After seeing these pictures posted to Facebook, a few of my friends have decided to take the plunge with me and give this a try. This does not mean I do not wash my hair! The typical shampoo-less regimen goes something like this:
1.) One tablespoon of baking soda, plus one cup of warm water. Shake to mix well, and massage into scalp. Most apply this just like shampoo, after wetting the hair in the shower. If you feel the mixture is not soaking in enough, you may choose to try applying it to your hair while it’s still dry, and then rinsing in the shower. (As my hair is thick, I like this method. Be sure to massage it in either way.)
2.) One tablespoon apple cider vinegar, plus one cup water. Shake, apply to hair, focusing on ends. This is your conditioner and de-tangler.
Both of these mixes last me several washes. Some people use lemon juice instead of vinegar. At this point, I’ve gotten bored and created a “conditioner” of white tea, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a squirt of honey. I like it a lot. Chamomile tea will lighten your hair, and black tea will darken it. If you want to, you can play with the chemistry of the mixes, or keep it basic. But most people use the vinegar and, no, your hair will not smell like vinegar. I promise!
I’ve always washed my hair every day… otherwise it becomes an oily mess. With the exception of one day, I’ve continued that routine as my scalp adjusts. Shampoo strips your scalp of natural oils to replace them with synthetic ones, so the more you use shampoo, the more natural oil your scalp thinks it needs to produce (since it’s constantly absent).
When we take away shampoo, it generally takes a couple weeks before the scalp figures out that it doesn’t need to produce so much, so those giving up shampoo will experience more oil than usual for a week or two… sometimes longer. Lucky for me, I stay at home, and it doesn’t matter too much if my hair looks ridiculous but if you decide to ditch the chemicals and let your scalp start relaxing, you might invest in some hats and scrunchies for those first couple weeks.
The baking soda should counteract much of the oiliness, so I’d say there’s no need to feel disgusting. Wash every day, and as your oil production slows down, begin to spread wash times further apart. Many who’ve used this method for a while only need to wash their hair once or twice a week, since they don’t have all the extra oil collecting grime on top of their head. Sounds good to me! Of course, there are other great reasons to give this a try: a few less chemicals being absorbed by the body, the lessened environmental impact, the beautiful hair we’ll be rewarded with, and can you say “cheap!” The texture of my hair is fine, but it is extremely thick (there’s a ton of it), so it is often heavy and limp. It feels about 30 pounds lighter already. I am happy with my progress so far!
I will update on my blog as I get further into this journey.
Is this something you’d consider? Have you already begun? Do you have questions/concerns?
Let’s talk in the comments below!