Well, I made it twenty days without using shampoo or conditioner. Twenty days… and I’m done. I’m very much looking forward to giving my hair a proper washing… tomorrow. My hair got gross, really, really gross. And I understand, that’s the point… it detoxes itself until all your natural oils, normalize… and then eventually, it kind of settles into itself and works… right? Well, that’s wonderful and all, but you see, the thing is, I could deal with the grease, and I could braid it or put my hair up and most people would just assume it was wet (gross), and I could deal with most of the smells, but the dirty smell? Forget it. Once the smell started creeping in yesterday, I knew I was done. No matter how many home remedies I tried of baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils, the smell stuck. By the end of the day yesterday, in the sun, by the pool (not in the pool), construction throughout the city, and a slightly smoky bar (smoking indoors is still legal here in florida, it’s AWFUL), I was done. I can deal with the lingering food smells, no problem, I can deal with the apple cider vinegar conditioner rinse, but smoke and dirt? Nope. The more advice I received, the more I questioned what I was doing. Everything seemed to show me that no poo was more work than it was worth, for me. In general, I only wash my hair every three to four days (I have a lot of hair on my head, it doesn’t oil easily), so when I was being told I should start washing with baking soda everyday, I thought “well, thats ridiculous, I certainly don’t have time for that.” I think no poo could work for plenty of people… and I think it would be a great method to decrease the amount of shampoos for people who ‘need’ to wash their hair everyday, but for someone (me) who didn’t wash it that much in the first place, it just seems unnecessary. I chose to no poo because I thought it would make my life easier, because it would be more natural, and hopefully cheaper. But in reality, it didn’t seem like it would make my life easier, the shampoo I use
is already vegan, natural, sulfate free, yada yada, and yes, each bottle is pricey, but it lasts me and my ten pounds of hair for-ev-er
(months and months and months)
, so in the end it’s not anymore money than buying a ton of cheap bottles of shampoo, or bottles of coconut oil, castille soap, essential oils, and whatever else goes into homemade shampoo.
So I tried, I gave it a go. Twenty days and I’m done feeling like a crack head, pacing back and forth to my bathroom each night wanting a shampoo fix.
The photo above is from day twenty, the day I woke up in my staycation hotel room and decided to rinse my hair with water and scrub the tiniest bit of the natural soap the hotel offered into my very smelly hair. hallelujah!
To see some photos of the in-between, click below, you’ll find them under the cut.
To those of you who go completely product free, I bow down to you, but for now, I’ll stick to being mostly natural with homemade deodorant, lotions, face masks, and whatever else, but shampoo: it stays.
To see my favorite vegan and natural beauty products click here.
ps. my original no poo post randomly went missing. I think i may have accidentally deleted it one night while cleaning up up my drafted post list. oopsies. you can see a copy of the original post HERE, but unfortunately all the wonderful tips and comments went missing :/