulfate can cause a reverse effect, a rebound effect, that by removing the hair oiliness so often, the hair itself produces more fat. To get the use of the techniques "noo poo" and "low poo", it is convenient to do a test to really see how your hair reacts to such treatments.
One of the methods that the "no poo" advises is not to use shampoos without sulfates, which clean the hair in depth but also remove the natural fat. When we wash the hair with sulfate, it becomes rough, because we remove all the dirt. Then we have to use cosmetics with a lot of hydration and silicones to make it look more hydrated. However, it must be taken into account that if excess fat or sebum is not removed periodically, it can generate a proliferation of microorganisms that can favor infections.
Sulfate attacks hair, so people who have naturally dry hair suffer a lot with the use of this substance, because its application further aggravates this dry appearance. If sulfate is not used, it is difficult to extract oil derivatives such as paraffin that are present in most shampoos, in addition to mineral oils.
To wash the hair with the "no poo" technique, natural remedies (such as baking soda) are used. If we abuse the bicarbonate, we will get the same effect as with the excess of Shampoo. In addition, the bicarbonate has a more alkaline pH than that of the scalp (pH 8), which can cause irritation, and its continued use can discolor the hair. Vinegar can also cause irritation because it has a very acidic pH (less than 3.5).
Silicone is a coating on your hair, like a make-up. The positive thing is that you shield your hair: if your hair is hydrated, it does not let the hydration come out. The negative is that it also prevents your hair from absorbing moisture. If you want to moisturize your hair and it is with silicones, you should remove them beforehand. The fact is that some silicones only come out with shampoos (with sulphate or their substitutes).
The "low poo" technique is different. In this technique, paraffins / mineral oils / petrolatums are prohibited, but all silicones (soluble and insoluble in water) and Shampoo (to remove silicones) can be used. A shampoo is used, but without sulfates. It is allowed to use insoluble silicones because this sulfate without sulfate manages to remove such silicones, but you can not use paraffin or mineral oil.
People who follow this technique can use shampoos without sulfates such as the Shampoo Amend Expertise Hydra Curls 250 ml without sulfates and without salt