Alright, final update. I officially love the no shampoo movement. My hair is significantly stronger, and the most apparent change I have seen is that I no longer shed. You know how you brush your hair and your brush is full of dead hair that fell out? Apparently that’s not normal. I used to shed ALL the time. My hair was everywhere. Since I have stopped using shampoo, I have noticed that my bathroom is no longer a hair jungle after I get ready in the morning, saving me an additional 5 minutes of cleaning time a day. My hair is also actually curly and no longer just a big frizzy mess. I wore it up today because I was cleaning, but I CAN wear it down and not worry about it making me look like a mad woman.
Now, if you are considering trying this, I highly recommend it. You have to make sure you do it in a fashion that fits your lifestyle though, otherwise you’re not going to understand why people do it. The hardest part for me was getting used to not having the shampoo frothiness everywhere during my showers. That was a huge part of my routine since…well since I started taking showers. Also the creamy conditioning was a huge part of the routine. Now I am used to a simpler washing routine, and I would say I am more careful about the cleaning process since I don’t have the froth to signal the end of a cleaning cycle which makes me think I am a much cleaner person now.
Well, that’s the end of my documenting about my new process of hair care. My next big thing will be juicing. I am saving up to purchase a top of the line juicer so I won’t be starting that for a little while. But when I do, I will certainly make sure I share all of my discoveries! Till then.
So I have been doing the all natural hair care for the past week. So far, I like it, but it’s hard to get used to NOT having shampoo and conditioner all over my head for a good portion of my shower. My head does feel cleaner overall. Over the past day, I have noticed a little more oilyiness but that’s normal according to other people’s experiences. In my hair, which is overly frizzy, I have needed to add coconut oil to the vinegar routine. I wish I had thought about using this earlier! It’s kind of like magic. BUT I wouldn’t recommend using it if you have more greasy hair. It’s great for those of us with natural curls and/or frizz, but it is oil, so you will hate it if you have thin straight, or greasy hair types.
This second week of the experiment I am trying a little more baking soda in my shampoo mixture, but keeping the vinegar solution the same. I am only changing the shampoo because I figure I am playing around with it so I may as well experiment 🙂 Until next week…
Today while cleaning, I realized how much cleaning solution I must be breathing in. Needless to say I did not enjoy the thought of breathing in the same chemicals that warn us to avoid ingesting them at all costs. So I began a little research project on natural cleaning solutions and discovered that apple cider vinegar can clean most things just as well as those OTHER solutions. Armed with my newly mixed 1:3 solution of ACV and water, I began to clean my kitchen, my bathrooms, my washer and dryer, my stove… It was a magical couple of hours for me. With my house now sparkling clean, I sat down with my ipad to discover what else ACV can be used for. Obviously for cooking, and I already use it as a soak to soften my feet; but the one item that made me determined to dive headfirst into an all natural lifestyle was (drum roll please): hair conditioner???
Yes it turns out, apple cider vinegar, mixed with water, and an essential oil of whatever fragrance you like, is a fantastic way to soften frizzy or damaged hair follicles. Some more reading led me to discover that shampoos are, as I have long suspected, but never quite come around to investigate, full of chemicals and ingredients which make it difficult for the scalp and hair to make the natural oils it needs to maintain beautiful hair. This site gives a great non biased overview of what switching to a no shampoo routine can do for you. My day of research has encouraged me to try this out. So I am dedicating the next few months to attempting this no ‘poo thing. Will I stop washing my hair? Hell no. But instead of shampoo I will switch to a baking soda + water mixture.
My reasons for doing this?
First, as I mentioned shampoo is full of chemicals that are harmful to the body. Why on earth would I put something on my hair that has ingredients that end in -alcohol? I want my hair to be less dry, but shampoo AND conditioner both have drying ingredients. Second, I have spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on hair care products. This provides a significantly cheaper way of addressing hair cleanliness with less work than it takes to get in my car, go to the store, pick out shampoo and conditioner, pay for the items, get back in my car, and come home. So no sacrifice. Third, I have been very, VERY slowly trying to transition to an all natural lifestyle and this for me is the plunge taking step I need to go ahead and get this ball rolling.
This is something I will be experimenting with, but I’ve got plenty of time to play around with it. The recommended starting mix for the wash is 1 Tbl baking soda to 1 Cup of water. Easy to make. The recommended starting mix for the conditioning serum is 2 Tbl ACV to 1 Cup of water + a few drops essential oil. Also easy to make. So here goes.