The worldwide “no-poo” (short for no shampoo) movement is growing. Some women who have gone without shampoo for as long as two years report certain improvements with their hair. One such proponent is Lucy Aitken Read, a popular parenting blogger in the U.K. and author of Happy Hair: The Definitive Guide to Giving Up Shampoo. In an interview, Aitken claims her hair grew fuller and more vibrant after two years of simple rinsing.

Yet not even a staunch advocate like Aitken Read can rely on mere rinsing, however. The build-up of odour and grease on the scalp could force one to use natural alternatives like baking soda. With proper regulation, the scalp should sustain itself without the need for any cleaning chemicals.

I havent used shampoo in 2 years and my hair has never looked better

As far as current trends go, the “no-poo” movement is in an advantageous position in Australia. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Sydney-based hairstylist Monique McMahon says a growing number of Aussie women choose to shampoo their hair less frequently. The beauty industry has responded in favour of the advocacy with a major redefinition of the term “clean hair.”

Will more bathrooms be without shampoo and conditioner? On a related note, will they lose that nifty shower caddy typically used to keep hair and bath products organised?

Many experts say daily shampooing isn’t bad, though it’s also not necessary. At any rate, it is essential to pick the right kind of shampoo for your scalp to mitigate adverse effects; certain alternatives work, too. On top of that, even if you join the no-poo movement, you’ll still need a shower niche for other essential hygiene products such as your facial cleanser and body wash.

With a bit of imagination, you’ll realise that an in-wall shower niche can be so much more than a space for beauty care products. For instance, you can spice up a plain-looking bathroom by placing a potted plant in the niche. Spider plants make an excellent choice, given the stuffy air quality common in a typical bathroom. Orchids, on the other hand, add a dash of colour.

Just because you don’t shampoo anymore doesn’t mean you won’t need a shower recess. After all, sensible bathroom renovations entail making this small space as ergonomic as possible by keeping everything you need within reach. Have a rot-proof recessed shower caddy installed by a reputable manufacturer like Ripple Systems and see the distinction for yourself.

(Source: “‘I haven’t used shampoo in 2 years and my hair has never looked better.’ Welcome to the ‘no poo’ movement,” The Sydney Morning Herald)

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