Sunday, March 15, 2009

More Experiments

What a busy day I had today! But only the best way. I slept in late (I felt like a truck hit me, and COULD NOT GET UP) but then had plenty of energy all day.

Photos coming tomorrow (or the next day), but I did TWO crafty projects today, as well as a short errand trip with Terri, and a couple phone calls. This is kind of amazing, considering the state I've been in all week.

This next experiment doesn't really fall into the money-saving category since I only buy shampoo and conditioner maybe once a year, but I think I'm going to try the "No-Poo" thing I've been reading about on various blogs. I've been afraid to try it since my hair is so fine and usually doesn't respond well to not washing, but I keep reading about how other people with fine hair try this and their hair does really well after a few weeks.

So what is this horrifying experiment of not washing hair? From what I gather, instead of using shampoo, you use a baking soda solution on your roots (every day or every few days) and then an optional apple-cider vinegar rinse as conditioner. This balances the natural oils in your hair and your hair, in turn, becomes lustrous and thick and beautiful and you'll never want to wash your hair again. So they say.

The ONLY reason I'm willing to try it is because I do the same thing (sort of) with my skin: once I turned 30, it started getting very oily and the more I used 'oil-free' skin care, the more oily and breakout-prone it became. So I switched to using jojoba oil on my face and within days my skin balanced and has never been more clear and soft. Will it work with my hair? We'll see.

So. To start, my hair is very fine, with quite a bit of natural body and wave. It tends to go flat, however. What I'm hoping is that in the end, it will be more wavy and less prone to flyaways. It's finally long enough that I can reliably put it up for weeks on end if necessary, to get through the possible 'adjustment' stage. I'll give it a month. If it is unbearable, I have no qualms about switching back to shampoo.

However, now that I think about it, I have known quite a few people who didn't wash their hair with shampoo, and they had lovely, thick, shiny hair. So maybe it'll work. We'll find out, won't we! I'll keep you posted with weekly updates.

In other news: the leg is finally healing well. It's still gross, and it's very itchy now, but it's looking much better. Thank goodness!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've done the baking soda and vinegar routine for my hair and loved it. But, like with shampoos, I felt like I needed to switch it up and switch back to shampoo after a while. Good luck!

-Lara

Tammie said...

i love the no shampoo thing...ive been doing it for a few months now. i expected to hate it and feel like a greaseball, but im totally pleased.

Nymeth said...

I hope the experiment goes well! I have dry, curly hair, and I was once told to completely replace shampoo with conditioner, because both are cleansing and shampoo is much more damaging. I should try that for a week.

Stefanie said...

I have thick curly hair and don't use shampoo because shampoo strips the natural oils out of my hair and makes my curls frizzy and/or flat. I've been shampoo-free for about two years and all is well. I do use a tiny bit on shampoo now and then on the crown of my head which sometimes gets a little too oily. Otherwise I use a little Nature's Gate all natural conditioner on my hair to keep the ends from drying out and it works great. Good luck!

Miss D. said...

Lara: yes, we'll see how it works... so far so good!

Tammie: I read about it on your blog... I'm so glad you like it. I'm about a week in and it's going pretty well. I might have to use a little conditioner on the ends soon...

Nymeth: that's what I've read, too, for dry curly hair. You should try it! Unfortunately, I have fine, wavy hair, so we'll see how it goes...

Stefanie: I was just thinking this morning I should get some Nature's Gate conditioner! It's my favorite! Unfortunately, need to use up what I have (which I don't love)...

Eva said...

I'm glad that you updated us all on the shampoo experiment! I have babyfine, completely straight hair that's on the thinner side (it's not precisely *thin* anymore, but it's not super-thick), so I was curious about this. I'd love to not have to use all of those chemicals (so jealous of naturally curly haired people!), but I can't see it happening.