An Australian hairdresser has revealed she hasn’t used shampoo on her four-year-old daughter’s hair in 16 months, calling the ‘no poo method’ a game changer for parents.

Michelle Dennis, who has been hairdressing since she was 14-years-old uploaded a video of her daughter’s beautiful, shiny, healthy hair on TikTok, saying, “Let me blow your mind on the last time I used shampoo on my four-year-old daughter’s hair … 16 months ago!”

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What is the No Poo Method?

Michelle explains that the No Poo Method is a way of keeping her daughter’s scalp and hair healthy and balanced, and taming her natural curl and frizz.

The Melbourne mum-of-three says not using shampoo means no oil build up, no flakes and no smell. Her video, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times, has attracted dozen of questions about the method.

“What do you do to keep it clean then?” asked one follower. “Water and natural slow sebum production cleans it keeps it health and balanced,” Michelle replied. Michelle goes into more detail about her no poo method on Instagram, where she explains that she doesn’t shampoo any of her kids’ hair.

“Some might think it’s crazy but my kids don’t suffer with any hair issues – as from birth I only used oil and water – so they’ve never had to over produce oil,” Michelle explains. “They bathed in water and oil from new born’s and as toddlers too. Now they’re independent and shower themselves … they shower everyday might skip a day here or there, especially if it’s late at night – which isn’t a bad thing as water can also dry your skin.

“They rinse their hair very well with warm water and stimulate their scalps – I’ve shampooed maybe once a year and use conditioner when needed and that’s it!” She says none of her kids, aged eight, seven and five, have ever had oily, smell hair or lice.

“It’s not for everyone, as you do what you wish! But being a hair specialist for 24 years, I made this choice for because I know what over washing does I’ve work with hair and now seeing results,I’m glad I hardly wash their hair for so many good reasons.

“I’ve also been training so many of my clients to do the same over so many years with all their kids too and they’ve all experienced the same results even teens – their kids and scalps are so much better, healthier and never experienced lice nor oily issues or a smell.”

Michelle has also shared that she rarely shampoos her own hair. “We are all born with a natural hair and scalp protector called sebum. People assume by having a cleansed scalp means a healthy scalp and hair … wrong! It’s actually unhealthy for your scalp and hair!

“I’m not talking never washing at all, but changing some habits. Healthy hair means – when you have good sebum (oil ) balance and don’t experience dandruff or oily issues. Because when your scalp has balance, your hairs not in oil over drive, as your natural oil is designed to protect your hair from all hair issues.

“Every time you wash your hair with shampoo, it sends your scalp a signal to produce more oil which creates, sebum build up in your hair and when sebum builds up that creates dandruff and oily scalp-because you’re washing your hair way too often, so your scalp gets the message that it needs to be in oil production overdrive, and creates extra excessive sebum to protect your scalp as it’s confused.”

Make sure you head over to Michelle’s Instagram, she has heaps of tips and tricks on how to start the no poo method.

Would you try the no poo method with your kids? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • I wash my daughter’s hair and my own hair once a week if it can go longer I do but it tends to get that dirty needs a wash itchy feel about it and I can’t push it any more!


  • Glad it works for her I think after so many years of washing my hair it’s not something I could do.


  • I’m a little confused does that mean no conditioner as well?
    Look it works for her and that’s great. I personally am already washing my kids with no shampoo cause of their allergy and eczema issues not for shiny and healthy hair purposes.


  • I am glad that it worked for her.


  • I went 2 years with the no poo method and my hair was the best it’s ever been! It was all ruined when my son got spaghetti in my hair and I had to wash it with shampoo and I’m back to washing it weekly with having my 2 little ones but I’m definitely going back to the no poo method!! I have horrible scalp issues and really thin hair but my hair was thicker and more healthy when I didn’t wash it with shampoo!! My kids are 5 and 2 and I’ve only washed their hair once and have never had any issues with their scalp or hair. My daughter suffers from horrible eczema and has never had a flair up on her scalp, she actually has the best hair and scalp! I definitely love the no poo method and would recommend it to anyone, I can’t wait to get my hair back to my healthy lush no poo locks ????????


  • If this works for this mum then go for it. I guess it could work on some hair but what happens if your hair is naturally oily?


  • I think it’s great if she can do this and her kids genuinely don’t have hair smell. I have a friend who washes her daughter hair 1-2 times a week and when I see her I can smell her hair. If it really didn’t smell then it would be great but my friend doesn’t think her daughters hair smells when in reality it does


  • I don’t think I could do this … my hair ‘feels’ dirty if I miss one day … but I use a very mild shampoo on it.


  • oh my, yes ahhhh no i would never do this


  • I think the transition from lots of washing to no washing would be really difficult.


  • It is a pass from me. I just love the smell of freshly washed hair and I think that is would be shinier too.


  • dont know if I could leave my hair that long without washing it


  • She’s a hairdresser and it seems to be working for their family, but…not something I would be interested in.


  • Wouldn’t work in my house. My sons always get things in their hair. They broke into the tanning oil and of course got their locks greasy as can be.


  • Not sure if I will be keen on this


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