It’s well documented that I have a weird relationship with my hair’s colour. But how do I care for it? I usually wash my hair about three or four times a week using a variety of shampoos. I’ve never had a “favourite” shampoo or conditioner. I tended to use Tea Tree Oil shampoos because I have really dry skin in the winter especially, which produces some lovely dandruff-esque flakes. Nice, huh? I’ve paid for and used incredibly high end products, and also used some pretty low end cheap crap too. My hair behaves as it will. I’ve long wondered if the sulphates in most shampoos are the cause for my dry hair. And it bugs me that I pay ridiculous sums of money for a product that restores the oil the shampoo strips out. After having had Kale, and also having cut it all off for cancer (note: the pictures on that post are all mucked up and I don’t really know or care why) I’ve noticed my hair does it’s own thing anyway. In addition to going considerably gray (or “silver” as a friend nicely put it recently), it’s curlier in weird places, it hangs differently, and it generally just does different stuff. Whatever. I am not my hair, you know?
But about a month ago, I went out shopping and for lunch with some good friends, and they helped me pick out some business-y type clothes. Over lunch , one of my friends told us she had stopped washing her hair a few weeks before that and we all exclaimed about how nice her hair looked. It didn’t smell, it didn’t look greasy, it looked like…well, it looked like hair. Nice hair.
I decided to give it a try. There’s a lot out there on the internets about going shampoo-free. A lot of it talks about the chemicals we put into and on our bodies. I rarely wear cosmetics (and when I do it’s generally lipstick and mascara and maybe eyeshadow if I’m feeling particularly fancypants), I have stopped using conventional menstrual products in favour of a Divacup, and I generally only use soap free or handmade small batch olive oil soaps in the shower (PS: I am currently LOVING the Pacific Tea variety from Olive Life, and they are local and awesome). I wash my face with pure honey and nothing else. I live somewhat of a crunchy granola type life so it seems pretty, well, natural for me to go No Poo.
So, here’s how it’s gone down. I haven’t really taken many pictures because well, it’s basically shots of the exact same thing over and over.
The first week was easy. Anytime in the shower, I spent some time rinsing and massaging my scalp. By the end of the week, it was pretty oily looking, so I did a baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse, as many people recommend. Overall it was noticeably softer, it had nicer curls, and generally was pretty healthy. I washed it the following week with baking soda and apple cider vinegar and it was way too dry. It felt positively breakable. So the following week I skipped it. This week, I just did the baking soda and skipped the apple cider vinegar and that seems to have solved the problem. It’s my understanding my head will eventually figure out how much oil to regulate and I will be able to skip the baking soda altogether.
My scalp is less itchy (although there still remains a number of dry patches around my face – maybe that’s just how winter will always be for me – and my hair is actually curlier than normal. I regularly flat iron my hair and it seems to hold the flattening more. It doesn’t stink – which is something I was really worried about. The smell of dirty hair grosses me out a whole lot.
On the whole, I’m happy with going without shampoo, and recommend that if you decide to try it, stick with it for at least two weeks, if not more.
So instead of a bunch of photos of my hair, which is kind of a boring mouse-y brown with some gray shot through it, here’s one head shot and then a pretty sunshine-y picture of Kale and I because really, my cute kid is why most of you come here.