Friday, February 26, 2010

One week, No-Shampoo

Okay, so it's been a week now since I went shampoo free. Ben still thinks I'm crazy, but I figure why not. If you follow "natural" type blogs, I'm sure you've heard of it. And really, the first time I read it, I thought those people were crazy, too! But I kept hearing about it and it seemed like a lot of people were doing it. And it's super cheap, so I figured I needed to try it before spending more money on shampoo.

I'm pretty much using the same method as Tsh at Simple Mom. Baking soda with water, pour it on, scrub it in, rinse it out. Then spray on some apple cider vinegar. And rinse. It's super easy - I definitely like that! Some people say their hair was miraculously better from the first time they did it. Mine wasn't. Lots of people talk about a transition period where your hair could be yucky. And I'm not into dirty hair. :) Well, even after a week, my hair doesn't look dirty, I don't think. However, it feels a little dirty. I'm not sure whether that's the transition or that's what it's going to feel like as long as I'm doing this. But I'm hanging on. I will say, I used to use lots of "product", as salon people say. Because my hair is frizzy and curly and thick and long. Anyway, I think I need a haircut (It's been at least a year - have I mentioned our tiny budget? LOL) and that would make it better, but I'm not sure. But I've done the completely natural thing since I started this method - no additional products. And my hair's not very frizzy. It is, however, over the top static-y! I don't know why, but I've just been wearing it back to manage the static.

Anyway, I'm hanging on. I told myself when I started, I could do it for two weeks and if I hated it, I would stop. But I don't hate it. I just don't love it yet. Jury's still out. I'll keep you updated.

Oh, another thing - I've been doing it with Anne, too. And for her, I do love it! There are more tangles, so that's not great, but the washing part is good. It rinses out so easily. It has almost ended the tears in the bathtub. (She hates having shampoo rinsed out of her hair.) That alone is reason enough to keep doing it with Anne. :)

Gotta go get some rest in before Anne wakes up from her nap! Happy reading. Happy Friday!


Anonymous said...

Mine is static-y and I have not tried this. Keep me informed I might have to try it.

carra said...

Ha ha. I decided to "try it for awhile" too and it lead to my dread lock experiment. Better watch out... I know you're gonna end up with dread locks now, crazy hippie! (I know Ben would support that, lol). I haven't used shampoo for... over two years now, I think. I fully support your decision to go poo free. :)

Melodie said...

Carra, I just don't think I'm the dread locks type. :) Ben does think I'm a crazy hippie, so I can't imagine what he'd say if I suggested dread locks! LOL

mindy said...

I'm excited for your experiment! I've been waiting and waiting to start, but determined to use up my gi-normous bottle of shampoo first.

I did switch to apple cider vinegar as my conditioner once that ran out. I'm loving that. I find if I really work it in and let it sit just a few seconds, it really takes out the tangles even.

Ben said...

Hey, you never told me it was just an experiment! lol