It’s the recent trend with a name that’s bound to grab your attention and make you curious. It’s the “No, Poo, No Wash” method of hair care and it has been getting all the buzz lately. 

With cultural shifts toward a more natural, chemical-free lifestyle, many have put shampoo under the microscope. They question whether it’s truly necessary to cleanse their strands with shampoo and whether the ingredients in shampoos are essential for a healthy scalp and clean hair.

Enter the “No Poo, No Wash” trend. Read on for all the information you crave on the “No Poo, No Wash” trend. Lionesse will be talking about the pros and cons of following this method of hair and scalp care and helping you to decide if it’s a trend worth trying.

What is the “No Poo, No Wash” Trend?

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Whether you’ve seen it on social media or overheard conversations about it at your salon, you’ve likely heard it mentioned. But, what is the “No Poo, No Wash” trend exactly?

Generally speaking, it’s a practice of hair care with a single caveat – don’t cleanse your hair with shampoo, or “‘Poo”.

The trend is based on the belief and conclusion that cleansing your locks with shampoo is unnecessary and counterintuitive. There are a few ways to jump on board this trend train of cleansing your hair and scalp without using a standard shampoo.

But let’s first take a peek at the reasons why this trend is getting all the buzz!

Why is the “No Poo, No Wash” Trend So Popular?

You’re likely asking yourself why anyone would want to stop using shampoo on their strands when there are such high-quality shampoos available, such as our Nourishing & Moisturizing Shampoo. Plus, it feels so amazing to flaunt freshly shampooed hair.

Well, there are several reasons why people are attracted to the “No Poo, No Wash” trend.

  • Many believe that standard shampoo strips their hair of vital natural oils. This results in their scalp producing excess oil, or sebum, causing their hair to appear greasy and lack volume.
  • Some want to avoid using chemicals on their hair and scalp.
  • Many want to extend their “clean and natural” lifestyle to include using only natural products on their hair.
  • While unproven by research, there has been much anecdotal evidence that both hair and scalp benefit from going shampoo-free.
  • Going shampoo-free means saving money.
  • While many who have tried to follow the trend have attested that the initial first few weeks left their scalp and hair oilier than usual. However, proponents of this trend say that once they make it past this initial phase of adjustment, their hair is healthier and more luscious than when they were using shampoo regularly.
  • The trend eliminates the possibility of unknown chemicals harming the scalp
  • Some believe that when their locks are free of shampoo, their scalp returns to a more natural balance of oils, making it healthier.

Still wondering if the “No Poo, No Wash” trend is right for you? Let’s take a look at how followers of this trend are making this way of hair care work for them.

How To Go “No Poo, No Wash”

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There are a few methods you can choose from when deciding to give this trend a try. Because the “No Poo, No Wash trend has only recently been getting all the buzz in the world of hair care, there is no proven research that supports one method in favor of another. So, if you want to experiment with the trend, choose the one that you think will work best for you.

Remember, if you have a history of scalp issues, you’ll want to speak with your dermatologist before experimenting with the, “No Poo, No Wash” trend.

The most commonly used method of going “No Poo, No Wash” involves using products you likely already have in your home. To follow this method, you’ll need baking soda to exfoliate your scalp and remove any excess sebum, and apple cider vinegar to soften your strands and make them shine.

To Follow The Standard “No Poo, No Wash” Method: 

  • Use enough baking soda combined with water to scrub your scalp. 
  • Use apple cider vinegar to rinse the baking soda from your strands.
  • Optional: Add a drop or two of essential oil of your choice to counter the scent of the vinegar.

Other Methods To Try:

  • Use Coconut Oil, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, or Aloe Vera to replace standard shampoo.
  • Use nothing but water to cleanse your scalp and hair.

Conditioning your hair is always optional when following this trend. Even if you skip the shampoo, you can still use a top-quality conditioner with hand-picked ingredients, such as our Nourishing & Moisturizing Conditioner in combination with any of the “No Poo, No Wash” trend methods above.

Not convinced this trend is right for you? Looking for the whole picture as to what it would be like to ditch your shampoo for good? Below, we’ve compiled some of the cons of this natural hair care trend that you’ll certainly want to consider before banishing your shampoo for good!

Potential Problems With Trying the “No Poo, No Wash” Trend

Woman looking at hair after following the no poo, no wash trend

If simply reading about this shampoo-free trend has you wanting to jump in the shower and apply your Nourishing & Moisturizing Shampoo and Nourishing & Moisturizing Conditioner ASAP, then you’re not alone. While the notion of being shampoo-free is tempting for some, there are some valid concerns with the “No Poo, No Wash” trend and the methods involved.

  • While advocates of the “No Poo, No Wash” trend have provided much anecdotal evidence that their strands benefit in numerous ways from this approach, their claims are unproven. 
  • The ingredients in shampoo are not necessarily “chemicals” or harmful to your hair and scalp in any way.
  • Products such as coconut oil and baking soda can be difficult to rinse from your hair.
  • Many shampoos contain naturally sourced ingredients that are good for the health of your hair and scalp.
  • Whatever method of “No Poo, No Wash” that you choose, there will be a period of adjustment when your hair may be more oily and greasy.
  • The act of skipping the shampooing step of your daily hygiene routine might be challenging.
  • Those with thick curly or wavy hair may have an easier time with this particular trend because the oil that will remain on your scalp will tame any frizz and smooth your strands. If you have thinner hair, jumping on this bandwagon might mean that your locks look greasy and flat.
  • Many who have tried the trend have found that their hair develops an odor.

Only you can decide if the “No Poo, No Wash” trend is a trend that’s right for you! In the meantime, focus on keeping your strands strong and healthy. 

Tips For Keeping Your Hair and Scalp Healthy

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Many people considering the “No Poo, No Wash” trend do so because they are concerned about the health of both their hair and scalp. Fortunately, there are many proven, researched ways to keep your scalp healthy and maintain your luscious locks.

  • Stay hydrated. 
  • Eat a nutrient-dense diet.
  • Shampoo your scalp only when you need to.
  • Don’t use your shampoo on the ends of your hair, keep it close to your scalp.
  • Remember to use a high-quality conditioner, such as our Nourishing & Moisturizing Conditioner, which is infused with a combination of treating agents that nourish the scalp and protect hair from dehydration.
  • When applying conditioner, focus on the ends of your hair. These are more prone to dryness and breakages.
  • Before using any heated styling tools on your locks, apply a heat protectant. This will ensure that your hair is protected from heat damage.
  • When styling your hair, use professional quality styling tools, such as our Curling Iron 1” for luscious, natural-looking curls or our Carbon Fiber flat iron. This one is equipped with negative ion technology for silky smooth tresses.

At Lionesse, we’ve developed a variety of innovatively designed heated styling tools. Our styling tools are equipped with many options and features to protect the health of your strands while meeting your styling needs. 


Well, now we’ve covered everything you need to know about the “No Poo, No Wash” trend, and how many have embraced this trend as a more natural method of caring for their scalp and strands.

You now have some decisions to make…

The “No Poo, No Wash” trend will work better for some people than others. However, it’s a relatively low-risk experiment if you want to give it a try. Proponents of this trend believe that going shampoo-free can improve the health of your scalp and make your hair more luminous. And there have been many convincing claims that ditching shampoo in favor of more natural products, such as baking soda and apple cider vinegar, has some amazing benefits. 

Not tempted by the hype? Concerned about the cons of the trend such as enduring greasy, flat hair for weeks, or worried you’ll miss the benefits of using a high-quality shampoo?

At Lionesse, we have carefully formulated our hair care products to address your hair care concerns and deliver amazing results. Our focus remains on giving our customers stunning results using carefully selected ingredients proven to be safe and effective. Our haircare products treat your hair with the top quality ingredients that our loyal customers have come to expect from all of our products.

But not only do we follow the latest trends and listen to your hair care wants and needs, but we also respect the needs of the environment. All of our products are developed ethically, are never tested on animals, and come straight to you in recyclable packaging. 

What are you waiting for? Get yours today, at Lionesse!