Friday, August 17, 2012

No Shampoo?

I heard about the "no poo" craze going on, and being frequently annoyed with my hair, I decided to give it a shot. This was a few months ago, and at that point I was washing my hair every day, as I had been for years, with regular store-bought shampoo. Shampoo with SLS (gasp) and many other horrible things, I'm sure. I have a tendency toward oily hair. At the time, I couldn't go over 24 hours sans shampoo without my hair looking oily and gross. I knew there would a period of incredible discomfort (hello, oil!) for approximately 30 days. It was summer, though, and I thought I could mainly avoid people and survive it.

So it began. I washed my hair with water only. The grossness built. I lasted for about two weeks until I could take it no longer and tried supplementing my hair-washing routine with lemon juice and baking soda every few days. That worked, somewhat, but I had difficulty figuring out the proper amounts to use, and usually ended up with parts of my hair looking good, and parts (even more?) gross.

So I gave up, and returned to my regular shampoo, but the process did allow me to extend my shampooing slightly. I now wash my hair every other day. Not a huge deal, but it makes styling my hair slightly less pointless, due to it lasting a little longer.

I would like to get to the point where I wash my hair every three days or so. Partly because I'm lazy, partly because it would make styling my hair more worthwhile, and partly because I doubt all the crappy chemicals in shampoo are good for me. I can't work on adjusting it right now, since I'm trying to find a job and can't look horrible while doing that, but maybe one day I can try again.

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