June 9, 2011
Not sure if I mentioned that chemicals scare me and I’m trying to stop using them.
But, I am!
The past week and a bit I haven’t been washing my hair (egad!), but, let me tell you, it looks amayzayzing! Although there’s more to it than simply: don’t wash your hair.
About a year ago (actually, exactly a year ago, freaky!) I committed to not washing my hair. At all. Ever. I would rinse it in water and comb it, but that’s as far as it went. The theory behind it went, stripping oils regularly from your hair meant your scalp overproduces to compensate. Remove the causal A (washing hair) and you reduce effect B (oily hair). Sort of.
It’s meant to take 6 weeks to detox your scalp, and you’re meant to start seeing results from 2 weeks or later. Sort of. About one day in seven I would have lovely hair. Lovely. But six days in seven it was an oily disgusting mess and I always put my hair in a braid or bun or ponytail so people couldn’t see it. And it’s not like I didn’t try, I was committed, I probably didn’t wash my hair for 3 months. Nothing changed. (Although when I finally washed it it was silky like nothing else. Unbelievably so. Can’t even explain how silky it was. You have never experienced it if you wash it like normal people).
This time I’m not giving up shampoo altogether. I think I’m in week two and I washed my hair after about 7 days with shampoo. No real reason, just saw the shampoo, my hair was greasy. I think this helped strip away the excess grease and also lengthened the stripping oil-overproducing oil cycle.
In the meantime? I wash my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. The baking soda I put about a tablespoon in my hand, add a little water in the shampoo and make a paste, and then plonk on my head. The vinegar (the ‘conditioner’) I dribble onto my hair from the giant vinegar jar. It smells a little for about an hour or so but I normally wash my hair at night so I don’t care.
Anyway, this method is not perfect. My hair had a grease spot which I missed when I washed with baking soda. But, the benefits? I have healthy volume, practically no flyaways, it’s straighter than normal, and when I do my hair it goddamn stays where I tell it. No bobby pins!
Plus, it’s inexpensive. Baking soda is about $3 and vinegar about $1.50.
Plus, no chemicals! Hurrah!
If you have any questions, ask. I’ve done this twice now with varying methods and I can probably answer your questions.
PS Someone much more awesome than I tells about it.