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Woman Hasn’t Used Shampoo In Six Years And Says Her Hair Is Amazing (Photos)

As of late, the “no-poo” movement has been gaining serious traction in the beauty world.

For the unfamiliar, going “no-poo” (yes, I know, poo, ha-ha) is the practice of eliminating shampoo from the beauty routine, opting instead for cleansing conditioners, oils or, in some cases, nothing at all.

Sarah Theeboom, a writer at Time Out New York magazine (and a former colleague of mine) may well be one of the pioneers of the movement — and she makes a damn good case for ditching the TRESemmé.

In a recent interview with Seventeen, the New Yorker revealed she first gave up shampoo six years ago, following the lead of a friend with miraculously shiny, frizz-free locks.

Theeboom hoped changing her haircare routine so drastically would help revitalize her limp, greasy strands.

The first few weeks were, in a word, nightmarish, Theeboom recalls. Her scalp had become greasier than ever, and she'd developed a nasty case of dandruff.

She recalls,

It was really unpleasant, and I was so embarrassed that I didn't want to show my head to anyone.

Still, she “felt committed” to forging ahead with her new, shampoo-free routine.

Theeboom added,

Thankfully, it paid off: After 12 grueling weeks, I started to see what my natural hair was like when I wasn't constantly doing stuff to manipulate it. It was silky and wavier and totally frizz free.

Six years later, Theeboom remains an impassioned advocate for her “poo-free” routine.

So if you've been considering going “no-poo,” know it will take time for your scalp to adjust to the change — but one glance at Theeboom's gorgeous, shiny, healthy hair is proof the wait is worth it.

“I don’t think shampoo is evil,” says Theeboom. “But I like my hair better this way.”


She continues: “It looks and feels so much healthier. Plus, I save a lot of money…”


“…my hair is free, in every sense of the word.”

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Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.
Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.

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