The No Shampoo Method For Men – How To Do It

This is Part 2 of the tutorial the No Shampoo Method For Men (click the link for Part 1)

How to do my No Shampoo method

Instructions

To start my No Shampoo method, you’re going to start shampooing every other day; that is, you’re going to be shampooing one day, then skip the next, then shampoo again on the third day. That’s your starting point. This particular frequency (every other day) is what I call 1 on/1 off, with “on” signifying a shampooing day and “off” signifying a non-shampooing day. What you’ll then do from there onwards is assess every 2 weeks how your hair is looking and inserting extra “off” days until you’re happy with how your hair looks; thus obtaining your optimal shampooing frequency once you reach such stage.

  • Hold your starting frequency of 1 on/1 off for 2 weeks. Assess after 2 weeks, is your hair looking noticeably better? Then you may just as well have found out your optimal frequency. If you only experience mild cosmetic improvements in your hair, then add an extra off day to your shampooing frequency so you now have a 1 on/2 off frequency.
  • Hold the 1 on/2 off frequency for another 2-week cycle. Assess again, is your hair looking much better? If yes, stay with 1 on/2 off, that’s your optimal shampooing frequency. If the improvements are only mild, add another “off” day for a 1 on/3 off shampooing frequency. If your hair is looking worse (i.e. greasier), then go back to 1 on/1 off as 1 on/2 off is too much for your hair.
  • Hold the 1 on/3 off for another 2 weeks and assess again at the end of the cycle. You know the drill by now: hair improved great? Stick with that shampooing frequency. Only noticed mild benefits on your hair? Add an extra “off” day for 2 weeks. Hair looking worse? Drop back to your previous shampooing frequency.
  • And so on until you find out a shampooing frequency that no longer provides additional cosmetic benefits to your hair; such frequency will be your optimal shampooing frequency.

What to look for when assessing your hair?

At the end of every 2-week cycle, you’ll be assessing the state of your hair. You will be noticing improvements in the perceived thickness of your hair, the definition of your locks (especially with curly hair) and your hair will exude a healthier look. In The Men’s Hair Book, I provide a full list of the stuff to look for as well as the factors influencing your particular sebum secretion. However, the take-home message in this tutorial is that your hair will look thicker, more defined and healthier, so look out for the enhancement of these factors at the end of every 2 weeks.

What to do on your “off” days

On your “off” days, you’ll be doing the Sebum Coating method. You can find a detailed tutorial of this method in The Men’s Hair Book, but, to summarize it, the Sebum Coating method involves you rapidly running your fingers through your hair to spread the daily secreted sebum from your hair follicles. Essentially, you grab sets of hair strands that are 1-inch wide and run your thumb, index and middle fingers through the grouped hair strands, starting from the scalp and running the fingers all the way to the tips of the hair. You repeat this method throughout all your hair, which when done efficiently as per the detailed instructions in The Men’s Hair Book will have you taking one minute to complete all of your hair.

You should do the Sebum Coating method as the first action of your hair-grooming routine, and your hair must be soaked with lukewarm water prior to starting the running of your fingers through your locks.

Picture of 2 men with long hair incorrectly using the no poo shampoo method

Troy Polamalu and I know very well of how icorrectly using shampoo can make our curly hair look like a rag!

Hair-grooming guidelines as you find out your shampooing frequency

Finding out your shampooing frequency may take you anywhere from 2 weeks (if your optimal shampooing frequency is 1 on/1 off) or it may take you up to 16 weeks, as your optimal shampooing frequency exceeds more than 1 on/7 off. However, during the whole timespan that it takes you to find out your shampooing frequency, you will be experiencing cosmetic improvements on your hair. Every time that you add an extra “off” day to your shampooing frequency, you do so in order to try and see if you can milk even more hair benefits from decreasing your frequency of shampoo use. So, if you find that it is taking you long to get your optimal shampooing frequency optimized, then don’t worry: you’ll still be getting your hair to look better progressively as you get closer to your optimal shampooing frequency.

As a rule of thumb, the curlier your hair is, the lower the shampooing frequency you will have. Thus, straight hair tends to have a relatively high frequency of shampoo use (e.g. 1 on/2 off), whereas kinky hair (aka afro textured hair) will have a relatively low frequency of shampoo use (e.g. 1 on,7 off). Wavy hair and coiled hair types tend to fall in between the shampooing frequencies of straight hair and kinky hair.

You must use the same hair products during the timespan that it takes you to find out your optimal shampooing frequency; this is imperative because you need to have a baseline of how your hair reacts, thus you must maintain the same products throughout the trial. That is, if you normally use hair gel to style your hair and use a leave-in conditioner every day, then keep the use of those hair products the same until you’ve found out your shampooing frequency. In The Men’s Hair Book, you will learn about managing all the hair products that make up your hair grooming and hair care, and it’s in your interest to know how to use these products appropriately.

When will your shampooing frequency change?

Whenever I advise a male on hair grooming matters, I always tell him that shampooing frequency is dynamic, not static. Once you have found out and established your optimal shampooing frequency as per the above instructions, you will find that, during some stages of your lifetime, you will be required to change your shampooing frequency so as to experience the most benefit in your hair and ultimately have great-looking hair. By all means, you don’t need to be changing your shampooing frequency every month, but there will be some special circumstances that will call for tweaking your shampooing frequency. Some of these circumstances are:

  • You either cut your hair or grow it long: if you cut your hair, increase your shampooing frequency and if you grow your hair to medium and long lengths, decrease your shampooing frequency.
  • You start hanging around dirty environments: if you start going to the gym more, start hanging around places where people smoke or starting hitting the outdoors more, then consider increasing your shampooing frequency.
  • You change your hairstyling products: if you change the use of products like hair gel, pomade, hair wax or hair spray, then adjust your shampooing frequency as needed. Hair products that leave a lot of residue in your hair include hair wax, pomade and oils, thus their use means that your shampooing frequency should be higher than otherwise.

In any case, if you find that your hair starts looking too greasy or has lost its definition or good looks, then adjust your shampooing frequency (provided you haven’t changed anything else in your hair-grooming routine that’s causing the issue with your hair).

This is Part 2 (How to Do It) of the No Shampoo method tutorial for men. Click here for Part 3, which will provide the final conclusion of my No Shampoo method. Subscribe to our Newsletter below and get updated on the No Shampoo method and more; you’ll also be able to download the first chapter of The Men’s Hair Book and get a taste of this magnificent hair-care resource.

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