So all I know is that it is now a new month, and I am really craving a new hair cut, so it’s been several weeks that we have gone without shampoo.
Since starting this I have done more reading and more experimenting. I don’t know what I feel about this. The things I have learned about some of the ingredients in shampoos and soap are pretty intense, and a bit overwhelming. Honestly, I didn’t stop shampooing because of these things either – it was all vanity! But now…
Now I don’t know. I am in that phase where it is still new enough that I don’t have a groove down with what works and what doesn’t. I feel like I have more “this isn’t working” days than I do “I love this” days. And the novelty has worn off. My husband loves it still. He’s looking at the $$ signs and enjoying the simplicity.
Me? It’s still a vanity thing that is now complicated by knowledge…
http://www.cosmeticscop.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/A.aspx – an interesting sight to brows if you want to read up on things like I have. I don’t know the credibility of this information, but it seems to be consistent with other information I find elsewhere.
So here I am. I may be going back to shampoo, but doing so much less often… I may stick it out a while longer. Part of me would really love to see what my hair looks like completely healthy – which from what I have read can take up to six months, especially my hair, which is in the extremely dry category. (I have read that other types of hair/skin adjust at different rates, mine being one of the slowest)
My current routine: I have placed a bottle of 1/2 tsp baking soda mixed with 12oz water and a squirt of honey in my shower that I massage into my scalp a few times a week, which keeps my hair fresh. I follow that with a spray bottle (also kept in my shower) of about 16 oz water mixed with a tbsp of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oil (Gardenia), which I spritz on and rins out while detangling. I also use a deep conditioner regularly, and styling products. I have discovered, tho, that if I use too much styling creme my hair looks greasier within a few hours.
My husband’s comment, “Your hair is staying closer to your head, that’s a good thing.” With memories of being called “fro lady” and “Bo Bo” that is, indeed, a good thing.A “hair” picture… not the greatest… but this is generally what it looks like having not shampooed for several weeks. I have a leave-in conditioner and curl gel spray in this photo.