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3 Ways to Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.


I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting things about no-pooing (a.k.a not shampooing) as an alternative for dry or coarse hair. Mainly, that it saves a ton of time while keeping strands forever-soft and moisturized. But wouldn’t it get all icky and gross-tastic if you never-ever shampooed your hair? I wondered. So I asked a few experts to share their favorite no-pooing techniques. 

Keep Conditioning

“Squeeze a dollop of conditioner into your hand and vigorously scrub hair and scalp with your fingertips, then rinse. By massaging the scalp, dirt, grease and build up are lifted and washed away. Keep in mind that as soon as one starts cleansing with conditioner it takes about three months for the hair and scalp to regulate.” —Ron King, owner of Ron King Salon in Austin, Texas.

Hit a Dry Spell

“If you want to shorten the amount of time you spend in the shower scrubbing your head, use a good dry shampoo in between. Work in small amounts throughout your hair and brush through. You can even blow-dry it in on low heat. Always remember to wash your hairbrush after using dry shampoo, as it can leave residue behind.” — Rolando Cevalls, Paris Salon of St. James, Long Island, New York.

Go Through the Motions

“Just because you are shampooing less, doesn’t mean you can’t still get your hair wet. I actually encourage that you go through the motions of shampooing (just without shampoo). Rub your scalp, and rinse-rinse-rinse.” —Becky Strum, hairdresser and owner of StormSister Spatique in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Looking for even more great advice from Ayren? Don’t miss the rest of her column here.

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