The No ‘Poo Experiment
This face describes my exact level of enthusiasm for what I’ve been doing this week. The title and photo may give you the impression it involves bowels, but it doesn’t. So keep reading.
It turns out I’m the last lady in the world to still wash her hair every day. This past Tuesday my friend Julia gave me my first haircut in about a year. Shit was busted. She couldn’t seem to figure out why it was so gross and loaded with flyaways, and when I casually mentioned I shampoo and conditioner on the daily, she gasped and clutched her pearls. Apparently nobody does that anymore.
I sort of knew that already because this “no ‘poo” thing is really popular on the internet. Once it’s popular on the internet, you know it’s a thing. I just can’t get past the greasiness and never try hard enough, even though I keep hearing that once you get past that point, “you’ll never go back to your old way again!”
So I’m going to stick it out and try, because I’m tired of burning through shampoo and it fits in with my desire for a chemical-free life. This is day 3 of no ‘poo, and so far it completely sucks in every way possible. All I’m doing is rinsing it thoroughly in the shower and applying a dab of argan oil to the ends when I get out. It’s heavy and greasy and as you can see in the photo above, a little out of whack.
The biggest reason I’m writing this post about it is because I am really, really tempted to shampoo my hair today, but I want to stick it out a full month. I never commit to anything that lasts more than 48 hours and I’m using my blog to hold myself accountable.
So it’s May 4th. Lance Bass’ 33rd birthday. I’m doing it for you, Lance. I bet you appreciate a healthy head of hair.
No. Just no. I think I made it about a week on this and just… ugh. No. I can see how this might work for some people, but it’s not for me at all. First, my hair is quite long and thick so I can’t deal with the heaviness of it from even a small amount of grease. Secondly, I have mild scalp issues and if I go even one day without washing my hair, by the middle of the second day it’s insanely itchy and flaky. Gross, I know. I originally thought going no ‘poo and doing a daily rinse would help calm it because shampoo might be a big contributor to my problems, but it just made it really, really bad and because of this, I think I need to shampoo on the daily.
If you’re going to try no ‘poo, maybe take some ideas from this article and see if baking soda and vinegar work for you. They’re natural, cheap, and much healthier.
Fortunately, I found the best shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used, which you can read about in this post. I’m still using it daily and would recommend it to just about anyone. I have also been letting my hair air dry almost everyday now unless I have somewhere to go and don’t have time beforehand, which has also made a big difference in the flyaways, split ends, and overall feel of my mop.
May 4, 2012
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