When you tell people that you stopped using commercial shampoo and conditioner, you get a variety of reactions. A quick list of those varied reactions:
4) Why are you posting about this on a food blog?
Not sure how I really stumbled across this No ‘Poo post on the Crunchy Betty blog, but after reading about breaking the commercial shampoo-and-conditioner cycle, I was sold. I gave myself three weeks, 21 days, for my hair’s natural oils (sebum) to balance out and get used to the lack of chemical manipulation. At that point, I’d reevaluate my hair and deem the No ‘Poo Experiment a success or failure.
And why post on a food blog?Well, I’m using items from my kitchen to treat my hair. Stay with me. This post might change your life.
OK, a bit of background: I never used to air dry my hair. It would get all frizzy and hideous, especially in the summertime. Before I had my kid 14 months ago, I would shampoo, condition and blow dry my hair daily. Once Myer came along, I didn’t have time to do that, so I’d wash and put my hair in a ponytail or blow dry every other day. So how could a gal like me, a shampoo devotee, go no ‘poo?
Today, August 9, 2012, is Day 21. I’m proud to report that the No ‘Poo Experiment is a SUCCESS. My hair today is as soft (softer, even?) as when I used commercial shampoo. So how did I do it?
I went cold turkey on shampoo and conditioner. As of Day 1, I stopped using it altogether. For a week, I only rinsed my hair with water. I’d either allow it to air dry or I’d put it in a ponytail.
On really greasy days, I’d even cover it with a shmatte. And by day 9, I was disgusted. A little part of me said, “Maybe you should just give up.” But I revisited Crunchy Betty and read about how It Gets Better. You must be in it to win it!
On Day 11, I couldn’t stand the grease any more. So I called in for reinforcements. In a plastic squeeze bottle, I shook up 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. In the shower, I applied the baking soda (BS) solution at the root all over my scalp and massaged it. Then I rinsed. Though I didn’t achieve the desired look, my hair felt great! I followed the same routine the next day, and by the evening of Day 12, I had THE BEST AIR DRIED HAIR OF MY LIFE. I kicked that frizz to the curb!
After a few BS washes, the ends of my hair felt stringy, so in a second squeeze bottle, I mixed 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV). After using the BS solution, I applied the ACV to the tips. Just the “solution” (pun alert!) I needed.
By Day 15, I was brave enough to start using a shower cap every other day, and by Day 18, a Shower Cap Day, my hair was looking better than it had in weeks. No grease, no need to use baby powder or anything to soak up extra oils.
And here we are at Day 21. Success Day. My hair feels nice today after a BS wash and ACV rinse, but tomorrow with no wash, I bet it will feel even better.
Answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions:
- But what about getting sweaty/exercising? I would often rinse my hair with water only in between washes if I got really icky. I mean, it *is* summer after all.
- But didn’t your hair stink? Nope! My hair doesn’t smell like anything. Just…hair.
- Now that 21 days have passed, are you back on shampoo/conditioner? Nope! I’ve kicked the commercial stuff completely. Only BS and ACV for me, and I hope to slowly wean myself off of those in coming months.
- Is your hair better than before? YES! It feels softer and less frizzy than ever.
- What will your Mom say? She says I’m icky and gross, and my hair care regimen makes it sound like “you smell like a salad.” But deep down, I think Mom knows (but will never admit) that I look better than ever.
I went No ‘Poo thanks to Crunchy Betty and encouragement from my friends and husband. Have I convinced you to go No ‘Poo? Do you have a No ‘Poo story? Any questions?