Last updated on May 7th, 2013 at 01:48 pm
The No Shampoo method is a hair-grooming method that involves the modulating of your shampoo use, and it is a method that I created some years ago as I experimented with my hair. As many of you will know, I have curly hair; “beastly” curly hair, for that matter. Really, it not only grows puffy but it is also very dense and the curls form very tight. For years during my teens, I would battle with my curly hair until I gave up and started buzzing my mane to a #2 every 2 weeks, seeing my curly hair and curly hair as a whole as an untamable creature. Then, one rainy evening of 2001, I became inspired to stop the negativity surrounding my hair and go on a follicular journey to completely hack the hair conundrum; the inspirational story itself being the introductory story that I use to start my best-selling book, The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks.
Through trial and error, I found out that not shampooing my curly hair every day improved my beastly curls almost instantly. I initially dubbed the mechanism of this interesting experiment as the No Shampoo method, for not shampooing every day was, for me, something novel. Then, curious to see if my No Shampoo method would also work on other males’ hair, I managed to somehow convince other dudes’ to allow me to experiment on their manes during my university years. I was the official go-to guy for hair advice on campus as I was also the fitness instructor at the university’s fitness center, so guys saw me as the cool guy to confess all their hair dramas to. Must I say that I’ve heard some horrible stories throughout the years and seen many sad souls who really hated their own locks.
I know, I know. Rogelio, stop digressing, bro.
OK, let’s get to business with how to shampoo your hair for great-looking locks with my No Shampoo method.
Basically, each hair strand that grows in your scalp grows from a hair follicle (a tiny pocket buried in the scalp). Attached to the follicle are sebaceous glands, which are some funky glands that secrete an even funkier goo: sebum. Sebum is a wax-like oil which is continuously secreted by every human from their hair follicles. The purpose of the sebum is to coat the hair strands so as to protect the cuticle (outer layer of hair strand) from the elements as well as from any damage that may be inflicted to the hair. Sebum is one useful oil, for which its management is central to my No Shampoo method.
Illustration of a hair follicle with the tissue that surrounds it, including sebaceous glands (purple sacks)
With my No Shampoo method, you’ll be finding out the time interval that is most optimal for you to have your hair adequately coated with sebum. Since the sebum that coats your hair strands is washed off by shampoo, you need to find out a shampooing frequency that best suits your particular sebum-secreting case (which is unique to every male). Overall, you want to have your hair optimally coated in your own sebum by spreading it every day with your fingers; when too much sebum starts to accumulate, you then remove the excess sebum by routinely scheduling a shampooing session (i.e. a day in which you shampoo your hair). The sebum-spreading motion that you do every day also acts as a mild hair cleaner by mechanically removing any excess sebum and residue from hairstyling products; however, there will come a time (which you must find out!) in which the excess residue surpasses your daily sebum-spreading efforts.
Continuing from the above, my No Shampoo method goes together with my Sebum Coating method, the latter being the method that involves your daily spreading of sebum. Both methods (No Shampoo/Sebum Coating) are part of the hair-grooming strategy that I use for my hair-equation system, the latter system (hair-equation system) being the foundation of my popular book The Men’s Hair Book: A Male’s Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney. As you can see, I’m quite the hair nerd in that not only do I experiment with hair but I also write books about its management!
To balance my nerdiness, I like to go to the gym and let my caveman side out
Now, every male’s hair differs, which is why providing a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hair care and hair management is erroneous and silly. The rest of hair-care websites and men’s magazines try to fool you into believing that by buying X product and doing whatever is the latest trendy hairstyle, you’ll get great-looking hair.
The big issue when it comes to your hair is that you must know your hair and know how it reacts, otherwise you’re doomed for having mediocre hair, no matter how much you spend on hair products or read magazines. And I say this bluntly because I get emails on a daily basis from men who have been brainwashed to believe the Mickey-Mouse notions that infect and are endemic to the men’s hair-care niche. Seriously, it’s about time we put an end to this, guys; and, with my sites and my books, that’s exactly what I’ve set myself to achieve.
This is Part 1 (introduction) of the No Shampoo method tutorial for men. Click now for Part 2 of the tutorial, which will outline the instructions of how to proceed with the No Shampoo method and which will totally revamp your hair management and its look! 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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