As in no shampoo. Not a drop of Johnson & Johnson. Not a palm of Head and Shoulders. Graff, who is one of my favorite columnists over at San Fran’s main parenting blog, is making a leap that I have to admire. Or hold my nose about.
The “no poo” method has had its proponents for years, folks who say it’s better to let the body’s natural oils keep the scalp healthy and the hair “clean.” As Graff explains in her “no poo” mission statement, the idea is that a few weeks of greasy hair must be endured. But when the body takes over, word has it luscious locks take over.
The sort of fringe movement is jumping from granola crunchy greenies to parenting mainstream as reports on parabens, phthalates and 1,4-dioxane make more of us realize there’s a lot more to fear than a dirty kid. Take Graff – she’s always thought the whole thing sounds kind of “icky” . . . but her kids’ shampoo is on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ list of products loaded with carcinogens. For the sake of her kids, she’s willing to give “no poo” a try.
I checked out the CSC list, and took heart that my daughter’s shampoo isn’t on there (although a bubble bath we once used an entire bottle of was – eek). If it was, I’d obviously change – to another shampoo. Although it’s hard to trust the big companies, it’s even harder to fathom not using something relatively heavy duty to rid my daughter’s head of play-doh and play sand on a daily basis.
I’m going to follow Graff’s experiment, but I’m not that brave. What about you?